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The Collectors Newsletter #639 -- September 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #639 -- September 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.
The Golf Collectors Society
The Golf Collectors Society is an international organization dedicated to preserving the treasures and traditions of the game of golf. Founded in 1970 by Robert Kuntz and Joseph S.F. Murdoch, the organization today has over 1400 members from 15 different countries...Click here:
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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.
Hello, I'd like to hear your readers' opinions on refunds. My daughter and I have a booth at a monthly flea market.This weekend a customer who let us know that he was a dealer came in, picked up and examined almost every item, and finally told us he was interested in a set of six Blue Willow divided grill plates, which we had priced at $34.50 for the set. He said, "I'll give you $20 and that's all." I refused, but countered with $30 firm. He was determined to the point of bing impolite, and argued for several minutes, gradually upping his offer. Finally, he said, "Fine. I'll give you thirty dollars if you throw in a five dollar item free." By now, I was having a hard time being patient, but I refused to give him a $5 gift. At last, he grudgingly agreed and paid the $30. Since the thick plates were very heavy, I told him he could leave them with us while he finished shopping. About two hours later, he reappeared, saying he had talked to his wife and she was mad at him for buying the plates, and now he wanted his money back. I almost refused, but my daughter, although equally exasperated with his attitude, said to give him the refund, which I did. He said he was from out of state, so I hope he never comes back. Readers, do you give refunds for "Buyer's Regret"?
Back around 1963, we purchased a small house in Houston, Texas. The garage had open rafters and one day my husband got up on a ladder to see what was up there. He found two clocks. One was an electric mantel clock and one was an interesting wall clock made by Seth Thomas. He wanted to toss them both in the garbage. I hung onto the Seth Thomas clock as I found it interesting. We found out a month or two later at an antique clock repair place that it was about 75 years old and was called a Banjo clock. Back then we were told it was worth about $100.00. We kept it and have hung it in all our homes. We've moved 10 times since then. Florine Johnson
Shanna in Colorado asked about items we have "found" or have found us.
One of my favorite finds is of a small white teapot with hand painted flowers. I found it on our farm in the old dump. Generations of folks used this in the past for getting rid of stuff. I on the other hand have used it to find stuff! :) The tea pot has a small hole on the bottom, but I use it as a plant holder and it couldn't be better!
Now I had to think about the question "What would I take in case of fire."
We have an aerial picture of our family homestead taken in the early 60's. About 3 years before a terrible tornado changed the landscape, taking out a very large barn and half of another. Many things have changed since then. That large picture hangs in our office, and is a great reminder of family who have gone before us, and that we are only caretakers for the next generation.
Love the newsletter! Keep up the wonderful work. Judy from Ohio
When I was around fifteen I had just finished helping my family move the twenty or so feet to our new house . I then asked my dad if I could pull down a piece of plywood from the upstairs ceiling . When I did , down dropped (a gun) all rusty from being there so long . I was still excited and took it and oiled it up and keep working the trigger ,hammer, cylinder and other parts . Finely got it to shoot, just blanks though, then I took off the handgrips and found the letters J D my mom said maybe they stood for John Dillinger . He was known to have been around this area when I got a computer and internet 40 years later I looked it up a Defender 89 ,8 shot revolver pocket gun something like mine was selling for $100.00 but it had wood handgrips mine has the original handgrips with Defender 89 on them. Thank you - Charles L C
I enjoy reading the many different stories in this newsletter. I love antiques and do collect glassware, but have a special piece other than glassware that I treasure. Many years ago, when I was about 10 years old, we lived in a very old farmhouse. When we got ready to move into our next house (which was a 100 yr old schoolhouse remodeled), we were cleaning out the upstairs that had lots of stuff to throw away in it. I found a beautiful old necklace that must've belonged to the former tenants there, as my mother didn't recognize it. It was caught down between the boards of the floor. I still have this necklace 40 years later and won't part with it. It is probably 50-75 years old. Mary in WI
My husband and I were asked by a friend of his to help clean up some property that was owned by his late brother-in-law. You see, he and his wife lived out of town, they came in for the funeral but had to quickly
go back home and they needed help with cleaning up the property. We were told that we could do whatever we wanted with the items we found. While we did find tons of junk, we also found a Nikon Camera, a quilt
and, my personal favorite, a complete 12 piece set of Favolina China. This set included the sugar and cream bowls and a platter. I have since added some pieces that I found on ebay like an additional platter and a
serving bowl. I always keep an eye out for additional pieces. In addition to those items, we found a lot of family pictures, a charm bracelet that belonged to our friend's wife when she was a teenager and some pottery pieces made by their mom. All of those items were shipped to them for their enjoyment. It was an arrangement that worked out for everyone. Thanks, Sharon B
I like this thread about how people just "found" antiques and collectibles. Lets keep it going for a bit. If you have an interesting story about how you found an antique or collectible, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll publish it here.....Phil
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
News-Antique.com is now the #1 search result on Google for antique news. If you want to tell the world
about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and
collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Auction scores $1.3 million
