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The Collectors Newsletter #652 -- November 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #652 -- November 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
It's NOVEMBER and TIAS.com is loaded with bargains for your Holiday shopping!
The merchants at TIAS have added many new items to the site over the past few weeks, so that you can have a great selection for your Holiday shopping. We carry over 600,000 quality items offered by reputable merchants at bargain prices. Get your Holiday shopping done early this year, with antiques and collectibles from TIAS.com. Checkout the most recently listed items here -
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
International Autograph Collectors Club & Dealers Alliance
Largest autograph collectors club in the world devoted exclusively to autograph collecting. 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
I met my husband shortly after his mother passed away. We married 7 mo. later. On our first trip to his home his Dad offered us his mother's dishes that she had purchased one piece at a time from a grocery store promotion. I fell in love with the beautiful Marquest brown pottery dishes. We have always been antique shop, garage sale and flea market junkies and soon discovered that these dishes were to be found at these events. I began to add accessory pieces and now have a huge set of dishes - even found one serving dish in the original grocery store box!! Found a carafe not long ago and that is the only one I have ever seen. It has become my main object to find and a family tradition to use these beautiful dishes for all special occasions and has my husband reminiscing about his Mother!! Mary
I only WISH I knew what inspires me to collect things. Without going into detail, I think I collect about twenty different things. Some collections, like my cats and my Indian Kachina dolls, haven't had an item added in years. Other collections, like my old Santa Clauses and vintage jewelry are added to as often as possible. I do have a funny story to tell about one of my collections. Eleven years ago my husband and I had our first home built. I had the walls painted white, chose black and white tile, black countertops and had maple cabinets installed. . .all of which I thought would be the perfect backdrop for a vintage Coca Cola collection I planned to start. I had visions of the kitchen looking like an old soda joint. That was, until, a friend stopped by to see the place and he remarked that the colors of the kitchen reminded him of a Holstien cow. A few days later, he sent me the most obnoxious cookie jar, in the shape of a cow, that moos (at the same decibel as an airplane taking off) any time you try to lift off the lid. My sister-in-law saw the cookie jar and got me a cow print crockpot. My daughter added to the mess with a half a dozen Mary Moo-moo figurines (I now have about 30) I figured I may as well go with the flow so now I have an all cow kitchen, even though I really still want my Coca-Cola one. To change now would invite mutiny, since every person I know has given me some cow-thingamajiggy or another. Oh well. It could be worse. How, I don't know, but I'm sure it could be.
I also collect vintage pictures of one-room schoolhouse class pictures. When I owned my antique store, it always pained me to see old family pictures end up at auctions and the like, so I started buying them up. Eventually, I ran out of room, so I had to whittle the collection down. My favorite was one of a one-room class, many of the kids had bare feet and raggedy clothes. Most of the kids had looks of terror on their face, but one little boy had the most mischievous, evil grin on his face and I could just hear what his mother said when she got the picture. That is how I started collecting that type of picture. Nine times out of ten, if you pick one up and stare at it closely, it is very easy to pick out the class clown, something that always gives me a chuckle.
I am the oldest of five and the only one who likes antiques and likes to collect. The rest of the gang thinks I am nuts, and they liken my collecting addiction to a sickness, but they also say they never run out of ideas on what to buy me at Christmas! Ali Koomen
P.S. - I started getting this newsletter in 2001 or so and look forward to every issue.
Dianes story re the folding cups "hidden in the bedroom closet" reminded me of something that happened long ago. I had a small flowered cream pitcher I used to put water in my baby bottle warmer. It was lovely,with roses and gold trim. Each time I waited to feed my baby I enjoyed seeing it and the howling baby didn't upset me nearly as much. My sister who incidentally collected cream pitchers, told me one day that I should not be using it as I did, as it was an antique and would get broken. I told her antiques are to be enjoyed not hidden away. After all I already had warmed bottles for 2 children and this was my third so I kept doing it. Shortly after my sister had warned me and I was waiting for my daughter's bottle to warm the baby kicked the jug off the table and it broke into many pieces. While I was sorry it broke I remember how much pleasure it gave me over the years and I would use it again. I now collect many things and enjoy them all, but I use them too. There is no sense having them if they are hidden away. Life is too short - enjoy them while you can! Margaret in Sask,Canada
I am very into arts and crafts, bought a few polished brass lanterns from the local hardware and patinaed them to make them look like copper. We went to a yardsale late, 11:30 and found a lantern in a box of junk. Hey this cant be done for $5 I'll buy it. Turns out, it was a Stickley lantern, paid $5 for it and got offered sight unseen $1000 for it online. Has the Gustav stickley al is kan stamp on it. Needless to say I kept it and it hangs proudly in my dining room.
ahhhhhh collecting...either you love it or you think all collectors are crazy...like my husband...i got started collecting and i claim it was all his fault....we went to visit his family 30 years ago in south dakota and his family lived close to the fireworks factory as well as a couple of antique shops and while i visited the antique shops he and the boys went to the fireworks factory welllllll i guess you can imagine who won the packing trip home in our van. I carried my 4 salt cellars in my lap and the rest of the space was crammed with fireworks...had we been hit with anything on the way home a rocket van would have been created. I went on to add warming plates and angels to my collecting habit warming plates for pancakes and angels to thank god for getting home....thanks for a wonderful newsletter...Carol
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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
and we may post it here.
