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The Collectors Newsletter #610 -- May 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #610 -- May 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
The Perfect Home Business For Collectors!
This month TIAS begins our 14th year online. We have been helping people just like you to start their own online business selling antiques and collectibles. For collectors, this is a great way to make a few extra dollars. If you have a friend that also likes to collect, the two of you can share the business. Want to learn more? It's easy to get started selling online. Just go to
. If you have any questions, give Phil a call at 1-888-653-7883 or drop us a note at email@example.com
1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Delmarva Antique Bottle Club
The club was founded in 1992 by Ferdinand (Ferd) Meyer, a member of the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club who on his travels to the beach area on a regular basis, found a need for such a club to serve the lower eastern shore area of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The club has about 65 members and meets regularly on the third Friday of each month from 7:00 to 10:00pm at the Lewes Middle School, in Lewes, Delaware. The club is also a member of the FOHBC.
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 went to an auction that had 3 chalk Bobble heads that were from football teams that were long gone. I purchased 3 after a battle with 2 different people for $72.50. When the auctioneer was finished I won the auction but when the girl delivered them to me at my seat she handed them to me. I sat them very carefully at my feet and when she stepped away I kicked one of them over and broke his head. I knew my husband would kill me because I didn't have a job at the time and didn't have the money to purchase them in the first place but they were so interesting. I brought them home and told him how much I had paid for them and as I thought, he was less than excited. I sold the two undamaged ones on EBAY and tripled my money on each one because they were so rare. I hung onto the last one that was broken and finally decided to try to sell it on EBAY to try and get rid of him because I just couldn't just throw him away. I ended up doubling my money on him because of his rarity even though his head had a big hole in it. When I asked the gentleman that purchased him if he wanted insurance when I shipped him and he said "well I don't think so he is already broken." I am so glad that I didn't throw him in the trash and saved the pieces and didn't try to glue him back together. That was the last time I went to an auction and the last time I have been able to find any of the rare bobble heads since. I am so glad it turned out so well and I didn't have to hear my husband whine about the money I had spent and my accident again. It just goes to show that "one man's trash is another man's treasure." And it proved that husbands aren't always right.
Joan B., Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Like everyone I love your newsletter and have passed the info along to many of my friends who are collectors. I am looking for a good reference book or books to identify silver ware patterns. I have purchased many pieces of my own pattern on the Internet and now have enough for large family gatherings and to lend for large gatherings, and I don't have to worry about loosing a piece or two.
I love tag sales and thought I could look for pieces to sell. Arline-
I must reply to the question of what is "antique", 'Vintage" or "junk". In over 40 years of messing about with non-new items I feel I've picked up some perspective on the issue. I've worked in museums, in antique stores, both live and online, I've sold, bought and was the key figure in sorting through family homes in the downsizing process. (The stuff that went into the trash over my protests still makes me cringe, but at least I'm not divorced and still speaking to my sister and brother.) The distinction of an item as "antique" or whatever, is in the eye of the beholder or owner and ALSO dependent upon the item. Antique automobiles, for instance, are deemed such when much younger than a wooden chair. An oriental rug dealer once told me that rugs over 25 years of age were deemed "antique". In museums, we care for items in our collections with equal diligence no matter their age. Who cares? It's a constantly shifting line as time keeps adding years to everything.
Some folks just like to have hard and fast rules. That's OK as long as you understand that some of us prefer to dwell in a world of blurry lines. If you want to call it an antique after you buy an item labeled vintage, cool. And the other way around is also cool. Just don't get mad about it. That's just my opinion - Love the newsletter - Kelli
As far as Cynthia’s comments, I’m with Steve in Michigan. (Buying from dealers in a mall and putting the items for sale in your booth at the same mall) I have several dealers buy my items because I price them right. There shouldn’t be picky laws against other dealers not buying. When I do flea markets, I sell quite a bit setting up to other dealers. This is fine with me, the whole purpose is to sell the stuff and get rid of it. Or am I wrong about that? Wes in Minnesota.
