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The Collectors Newsletter #601 -- March 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #601 -- March 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Conchologists of America (Seashells)
Amateurs, professionals interested in the study, collection, conservation of seashells; grants to deserving malacology students & qualified workers; annual convention with lectures, field trips, exhibits, dealers' bourse, auction. For more information, Click Here:
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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.
Welcome to the spring! The weather is getting warmer and the garage sales and flea markets are beckoning. We want to hear about your first great antique or collectible find of the spring season. Tell us about it and the story behind it. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't count out the younger generation and antiques! My son when he was younger, claimed that he would never have a bunch of "stuff" in his house. When I go to his house now, there is a vast collection of miniature tractors! He just laughs when I bring up what he said. I think we all collect something - it's just some of us collect more "somethings"! Betsy
I really enjoy your newsletter and look forward to getting it. I am trying to track down the artists of a picture that was given to me several years ago. After my great aunt passed away, no one wanted it and because I was an art teacher, everyone thought that it was only right that I take it. The painting is about 2'X5'. It was painted by twin sisters named Mary Lou and Betty Lou Hasler of Decatur, Illinois in the early 70's. One sister started on one end and the other sister started on the other end and they met in the middle. That is all that I am able to find out about it. Donna
mon 3-17 i want to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to respond to my request for Monkey Bread and so quickly too, i will print out and try all the recipes from your thoughtful readers and get busy in the kitchen, sincere thanks, Marianna
to the woman that lives in Bemidji MN, so do I. I have never heard of the cemetery walk. lived here in bemidji 19 years. and grew up in northern MN. all my life., must be in the local paper as we dont get it. sounds kinda fun. but I would rather go to those places lookin for spirits. I didnt know Bemidji is the "frozen north" lol. now thats funny! thanks for the great laugh. I also enjoy this newsletter, years ago use to get the show on tv havent seen it in ages now. thank you lori, Bemidji,MN.
To Cohos-- The husband and wife new to antique booths
i,as a shopper, am drawn to the booths that seem to have everything color coordinated (all the green stuff in one area, reds in another). i also like to walk into the booths that are set up like a bedroom, kitchen, whatever theme you have.
as far as working in retail, we were always taught to put the expensive items at eye level, so thats what people notice first. its probably also good to rearrange things every now and then, so a shopper who was in your booth last month might notice something they didnt see when they return this month.
A trick I used in my booth that never failed to sell an item almost immediately was whenever I ran across a picture in one of the numerous decorating magazines to which I subscribe, which featured similar items being used in a home decor setting, I would cut the picture out and display it with, on, or near the item. Whenever I did this, the item would usually sell the same day! These types of magazines are also useful in keeping you abreast of trends (traditional style, not modern), colors, and vignettes which will give you many ideas for small displays. S. Murray - Tennessee
Hello, When I read the story about the signed rolling pin and the question it inspired I figured I finally had something to contribute to the news letter that I get so much pleasure from. I was married in 1956 and the momento I received as a shower gift was a beautiful lace edged linen tea towel with everyone's signature on in indelible ink. Of course it was never used, (don't think it was supposed to be) and strangely enough I found it again several weeks ago while going through some old boxes along with some of my daughter's school projects and art work, (but that's another story). P.S. Regardless of what the 'declutter' gurus tell you, do not throw out your children's art work or special projects, believe me, it is delightful to come across them years later and discover they are just a precious now as they were then....Thank you for your news letter.
Sincerely, Barb M.
This in response to a question asked by "Nancy" who found her great aunt and uncle's dishes from their time in China. She asked if any one else had antiques from foreign travels of relatives. I am nearly 73 and I have an antique sterling silver dresser set (brush and mirror) that my great uncle brought my great aunt from one of his trips to Paris. I don't know when, but I imagine about 1910 or so. I also have a statue of two children hugging. It was the property of my great grandmother but I think it was originally the property of her father, Nicholas J. Schmidt of Germany. None of my family has ever lived abroad - not since they came to the U.S., and that's been quite a while. I'll bet Nancy's family had great stories to tell! I do have a lot of family antiques with stories.
I was reading with interest about the tombstone epitaphs and the one that tore at my heartstrings was on a small stone in a cemetery in Ware, Mass. for a newborn baby. It said " Since I was so early done for" I wonder why I was begun for." Connie Tyler
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES OR COMMENTS ON THESE STORIES! Send them to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Antique News
