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The Collectors Newsletter #642 -- September 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #642 -- September 2008
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Heartland Antique Radio Association
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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
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Some more "Buyers Remorse" stories
I used to set up at the flea market to sell personal items along with garage sale items I no longer wanted. I dealt with all kinds of different people but never encountered someone buying an item and then wanting to return it. It would have been a flat "Sorry, I guess you should have made the decision together!". Maybe that would have been easier for you to say had you not had all the haggling over the price. Saying "I can go to $30 not a cent lower- take it or leave it" should have sufficed.
There's no doubt that flea market selling can be frustrating at times and at the same time a very interesting study of people. You have those who will use their young children to get an item cheaper, some that will pretend not to understand English and with item in hand try to hand you half of what you are asking or chew you down three dollars on a ten dollar item and then hand you a $50 bill asking for change. The best one I encountered was a woman (a dealer) picking up a small statue I had for sale for $10.
It was old, I knew it was collectible and worth much much more, but I had tired of it and as I walked past my curio that morning, I grabbed it. I watched this woman during the course of the day come by, pick it up, put it
down and walk away at least five times. I was packing up to go home and she came running my way, picked up
the statue and said "I'll give you a quarter-it's just plastic". I was furious, grabbed the statue and told her it was no longer for sale. The following week I saw an ad wanting old Sebastian's and sold it for $100. Diana
We also have a flea market booth that opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We had a lady who came in and purchased a dining room set. The set was black lacquer and it was pressboard. (Oh and she works at the flea market as well) When they picked up the dining room set it was raining and my husband told them it was not a good idea to get it wet; they could get it another time. They took it anyway and about 2 months later came back to us demanding a refund on the set as it is all warped. Of course, we refused and now she is threatening us. And NO! we do not give buyer regret refunds. We have a sign that says "All sales final-No Refunds"...... Gotta love em.......
--Another Topic-- Stories of "Found Items"
My mother-in-law moved into a house in 1963 that was built in 1872 here in mid Missouri. After she died in 2004, we were cleaning out the house before we sold it. The house had a large walk in attic with four windows. We filled a 35 cubic yard dumpster with old books, papers and other items of little use as well as taking dishes and pots and pans to charity. Not much of it was special as she was not a collector of any thing.
As we cleared out her old things, we got to the far corners and found things that had been left long ago by some long ago previous owners. We did find 000 Martin copy parlor guitar with ivory inlays,( pre 1910) and a down bridge lamp. The item that is my favorite however, is a tall ( over 5'8") wooden lamp with a screw off finial and receptacles for two bulbs (I think it is a craftsman design). We took it to a lamp smith in Branson to see what he could do. He was able to get one of the receptacles to work, saying that the other had been ruined by an amateur. He told us it was the oldest lamp he had ever repaired ( he looked about 80 to me) and charged me only $35.00 to fix it. His wife helped me order an appropriate shade to put on the lamp, (it was more than the repair) the lamp now sits in my formal living room. Joan M. J.C.MO
In the late 1950's my mother sold our family home and she and my sister moved into an apartment in our hometown in Maine. There was a small, low door in my sister's bedroom, which she and my mother speculated led to the attic. One rainy day, bored and with nothing else to do, my sister got down on her hands and knees and crawled through the little door. It did, indeed, lead to the attic, where she found a beautiful 1930s-era wedding gown, very carefully packaged, and a large flow blue platter in perfect condition. Those were the only two items and we have wondered many times about the story behind them.The landlord had no idea who had left them, or when. My sister gave the wedding dress to our nieces to play with, but she still has the beautiful flow blue platter.
Your e-zine is wonderful - I look forward to every edition. Thank you, Carole.
I used to make things with old jewelry and bought a bag of broken jewelry at a thrift shop for
$6. I didn't go through it until weeks later and found an old fur pin that was full of grime. I thought I could use the rhinestones for something so I soaked it for hours in hot soapy water. The stones didn't fall out so I cleaned it in jewelry cleaner then a toothbrush. I was inside where the light wasn't good, so I went out in the sunlight that caught a sparkle to it. I brought it to an auction house where it sold for $1,800 before the house's cut. It was platinum with over 3 cts of rose cut diamonds! Guess that was my overall best find. I have never found anything similar since. Have a Great Day! Debbie in Florida
When I was a kid in the '50's (9 years old) we lived in a house in Hawaii that was considered the oldest house on the lane. It was supposed to be 100 years old. As I remember from stories back then, it was first, a house of ill repute, then it became a school house. We know that (school house) for sure because there was a black board down stairs and a drinking fountain out back. Most of the houses were built so that a child could almost stand up under it. We were playing hide and seek one day. I went under the house and found the biggest diamond in the world. Of course, it was just a glass yellowed door knob. But there was also a large trunk there too. It rattled when we moved it. My dad said that it was the remains of Captain Cook. Of course it was only old bottles. While we were playing under there one day, a sudden gush of water came from the house. It was the bath tub draining. As a child, this was the best house I had ever lived in. But my mom didn't think much of it. We later moved to the Marine base and a newer home. Sadly, the old house was torn down years ago. When I went to visit, there was a new modern house in it's place. But the memories of that old house and all of the fun we had will always be with me. jh
--Another Topic-- "What I would take in an emergency"
Interesting how some topics turn up all over the place. I just read the question what would I take out of the house in case of fire. This morning I heard a sermon and the Rabbi told us about this same question that was put to a scholar .. The man ‘ s answer? “ I would take out the fire ! “ what an interesting answer..something to think about ....ARM in N.C.