2. Fresh to Market New England Farmstead Auction
3. KOVELS ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES PRICE GUIDE 2009, 41st edition
4. Fontaine's to hold huge estate sale Saturday, Sept. 27
5. Mastro Auctions Presents: “Legends of the Gridiron”—and the Diamond Live Sports Auction
6. Militaria auction acquires edged weapons from estate of noted veteran
7. Lushpad is a unique online home for lovers of mid-century Modern furniture, accessories and
8. WorthPoint Corp. Announces Innovative Advertising Network To Reach the Art, Antiques and Collectible
9. BigNews.biz today releases online tutorial on how to write a press release for your antiques &
10.List 50 My Little Pony Names for a $50 eBay Gift Card
11. High-End Jewelry & Watch Dealers will Showcase Trends at the 16th Annual Miami Beach
12. LAGRANGE ILLINOIS 2008 NOVEMBER DEPRESSION ERA GLASS & COLLECTORS MARKET
13. One stop destination for art in India
14. After Selling On ebay for over 10 Years, This Store Owner Has Been Pushed Too Far.
15. The End of and Era: Red Baron's Holds Its Grand Finale After 36 Years
16. 28TH annual BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES SHOW BRINGS THE EXTEREMELY RARE &
BEAUTIFUL TO BALTIMORE
17. LEADING CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS DONATE WORK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TREATMENT OF
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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 took my cousin and his daughter to see my display at the antique mall that I rented a space from; she had a lot of fun looking at all of the antiques that were displayed in the store and asked a bunch of questions. She stopped in front of one of the spaces and yelled for her dad-"Come here quick-these are the biggest CD's that I have ever seen!" They were LP records:)
Thank you for a great enzine-I look forward to seeing it everytime. Sonja M - Hendrum, MN
Our first spouses had passed and my husband and I had been dating for a spell...long enough for all to know we would marry. My grandchildren had adopted "Grandpa Mason".
One evening as we enjoyed a game or two with the two youngsters, James who was about to be 5 years old, asked "Grandpa Mason, how old are You?".
Grandpa Mason answered, "Next birthday I will be 65 years old". James thought for a second or two and looked at him and very seriously said, "Gosh Grandpa, that is almost 100."
Of course we all laughed. Today Grandpa is almost 81, and now and again, it is "Wow, Grandpa that is almost 100" and we have a good chuckle.
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
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
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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 ARM in North Carolina requested a recipe for "Dromedary ginger bread mix". We had several replies.
Gingerbread was a favorite of mine when I was growing up.
1/2 cup margarine 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 beaten egg 21/2 cups flour
11/2 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup molasses 1 cup hot water
Cream margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg. Beat thoroughly.
Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Mix molasses and hot water.
Add dry ingredients and liquid alternately to1st mixture.
Pour into a greased 9x9x2-inch pan. Bake in preheated 350º oven 45 to 50 minutes.
Serve with vanilla sauce or whip cream.
Vanilla, Lemon, or Nutmeg Sauce
1 cup sugar 2 tbsp. Cornstarch
2 cups water 2 tsp. vanilla or 2 tbsp. lemon juice or 2 tsp nutmeg
Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in butter and flavoring. Makes 2 cups.
I remember my parents growing sorghum cane. It would have to be stripped of leaves and cut. Then it was turned into sorghum (molasses). In this process, horses turned a large wheel press mill that extracted the juice which then flowed into a very large vat sitting over a roaring fire. The sap was cooked and stirred until it reached the desired color and consistency. Eleanor J Stump
For ARM in NC:
I agree Dromedary Gingerbread was the best and so simple - just add water and bake. The recipe was said to be a favorite of George Washington's mother!
I don't have a recipe, but Dromedary Gingerbread Mix is still being made. Here are three Websites where you can order it online:
(choose Grocery Items, then Baking Goods, then Dromedary, then the item from left column)
Home Town Favorites
(choose Aisle 14 Cake Mixes/Desserts, then search on Dromedary)
Edge Distributors (price is for a case of 12)
This is a response to ARM in NC, honey, bless your heart, just go to Harris Teeter and get that ginger bread mix. I live near Winston-Salem, NC and we still have Dromedary bread mixes including the ginger bread. They make several good other whole grain bread mixes too.
In the mean time here is a recipe from my box in my mothers hand it’s my grandmothers recipe: Mama called it-
Mother’s Gingerbread (anything in parenthesize are added by me for explanations)
½ c. shortening (Crisco)
2 T. sugar
1 c. syrup (white Karo)
1 t. soda (baking)
2 ¼ c flour
½ t ginger
½ t. cinnamon
1 c. hot water
Sift flour, salt, sugar, ginger, soda, and cinnamon together. Beat egg, add syrup and gradually add dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly, and then add hot water. (Nana never gave basic stuff like grease and flour pan, cause we just knew that) Bake at 350° (or test with tooth pick. It’s done when it comes out clean) note; I have always added more ginger cause I use finely grated fresh ginger and fresh ground cinnamon. But you can do with what you have. And you may adorn this anyway you want Nana made fresh whipped cream the-separated-raw-cow-milk-kind. Mama made a vinegar sauce to go over the top after my other grandmother made that for her on her honeymoon.
Grammie’s recipe in her own hand goes;
3 tablespoons corn starch
½ c sugar
½ t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
Butter the size of a walnut
1 c boiling water
1 or 2 T of Vinegar
Dash of salt
Boil for a very few minutes. And put it over any one-egg cake.
Good luck! Mitzi in NC
I don't know if this is like the mix you used to use but is my family's favorite.
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 cup shortening or margarine
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg, slightly beaten
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of a 9 inch round pan.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup: level off.
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients; mix well.
Add remaining ingredients; blend well. Pour batter into
greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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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 am looking for a recipe for potato dumplings. My aunt made them many years ago and made them the way her mother did, by memory.
I know that they were riced, and had eggs and farina in them. I also know that they did not have fruit or croûtons in. them. The dough was stiff and fairly heavy. Thank you, edna
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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