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The Collectors Newsletter #659 -- November 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #659 -- 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
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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.
A Note From Your Editor--
We had a number of people write in regarding people losing their homes and their possessions due to the current economic conditions. If you found yourself in in the position where you needed to sell off all your antiques and collectibles quickly, tell us how you would do it. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been reading all the comments on foreclosures and things going in the dumpster and it makes me so sad. I was wondering if perhaps we could lighten things up and people would want to send it comments about favorite Christmas items that they treasure and have become a tradition to put out on display every year. Some of items always bring back fond memories to share. My favorite things are tree decorations that my two girls made when they were in grade school. They are grown women aged 34 and 38 and they still moan and groan when they see I have their ornaments on the tree.....but you know, they are really so tickled to see them there. It brings back so many memories and the stories really start to flow! My parents were not collectors at all so I don't know how I got the bug, but I did manage to save a wonderful Christmas story book my aunt bought me when I was about 6. And I'm 64 now so I've been packing it around for a long time. So come on everyone, let's share those Christmas memories! Thanks so much, I look forward to the
newsletter. Jan B. in Oregon
This is in response to Kim in Indiana. I am pleased that her life turned out so well. But to throw everyone into one category of living beyond their means just had me steaming. Let me share a story with you. I was a single parent all of my life who never received any child support. I had just developed a love for antiques in my 30's. I scrimped for every dollar working two and three jobs, taking buses to do laundry and to shop for groceries. I worked hard just to keep a roof over our heads. After my son was raised, I began for the first time in my life to have a few extra dollars and would buy items from time to time. A few years back, I was forced to go on disability because of an incurable back disease. I now live on Social Security disability which is a little over $1000 a month. I have been forced to sell my precious items one by one, crying my eyes out as each piece left, with only a very few now remaining, which I am sure will have to be sold to pay medical bills in the coming months. I am in danger of losing my home. Just sell it you say - well unfortunately it would not sell anywhere close to the price I would need to pay off the existing mortgage. So please, let me know what I am supposed to do. Yes, I am sure there are some people that live beyond their means, but I know way too many people that just can't afford their medicine, who have to decide whether to pay their heating bill or buy food. I am so depressed over my situation that I can't sleep, the pain that I live with on a daily basis would do in a person who has had a much easier life than myself. I have started eating one large meal during the afternoon so that I don't have to eat in the morning or evening. There isn't much more that I can do to survive on what the government believes is a viable living. So please, before passing judgment on those people maybe you should have compassion for those of us whose "golden years" are tarnished with dispare, a sense of hopelessness and gave up a long time ago on believing there was an American Dream. Denise in Dallas
HI.. love your newsletter! I wanted to respond to Kim in Indiana's note. She made references to how the younger generation doesn't seem to care enough to save or live within their means. I find that true! My nephew, has a wife and two children, and one on the way. They live way above their means, and he is like a little kid and has to have all the biggest trucks, TVs, stereos, video games and on down the list. As soon as someone has one bigger or better, he is off buying a new one. I was trying to be the 'voice of reason' and was talking to him about saving some money, for his family, and for the kids' college, and security for these scary times, and he said to me "Aunt Linda, there are savers and there are spenders, and I am a spender". How do you reason with someone like that? His whole paycheck is gone each week with extravagance that is wasteful and foolish. When we were raised, we were taught to always save something each week, and keep a nest egg for emergencies. I can't tell you how many times that nestegg came in handy when we needed a new car, or the furnace broke, or our roof needed repair! We put two boys through college and have tried to teach them the same morals. Now, my nephew is afraid he will lose his job due to all the layoffs the big companies are experiencing. I have all I can do to not say to him "there are savers and spenders... don't you wish you were a saver now?" I won't... but I will be interested to see how they manage, as well as so many other young people that have gotten into the buy mode, without the funds to back them up. Did anyone read the children's book "The Little Red Hen"? The moral of that book comes to mind..... thanks for a great newsletter and thanks for letting me vent! Linda
If I were in the position of the choice of either my possessions or my home , of course, it would be my home. I would hold an Estate Sale first to get the most I could for my items, and anything left over would then go into an auction. After that, Goodwill or Salvation Army. However, before I went thru this process, I would keep a few of my most precious possessions that were very sentimental to me! My children's art work from when they were little, family pictures, things like this! These do not mean anything to anyone else but myself! God Bless anyone who has or is going to have to go thru such an ordeal! Happy Holidays! Debbie from Texas
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1. State Quarter Series Comes To An End
2. Rare Singer Sargent to Be Offered on December 3rd
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5. Hist North Adams MA Antiques Trust sold w/out reserve
