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The Collectors Newsletter #626 -- July 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #626 -- July 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.
Fisher-Price Collectors Club
Members study, research, discusses and write about Fisher-Price toys; preserve and promote the collection of Fisher-Price toys and related items; annual convention in conjunction with ToyFest in August in East Aurora, NY. For more information, Click Here:
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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.
We need your stories. Has anything unusual ever happened to you while collecting?. Has an antique or collectible that you have acquired been found in some unusual way? Tell us your story. Send it to email@example.com and we'll publish it here. Many thanks, Phil
I just had to write because I witnessed something yesterday that just broke my heart.
I was in an antique shop and this older couple came in. You could tell they were very proud by the way they carried themselves.
They had brought in some items that they were wanting to sell. Most were damaged and faded, but they had a set of glasses that were very old and in very good condition. I believe I heard someone mention that they were Kings Crown or something like that.
The owner looked them over and told this older couple that they had several sets of glasses. There were about 12 all together. Anyway, the owner said I guess I could give you $20 for all of them if you want to throw in these 2 plates also.
The couple looked dismayed but agreed to sell the items for $20.
This is what I want to address to shop owners and dealers. Generally, if an older couple is trying to sell something--then they really need the money. I have no problem with a dealer or shop owner trying to make a living but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider who is selling the item. You can offer a fair price and still make a nice profit. I wish now that I had gone over and offered to purchase the items for more but I guess I so appalled that I wasn't thinking. I live on disability and have limited funds but to see someone taken such advantage of really made by blood boil.
So please have some kindness and consideration in your heart next time an old couple come inside your place of business or approach you as a dealer. THAT MAY BE YOU SOMEDAY.... Denise
I had to laugh at Bonnie's story about eating Exlax as a child. When my oldest son was about three years old, unbeknownst to me, he got into the fridge and ate several squares of exlax - of course; thinking it was Hershey's candy. I called the doctor as soon as I discovered it but he said there was nothing to do medically. He did suggest that we put him BACK into disposable diapers for a couple of days. I promptly followed his advice and BOY! was I glad I did. He returned to "normal" after about 48 hours. It was the LAST time this child ate "chocolate" without first making sure that it was really chocolate.
This is the same son who, the night before a long road trip to visit family in Louisiana, decided to put "gas" in the car we had just had thoroughly checked out. We discovered later that evening that the "gas" can contained WATER!! We had to have the gas tank pumped out. But, what could you do? He was only 3 1/2 and he thought he was "helping".
Another time, he HELPED with the same car - a 1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle. He decided to wash it for us - using the water hose - WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN. The floor of this car was recessed about 3 inches. I found him with the hose and discovered 3 INCHES of water in the floor of the car.
At about age 6, he fell 25 feet out of a tree, barely missing the concrete patio. If a couple of branches had not broken with him as he fell, I doubt he would be here today.
A few of his other antics - he set several small fires in the yard next door, sprayed insect repellent in his mouth, and the funniest - in first grade, he went into the bathroom (which was in the school room) and came out wearing another outfit. That night, the teacher called and told me that Craig had entertained the class by changing into a green shorts set in the middle of the day. I was puzzled because he didn't own a green shorts set. I later discovered that it was his short summer pajamas. When I asked him why he had worn his pj's under his jeans - he told me it was so he wouldn't have to get ready for bed that night!!!
This child eventually became an Embassy Security Guard in the Marine Corp. (YES! they trusted him with a GUN!) and, later, became an ordained Protestant minister!!! God does have a sense of humor!!! He "blessed" my son and his wife with a son just like he was!!!! I just sit back and laugh when they go through similar incidents with him. God Bless, Judy
About the epitaph and its postscript:
To follow you , I’d be content
But first I need to know which way you went!
It took me a long time to remember the verse but it finally came to me last night and I just had to forward it on....J. Hill - Washington, IN.
If anyone is thinking of using that, it would scan better as:
To follow you, I’d be content,
But tell me first which way you went!
To which I’ll add that in Rehoboth, Delaware, there’s a graveyard with tombstone that really does say “I told you I was sick.” This isn’t hearsay...I’ve seen it myself.
Nancy B., Alexandria, Va.
In reading about the sister who "kneeled" when she should have "kneeded", it reminded me of something that happened with peonies of old. I laughed so hard about the biscuits and laughed again as the story jogged my memory about those old peonies.
I am talking about peony bulbs that had been given to my mother by her mother and then handed down when I got married. These bulbs, when fully grown into lovely plants, always had the largest blossoms I have ever seen, anywhere. During the depression years, my brother Tom, sisters June and Caroline, and I would take our red wagon that held bunches of beautiful pink, white and dark red peonies and we'd walk two miles to get to the corner of Highway 53 and Route 64 in Lombard, Illinois. At the busy corner, we would sell the peonies for a quarter a bunch to people heading home from work, and take the money back to Mom for milk or bread...whatever the coins would buy.