It didn't take much thought for me to know exactly what I would grab in an emergency - my grand children's scrapbooks!! I have been scrapbooking their lives since before they were actually born. I'm one of those scrapbookers who spends hours hand making the items used on each page. My 7 year old grandson has 5 very thick 12x12 books, and my 5 year old granddaughter has 4. They are filled with my favorite memories of them. I have literally taken hundreds and hundreds of photos of each child. I print them myself on professional paper. So, there would be absolutely NO way to replace these albums. And they just love getting them all out periodically and looking back at themselves as babies and toddlers. These books allow them to "remember" events that, otherwise, they could never remember from such a young age. Something else I'd just have to grab and throw into a laundry basket (that's what I'd use to save my scrapbooks)- my g.grandmother's autograph book from 1885, her glasses, small things belonging to my grandmother and the porcelain dolls made by my mother and me. They are antique reproductions wearing antique infant/children's clothing. I've given much thought to just how I would collect these items quickly - put then into a laundry basket and put them into the van. I don't think I could choose just one thing. Also, the family pictures from my own children's lives - they'd go in the basket too. But, the grandchildren's scrapbooks have so much of "me" in them - my heart and soul and a whole lot of love went into each page of those albums. I'd probably risk my safety to some degree to get those albums. When I hear tornado or hurricane victims crying over things they lost - it's never clothes, toys for furniture - it's always family albums and photos. You simply cannot replace them. I do plan to scan each page of the g.children's scrapbooks and store the CD someplace else. I already have all of the many photos of them stored on disks. I've also scanned my two son's childhood pictures and have them stored also. If the worst happened - at least I would have those to fall back on. God Bless, Judy, Florida
In response to one of your earlier questions about what would you grab first: Hurricane Ike has given me a response to that. We live in West Houston and what I grabbed first were our children's framed college, post-grad and law school diplomas to evacuate downstairs in a secure area. Our children live elsewhere but they and their educations are our "most precious items". For Hurricane Rita it was totally different: We had to evacuate our medical office server to safer environs. Now everything is different: All patient records, demographics, prescriptions, billings and schedules are stored with a company in Rhode Island, Caretracker, which has back up servers across the country. Now our medical practice is up and running because all we need today is internet service. We are so much more fortunate than those offices in Katrina who lost everything. Pamela
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1. TRADEWINDS CONDUCTS ITS FALL ALL-CANE AUCTION
2. R. J. HORNER DELIVERED AN $80,500 BIRTHDAY SURPRISE AT BURCHARD GALLERIES IN
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
3. Sotheby's Fall Photograph Sale to be Held October 14-15, 2008
4. Sotheby's Sale of Contemporary Art Asia: China Korea Japan in New York
5. Sotheby's Sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
6. Sothebys London landmark two-day auction of new works by Damien Hirst realizes £111.4 million
7. FINE AMERICAN WORKS BY IMPORTANT FEMALE ARTISTS at Christie's NY
8. American Paintings, Furniture & Folk Art at Christie's NY - September 25
9. London pays tribute to 20th Century Italian Art
10. THE PONAHALO DIAMONDS AND 20TH CENTURY JEWELS HIGHLIGHT CHRISTIE'S
NEW YORK OCTOBER SALE
11. Beautiful Inside My Head Forever smashes all pre-sale expectations and realises £70 million
12. U.S. Coin Rarities Lead Suite of Heritages Sept. 2008 Long Beach Signature® Auctions
13. Almost $4 Million Realized in Heritage Comic and Comic Art Auction
14. 1700 painting of the Archangel Uriel soars to $14,375
15. Urgent Josephine Meckseper Buy Alert - artmarketblog.com
16. The Andy & Rob Collection of Victorian to Contemporary glass to be auctioned Oct. 5
17. New To Tias.com Kelly's Antiques
18.Bidders got their motors running in Morphy’s $1.7M Fall Sale
19. Attention eBay sellers – are you insured?
20. Defending the Art Market - artmarketblog.com
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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When my son was small, he was a regular Harry Houdini at getting unbuckled from his car seat. I would admonish him each time he broke free, but nothing seemed to work until I told him that if I got pulled over by the cops and he was not in his seat, the police would send me to jail. Late one winter afternoon, when Chance was about three and a half, we were out running errands together. Chores finally done, I was at the stoplight near our house. As I made the turn across the busy intersection, I was surprised to see a cop car right behind me, red lights flaring. At first I thought he was after someone else but it soon became evident I was his target.
