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The Collectors Newsletter #662 -- December 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #662 -- December 2008
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1. TIAS IS HAVING A BIG YARD SALE!!
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) TIAS IS HAVING A BIG YARD SALE!!
On Monday December 29th we are going to list a special $9 off coupon code in this newsletter that will allow you to post one FOR SALE classified ad on TIAS for just $1. You can list any antiques or collectibles you would like to sell. Your ad will appear in our online classifieds, on the TIAS Web site and on Google shopping for 1 month. This is a great opportunity for you to clear out your old stuff and bring in some cash as well. So check out your basement and your attic and lets have some fun. We'll feature some of the goodies in this newsletter as well.
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.
We are looking for Holiday related stories from when you were a child. Send them to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email email@example.com
Like Marlene from Illinois, our tree was purchased on Christmas Eve day. (I'm sure getting the tree cheaper was a big factor.) All four of us kids had to take a nap in the afternoon in anticipation of midnight services at church. While we "slept", Mom and our grandmother set up the tree and decorated the house (mostly the large upstairs family room). Then we got up, got dressed for church, had our special Christmas Even dinner. Our mom and grandmother would go up to put on some finishing touches and we kids would decide what carol we would sing. The adults would give us the "okay" and we would walk up the stairs, singing our chosen song. I never remember getting more than one or two gifts (one "sensible", like underwear and one toy). Christmas stockings were opened Christmas morning, and contained unshelled nuts, tangerines, wrapped hard candies and sometimes a funny pencil from Chinatown with a little wooden face on top. Most years, my grandmother would add a walnut that she had carefully cracked open, removed the nut meat, added a nickel and glued back together. This was a tradition my grandfather had started before we were born.
In response to Denise in Dallas - your story broke my heart!! I also get SS Disability and it's less than you get. I worked for years, but it was in my church office, so I did not make much money, as you can imagine. Thankfully, I have a husband who is retired from a 35 yr. long career with the telephone company so I don't have to "live" off of my pitiful SS payment. His retirement is more than adequate. NO ONE can live on an income like SS disability. Also, our home is paid for after a 30 yr. mortgage. We chose to stay in our "starter" home for these 34 years and fix it up, rather than buy a bigger and better house - which we could easily have done. At this point in our life - we have NO bills - other than lights, food and insurance (plus normal living expenses). But, I know that many, many people are not in my situation!! And my heart breaks for people like you, Denise, who are in a situation that is not of your making. If I had to sit and watch my precious things being sold - I would be so very depressed. As a Christian, I know that we are not supposed to put any great store in "things" - but I can't help it. There are family antique pieces that mean the world to me. Regular furniture and newly purchased pieces mean nothing to me. It's the pieces that I remember exactly where I found it - why I bought it - the memories it evokes when I look at it - and, those things that belonged to my family that would take a little piece of my heart if I lost even one of them. I am so very sorry that you are having to go through this. I, too, have back pain and I know how it affects your life from day to day. I pray that God will bless and keep you and that somehow - things will work out for the best. I will continue to pray for you. God Bless, Judy
Dear Friends, I wanted to tell you this little story about how depressed I was about our financial situation. I did not want to put up our Christmas tree. When the my grandkids came over with their mom to fix dinner, my grandson Aubin went into the garage and brought in the tree and all the decorations and started putting up the tree all by himself, He started decorating it and as I sat there and watched, the rest of the children came in to watch and his mom too. We all sat there and watched as woked quietly putting it all together and I could see that he loved doing it. He changed my depression around to joy and we all started to help him and it is the most beautiful tree I've ever had! I hope this lifts your spirits up as it did mine. Thank you for letting me share. Merry Christmas! Judy Indiana
When my brother and I were little, we used to put our shoes in the window for 7 days before Christmas. Each morning there would be a small toy or a piece of fruit nestled in each shoe. One year, we went to go visit my aunt and were going to stay until Christmas day. 3 days without any 'gifts' from Santa. I checked our shoes in the window before we left and my mother assured me that Santa would remember. I looked again as we were leaving and nothing was in them of course. When we came home, I was first in the door and guess what? How it was done, I have no idea, but there were 3 tiny things in each shoe to make up for the days we were gone. I couldn't understand how Santa got in, but my mom and dad assured me that he has ways. When I think back about this at Christmas, I tell my grandchildren never to stop believing about Santa. It is now part of their Christmas to put shoes in the window at Ma's house when they are here and I manage to make sure 'Santa' puts a little something in them. Thanks for letting me share this. gerry from Chicago
I grew up in a small fishing community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, off the West coast of British Columbia, Canada ,in the 1960's. There were about 15 - 20 families with about 30-35 kids living in this remote part of Vancouver Island, all employed by the fishing company. Living now in a large metropolitan city, I have fond memories of my youth on the "wild" west coast. All of the families in the community participated in the annual "Christmas concert" at the Community Hall (which we had to walk to get to, about a mile up the dirt road from where we all lived). The moms prepared the food, made the costumes for the play we were all in or the different variety acts we all chose to do! They also taught us our lines or taught us words of the song we were to sing. There was always a parent who could play the piano for the music recitals. All the kids were in the concert--nobody was left out! Of course there was always the visit from Santa with a present and candy cane and Japanese orange (from a wooden crate, I might add) for all and the night ended with the singing of Christmas carols and I guess I can't forget clean-up duty! Looking back now, walking home from those concerts in the sometimes snow, sometimes rain or sometimes just a crisp December night with the stars brightly shining to guide us home (along with our ever-present black and silver Eveready flashlights), were the wonderful memories of a time long ago. I also remember going out into the bush with my brother and my Dad and other families to cut down the most beautiful trees imaginable. And oh the smell of those trees! Nothing today can compare to that! We really did live in a heaven on earth!