My mother's flower gardens were so very lovely. The peonies blossoms were the size of dinner plates. I remember people driving by and stopping their cars in front of our house, just to look at the flowers in Mom's garden. One time, a man "just passing by", knocked on the door and asked to buy flowers for his wife. Mother didn't charge him much, because these were hard times for people.
After I married, my mother gave me her lovely old peony bulbs...she wanted them to be passed down, as they had been to her. Along with the bulbs, she told me the secret in having such large blossoms. So wherever my family moved, the bulbs came along to our next home.
I always remembered Mom's words, as she said, "Betty, to get large blossoms, you need to pinch off the small buds, giving the main bud the nutrients it needs to grow. I passed this information on to my husband, in the course of conversation, one day. Well, a time came that I was not able to do the necessary pinching, and to my amazement my husband took on the chore. When I was back on my feet again, I walked out to look at my mother's lovely peonies. Something was not quite right...the blossoms were small, with zillions of little buds surrounding each blossom. I asked my husband if he had done what was needed to get the buds to grow into huge blossoms, and he said, "I did what you said. I pinched each and every bud on those plants! Oops! I wonder, did I forget to mention that they needed to be pinched OFF?
I hope this will give you another chuckle. I am laughing as I write. Betty, Dixon, IL
I have a comment on Jackie's "Santa footprints" story...
my cousin did the same thing for his boys when they were small,
except he used talcum powder and tracked into each of their bedrooms.
one year, the five-year-old came running to his parents screaming
"Santa is still in my room!" when questioned. he explained that there
was a set of footprints going into his room, but none coming out.
he'll make a fine CSI someday. Jean B., Elgin, IL
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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1. The Latest News in the July 2008 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter
2. “Mickey’s Magic Hat” artwork for 1935 Good Housekeeping sells privately for $35,125
3. The old cook stove
4. "Find your Replacement Dinnerware from Dinnerware Replacements"
5. Artist Resale Rip-off - artmarketblog.com
6. HUGE ANTIQUES SUMMER EVENT
7. Garth's Summer Asian, European and Fine Art Auction
8. Autograph dealers work to educate about fakes and forgeries
9. Dmitri Young's Baseball Card Collection on Display
10. Dinnerware Replacements Adds Still More Inventory
11. Cookie Jars top TIAS "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles
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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've always had an appreciation for antiques, but not having the right budget, I relied on yard sales. I found this great desk that was small and would fit into my youngest daughter's bedroom. It's lovely with a burnished pattern on each drawer with fancy hanging knobs for pull-outs. Plus, it sits on wheels. Even my husband loved it, and he's a hard sell. Luckily it was from a neighborhood sale, so I pushed it home as I don't have a truck. I called ahead for my husband to meet me in the garage. My youngest was so excited when she saw it and immediately started pulling on the small center drawer. She then looked at me confused asking, "where does the keyboard go?" We laughed at that one, and no, we did not alter the desk for her keyboard. She has a small laptop. Alma, California
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
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Ann requested a recipe for "White Chocolate Cake". We had several responses.
Hopefully this is what Ann is looking for. You could add food coloring to
the frosting if you did not want white on white.
From a faithful reader in Oregon
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
6 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the 2 1/2 cups
flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In small saucepan, melt 6 ounces white chocolate and hot water over low
heat. Stir until smooth, and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar until light and
fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in
flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix in melted white chocolate and
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Pour batter into two 9 inch round cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in
the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake
comes out clean.
To make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine 6 ounces white chocolate, 2 1/2
tablespoons flour and 1 cup milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly, until mixture is very thick. Cool completely.
In large bowl, cream 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat
until light and fluffy. Gradually add cooled white chocolate mixture. Beat
at high speed until it is the consistency of whipped cream. Spread between
layers, on top and sides of cake.
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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 need the recipe for "Smith Island Cake". I think it's a famous multilayer cake from Maryland. Becky
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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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Our store features old coins, records( especially 78's ), plus a variety of other interesting older items such as toys, postcards, and whatever else might come along. Give us a look, you might be glad you did. Thank You.
The Brass Brassiere
The Brass Brassiere--a store as unique as its name--offers the best in antiques and collectables, including antique and vintage glassware, figurines (including Armani), dolls and many other unique items.
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Welcome! We have a variety of items. We offer beautiful glassware to "one-of-a-kind" items. Satisfaction guaranteed with 7-day money back guarantee, and we accept Paypal, check or money order. We also have a layaway program.
Antique weather vanes, lightning rods, folk art, reclaimed lumber, antique firearms, Japanese swords, and so much more... At Picker's, its our business to help you find your treasures.
The Limber Chest
Welcome to our store! Pennsylvania is well known for its fine antiques and collectibles. As the PA Dutch say, "It don't hurt to look." You'll find vintage clothing, jewelry, replacement dinnerware, lamps, and more.
Sheri's Dinnerware, etc.
Welcome to my store. An internet dealer since 2003, I sell New and Used China, Stoneware; Crystal, Silverplate, Corning Ware & Corelle. I accept Paypal, MO/CC/PC. Packed safely & securely I ship USPS Parcel Post, Priority or UPS Ground.
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