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The Collectors Newsletter #621 -- June 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #621 -- June 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.
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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.
Editors Note - As you can see below, we received some great stories for this issue, but we'd like to get a few more on this fascinating topic. Tell us about an antique or collectible that found it's way back to you. This could be a lost item from your childhood that turns up in an unusual place many years later, or perhaps something that belonged to a relative many years ago that found its way through the years and many miles to mysteriously end up in your hands. We've had some great stories on this topic in the past and it's been quite a while since someone has sent us one. If you have a story like this, or any unusual story related to antiques and collectibles or anything vintage, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . .....Phil
In 1976, I visited my mother in Albuquerque. She was battling cancer and I knew it would be one of the last times I would see her. I had always loved her mother's Hull Art flower vase that Grandma had used when I was a little girl. Grandma had several Hull vases, but that one was my favorite--light peachy beige with a big white flower on each side. Mom put the vase in a special place in her kitchen and told me to get it if anything ever happened to her.
At her funeral, due to my moving at the time to Kansas, Mom's sister took the vase with her for safe keeping to Charlotte, NC and I was to get it later after I was settled in our new home. Later, upon visiting my aunt, I could not find the vase anywhere. At the time she was very ill and she could not remember what had happened to it. My cousin and I searched everywhere but couldn't find it, so we assumed it had been giving away or broken.
About five years ago, my daughter asked another cousin to send her a box of junk pieces that their mother (my Mom's sister-in-law) was going to throw away prior to going to a nursing home--my daughter wanted the items in case there was something we would want to keep as family memorabilia. A month or so later, while visiting my daughter, I walked through the dining room, casually glanced at her china cabinet, and burst out in tears! I just sat down on the floor and cried and cried. There was Grandmother's Hull Art vase sitting on the top shelf!!
It took 30 years for that vase to find it's way to me in Nashville, TN!! It now has a VERY special place in my dining room china cabinet and I smile every time I pass through the dining room! I know my Mom and Grandma smile, too!
By the way, that piece of "junk" is worth a pretty penny! But the memories are worth a zillion dollars! Joan H., Nashville, TN
My husband was brought up in a small town in Minn. We now live in Denver. He is a landscaper and was working on a lawn in our neighborhood. He got to chatting with the neighbor of the folks that had hired him and they discovered that they were from the same area in Minn. and this family had a picture of my husbands mother when she was a young woman. It now hangs on our 'family wall gallery'. ..Irma
A few years ago (early 80's) while visiting my paternal grandmother, while looking at her old family album I came across a picture of myself that I had never seen before. I was sitting on the front steps holding a large "mama" doll that was nearly as big as I was. I had a HUGE smile on my face. You can tell that, even at this young age, I was in love with this doll. My love of dolls continued throughout my life - eventually shifting to real babies. As my own children grew up - my focus went back to dolls - porcelain doll making and collecting antique/vintage dolls. In the mid 1980's, my pastor's wife, a very close friend and fellow doll lover, went on a trip to DC. She called me the following Sunday morning and said she had something for me. It was a large, beautiful old baby doll from the late 40's that she had bought for me in an antique shop on her trip.
One afternoon, months later, while dusting the doll, I realized that something looked familiar about it. Then it dawned on me!!!! It looked like the same doll I was holding in the photo from my grandmother. I got the photo from the frame and examined it very closely with a magnifier. It matched in EVERY DETAIL. It was an identical doll to the one I had received for my 1st birthday - nearly 50 years BEFORE!!! Of course it's not "the" doll - but she's otherwise, identical. I was stunned to have been given a doll from 1949. She's so identical that even the trim lace on her dress is the same. She's all original - complete with her original mohair wig. Every time I look at the old photo of me with that big smile on my face - I feel happy inside. I firmly believe that it's more than a coincidence that this happened. My mother had no memory of the doll - other than it had been a birthday gift. Sometimes, God just sends us little blessings - nothing big - just something to add a little joy to our lives. That's how I look at my baby and the photograph. Judy
In response to your request for stories about collectables that have come back to you, I have this to share. I grew up in a small town where playing softball on the school yard was summer entertainment for boys and girls both. In the early 1960s it was popular to have the linked identification bracelets with our name engraved on them. About 5 years ago, I received a rusted and somewhat mangled bracelet in the mail. It still had my readable name on. An old friend who lives in that community yet today, had been using a metal detector in that area and uncovered this 50+ year lost item, returned it to me and it brought back some fun childhood memories. I remembered owning one of these bracelets, but did not remember loosing it all those years ago. It is not a collectible to anyone but me....but is a rusty treasure from my childhood I was glad to get back. From a small town Nebraska girl.
I look forward to reading the newsletter as soon as it hits my inbox. With all the different stories, recipes and information, I feel like I'm part of a very special family. Thank you!