Regarding the white quilt with red appliqué having water stains on the back, you have to be brave. It is risky because red dyes can be unstable and bleed into the white fabric. I would not soak the quilt because it gives the dye more time to migrate. Here is what I would do. I would run the washing machine full of cold water for a large load. In a separate basin, fill it with hot tap water and dissolve 2 scoops of Arm & Hammer Powdered Detergent With Bleach (it contains a non-chlorine bleach). Pour the detergent into the machine and let it agitate a little before putting the quilt into the machine. Let the quilt wash on a gentle cycle. You may need to let it go through a second rinse to remove all the detergent. The next step is most important. Dry the quilt quickly by putting it into your electric dryer. The longer the quilt remains wet, the more time the dyes will have to migrate. Many quilters will recommend washing the quilt by hand in a bathtub using a special soap. I believe this method is harder on quilts. When wet quilts are very heavy and all that weight could strain some fragile fabrics and threads. Laying the quilt out on the grass to dry in the sun light could help bleach out some of the stains but the down side would be red dye migrating into the white fabric. I have used my method to clean many antique quilts and have been very pleased. Caution: Made sure that all tears and loose areas have been mended or reinforced before laundering. Joyce in Asheboro, NC
Hi, not sure exactly where this should go. I do need help to find something. If it needs to go into Classifieds, please let me know.
I was born in 1955, grew up in Berwyn, IL, 23 miles from Chicago in a blue collar Italian family. My Dad was a carpenter and our family had 7 kids to feed. Every Monday without fail, my Mom would make a pot of
Italian red Sauce. She created it in a large heavy silver pot/kettle with a thin metal handle that swung down to one side. This pot also came with a glass lid (she never used it for fear of one of the kid's breaking it). I don't remember a metal lid, though it could have had one. It was either cast aluminum or cast iron. As a kid it was heavy. It was probably 18" across and 10"-12" deep. You could smell it through the neighborhood and everyone knew she was making sauce. That sauce would last all week and was heavenly. The meatballs and pasta that was served cannot be measured.
As the oldest girl, I got to watch how my Mom made it. I grew up and moved west to Seattle. I have made my own sauce over the years, just like my Mom taught me but it just is not the same. It has to be that
pot. I have tried different ones to no avail.
My Mom passed away at 64 about 18 years ago. I never asked for the "Sauce Pot" assuming my Father used it and it was a family treasure. After about 8 years, I got up the nerve to tell my Father I wanted Mom's
sauce pot. And he said he never saw it after my Mom died. I was floored, and continued to remind him whenever he found it, it was the only thing I wanted from my Mom.
My Dad passed away over the last Holidays and with the family in turmoil the chance is slim that it will be found.
I have looked at older Griswolds and Wagners but it doesn't appear to be the same pot. I have searched thrift stores and ebay but found nothing.So if anyone who has an idea of the type of large metal pots available in the Chicagoland area in the late 50's/early 60's I would be ever so grateful. Thank you, Margie N.
One more comment about labeling photos. I inherited most of my maternal grandmother's very old photographs. As I showed them to family members and learned "who" was in each picture I began writing on the backs of them in pencil - just as my grandmother had done on some of them when they were new. What I didn't think about was that with the passage of time, the photo chemicals had sort of hardened the surface - this is why so many old b/w photos are cracked, etc. Using a pencil on them will cause the impression to come through the front of the picture.
Now, I use a waterproof, acid free pen and gently write on the backs. These pens won't fade through or bleed onto other pictures and the liquid ink requires little pressure. God Bless, Judy
Preserving the Life of Your Jewelry
Your first piece of jewelry is always the most precious and dearest piece since it was most likely given to you by a much cherished person—it is your own personal treasure. As the years pass, you acquire more pieces, whether they are gifts, inheritance or you purchase them for yourself. Some you will like more than others and there will be those that are your signature pieces—the ones you wear everyday or quite frequently. Regardless how many pieces of jewelry you own, your jewelry should be well maintained and cared for. Your jewelry will be in pristine condition with a little TLC.
Let’s begin with daily wear. Are you aware that soaps, shampoos, powders and lotions can build up a lot or residue and leave a filmy build-up under and around a setting? This would reduce the brilliance of a diamond or the brightness or intensity of a colored gemstone. This can also give gold a dull appearance. -- Because of the length of this article, please go to:
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3) Antique News
The TIAS "Hot List" for April 2008
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of April 2007.
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 top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar - No movement, 2. Pyrex - Up from #5, 3. Fenton - No movement, 4. Carnival Glass - Up from #6, 5. Stamps - Not listed last month, 6. Teapots - Up from #7, 7. Cameos - Not listed last month, 8. Fire King - Not listed last month, 9. Dolls - No movement, 10. Milk Glass - Down from #8
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top twenty search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Transferware - Not listed last month, 2. Limoges - Down from #1, 3. Staffordshire - Up from #8, 4. Tables - No movement, 5. Chairs - Down from #2, 6. Nippon - Down from #3, 7. Desks - Up from #9, 8. White Ironstone - Down from #6, 9. Sofas - Up from #10, 10. Pitchers - Not listed last month.