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Art Market Reality Check - artmarketblog.com
2. The REAL State of the Art Market - artmarketblog.com
3. First Bay Area Exhibit of 100 Greatest U.S. Coins
4. Antique Rifles
5. Chippendale chest soars to $34,500 at Fontaine's sale
6. 18th Century Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure Sells at iGavel.com for $144,000 Despite Fears of Worse
7. Jesse Owens Legacy Celebrated at LiveAuctionTalk.com
8. Centuries' Old Art Mystery Solved, Rediscovered Italian Masterpiece in Dallas Auction
9. Iantiqueonline.Com Editor Announces How To Have A Free Website for Antiques, Collectibles and Art
10. Austrian art-glass lamps, rare Bakelite jewelry join toy lineup at Morphy's Dec. 11-13 auction
11. Rinkya Announces the Shop Hard and Save Sale
12. Chemex: “Coffeemaker Without Parts” at Mama’s Treasures
13. Tradewinds Autumn Online Auction
14. Hillsborugh Antique Show -
15. Joe the Plumber Becomes a Collectible Advertising Pop Culture Icon, Editor Iantiqueonline.com
16. Toy Collector adds Modeling Scale Calculator
17. Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
18. WorthPoint Corporation Completes GoAntiques Acquisition
19. Asselmeier & May Antique Estate Auction (Nov. 7th)
20. Wagon Train playset brings $15,255 at Philip Weiss sale
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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.
While at work one day my coworker said to another coworker, ya know Bill I planted those potatoes just like you said and I got the prettiest bush you ever saw but it doesn't have any potatoes on it? Even I as a city girl knew the potatoes were underground just like peanuts. Bill suddenly looked at me to see if I heard the conversation and we both burst into laughter with our coworker wondering what we were laughing at until Bill finally gained his composure and told him where they were. Gale H. Memphis, Tn.
One day, we were driving in the car with my daughter, Amber (about 7) and son, Jonathan (5) in the back seat. Amber noticed there was an ambulance behind us and wondered why there was a "plus" sign on the ambulance. I went into a long detailed explanation about how you could always find help wherever you saw that sign..... medical help, safety, Red Cross, etc.. And if there was an emergency that the "plus" sign meant that help was there and it would all be okay. I felt like it was a nice piece of information for small children to understand. To be sure that both children understood, I asked "So, Jonathan, what does the "plus" sign mean?" He didn't miss a beat and was sure he had the right answer when he responded with, "Super Tampax." Never underestimate the power of advertising. Karen in Texas
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.
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 Alley requested a recipe for "Pear Chutney". We had two response for this recipe.
Not sure if this is same recipe reader is looking for but it is one I use
and very good!
This chutney has a great balance of sweet, savory, sour and fragrant
flavors, and is really good with holiday meals. Lasts for weeks in the
refrigerator. For best taste, prepare it a few days ahead. Make sure to have
a large jar ready for storing the chutney after cooking.
1¼ hours | 15 min prep
SERVES 6 -8
* 1/2 teaspoon allspice berry
* 6 whole cloves
* 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
* 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed
* 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
* 3/4 cup white vinegar
* 3/4 cup golden raisin
* 1/2 cup sliced almonds
* 1/2 cup molasses (use light molasses)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 lemon, cut in thin slices
* 1 lb ripe pear, peeled, cored, in 1-inch pieces (about 3, depending
Grind the allspice, cloves, mustard, coriander and the peppercorns
to a powder in a spice-grinder.
Transfer to a saucepan, and mix in the remaining ingredients. Bring
to a boil, stirring occasionally, cover, reduce the heat to low, and boil
gently for 30 minutes.
Uncover and cook about 20 minutes, until most of the juice has
evaporated and the chutney is just moist. Transfer to a jar and cool. Cover
and refrigerate. Keeps for weeks refrigerated.
Good to make with summer's abundance of pears.
9 lb. pears (weigh after peeling and cutting up)
2 lb. white raisins
6 lg. green peppers
6 1/4 lb. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 qt. cider vinegar
2 tbsp. whole cloves and 4 sticks cinnamon tied in cheesecloth bag
3/4 lb. crystallized ginger
Combine all ingredients in large kettle. Bring to a boil, decrease to a slow heat, and cook slowly for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until rich and thick. Put in sterilized pint jars and seal. Makes 6 to 8 pints of chutney. Great with poultry, ham or lamb.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
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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.
Eagle Brand always puts a recipe on their "sweetened" condensed milk labels (not regular canned milk, but a thickened variety). Years ago there was a recipe for "lemon meringue pie" that was SO good. The Eagle Brand company wasn't helpful when I contacted them. I haven't seen this recipe in years, and would like to make it again. Can someone please help me with this recipe? Thanks.
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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
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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