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The Collectors Newsletter #651 -- October 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #651 -- October 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.
International Association of Marble Collectors
For those who love marbles of all sorts For more info on this club, 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.
For our next issue, tell us about your favorite Holiday related vintage collectible. Where did it come from and why is it special to you? Send your story to email@example.com
Janice in Ohio brought back a memory for me. When I was 12 I wanted a real horse so bad I couldn't stand it. Living in town with no acreage I was sure I would never be allowed to have one. My father took me to a stable on Thanksgiving Day to ride a horse. I was thrilled at getting to ride. I told my friend Vicki about riding the horse and how big it was and she was very envious as she also wanted one. Finally about 2 weeks before Christmas, Vicki told me her Dad had told her that I had ridden my own horse! Sure enough, Christmas morning I had a wrapped ceramic Arabian horse under the tree and after my puzzled look, my father took me outside to see Patsy, She was 16 hands high, a paint quarter horse cross with a brand new hand tooled leather saddle! We had her stabled near by and I rode her often. Even though she was way too much horse for me she was the best present in the world!
Debby from California
One Christmas, when I was about 10 years old, I wanted a Velvet doll of the Crissy grow-hair family. Every chance I got, I made sure my mother knew I would like this doll for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, a Velvet doll commercial was on TV, and I said: "Mom! Mom! that is the doll I want!"
On Christmas Morning, imagine the joy I felt when I saw Velvet waiting for me with my other gifts! I loved this doll immensely, and kept her close to my heart. Unbeknown to me at the time, my sister related this story to me YEARS later:
On Christmas Eve, when my mother saw the doll on TV, she realized she had gotten the WRONG doll! She and my sister went out, visiting several stores and trying to exchange the doll. Some stores were sold out, others did not have the right doll, etc. However, at the last store she went to, there, in the corner, was a VELVET doll! My mother tried to exchange it for the one she had, but the clerk refused, saying she had not bought the doll at their store. My mother pleaded: "Please, sir; my daughter would like the Velvet doll. I promised it to her for Christmas, and all the stores are closing now. I don't know if I can get one in time?" The clerk relented, and exchanged the doll. After hearing that story, I was REALLY in love with Velvet and the Crissy doll family!
I am now a collector of dolls, but we all know which one is my favorite, right? VELVET! Sharon
It was Christmas Day, 1946. I was 3 years 3 months old and this was one of my first memories. I know the year because by the next year we had moved to another house before Christmas so that we could live with my Grandfather. Dad was home WWII and he was minus a leg but that wasn't part of the memories on this day as it didn't seem to matter at the time. There was the biggest Christmas tree with lots of presents and I remember how happy Momma was. On Christmas morning, I remember Dad sitting on the floor, by the tree. He handed me a present -- it was a beautiful baby doll in a pale pink dress and she was sleeping. Then he handed me another present and after I opened it (who knows what it was) he handed me the doll again and this time she was smiling. I can just barely remember the feelings of bewilderment, or wonder but I can see that smiling face in my mind. In those days, the heads, hands and feet of dolls were made of wood and some kind of stuffing held them together... another present to open and another. I remember bright colors but none of those other presents...and then finally, he handed me the doll and now she was crying with her mouth open..there were no sounds, no moving parts... just this wonderful doll!!! Then Dad pulled off the tiny cap and under it was a knob that he turned so that the sleeping face came back. To this day, I have pictures in my mind of this wondrous Christmas and that beautiful baby doll with the three beautiful faces! Here's hoping that you all have treasured memories of your holidays from the past and that you have new ones to remember for many years to come! Patti B
My brother and I were about 10 & 11 or so and had known for sometime there was no real "Santa". That Christmas, the tree and decorations were all up, but there were no presents under the tree. Christmas Eve, our parents said we're going shopping and off we went. Well, we did a lot of window-shopping, had dinner out, but came home with little more than apples, oranges, and nuts. However, when we walked into the living room, the area under the tree was loaded with gifts. My parents exclaimed, "Looks like Santa was here early!" We were astonished and confused. It was several years later before a couple close to the family revealed they had gone to the house after we left to retrieve the gifts from the hamper, the freezer, under beds, closets, little-used in winter front porch and other hidey places. Almost 50 years ago, and mother still laughs at her little practical joke on us.
