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The Collectors Newsletter #580 -- January 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #580 -- January 2008
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
Take the AuctionBytes Shopping Survey
AuctionBytes is conducting a survey to learn more about how people shop online. Results will be published on AuctionBytes.com in January 2008. The purpose of the survey is to gain a better understanding of
the factors that influenced online shopping behavior during the 2007 holiday shopping season. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey, and feel free to tell your friends and colleagues.
1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Butter Pat Patter Association
Association is for the beginner and advanced collector of Victorian-era three-inch butter pats and 19th-century to contemporary restaurant ware and transportation individual butter plates; newsletter with research, buy and sell ads, and butter pat values. Membership fee is $22 and includes ten issues of The Patter newsletter and a mint-condition Royal Doulton butter pat. Sample copies of The Patter may be obtained by sending $4 and a LSSAE (58 cents) to Mary Dessoie, Butter Pat Patter Association, 265 Eagle Bend Drive, Bigfork, MT 59911-6235. For more information, Click Here:
Are you interested in kitchen collectibles? Take a look at:
If you are a member of a collectors club or you are looking for collectors with similar collecting interests, check out our new Collectors Club Directory at:
2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Everything in our house is vintage except the sofa, entertainment center, and one chair. My husband's cousin who lives out of state came by this summer and made the remark that everything was old in our house, and my husband said including the people who live in it. My Grandmother got me started when I was a child and as a young wife and little money I would do garage sales and auctions. I am now taking down the Christmas decorations and I have alot of memories from these also. The first decorations I bought new which are now considered vintage, the pearl shaped ornaments that were my "Grandlady's" the angel that was my parents, the spiral metal tinsel that I found on a trip to Texas, and something new this year is some greenware from my beloved mother-in-law who passed away this year. My father-in-law would buy her a new piece every year. This year my son got online after his girlfriend told him how much I love bubble lights and bought us several strands. The one kitchen item that I use all the time is the metal rocket ice crusher. Not only does it look like a piece of art but it makes the best crushed ice. This item was used alot over Christmas to make mixed drinks for company. Everything in our house has some type of memory from when it was handed down or when we bought it at a sale. If we no longer want it we give it to someone who does. We do not throw away we just recycle. Happy New Year Everyone. Paulette - Springfield Ohio
I noticed quite a few people have items that belong to other families. I experienced the same thing going through my grandmother's things after she died. Names on pictures none of our family members could identify, etc. I went to Genealogy.com, looked up the names and posted a message. I was able to give 90% of the pictures to the correct families. These pictures even helped them fill in the gaps on their family tree.
Just a thought. Gretchen
After reading so many emails about the things people still use, I remembered I had a large collection of my grandmother's jell-o molds.No matter what the occasion, my grandma could make a jell-o salad to go with it (she passed away in 2000). I still use her molds and recipes but just for holidays. Anyway, I have kept them in a big box in the garage for years until last week. After reading all those emails, I decided to display them in my kitchen. They are hanging on several walls and many people have commented on how nice they look. Thanks, Alyssa San Diego, CA
Those of us who collect antique silver flatware love to use our flatware every day. The antique designs of knife blades, fork tines, and spoon bowls are far superior to the modern stainless steel junk manufactured overseas. It's merely a myth that one must keep polishing sterling or silver plated flatware. I haven't polished mine in months, because the constant use prevents the flatware from tarnishing.
Your antique silverware is one of your best investments, so don't wait for a special occasion to use it! --Carissa in Arizona
I love reading your newsletter as so many people write such interesting stories and experiences with antiques. I have written in twice and enjoyed seeing my comments in print. I was pleasantly surprised to read Betsy from Chicago mentioning my story about the Singers Featherweight Sewing Machine and her connection to one. What was amazing was something that I did not mention and as mine made her laugh, hers made me laugh. We had so much in common. I sewed silk ties-though they were bow ties for my Daddy. He loved them and I still have them and want to make a quilt of them someday. Here's to you Betsy and thanks for spelling my name correctly. Madeleine from Atlanta via Texas-still a native Texan forever and a Golden Retriever lover to boot.
What were the top 30 antiques & Collectibles in 2007...See below.
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES OR COMMENTS ON THESE STORIES! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send your story to email@example.com
3) Antique News
the Webs largest online antique & collectible mall, today released their annual report on the most requested search terms used by people
looking for for antiques and collectibles online in 2007.
The top 30 list is based on millions of online searches that were conducted by customers visiting antique and collectible related Web sites that are hosted by TIAS.com Inc. This year's list also includes a
comparison with the 2006 searches.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a
specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the 30 most requested online search terms for 2007.
