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The Collectors Newsletter #640 -- September 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #640 -- September 2008
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2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Hall China Collectors Club
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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.
Some "Found" Antiques & Collectibles
Hi...This is about a found item. several years ago=2C my husband bought an old big metal office type desk. It was a big black heavy thing=2C I think from the 40's or 50's. The insides of the draws were rather dusty and when I was cleaning them out I saw the edge of what looked like a coin stuck under a metal draw divider. I got a screw driver and worked the item out. which turned out to be a souvenir pressed penny from the 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exposition that was held in Chicago. I think it's a neat little piece of history and I enjoy looking at it and it's wonderful old design and lettering. Randee in California
Hi, I am having a Fall Sale with Antiques and Collectibles. Items are mostly from my Great Aunt's Estate, she was born in 1886. I have had several sales over the past years with all the stuff she had collected .While going thru boxes, I came across the box of books that had been shoved and moved and never opened since I packed them over 30 years ago. Lo and behold I found a treasure. A 1936 copy of GONE WITH THE WIND with the book jacket !! I ALMOST FAINTED ... I FELT TINGLEY all over. I went online to Ebay for completed sales.. OMG .. one had just sold for $456.00. Not sure if I will sell or keep it , still in awe of this find. Thank you Great Aunt Edna !! There were several other books, Little Women, Magnificent Obsession~ Signed by the Author, Heap O Living, St Elmo , Cimmarron ,Saratoga Trunk.... but none with any more online value of ONE DOLLAR.. such a shame for such wonderful works in Literature. ~~~ Mary in Michigan
This is a fun topic! When we bought our home around 15 yrs ago, there were several antiques sitting around, 2 in particular that I was in love with! The man we bought the home from needed to move for health reasons & I was thrilled when he informed us anything left in the house was ours, he had gotten all he wanted. There were 2 pie safe cabinets in the basement, one a tin punch & one carved designed wood. The tin punch had about 50 coats of paint it seemed & had not been used for pies for a very long time! Well my idea was to bring it to the living room & display it. What we discovered from our experience & questioning him, the house must have been built around these cabinets! It took much sawing, pushing & pulling (4 hrs total)to remove the tin punched one. I stripped it and the more stripper I put on the tin the gooeier it became! My husband took it to work and sand blasted the doors as a experiment to see how it would come out & they were gorgeous & we then did the rest of the cabinet.
We being the 4th owners of the home, and a nearby neighbor being the 2nd owner decided each family had left them due to the fact they were bigger than the opening into the basement. They sell in a nearby antiques mall for $800-$1300!
As a side note the carved one was much taller so I gave up any hope of bringing it out after knowing what a ordeal the other one was so I left it there for around 4 yrs & one day decided I am going to try just for fun & it came right up in about 10 minutes~~it was taller yes, but more narrow! Next time I will measure! Both are displayed with much enjoyment & should we ever move, they will go with us!
Love the newsletter! Kim/Indiana
Shanna was curious about items that people have discovered in their homes. Our house was close to 100 years old when we bought it and has yielded some interesting items. They were revealed during the many renovation projects we’ve done. My husband ripped up the attic floors to insulate and found a strip of photo booth pictures of a lady and her baby. Her clothing suggests early 1900’s so we think she was the original lady of the house. There was also a small bisque doll who looked like she was from the 20’s o 30’s. The poor dear was minus clothing and someone, probably a pesky brother, had used a pencil to make her “anatomically correct”. I managed to clean her up but the sad thing is I don’t know what I did with these items. I do have a small calendar that was up there from 1926 that I have displayed. When my husband rewired the upstairs he had to remove wiring molding in the back bedroom and underneath was this really cool wallpaper with flying saucers on it. I’m betting that room belonged to the boys in the large family who lived here in the late ‘50’s. When we were doing the living room we found that the kids in that family had carved their names in the paneling around the fireplace. I hope they did it just before the new wall covering went up! Our kids decorated the plywood on the living room floor with markers for someone to find and I wrote “Remember 9/11/01” on the kitchen drywall. We were just about to begin the kitchen on 9/11 and I remember wondering, as I heard the news about the Pentagon, if we would even be able to do it. I thought the world was coming to an end. As it was, we were able to do our share of stimulating the economy and carrying on as the President wanted everyone to do. There have been other assorted items, none of which have any monetary value but they have served as links to the house’s past and I really enjoy thinking about the former owners. I have some info about them but not as much as I’d like. Kelley in NY
Regarding the question on what item I actually found – it was a Canadian half-penny. I found it when I was about 10 years old laying on the ground in my neighborhood, and still have it (I’m 58 now). It was so unique a large coin, more the size of a quarter, I guess. I’d never seen one before, and don’t know that I have since either. I have no idea if it’s worth much; although I like to think it might be. Sue G.
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I was at a rather cluttered antique store (sorry, don't mean to be redundant) in Connecticut when I overheard a customer ask why a particular painting was so much more than the others. The owner said the artist was from the Hudson Valley School. The customer replied - "I was in a museum in New York and they had some artists that went to that school, too."
I had to step outside I was laughing so much
A friend of mine since grade school who I was in contact with after attending our 20th high school reunion lost both his mother and step father within a six week span.