Going to the cranberry patch to pick the cranberries for our cranberry sauce for our turkey dinner and running into the cougar was also memorable! But I have to say my most special memory was making shortbread with my Mom (which I continue to make today and have passed on her recipe to many of my friends) and decorating the Christmas tree. Oh those were the most magical of times! Both of my parents are gone now but I find myself carrying on many of the traditions and I must not forget the food, my Mom instilled in me all of those years ago (I am now almost 60 and wondering how did this happen?) I would not have changed my childhood for anything!
Thank you for letting me share my memory of Christmas and bringing a tear or two to my eyes! Wishing all of you and your readers a very Merry Christmas and joy and peace in the New Year! Carrie in British Columbia
When I was little, my family made the 2 hour trip each Christmas to my Aunt Irene and Uncle Jap's house in PA. As we lived in a trailer park in NY state, I always considered the big white farmhouse, "Home". The house was always impeccably clean, but no decorations were hung or displayed until Christmas morning when the fresh cut tree (from the forest on the hill above the house) appeared, as if by magic along with the bulging hand knit stockings on the fireplace mantel. My brother and I had firm instruction to not get out of bed until we heard the kitchen clock strike 6 times. One year I heard sleigh bells outside as we waited in the darkened upstairs. I learned later that my Aunt Marion, who passed away two years ago, at the age of 96, was the one who braved the ice on the roof to jingle those bells!! These memories are especially poignant this year, as the house burned down as a result of vandals. Debby, Flagler Beach, FL
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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. Christmas Sale
2. Fusco & Four Modern Launches New Website
3. Appraisal Marketing Experts Give Away Marketing Secrets
4. The Great Lehigh Valley Antique Toy and Collectable Show
5. 2009 Historic Stock Certificate Calendar from Scripophily.com is a Big Hit during Holiday Season
6. Milan Contemporary Art Sale Success - artmarketblog.com
7. Art Fairs, Exhibitions, Auctions and Other Stuff - artmarketblog.com
8. Next Star Artist Update November 08 - artmarketblog.com
9. Autograph Collectors Daily's 'Top 10 Celebrity Autograph Signers of 2008'
10. Flying under the radar: Austrian Art Nouveau lamps
11. Hungarian Mint Leads Vote for Worlds Favorite Coin
12. Living estate of Ted Williams' third wife held Nov. 23rd
13. Mid-century fever hits Florida at Nov. 30 Bernstein sale
14. Sale Results New York Sale N08495 American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture
15. Sotheby's Sale Results N08493 Latin American Art Two-Day Total
16. Sotheby’s New York Sale of Latin American Art Totals $20,263,126
17. Sotheby’s to offer Israeli and International Art
18. DALE EARNHARDT JR.’S 2004 NEXTEL CUP WINNING NASCAR OFFERED AT RUSSO
AND STEELE’S SCOTTSDALE AUCTION
19. Sotheby’s to hold annual sale of Important Judaica
20. Sotheby’s to offer Property from the Delmonico Collection of Important Judaica
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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.
The "smokers" story brings to mind the story of my then 4 year old daughter. I got home from work one day to be told by my child care giver that she had caught my little angel and a neighbor child trying to smoke.I sat her down that evening and gave her all the reasons why she shouldn't do that. I then asked for reinforcement, why she shouldn't smoke. Her reply was "I burned my finger". She doesn't smoke to this day.
From George and Morris and Molly's Mommy
Michelle's story about her daughter's strange question brought to mind a story about my niece when she was about 4 or 5. My niece had been the flower girl in a couple of weddings where I was the photographer. Well one day on the way to go shopping out of the blue she asked...."Woofee, (her nickname for me), will you still be alive when I get married?" Her mother and I looked at each other and smiled. I said I sure plan to be alive then."... and then I asked her why...she said..."Well, if you are going to be alive will you please take my wedding pictures?" I told her that I would be glad to do that for her. Her Mom and I have laughed about that for years. Thanks for bringing back a great memory! Dorothy
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 a reader requested a recipe for "Sweet n Sour Meatballs" . We had one reply.
This is a quick and very easy recipe .
I used frozen meatballs that I buy for a large family gathering.
5 lbs pre made meatballs
1 bottle of Heinz Chili sauce (12 oz)
small jar of grape jelly 10-12 oz
optional: can of crushed pineapple drained
Bring jelly and chili sauce to a boil to melt jelly,
put meatballs in crock pot or oven safe pot pour hot mixture over
and heat thru cook on low for awhile for flavor to sock into the meatballs
serve over rice or as appetizers. The jelly and chili sauce make a easy sweet/sour
sauce the pineapple adds more flavor. You could use your favorite homemade meatballs too.
For smaller group cut the jelly to 1 cup and the chili sauce to 1 cup to 2.5 lbs of meatballs. But we never have any leftovers.
Hope this helps, Jan VanDeWalle, Yamhill Oregon
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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.
Fifty years ago I went with group of friends to Anthe's restaurant in Akron Ohio. They had a wonderful appetizer made with meat,chopped sauerkraut and other ingredients. They were deep fried and oh so delicious. Does anyone have the recipe? Alley, Texas
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.
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