At that moment, Chance had been trying to escape his car seat. When I pulled over he said, "What's the matter?" I pointed to the officer walking up to the car and said, "He's probably coming to yell at me because you were trying to get out of your seat."
Actually, I was pulled over because it was dusk and I had neglected to put my headlights on. The officer took my license and registration and told me if it came back clear, he would let me off with a warning. After the cop had left to go check out my info, I heard great, heaving sobs coming from the back seat. I turned and saw my son just bawling his head off, almost in hysterics. I kept trying to ask him what was wrong but he was so distraught he couldn't speak. Finally, just as the officer approached my window again, my little guy blurted out, "Momma, I'm gonna miss you!" A. Koomen, Mesa AZ
I was not allowed to chew gum (or eat candy) in church. My children were given chewing gum in Sunday School one morning and came into church with it. I made them spit it out. On the way home, they were still upset with me about making them spit it out - after all they had just put it in their mouths. I was very adamant about the situation and in the excitement of explaining to them I stated: "we just don't chew church in gum"! They are 48, 43, 40 & 36 and they still laugh and remind me of this.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In our last issue Ann requested a recipe for "Norwegian Krub". We had several replies for this recipe.
* 6 slices bacon
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 10 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
* 2 teaspoons salt
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1. Place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove bacon from the pan, and reserve the grease.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Stir in potatoes to make a sticky dough.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add 2 teaspoons of salt. Squeeze the potato mixture into 6 or 7 dumplings, or your desired size. Drop carefully into the boiling water. Simmer for 45 to 60 minutes. Remove to a platter with a slotted spoon.
4. Serve with bacon grease brushed over the top, and crumbled bacon. These may also be sliced and fried the next day for another great meal.
Krube (Norwegian Blood Sausage)
Shelly Hove Hruska
(guess which name is my maiden name)
1. Mix together equal parts of pig’s blood and milk (by far the worst part of the whole process)
2. Add lots of flour, along with All-Spice, salt and pepper
3. Add more and more flour, until the mixture is so stiff your arm is sore from stirring (my cousin, Tammy, and I take turns)
4. Mix in some suet that has been chopped up into little pieces
5. Scoop the dough into long, skinny cloth bags (Fill the bags about half full, as the dough will expand as it cooks.)
6. Tie the bags shut
7. Boil the bags for four hours
8. Lay the bags out on a big table (we cover it in newspaper) and cut the bags off
9. Let the krub cool overnight, flipping once so both sides get a chance to dry
10. In the morning, wrap in tinfoil and refrigerate To eat, cut the krub into thin slices and fry in butter and salt. Add more butter and salt before eating. This is a family tradition we faithfully uphold every December. It doesn’t sound very appetizing, but my cousins and I actually fight over krub on Christmas Eve. Here are some special things I’ve learned with my family about making krub:
1. Scooping the krub into the bags goes easier if you fold the bag around a canning ring from a wide-mouthed jar.
2. Mixing the krub with an electric mixer will burn out the motor. My dad rigs up a beater on the end of his drill, but once the mixture gets really thick, that doesn’t work either.
3. Don’t go out the night before. This is not a job for a weak stomach.
4. And lastly, I learned that Grandma Hove is a very strong woman. Well into her seventies, Grandma made the krub by herself every year. Now it takes 6-8 of her children and grandchildren to make the krub. Of course, she is still there to supervise.
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The saying "It's best to start them young," applies especially to preferences in food. I was blessed to be raised in a family of Bohemian women who truly knew how to cook. But, many of the dishes I learned to love turned-out to include certain ingredients that gave me some second thoughts when I discovered exactly what part, of what animal, was "in there." When I was about 6 or 7 a school friend came home for dinner. Our meals always started with a bowl of soup. I had a special favorite so I asked my mom to make it as a special treat for my friend, who just loved it! When he got home he raved and raved about it, so his mother called my mom to get the recipe. When my mom said, " I'm glad Joey liked the Tripe Soup so much," she heard a gasp followed by a long silence. My mom eventually passed on the recipe, but it was a really short phone call. The next day when I met Joey on the school bus he said, "How could your mother expect me to eat a cow's stomach? YUK!" I never knew nor questioned what tripe was. After the shock wore off, it struck me that whatever it was I had been eating it, no devouring it with relish, all of my prescient life. And now, over 60 years later all those wonderful cooks are gone and I would like someone's mother to give me their recipe for Bohemian Tripe Soup. Joe in Whitehall, PA
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