6. THE BUMPER CHRISTMAS ISSUE OF COIN NEWS IS OUT NOW!
7. Professional Stamp Experts (PSE) has created an innovative stamp album
8. What Made California Potteries Special?
9. Collectibles Museums.com Crosses 1,000 Listings Milestone
10. Happy Holidays from Dinnerware Replacements
11. GRISWOLD CONVENTION April 30-May 3, 2009
12. Asselmeier & May Antique Christmas Open House Auction (Dec. 6th)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My 5 year old grandson brought me a sealed envelope and told me it was for me to open., I opened it and found a wadded up paper towel inside. He said grandma you have to open that too and find what's inside. I did as I was told and found a folded up piece of paper. I unfolded the paper and it has some words written on it in 5 year old hand writing. My grandson said, "grandma, can you read it?" I looked at it for a little while and said I was having trouble with it so could he tell me what it said. He took it and looked at it., He then looked up at me and said "Grandma, I wrote it but I can't remember what it says. We had pretty good laugh and I told him he would probably remember later what he had written on my special note. Laurie
I, too, have a mouse and chocolate story. My wonderful Felix is a very successful mouser but sometimes brings them in before they have "expired". I had a bag of Hersey's Nuggets set aside in a small open container on the top shelf of a 4-shelf storage rack in the basement. I picked up the bag and inside was every little nugget still wrapped like it was unopened but minus the candy inside! I never did find that mouse but I now store my chocolate in metal tins just in case. Jeanette
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Nancy requested a recipe for "bread pudding with a custard layer" . We had one reply.
Hi there - here's a good recipe for the custard-type bread pudding that Nancy V is looking for; it's from the 1970 edition of "Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers Cookbook." It's very simple, unlike a lot of bread pudding recipes this does not require steaming in a water bath, you just put the pan right into the oven. It's good warm or cold (leftovers should be refrigerated). Here's the original recipe (credited in the cookbook to Madge C. Young, Hiddenite High School, Taylorsville, NC):
Old-time Bread Pudding
4 slices buttered toast, quartered
1/3 cup seedless raisins
2 slightly beaten eggs
sugar (1/4 cup, plus 4 tbsps for sprinkling on top)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place toast into a greased one-and-a-quarter quart baking dish. Sprinkle raisins over toast. Combine eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, evap. milk, water and vanilla; pour over toast and let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle top with 4 tablespoons sugar mixed with the 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
It can also be made in larger batches -- I found the recipe back in the '80s while running a deli in Cape May, NJ, and discovered it was a perfect way to use up day-old Italian bread loaves or whole hoagie rolls. I would split the loaves lengthwise, butter them lightly, slice them crosswise into big chunks, then fit the chunks butter-side up into a greased sheet cake pan (I used an 11x14 pan, I think) and run it under a broiler to toast the bread. Then I'd triple the rest of the ingredients (1 cup raisins, 6 eggs, etc...) and follow the recipe from there -- sprinkle raisins, mix the rest, pour over the bread, let it soak in, sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top then bake at 350 til a knife tests clean. Yummy, yummy stuff -- even when baked in a pizza oven! Enjoy -- Lynn in Florida
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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.
When I was growing up in Wisconsin in the 1950's, my Grandma and Mom made what today I suppose we would call salsa but it was quite different in that it was sweeter -- it had tomatoes, onions, raisins, apples, vinegar, and what else I don't know. As is the case a lot of times, no written recipe has been found. They called this "relish" Lickum Good. Does anyone else from the Midwest or anywhere else have a recipe for this? Judy in Wisconsin
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