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from
1. Internet auction assists in recovery of stolen artifact
2. Fine art auction to be held April 12 in Stamford, Conn.
3. Hutty painting brings $34,500 at Leland Little Auction
4. Items from last Chicago Cubs World Championship Team to be Exhibited
5. Plantsville’s Kess Café Mixes Urban Chic with Victorian Charm
6. Remainder of Prominent Covington, Ga. Family Estate to be liquidated
7. The Chase Group Auction Management Lists Famous Frank Lloyd Wright Bronzes on eBay
8. Sotheby's Results - Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art - March 18, 2008
9. Moon Dust Scoop, Astronauts' Lunar Maps in Heritage Space Memorabilia Auction
10. DAINICHI NYORAI SCULPTURE OF A BUDDHA REALIZES $14,377,000 AND ESTABLISHES
NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD
11. RARE DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES FROM NOTABLE ESTATES AND AN INTERNALLY
FLAWLESS DIAMOND OF 39.34 CARATS
12. Sotheby's Results - Contemporary Art Asia: China Korea Japan - March 17, 2008
13. Christie's NY: Two Wine Sale Results
14. Results: The Cellar of V. Cheryl Womack/Finest and Rarest Wines
15. The Romance of Vintage Stemware - Cambridge Glass
16. Go Antiquing and Improve Your Mood
17. iGavel holds its March Online Auction of Fine Art & Antiques
18. Smith House Spring Toy Auction
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I am from a pretty small family by family standards with a total of 16 people from grandparents to the youngest grandchild. We would all gather together at Thanksgiving and Christmas and the grandchildren would always have a "talent show" to entertain the adults. My youngest brother, who was the youngest grandchild and 7 years younger than the next grandchild was about 4 years old when he wanted to join the talent show. This was in 1967 and he got up with such a cherubic expression on his face to sing "I'm a Little Teapot" and ended it the way he had heard his 13 year old sister sing it: "I'm a little teapot short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, here me shout: SOCK IT TO ME BABY, LET IT ALL HANG OUT". Needless to say, the entire room erupted in laughter. - Julie, the big sister.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Gingre requested a recipe for"Egg shaped cake with apricot glaze”. we had one response
These were probably made with a cupcake pan that had egg shaped molds rather than the standard cupcake shape.
The recipe might have been....
Silver White Cake
2 1/4 c. Softasilk Cake Flour ro 2 cups regular all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 egg whites (1/2 c.)
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 151/2 X 101/2 X 1 inch jelly roll pan. Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, 2/3 c. milk and the vanilla into a large mixer bowl. Blend 1/2 minute on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 2 minutes high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Add remaining milk and the egg whites; beat2 minutes high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool. Cut cake into small squares, rounds, diamonds, hearts or other fancy shapes.
Glaze cake pieces by placing upside down, a few at a time, on wire rack over large bowl or baking dish. Pour Petits Four Icing (recipes follow) over top so entire cake is covered at one time. (Glaze that drips off cakes into bowl can be reheated and used again.) Decorate tops with silver dragees, candy flowers, etc.
About 35, 2 inch squares. Note: Petits Fours can also be glazed by placing each cake on a fork over icing (in double boiler) and spooning glaze over each. With spatula or other fork, push cake off on to wire rack to set glaze.
Petits Four Icing
9 c. sifted confectioners' sugar (about 2 lbs.)
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
Combine ingredients in top of double boiler and heat over boiling water just to lukewarm. (Do not overheat icing or it will become dull.) Remove from heat, leaving icing over hot water to keep it thin. If desired, tint parts of icing delicate pastel colors with food color. If necessary, add hot water, just a few drops at a time, until of spreading consistency.
Apricot-glazed Petits Fours: Before pouring icing over Petits Fours, glaze each cake piece with Apricot Glaze: Heat 1 jar (12 oz.) apricot preserves with 3 Tbl. water: strain.
Place Petit Four on fork; hold over saucepan and pour warm glaze over each. Place on wire rack; let stand about one hour or until set. Glaze with Petits Fours Icing as directed above.
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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.
When I was a child, once a year my single-parent mom travel from Corning, NY with all four of us to Williamsport, PA to get our eyes checked and order our eyeglasses. Evidently that was the closest location for a PearlVision/Lenscrafters type vision store. After all of us had eye exams and chosen frames, we enjoyed a rare treat: lunch at a restaurant --- always the Tea Room in downtown Williamsport. This particular restaurant had homemade sticky buns that were offered free with each meal, as many as you could eat. Each year we vowed to eat a dozen each, but, of course, stopped after two or three. They were always warm and fresh, oozing with caramel-y, nutty goodness!! The host/owner sadly passed away during my teenage years; the restaurant has since closed.
I've tasted many a sticky bun and cinnamon bun since then, and have never tasted one that came close to that yummy-ness we experienced in Williamsport each year. If someone else remembers these sticky buns or has a great recipe for homemade sticky buns, I would love to make them for my next family gathering. Thanks! Peggy S.
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I will have a variety of jewelry, knickknacks, glassware and some very nice antique furniture. Antique furniture will be pick up only. I will also have a low priced flea market section. I do hope you enjoy your experience here.
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Featuring Costume Jewelry, Fine China and Glass, 40's thru 70's items, Pottery, Lamps are a specialty. Our Supplies category features a full line of Easels, Lucite, Riker Cases, Merchandise Tags, Labels, Poly Sleeves-Zip Bags, and Doll Cases.
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