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. The Latest News in the May 2008 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter
2. Serious Toyz to Feature 1249 Quality Lots of Toys & Collectibles at May 16 -17, 2008 Auction
3. Staffordshire figures based upon literary subjects will be displayed at the Garden City library
4. Morphy Legend Coin Auctions’ May 6 debut features 1876 Proof Set, other rarities
5. The Yale Wonder Clock in a Class by Itself Strikes It Rich at Auction
6. Superb Babe Ruth-Autographed Ball in Auction
7. Asselmeier & May "Mary Kendall" Antique Estate Auction
8. THE MAY 2008 ISSUE OF MEDAL NEWS IS NOW ON SALE!
9. Using Logic to Beat the Art Market - artmarketblog.com
10. Regulating the Art Market - artmarketblog.com
11. May 2008 issue of Toy Collector Magazine available online now
12. Ruggiero & Associates’ Spring Online Auction Screams past Estimates On iGavel.com
13. "Peanuts" strips, "X-Men" art top Philip Weiss 4/26 sale
14. ANTIQUE HAVILAND LIMOGES CHINA TO BE FEATURED AT HOLLY LANE ANTIQUES NEW ENGLAND SUMMER SHOWS
15. Tradewinds Spring All-Cane Auction
16. 19th Annual Original Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival
17. Gorbachev portrait hits $144,000 at Gene Shaprio sale
18. The Burp Party at Mama’s Treasures
19. Public Auction May 24,2008 8:30 am
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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 live in a small town with 5 antique shops. I took my visiting son to the shops and introduced him to the owners who are my friends and neighbors. One of the shop owners said to him, "You love antiques as does your Mother?" My son replied, "No, the only antique I love is my Mom." Lucy C.
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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, Janice G. requested a recipe for "Chewy Pralines" or "Krugerhoff Pound Cake" . We had one response.
I believe Janice is looking for Kugelhoph pound cake.
Though it originated in Austria, this sweet raisin-filled yeast bread has become a specialty of the Alsace region of France, where it is often served for breakfast or brunch. It's traditionally baked in a tall, decorative tube pan, which gives the cake its characteristic angled and ridged pattern.
Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 4 hr
Servings: Makes 8 to 10 dessert or snack servings.
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (less than 1 envelope)
2 tablespoons warm water (105–115°F)
1 cup whole milk
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces and softened
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups golden raisins
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange or lemon zest
About 20 whole blanched almonds (1/2 oz)
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
Special equipment: a standing electric mixer with paddle attachment; an 11-cup kugelhopf mold (9 1/2 inches in diameter) or an 11- to 12-cup bundt pan
Stir together yeast and water in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. (If mixture doesn't foam, discard and start over with new yeast.)
Heat milk with 6 tablespoons butter and granulated sugar over low heat, stirring, until mixture is warm (105 to 115°F), butter is melted, and sugar is dissolved.
Sift together flour and salt into bowl of standing mixer. Make a well in flour and add yeast mixture. Add warm milk in a slow stream, mixing at low speed with paddle attachment. Increase speed to medium and beat in eggs 1 at a time, then beat in raisins and zest. Continue to beat until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. (Dough will be very sticky.)
Butter kugelhopf mold with remaining tablespoon butter. Put 1 almond in each depression in bottom of mold (the almonds are only decorative; you can skip them altogether if your mold has no depressions), then scrape spoonfuls of dough evenly into mold (dough will be very elastic). Cover top of mold with oiled plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm place until it fills pan, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Remove towel from kugelhopf and gently peel off plastic wrap. Bake kugelhopf in middle of oven 15 minutes, then loosely cover mold with foil and continue to bake until golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes more. Cool in pan 2 minutes, then invert cake onto a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour. Dust with confectioners sugar.
• Kugelhopf is best eaten the same day it's made; however, leftovers are delicious toasted.
• Use a light-colored metal pan. Because they retain more heat, dark metal pans, including nonstick, will likely make your baked goods darker and decrease the cooking times.
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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.
I'm looking for a good Hamantaschen Recipe. I'm sure one of your readers has a version of this favorite that has been passed down several generations. That's the version I'm looking for. A big thanks, Lexi
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.
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Welcome to Mitchell Antiques online! I have been in business for over 25 years. I have a large store full of antiques and collectibles. We gladly accept Paypal.
Our store contains many types of collectibles which are rare and some not but all items are of the highest quality..
Aged & Aging Things
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.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
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