1. Cookie Jar - No change since 2006
2. Avon - Up from #3 in 2006
3. Fenton - Up from #5 in 2006
4. Stamps - New to list
5. Teapots - Down from #2 in 2006
6. Milk Glass - Down from #4 in 2006
7. Roseville - Down from #6 in 2006
8. Carnival Glass - Down from #7 in 2006
9. McCoy - No change since 2006
10. lamps - Up from #15 in 2006
11. Fire King - Up from #13 in 2006
12. Pyrex - Up from #14 in 2006
13. Blenko - Up from #29 in 2006
14. Artist Dolls - New to list
15. Depression Glass - Down from #15 in 2006
16. Crocks - Up from #23 in 2006
17. Nippon - Down from #11 in 2006
18. Dolls - Down from #8 in 2006
19. Pitchers - Up from #27 in 2006
20. Steuben - Up from #30 in 2006
21. Buttons - Up from #26 in 2006
22. Rings - Down from #16 in 2006
23. Salt & Pepper Shaker - Down from #17 in 2006
24. Perfume (Bottles & related) - Down from #20 in 2006
25. Clocks - Up from #28 in 2006
26. Lefton - Down from #21 in 2006
27. Noritake - Down from #18 in 2006
28. Limoges - Down from #12 in 2006
29. Cameo - New to list
30. Occupied Japan - New to list
To view last year's top 30 list, please go to:
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from
1. The Kovels Release Their Top 20 Antiques & Collectibles Searches for 2007
2. Proxibid Partners with Bowers and Merena Auctions for Major Coin Sale
3. The Latest News in the January 2008 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter
4. FEBRUARY ANTIQUES TOUR FEATURES BARGAIN SOURCES ALONG THE BACKROADS OF EUROPE
5. Winter Antiques Show announces new exhibitors
6. Here are the top 30 antique & collectible related search terms for 2007
7. January 2008 issue of Style Century Magazine now available
8. Plastics - A Revolution in Housewares at Mama’s Treasures
9. December 2007 sales of antiques and collectibles show 19% increase over 2006
10. Smythe Historic Autograph Auction Offers History & More
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at
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to get the code.
4) Your Classifieds...
ACTION FIGURES, VIDEO GAMES, AND SYSTEMS SALE
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 17,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday, January 4, 2008 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
6) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
When our son was 6 or 7 years old, he was trying to show us how smart he was and that he did not believe in the "tooth fairy". He explained at great length how he knew it was one of us who put the money under his pillow. This was a very sound sleeper, so before we went to bed an hour or so after he did, we were not the least bit worried about whether or not he would be asleep. Imagine our surprise when my husband put the money under his pillow, turned to tiptoe out and this boy suddenly jumps out of bed and yells, "Aha!, I caught you, the big-foot fairy"!!!
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to email@example.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
POST YOUR WANTED AD HERE!
If you are looking for something, let us help you find it! Our wanted ads are affordable and they work! go to:
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 17,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Karen P. requested a recipe for "meringue cookie that was made with egg whites, chocolate chips and corn flakes". Here are the responses that were sent in.
I found 2 recipes...1 has coconut. from another Karen P. (Waukegan,IL)
Chocolate Chip Kisses (Airhead Cookies)
2 egg whites
1/8 t salt
1/8 t cream of tartar
3/4 C sugar
1/2 pkg chocolate chips
1/2 t vanilla
1.5 C corn flakes
Beat egg whites until foamy. Add salt and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff enough to hold in peaks, but not dry.
Add 2Tsugar at a time. Beat thoroughly.
Fold in chocolate chips, Corn Flakes and vanilla.
Drop on ungreased heavy (brown paper bags) paper.
Bake at 300 degs for 25 mins.
Choc Coconut Corn Flake Meringue Cookies
* 2 egg whites
* 1 Cup sifted powdered sugar
* 1/4 t salt
* 1 C flaked coconut
* 2 C corn flakes
* 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 t vanilla extract
* candied cherries
Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff and smooth. Add salt then fold in coconut, corn flakes, chocolate chips and vanilla. Drop from teaspoon onto greased baking sheets. Place a candied cherry half in the center of each cookie. Bake at 300° for 20-25 mins. About 3 doz cookies.
2 egg whites
Pinch of cream of tartar
1 c. corn flakes
1 c. miniature chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar to peak stage. Gradually add sugar, beating until all has been absorbed by whites. Fold in corn flakes and chips. Drop onto well-greased cookie sheet. Place in oven and turn off heat. Leave in oven until it is cool or overnight. Store in airtight container. Makes approximately 40 cookies.
Chocolate Corn Flake Meringue Cookies
2 egg whites
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups corn flakes
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff and smooth. Add salt then fold in coconut, corn flakes, chocolate chips and vanilla. Drop from teaspoon onto greased baking sheets. Place a candied cherry half in the center of each cookie. Bake at 300° for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Carol Thomas--Cullman,AL
Chocolate Chip Meringues (using powdered egg whites)
time to make 1¼ hours 15 min prep
4 teaspoons powdered egg whites or meringue powder
4 tablespoons water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange extract or vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped, optional
Preheat oven to 275 F.
Beat powdered egg whites with sugar, water and flavoring on high speed of an electric mixer for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
Gently, by hand, stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop Tbsps of batter onto parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake for 55-60 minutes or until lightly browned and dry.
Do NOT overbake.
Will keep only a few days in a wax paper lined cookie tin, if they last that long! Pat
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy an old cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
I am hoping someone can help with a dessert my mother made. It was lime jello, pineapple and had some kind of a bottom crust, maybe crushed cookies. I have tried many times and can't quite get it right. Lora
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Items in this store are collected locally at auctions and yardsales throughout the bluegrass region. Several different items are listed, but the main focus is ceramics or glass.
Old Time Five and Dime
Many of the items that we sell in our store were originally purchased in a dime store. Items for sale include: toys, banks, candy containers, vintage decorations, linens, music boxes, doll house furniture and other odds and ends.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 225,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:
12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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4. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles? PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos as well. Sign up today at:
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5. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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