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The Collectors Newsletter #606 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #606 -- April 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.
Crazy Quilt Society
Over 500 members who enjoy collecting, making or studying crazy quilts; newsletter published quarterly; annual conference.
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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.
I was participating in a sale held in a garage and things were displayed in the garage and on its driveway. A customer paid $20 for an interesting large glass bottle. As he was leaving, he stopped to look at something else. He carelessly put the bottle he just bought down on the driveway, it fell over and smashed! That was sad for all concerned....Helene ( Editors Note - I'm sure this story is not unique. What is the worse accident you have had with a newly acquired treasure? What did you learn NOT to do? Share your experience with our readers. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org )
In response to the gentleman who runs from booths that are color coordinate! Why get all flustered over how items are displayed. It is the sellers prerogative as to how he/she wishes to display their wares. I enjoy the hunt and if I see an item I like I examine it antique or not. If the price is to my liking I buy it and look some more. By the way, my blood pressure is fine. Alley in Texas
Dear friends, I'm so glad that Judy, clarified that antiques were 100 years old. I've always felt like I was old as an antique but now I found out I'm "vintage" thanks Judy
When i read the note from Judy about 40's and 50's items being "vintage" i had to laugh. My Mom always called items from that period "early attic".--Kit
Hello! I have a doubt: Some years ago I read in a decorating book that the older the china (plates, cups, etc.) the better the chance that the piece is not dated or marked in any way and that the china was marked since certain date in the 19th century thereon.
A few weeks ago, I went to a flea market and heard a woman arguing with the seller because she was selling a brown transferware plate (not so fine or well made - the drawing seemed to be transferred in sections and overlapping in the edges) as an antique but the plate was not marked. It had no marks on it. The buyer was angry because estimated that the seller was lying about the item.
Who is right on this? What is correct? Thank you. María, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Mymother-in-law came up with a very unique use for her children's socks. She saved those that were mismatched or just unique when they were outgrown or used up. She cut the tops off of them and sewed them together into quilt blocks, which she framed and gave to each of her children when they were adults. They brought back a lot of memories for the kids ("I remember those cowboy socks!"). My husband's "sock block" is prominently displayed in our living room and gets a lot of comments. How unique! Jody in Troy, OH
Had to add my two cents and tell you all a wonderful story; My dad (whose now 79 years young) father died in a hunting accident in Ashland WI when my father was a year old. In fact his mother was pregnant with his brother at the time of the accident. So two boys grew up without a father in the 30's. My father became very interested in his family tree in his 60's and made several trips to see older relatives and especially elderly aunts. He lives now in New Mexico and would travel once a year and stop at all the homes looking for pictures of relatives. Well pretty soon the elderly aunts looked forward to his yearly visits and would scour their attics looking for something to give him. Lo and behold one of these aunts had found a letter written on the back of a Sears Catalog sheet that his father had written a letter to Santa in 1917. You cant imagine how much that little letter meant to my father. So I always try to keep something for future generations. You never know what be in my attic!!!! Carrie Waukegan IL
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. eBay to drop live auction platform?
2. Art Market Vultures Descend - artmarketblog.com
3. Grey Flannel's May 14 auction features coin ops, amusements from 1962 Seattle World's Fair
4. Recently Discovered American Manuscripts to be Auctioned on iGavel.com
5. RESULTS: Sotheby's Spring 2008 Photographs Sales - April 7-8, 2008
6. Heritage Awards High Relief $20 to Lucky Maryland Collector
7. Sotheby's Hong Kong Results, Day One - April 8, 2008
8. RESULTS: The Quillan Collection of 19th and 20th Century Photographs at Sotheby's
9. Results: Fine Musical Instruments realizes $3,663,125/£1,831,563/€ 2,333,201
10. PIMCO Founder Bill Gross Will Sell More Historic Stamps For Charity
11. Concert Memorabilia of Hendrix, Grateful Dead & Cream in Pop Culture Auction April 26
12. Beatles Memorabilia and Records in Pop Culture Auction April 26
13. The next Good, Better, "Best" Appraiser Workshop
14. Vintage Aladdin Oil Lamps
15. Vintage Kitchen Collectibles Help Warm Up Today's Commercial Style Kitchens
16. REAL ENOUGH TO FLY AWAY – CARVED BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT IN NORTH CAROLINA ON MAY 3
17. Autographs featured in Pop Culture Auction April 26
18. B& C Emporium Original and Reproduction hardware
19. Antiquing: The Pleasure Principle and Tag Sales
20. Tyrone Power Memories Alive at Auction and LiveAuctionTalk.com
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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.
