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The Collectors Newsletter #663 -- December 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #663 -- 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 that are posted in this newsletter as well.
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.
We are looking for Holiday related "vintage stories" from when you were a child. Send them to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Just wanted to say that your newsletter is such a treasure, and that this subject is wonderful.
During the late 30's when I was in kindergarten, the class was given a Christmas project. The teacher handed out long strips of red and yellow construction paper and we were shown how to fold them over one another in a particular way, so that each child ended up having made a springy little clown (after the face was drawn with crayons, of course).
I remember being so proud of my accomplishment, as I presented the gift to my parents. And every Christmas I looked forward to Mama removing it carefully from the box of trims, to be placed on the tree among the beautiful bought ornaments. With each passing year, the red and yellow paper strips grew fainter and a bit more fragile. Somewhere along the way of life, it disappeared. I often wonder what happened to it and if someone, somewhere, might still be enjoying my little tattered paper clown. Merry Christmas to all...Charlotte in Temecula, CA
In the 1960's we lived in a nice suburban town on Long Island, New York. When I was 12 years old my younger brother was given a toy so large and special for Christmas it was put in the garage. Neither my older brother, younger brother nor I knew what it was. All Christmas morning, my parents kept saying after all the other gifts were opened and we got dressed we were going to go in the garage to see what the special gift was. The 3 of us kept guessing but were given no clues by my parents. I kept saying it was a horse. My father would smirk when I said it, so I kept saying "I'll bet it's a horse." Well, when we were ready all 5 of us went to the garage. As we stood in front of the garage (which had an electric door opener that went up very slow), I leaned over as the door was going up and yelled "It is a horse, I told you so, I see the tail!" My parents started laughing hysterically and as the door reached half way up, we saw it was a red battery operated Corvette and a broom next to it.
I had seen the bottom of the broom and thought it was the tail of a horse. Needless, to say everyone says to me year after year, "Remember when you saw the horse in the garage?" Rita Velez
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friends open our hearts and fill our lives . . . with memorable moments to treasure.
My husband and I have been blessed, and at no time are we reminded of that more than at Christmas.
When we retired from work, we sold our house and most belongings, bought a 42-foot sailboat, and moved aboard with our two little Shih-Tzus. Among the treasures we kept were our collection of Christmas tree ornaments dating from our marriage in 1963 through our children's years at home, our Air Force and teaching years, and the last months in our house. After living on the sailboat for three years, we traded for an RV and again moved aboard for four years of RV life. During our travels, we collected a tree ornament everywhere we went--from the Chesapeake Bay to Florida on the boat, and from the East Coast to the West Coast on the RV. This year our tree is decorated with a collection of ornaments made by our children and grandchildren, ornaments purchased from Maine to Florida and from east to west and many points in between. Since our little Shih-Tzu dogs traveled with us to all those places, we have ornaments that represent them. One pup has since gone to doggie heaven, but her picture hangs on the tree; a little Shih-Tzu has come to be a new companion to the older survivor.
We love our special Christmas tree that reminds us of our years together with children, grandchildren, students, friends, and our little dog companions. We will continue to collect ornaments that represent our lives together. As we age, we are reminded daily that the joys we have had in our lives are really due to the blessings we have received from our Savior, whose Son gave meaning to the Season...Joyce
When I & my older sister were little our parents both worked very hard & had very little time to be with each other. But they sacrificed a lot to put a roof over our heads & make life happy for all of us. I have wonderful memories of those times! My Mother worked during the day & my Dad at night. This way one of them would be home when we left for & arrived home from school. We always opened our presents on Christmas Eve, however, my Dad didn't arrive home until after midnight. So while all the Christmas lights were turned on on the tree & all the other were turned off, my sister & I would get our pillows & blankets & would lie down as close to being under the tree as possible and go to sleep until my Dad arrived home. I think this is almost like the story "Night Before Christmas," because I actually think we dream a lot about sugarplums & Santa Claus, etc. When our Dad arrived home, even tho we didn't know it until he woke us up, Santa Claus would have arrived & we would open all our presents with all our immediate family. That included my Grandmother, who lived with us! The memories are still so close & real! Both my Dad & Grandmother have passed away & my Mother & sisters all live far away from me, but I will always cherish those memories as the best Christmases ever!! Happy Holidays to All! Debbie in Texas
I just lost my job yesterday and I have the blues. After the initial shock of loosing my job I began to think about what I am going to do for Christmas. This is the first Christmas for my first grandchild. I read your newsletter and I began to think back on family Christmas traditions and my childhood. This is what my thought processes were like as I wrote you.