Not an antique but perhaps a collectible that came back to me. In the early 40's as a young child, I used to admire all the pretty things my mother had on her dresser. There were lots of different shaped perfume bottles, a celluloid hair brush set with a matching hand held mirror and then there was the wood box. It was round, with hand carved designs around top and bottom. The lid had a hole in the middle of it.
From the hole was a beautiful lady's painted porcelain head. The lid lifted, exposing the head with a silk scarf sewn
around the neck and a ever so soft puff attached to it. When no one was around, I'd hold up the mirror and pretend to be
a very elegant lady powdering her face. I was asked by my sister years later if there was anything I wanted of mother's. Out of the many valuable things I could have had, I chose the powder box. It now sits in my curio cabinet.
It never held powder and as far as I know I was the only one that used it. I revisit the memory each time I look at it.
Another story involves my husband. He had heard who his Godfather was and that he was a mystery writer but never had
any contact with him while growing up in New York. In the mid 60's when we were stationed in Alaska, my husband was on a hunting trip with a friend. It was in this remote area of a mountain that they came across a deserted one room wooden shack and decided
to check it out. It was bare except for two items lying in the middle of the room which my husband brought back on his return home.
One was a rusted tin handled cup, the other a paper back. It was a mystery written by his Godfather! What are the odds of that? Diana in Colorado
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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
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 May 2008.
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. Bird (related collectibles) - Not listed last month, 3. Transferware - Not listed last month, 4. Teapots - Up from #6, 5. Teacups - Not listed last month, 6. Fenton - Down from #3, 7. Pyrex - Down from #2, 8. Chintz - Not listed last month, 9. Bavaria - Not listed last month, 10. Candlestick - Not listed last month.
"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. Limoges - Up from #2, 2. Tables - Up from #4, 3. Staffordshire - No movement, 4. Chairs - Up from #5, 5. Transferware - Down from #1, 6. Sofas - Up from #9, 7. Nippon - Down from #6, 8. Tiffany - Not listed last month, 9. Rosewood - Not listed last month, 10. Desks - Down from #7.
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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 just had to send in this story. I was getting ready to attend a wake. My daughter who is nine years old, knew the person, but I did not feel that she was ready to go. I told her that I had to go and pay my respects. She responded with " well Mom throw in a dollar for me he was a nice guy". We all still get a good laugh at that. She still has a hard time understanding that paying your respects does not involve money.
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 Margie. requested a recipe for "Margarita Pie" . We had several responses.
Strawberry Marguerita Pie
1 1/2 Cup crushed pretzels
10 Tbls. melted margarine or butter
1/4 Cup sugar.
Mix and press into pie pan. Refrigerate.
1 8-oz. carton Cool Whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup mashed strawberries
1/2 cup lime juice
(I grate the zest into the mix, too)
NOTE: Gently fold Cool Whip in last. Pour into pie crust and freeze.
I thought about adding pineapple, but didn't because it might have been too
soupy. I've yet to get a frozen version since it thaws really quickly.
Margarita Cake (Orange)
1 (18.25 ounce) package orange cake mix (can be hard to find)
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup tequila
2 tablespoons triple sec liqueur (this is orange favor)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon tequila
2 tablespoons triple sec liqueur
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease (well) and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
2 In a large bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water, lemon juice 1/4 cup tequila and 2 tablespoons triple sec. Beat for 2 minutes.
3 Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to rack and pour glaze over cake while still warm.
4 To make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar with 1 tablespoon tequila, 2 tablespoons triple sec and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Mix until smooth.
Makes 1 - 10 inch Bundt cake.
I added a little extra confectioners sugar and tequila to the glaze and sprinkled a little conf. Sugar on the top...Cindy
The recipe that I use for Margarita Pie came from Williams-Sonoma and is as follows:
2/3 cup Margarita mix
3 egg yolks
1 can sweetened-condensed milk
zest of one lime
graham cracker crust.
Mix first four ingredients together and pour into graham cracker crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Chill in refrigerator. Serve with whipped topping...Noel D. -Tulsa, Oklahoma
This is "Al Roker`s Margarita Pie" It`s very sweet. The second time I made it I used a 9" square pan for baking it and cut it into rather mall pieces. Very tasty...Marian
Al Roker`s Margarita Pie
Make or purchase a graham wafer crust.
2 cans of sweetened,condensed milk
2 Tbsps. Lime or Orange zest
4 Tbsps.Cointreau(or you may use any orange flavoured liqueur such as Triple Sec)
6 Tbsps. Tequila
3/4 cup lime juice
salt to taste
Stir all ingredients together. Let set for about 5 minutes.Pour into baked crust.Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
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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.
For all of you French Canadians out there, what is Poutine? I know it involves french fries. I have a cousin who loved it, but has not had it in years. I'd like to surprise him sometime. How do you make it?...Gordan in FL
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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