A few years earlier, when we were still believers of Santa, I woke during the night (probably about midnight or later) and yelled to my brother - "It's Christmas, let's see what Santa brought!" My parents were still putting toys together (wish I still had that tin doll house) and heard us thundering down the hall to run downstairs. She was at the bottom of the stairs before we made 2 steps down - "Go back to bed, Santa hasn't been here yet!" I asked why she was still up. "Because we have to pay him." The only thing she could think of on the spur of the moment. We went back to bed stunned that Santa had to be paid for the gifts he brought us. They have to pay him? They have to PAY him? Gwen Hultquist
When I was a young teenager (in the early 1960's) I had a habit of opening all my Xmas gifts when my parents were at work and wrapping then back up. I really wanted a show bridle for my horse but also knew that my parents couldn't afford it, so when I opened my gift and saw the lovely lace blouse (that was also on my wish list) I was pleased. On Xmas morning I (re)opened my gift already having prepared myself not to show disappointment and and pulled out the blouse to ooh and aah to discover to my shock , hidden UNDER the blouse the horse bridle! I guess my Mom had me figured out! It was the most memorable Xmas in my childhood and probably the only time I was ever surprised!! Tami G. in Oregon
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3) Antique News
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15. Shelley Polka Dots Added Time Was Antiques
16. My Favorite Three Picks For The Best Antique and Vintage Jewelry Price Guides and Authors
17. GIVING THE ONLINE AUCTION GIANT EBAY A RUN FOR ITS MONEY
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19. Black Grandma Moses Headlined at LiveAuctionTalk.com
20. BEST PETRA TOUR AT THE CHEAPEST RATE
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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.
One day while I was away, my ex-husband and my oldest son, who was about 4 years old at the time, decided to make a pumpkin pie. They followed the recipe and were so proud of themselves. When I came home, all appeared to be well and the pie was a beautiful sight to behold, but I noticed what looked like chocolate chips poking up from the filling. Turns out they had used WHOLE cloves instead of ground cloves. We laughed a long time about their invention of the first "crunchy" pumpkin pie! -- Linda Patrick, Nashville, Tennessee
When my stepson was about ten yrs old, I asked him to wipe the counter top down and put some elbow grease on it. A few minutes later I find him rummaging under the sink where cleaning supplies are kept. I asked him what he was doing? He replies " looking for the elbow grease." Terry
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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 Sue requested a recipe for "Grandma's Buttermilk Rice Pudding". We had two response for this recipe.
Here's one recipe - hope it's the one that's wanted.
Buttermilk Rice Pudding
1 cup short grain brown rice
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Rinse the rice in cold water, then combine rice and water in a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil, then immediately cover with lid and reduce the heat to lowest possible setting. Cook without stirring for 45 minutes or until all water has been absorbed. (Can also cook rice in a rice cooker for this step).
Combine rice, sugar, salt, buttermilk, and vanilla in large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring two or three times during cooking. Cool pudding for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve warm or room temperature. Makes 8 servings. Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Linda
I don't know if what I remember is what she is looking for as we never
called it pudding. My parents made a rice dish using buttermilk. We
simmered the rice in the buttermilk. I remember they put in a dab of
butter and salt. Ours was not sweet like I would think of as a
pudding. It was eaten in place of potatoes.
As best as I can remember they used about a quart of what we called
buttermilk to a cup of rice and a dab of butter an a little salt. It
simmered on the wood stove about a hour till almost all the buttermilk was
absorbed by the rice. What we called buttermilk was what was left after
making butter. Some people might call this whey.
In later years I saw my Dad make it using commercial buttermilk and it was
much creamier than the one of my childhood.
Yvonne Prough, raised in Arkansas. Now in Kansas.
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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.
My grandmother made delicious pear chutney. I hope someone has a vintage chutney recipe to share. Alley
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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.
Pecan Hill Antiques & Collectibles
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Kit n’ Kaboodle Consignment is a family owned business featuring household items and decor, furniture, and an eclectic array of vintage items and jewelry. Our team is ready to provide you with a quality, unique product for a fair price, complete with a money-back guarantee.
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