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The Collectors Newsletter #607 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #607 -- 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.
D.L.T.C. - Dog Licenses Tokens, & Collars
This site was created for the dog license collector and to stimulate interest in dog and cat (tax) license tag collecting. There will also be information about antique dog and cat collars, rabies tags, miniature dog collar locks and dog related tokens. The club DLTC has an interactive component (with a paid membership) and is highly informative, with eBay Action updates and snipings, dog law, facts and trivia.
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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.
To me, the chances of finding the missing pieces to my trivet set was near zero.
Over 10 yrs. ago, I purchased 2 colorful trivets at a garage sale in McKinney, TX. They were "winter" and "summer" trivets sold by Lillian Vernon - 1984. I thought I could purchase "fall" and "spring" directly from the company if they still had them in stock. Customer Service looked through their records but they were no longer available. Around 6 yrs. ago I was in the Frisco Resale store in Frisco, TX and on a shelf there was my missing "fall" trivet. The chances of ever finding "spring" was so slim that I no longer looked for it. Last month, March 2008, I was off work and was in McKinney, TX. I went in the Plaza Thrift Store and planned to just spend about 20 minutes for a quick look at what was new as I had not been there for many months. I did a quick lap by housewares and there it was sitting on the edge of a shelf .....my missing "spring" trivet. It's like it was just waiting for me to come buy it for 95 cents. I now have all 4 seasons hanging in my kitchen. The scene on the trivets is a small house and a tree that changes as the seasons change. This is my most memorable find. Meg G.
I use a regular dust rag for the flat surfaces and a dusting wand for the sides of the furniture. I decided that the dusting wand mainly transferred the dust from one piece of furniture to the next. Now I put one of the single socks over the dusting wand and wash the sock after. The dusting wand stays clean and doesn't transfer the dust. And---you don't have to stoop as much to do a good dusting! Mary
I've read with interest the comments regarding labeling pictures. I agree - it is important to not only label pictures but also to date them. It saves hours of work for those of us 60 or even 100 years later who are comparing faces or clothing to try to date photos. My caveat to this is to make sure that whatever you use to label those precious pictures is not going to harm the photographs. Make sure that it won't bleed through to the other side and that it's acid free. Otherwise those precious pictures won't be around long enough for our future generations to enjoy. Pam P - Scotland Co, NC
This is in response to the comment by Cynthia who was taken back by the antique mall dealer who purchased an item from another dealer in the same mall and then resold it in their own booth. Why on earth would she be shocked by that or even more, why would an antique mall outlaw this? I am a dealer in an antique mall and I have had dealers buy things from me and flat out tell me they were going to resell for a higher price. I got the price I wanted, and if they think they can make even more then more power to them. It is a free country after all! And the fact of the matter is this - every item an antique dealer sells was purchased somewhere for a lesser amount and then resold for a profit, be it from an auction or garage sale or wherever. Why should it matter if it was from a fellow dealer in the same antique mall? It’s the dealers own fault if they under priced something. It sounds to me like some dealers just can’t handle getting a taste of their own medicine! Steve in Michigan
I recently bought a 50 year old quilt at an auction. The body of the quilt is white cotton with red appliqué. The quilt is still bright and new, probably never having been washed. The problem is large water stains on the back of the quilt. I am afraid to even soak it for fear of the red running from the appliqué. Any suggestions on how to remove the water stains? I love the newsletter and have gotten some great info from it…..Please keep sending the tips. Doreen
I have a few tips for cleaning cloth with stains. If it's white, try Sun Bleaching; wet the item, mix powdered detergent into a paste, about the consistency of pancake batter, rub it into the whole item and lay it on a sheet or plastic bags, spread out in the sun to get the whitest white you can accomplish without bleach, this removes the yellowing left on swimsuits from the chlorine. After you have it white enough, rinse then wash as normal, or you will overflow your washer with bubbles, Lucy.
Another remedy is to use CLR (calcium, lime & rust remover) I don't know about using this on DARK colors, but I've used it on medium yellow cotton oxford with no fading or damage (soaked a rusted dress shirt for 1 whole day) it only takes out rust, blood, and other types of 'oxidation' stains. The sun bleaching removes most organic ones, and alcohol removes ink or synthetic stains. If all else fails, and you're going to toss the item, try the color removing towelettes women use for removing synthetic hair color that alcohol won't touch. Use with caution, this may remove color, too. Cat L. -Houston, TX
Your question "What is the worst accident you have had with a newly acquired treasure? What did you learn NOT to do?" hit home with me. I didn't have an accident, but I did make a $3500 mistake that taught me what NOT to do.
I stopped at a "moving" sale late one Saturday afternoon. It was a cold day and most everything was gone, but I did see a smallish piece with an unusual shape, apparently a vase, decorated with chrysanthemums and interesting twisted handles. I asked about it and was told it was a liqueur bottle. The artist then said "I think it was brought from the old country by my grandparents. There's a stopper around here for it somewhere."
>From his casual comment I was envisioning a piece of cork or rubber. He started to give a cursory look for "the stopper," but did not find it right away. Not wanting to impose on him, and wanting to get in out of the cold after a long day myself, I said "Oh, that's OK, don't bother." I bought the piece for a couple of dollars or less, and left.