When my grandson was about 6 years old, we were riding in the van one day on our way to dinner. As usual, he and his "Papa" were teasing each other. My husband loves to tease the grandkids. Thankfully, my grandson has a great sense of humor. But, finally, when Brandon had had enough, he put his hand out in a "STOP" motion and said, "Papa, just zip it and give it to Gawd (God)". Talking just like an old fashioned preacher. "Yep, just zip it and give it to Gawd!! "And if you ask for it back, He will say "NO" and the angels will take it far away"!!
When we could finally breathe again after laughing so hard, I asked Brandon where he had heard that. He replied "I just thinked it up all by myself just now". This child's sense of humor blesses my life every day. You simply cannot be around him and be in a bad mood. His joy of life is contagious. Brandon finds excitement in even the smallest things. How I wish we could all be that way. He's always smiling and loves teasing everyone. Brandon has been happy like this since he was a baby and I pray that this part of his personality never changes. God Bless, Judy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Erica Williams requested a recipe for "Pierogi 's”. we had several response
My grandmother was Ukrainian and She taught my Mother to make
Pierogies! My mother taught me and here is the recipe! 4 cups flour, 1cup water, (a little at a time) 2 eggs. Mix together and make into little balls. Roll out and cut the size of a small saucer. and fill with potatoe mixture(below) . Boil until they float. Put in pan with melted butter and diced onions and fry till brown. For the potato filling, mix mashed potatoes and velveeta cheese together.Make this to your taste. Place in dough. FOld over like a little dumpling and press edges together. For sauerkraut, use canned (drained) and mix in a little mashed potatoes to hold together and place in dough as above. THese freeze well too. Just freeze before you boil and fry. Then take out of freezer and boil and fry them. No meed to thaw. These take a lot of time to make-but they are worth it!!!
PIEROGI - DOUGH AND FILLING
15 3/4 oz. (3 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour; more for dusting
3 large eggs
2 tbs. sour cream
1 c. water; more as needed
Butter or vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine the flour, eggs, sour cream, and 1/2 cup of water. Stir, beating the eggs as you mix. Gradually add the rest of the water, stirring until the mixture begins to come together. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface. Knead gently with your fingertips, lifting the dough off the counter and dropping it down (the dropping technique is key for delicate and pliable dough), taking care not to overwork it. Knead until the ingredients are blended and the dough is smooth on the outside and slightly sticky when poked, 2 to 5 min. Gather in a ball, wrap in plastic, and let rest for at least 20 min. while you make the filling (see below).
While you fill the pierogis, put 5 qt. water on to boil. Drop the pierogis in batches into the boiling water, stirring occasionally. When they float to the top, cook for another 2 to 4 min.; bite into one to check that there's no chalky line. Drain in a colander of fish them out with a spider and put them in a bowl. Sauté as described below or simply a dollop of butter and salt and pepper; jostle the bowl to toss.
To sauté the pierogis:
Warm 1 1/2 tbs. butter or 3 tbs. vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Without crowding the pan, add the boiled, drained pierogis and sauté until golden brown and puffy on both sides.
3 medium baking potatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.), peeled and cut in 1-inch slices
2 tbs. unsalted butter; more as needed
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 cups finely shredded white cabbage (about 1/4 very small cabbage)
2 tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Put the potatoes in a pot with just enough cold salted water to cover them and boil until soft, 15 to 20 min. Meanwhile, melt the butter with the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 2 min. Add the cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage starts to soften and brown at the edges, about 8 min. Lower the heat and continue cooking until the cabbage and onion are nicely browned and caramelized, about 20 min. Season with salt and pepper. You may need to add 1 tbs. or more of butter or oil, as the mixture will absorb quite a bit of fat. Set aside to cool.
When the potatoes are tender, drain them in a colander and press lightly with a dry kitchen towel to dry them thoroughly. Return the potatoes to their hot pot and shake them dry. Remove the pot from the heat; add the cooled cabbage mixture, the cheese, and the parsley. Mash the ingredients until they're well blended and there are no more potato lumps; you may want to use a stiff whisk. Season again with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool while you roll out the pierogi dough.
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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.
Does anyone have the recipe for a chocolate fudge recipe that used to be on the back of the bakers unsweetened chocolate box around the late 60's and 70's? I know it called for sugar, vanilla ,butter, milk and you boiled it and I just can't remember the whole thing. It was sugary not creamy. Thank you!!
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com 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.
Our store contains many types of collectibles which are rare and some not but all items are of the highest qualaity.
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We specialize in variety, glassware, pottery, tableware, advertisement, lamps, plush toys, kitchenware, jewelery, and more. Some things are more aged than others and some more loved than others,but all have years left to be loved some more.
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