The first thing that was done was to pack up all the depression glass, china, crystal, figurines, etc and put them all in one place. Believe me there was a lot of glass in that beautiful home! Everything that was to be sold online was brought to my house so that I could have access to the beautiful pieces. I then inventoried everything and sent a copy via email to the relatives. My next step was to take my pictures, list the items. I did the usual inspection for defects, marks, back stamps, etc as I did the listing. The Lady of this house was a very eclectic collector. She had such a wonderful and beautiful collection of items. Believe me it was an antiques and collectibles lover's dream! Her items sold for top dollar on Ebay. I had gone to the local Barnes and Noble and studied up on what she had. I even discreetly took photos of some of her book pieces so I would have access to them. If the item wasn't a book piece but same maker, similar item, etc I took pics of those too.
I let all my friends know that I had some nice antiques and collectibles that they should come and take a look at. I sold a lot of the items this way. At the same time I was selling them on Ebay.
Next, I hired an appraiser go to the home to value the most expensive antique furniture. I then set up an Estate Sale out of the home. Published it in the newspaper. Put a nice, noticeable sign at the edge of the front yard.
Lastly I held two yard sales.
Some comments about "Buyers Remorse"
I collect old toys. Periodically I sell the extras at flea markets. I send the stuff away with people, what’s done is done. Many come back looking for stuff that has been sold. In bartering my prices are always fair. I had one woman looking at a $225, item that was marked 105 and I was selling for 95. She made a big thing about the price. Now my answer is simple. When they say what’s $5 (or X amount), I say,”You’re right, I’ll add that to the price!” Wes
The buyer is not always right, but we always honor refund requests within a reasonable period of time, no matter the reason or excuse presented by the buyer. It is just good business. And most states, I believe, require that a refund be issued if requested (periods of time vary among the states).
David F. Hoexter, Merlin Antiques, Palo Alto, California
In response to the request for input on refund policies - Unless you have a firm policy on refunds, I would go on a case by case basis. In the case you mentioned, I would have refused to give him a refund. When someone is that inconsiderate and rude - he doesn't deserve a refund. I doubt that his "wife" was upset - I think you were correct when you called it "buyer's regret". If someone was an extremely nice customer who had a problem = I would consider each case. But, I think that a "NO refunds" policy would be perfectly acceptable. Most of us who shop in antique malls or "flea markets" are used to "No" refunds. This guy didn't deserve to get his money back. He's a big boy - and should have taken into account what his wife may or may not be upset over. If he can't spend $30 on his own - he's got more of a problem than his irritating and rude personality. I think it was very nice of you to give his money back, but I'd think twice next time. After all, YOU are there to make money too - you're not there to haul this stuff there, set it up and then haul it back home again. God Bless, Judy
about that story with the lady, her daughter and flea market, I say "No He shouldn't of gotten his money back at all! He knew what he was doin in the first place, tryin to jip you out of anything and everything! no doubt he is a seller, from another place. Thats why you always have a sign up sell "as is, "No Refunds!" Have that happened to me a few times in the past, when My mom and I had rummage sales, there was always someone that tried to get our antiques cheap!!! they would get impolite, swear at us, tell other folks comin into our sale that we had ripped them off, just cuz they couldnt get the stuff at a cheaper price altho they always came back later into the day close to closing time and buy it, without so much a haggle.
If you didnt have a sign up "No Refunds" then I guess its up to you to give back his money.
Usually when you buy a item, its sold at these flea markets.
Hope this helps. Lori
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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After my mother passed away, my dad was fretting about the cost to have the lawyer do the necessary paperwork.
I happened to be at home one day when the lawyer came by. I looked out in the driveway and said to my dad "well he's not driving a Rolls Royce". My dad's dry sense of humor came through as he said "NOT YET".
My daughter was about 3 when she told my mom all about going to the library near our house and how the library has a pond with ducks in it. So my mom said, "Zoe do the ducks say 'quack, quack, quack'?" Zoe replied, "No Grandmere, they're library ducks, they're quiet".
Alyssa San Diego, CA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Edna in requested a recipe for "potato dumplings". We had several replies.
4 medium-size potatoes, boiled in their skins
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup sifted flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
When cool enough to handle, peel and rice the potatoes. Beat in all the remaining ingredients. Shape into 1 or 2-inch balls. Drop into just boiling, salted water and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Drain.
Serve with sauerbraten.
Carol Thomas from Cullman,AL
This recipe for potato dumplings has been a family favorite for many, many
years. We usually make them to serve with pork & sauerkraut. These are not
light, fluffly dumplings, we call them sinkers :)
Peel and Boil 5 - 6 potatoes (red or brown - I use brown)
Rice cooked potatoes onto a lightly floured surface
add to riced potatoes:
1/4 Cup Farina
1/2 Cup milk
2 handfuls salt
2 Cups flour (Approximately)
Roll & knead mixture, if to sticky add more flour.
Roll into log shape and cut into 2" pieces
Boil dumplings 15 - 20 minutes after floating to top. Enjoy !! Jo
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My mother made vinegar rolls when I was a little girl, she learned how to make them from her mother, have not clue myself how to make them, just remember my Mother taking them out of the oven. Naturally she made them from memory, when I asked her after I had married if she remembered recipe, unfortunately she could not. Can someone help? Reba
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