After I got it home and looked closer, I discovered the piece had an iridescent glaze on the flowers, a crest on the bottom, and crazing that I suspected meant it was porcelain. Turns out the "vase" was a piece of Hungarian art porcelain by Zsolnay and was about 100 years old. Also turns out that it had been "cut" to turn it onto a cordial bottle - I'm told this was quite common in those days - and the "stopper" was a important part of the piece. With the missing top, the piece was worth about $3500 to a Zsolnay collector. Without it, it had no market value. Of course, by the time I learned all this the seller was long gone (remember, it was a "moving" sale) and I had no idea who he was.
What I learned from this expensive mistake? If the seller says there's a missing piece from the item, no matter how insignificant it seems at first, or how little you are paying, don't walk away without it!
I still love the piece for its special beauty, but it now also has a good lesson attached. Linda
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
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2. Artfact Launching Live Auction Market for Art, Antiques and Collectibles as eBay Exits
3. Alcatraz Occupation Flag Flies High at Auction
4. Memories On Main Street Antique Show and Sale Morristown, Tennessee
5. FINE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS GO ON THE BLOCK AT SKINNER MAY 4TH
6. Spink Smythe sees world record for obsolete currency at April 9th auction.
7. Antiques Online
8. Coca Cola Antiques Coca Cola Collectables
9. Antique Dealers TV™ Launches Boston and Philadelphia Antique Dealer Websites
10. Mr. Atomic toy robot hits $15,820 at Philip Weiss sale
11. artnet Online Auctions - Latin American Art Sale
12. Bidders Gear-Up for Kaminski’s Spring Auction
13. Tough Times For Medina Toy Museum - Auction Scheduled for Saturday
14. Buying Affordable Art Online No. 9 - artmarketblog.com
15. Pop Culture Icons featured at Auction April 26
16. Comics, Art, Animation, Toys, Collectibles, Disney & Pop Culture in April 26 Auction
17. LiveAuctioneers.com announces plans to launch independent online-bidding platform
18. Rinkya Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Grendizer in Italy
19. Antique Auction Featuring Boston, MA Advertising Items
20. RESULTS: Sotheby's Magnificent Bordeaux and Burgundy Evening Sale - April 10, 2008
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I have just recently resubscribed to your newsletter, which I love. I kept wondering what happened to you--but now am subscribed again! I have a story for your Humor Section.
Many years ago, my son would accompany me to a neighborhood auction. The auctioneer was a bit on the pompous side, but we enjoyed the auction. At this particular time, he was describing a particular item as having a wonderful "faux marble" top. without missing a beat, my son leaned over to me and said "Faix Marb le? Fauxmica is more like it. I got a good laugh out of his remark as did several people seated around us. Kathleen, Northern Virginia.
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
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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, a reader requested a recipe for "chocolate fudge recipe that used to be on the back of the bakers unsweetened chocolate box ”. we had several response
Hello, Does anyone remember the luscious marbled pound cake from the A&P which was sold in 1968? It was such a great cake! Maybe someone would have the recipe? Thanks, Susie
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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.
Think this is the fudge recipe that a reader was looking for. I have made it many times as a child and is wonderful over ice cream before it sets up.We used to get all our recipes off boxes. Joyce Binns
OLD FASHION FUDGE
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
1 Tbsp. white syrup. 2 Tbsp. Cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt. 2 Tbsp. butter
Mix sugar, milk, cream, syrup and cocoa together in medium saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking until mixture reaches soft ball stage. Add salt, vanilla and butter. Cool until lukewarm. Beat until starts to thicken and loses gloss. Pour into 8 inch buttered pan. It doesn't call for nuts but we always added Black Walnuts. SOOOOOOOO Good.
2 sq. Baker's unsweetened chocolate
3/4 c. milk
2 c. sugar
Dash of salt
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
Place chocolate and milk in heavy saucepan. Stir constantly over very low heat until smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and salt; stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture boils. Continue boiling, without stirring, until small amount of mixture forms a soft ball in cold water. Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla. Do not stir.
Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees). Beat until mixture begins to lose its gloss and holds its shape. Pour at once into buttered 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. Cool until set, then cut into squares. Let stand in pan until firm. Makes about 1 pound or about 1 1/2 dozen.
I have the “Baker’s Chocolate and Coconut Favorites” booklet from before 1980. (It has my maiden name written in it.) I don’t see a copyright date printed in the booklet. There are two chocolate fudge recipes. Janet S. – Mansfield, OH
3/4 cup Baker’s Cocoa
3 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped nuts (Optional)
Combine cocoa, sugar, salt, milk, and butter in a large saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Cover and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Then remove cover and cook without stirring until a little ball of the mixture forms a soft ball in cold water – or to a temperature of 234 degrees F. Add vanilla and cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F.). Beat until mixture just begins to thicken and lose its gloss. Stir in nuts. Pour into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan. Cool and cut. Makes about 36 pieces.
2 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
3/4 cup milk
2 cups sugar
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt chocolate in milk in heavy saucepan over very low heat. Blend well. Add sugar and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Then cook without stirring until mixture forms a soft ball in cold water-or to a temperature of 234 degrees F. Add butter and vanilla. Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F.). Beat until mixture just begins to thicken and lose it’s gloss. Pour at once into a buttered 8x4x3 or 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Cool and cut. Makes about 2 pounds, 18 pieces.
-For larger recipe, double all ingredients, using 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Chocolate Nut Fudge: Prepare Chocolate Fudge, adding 1 cup broken walnuts before pouring into pan.
Chocolate Coconut Fudge: Prepare Chocolate Fudge, adding 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups Baker’s Anger Flake or Premium Shred Coconut; then pour into pan.
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.
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