My oldest brother is 62 and I am 47 with two other brothers born between the oldest and the youngest. All of our lives we have spent our Christmas at my mother and father's house all day Christmas day. As we grew older, married, and had children we all packed up all the wrapped presents and drove them to mom and dad's. We would buy for everyone in the family so this meant even the babies bought for every person in the family. We would then unwrap one at a time by age (youngest to oldest). We would start at 10:00 am and got done around 6:00 pm or so. My father died in 2001 but we still follow this tradition and are working on the 4th generation (my mother, my generation, our kids and our kid's kids). Of course we can no longer afford to buy all family members presents so we have a separate secret Santa for each generation (my mother being included in my generation's secret Santa). I believe this is unusual. Most families do not continue this into the forth generation due to people living too far away or young parents wanting to start their own family traditions and etc. (however maybe I'm wrong about that). I can remember a few special gifts that were given by me to others but nothing really comes to mind that were given to me by others which just proves "It is better to give than receive." What sticks out in my mind are the traditions and the time spent together. The presents I remember were the things like the Santa doll I made for my daughter but not the big money items. I remember the thoughtful and inexpensive gifts.
Another lovely tradition was our Christmas Eve. We gathered, had a wonderful and fancy meal cooked by my sister-in-law and then gathered around the piano (which she played) to sing Christmas Carols. After that or later on Christmas day my father sometimes treated us all to a special music. My father would fill the "good" drinking Champagne glasses with various amounts of water, tune them and play a Christmas song by wetting his fingers and rubbing around the rim of the glasses. It was a beautiful and haunting sound. At about 11:30 pm we would all go to a candle lit church service. Of course the time my mother and I spent baking Christmas cookies was special too. Lovely memories! Have a Happy and safe Holiday!
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3. Geppi's Entertainment Museum announces Barbie exhibit: 50 Fashionable Years
4. Estate Road Shows auction of Louise Graham Fine/Costume Jewelry Collection rescheduled for Dec. 14
5. Original Winnie-The-Pooh Illustrations and 1st Edition Moby Dick
6. iGavel Holiday Highlights
7. Rare Cartier Desk Clocks to be Offered on December 11th
8. 'Great prices for great toys' at Bertoia's $1.8M November auction
9. Mysterious Dodge Pearls to Be Offered by Bonhams New York
10. 4 big sales planned for first half of 2009 by Fontaines
11. Rinkya Releases the Second Annual Yousei Report
12. Manionís International Auction House announces December special auctions
13. Country Joe's New Year's Day Collectibles Auction
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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 dad died recently, but before he did, he told me a few funny stories about myself as a child.
Here are two of my favorites:
We were a navy family and got stationed in California near one of my uncles. We had a cat named Bobtail, who apparently had a little house. On move in day I ran up to my uncle and said, "Uncle Jack come here! We have a cat house in our garage!" Dad said he thought Uncle Jack was going to fall down laughing.
The other tale is a short one. I love animals and often brought home strays. He said I brought home a cat one day and said "look! he followed me home!" But my dress was covered in cat hair. I remember that one. Bless his heart for not pointing out the evidence at that time. We had that cat for years.
I miss him so much, but am warmed by these memories and his awesome sense of humor.
Thanks~Judy - P.S. I love the newsletter!
A humorous look back...
When I was a preteen in the early 70s having a fabulous tan was every teenage girlís dream. My best friend and I had watched our older sisters slather on baby oil and sunbathe their way to golden tanned skin. We decided to give it a try, but didnít want the older girls to make fun of us. So we headed over to her grandmotherís house to sunbathe in peace. We got there only to discover that her grandma did not have any baby oil. (Why we thought she would I have no idea!) Undeterred we put on our swimsuits, rubbed on the next best thing, laid out towels and fell asleep in the sun dreaming of our soon to come, golden tans. When we awoke an hour later our backs and legs were a lovely bright red with white stripes! It seems the newly mown pieces of grass had stuck very well to the margarine we had used in place of baby oil! Combined with over-exposure the grass provided us with very fancy skin patterns for the next week or so. My best friend and I worked hard to set the a trend toward lovely pale skin through our teenage years! :) Mary
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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 Alley requested a recipe for "Sauerkraut Meatballs" . We had one reply.
2 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1 c. sauerkraut
1/2 c. cranberry sauce
1 bottle chili sauce
1 bottle water
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. catsup
Mix ground meat, onion soup mix and egg, then form into balls. Cook in skillet. Heat other ingredients together and pour over meatballs in a casserole dish. Bake uncovered 2 hours at 325 degrees.
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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 mother used to make a dish I loved. She used a ham hock and boiled it in water for flavor. Into the bubbling liquid she dropped corn meal "dumplins." I don't know that she even used a recipe; I think she just mixed the ingredients from memory, but the result was always delicious: firm, puffy, a bit chewey ham-flavored dumplings in a gravy-like stew. She called them "Corn Meal Dodgers." I regret that I never asked her to write the recipe, and unfortunately she died in 2000 at 91. I have tried to duplicate her dumplins,' but they are never quite right. Do you think another central Mississippi reader will have a recipe? Joyce
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