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The Collectors Newsletter #673 -- January 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #673 -- January 2009
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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
TIAS IS HAVING A BIG YARD SALE THIS MONTH!
Check out the latest listed items at :
Do you want to list an item in our yard sale?
Here is a special $9 off coupon code for the TIAS classifieds. Coupon Code: YARDSALE122908 . This coupon code will allow you to post a FOR SALE classified ad on TIAS in January for just $1. To access the TIAS classifieds and post your ad, go to:
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.
1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
International Swizzle Stick Collectors Association - ISSCA
The International Swizzle Stick Collectors Association (I.S.S.C.A.) was founded on June 1st, 1985 by Ray P. Hoare of Vancouver, BC, Canada and Polly Rusk of Yuma, Arizona. The formation of this organization was brought about by the necessity of a place where swizzle stick collectors could meet, swap, and talk about their chosen hobby - SWIZZLE STICKS'.
I.S.S.C.A. is not connected with any other collectors club or association. We are a co-founded, non -sponsored organization, dedicated to helping our members. As our name implies, we are swizzle stick collectors. Click here for more info:
Are you interested in swizzle sticks? Take a look at:
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.
In the next issue we are looking for stories about antiques and collectibles you have found in the attic, basement, barn, shed or even the walls of an old house. We are also looking for stories about childhood memories of your favorite toys. Send your story to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not my story, but my grandmother’s. When she and her family moved into their new home in a small town in Washington state, she discovered in the upstairs of the home a beautiful piece of emerald green glass with gold paint. It was a sugar bowl with a lid. For decades, she kept that piece of glass. Upon her death, my mom inherited the sugar bowl. Come to find out, it was a piece of pattern glass called Croesus, by the Riverside Glass Co. Mom later purchased several pieces to match this and now has a small collection of the glass. By far her favorite, though, is the one her mother found and it holds a place of pride in the cabinet where Mom stores her collection. By the way, I love your newsletter! The stories are wonderful! Thanks! Brenda
When I was just about 6 years old, my family moved from Bellflower to Norwalk, California. The home was new and not yet landscaped. While the gardeners were working to prepare for seeding a lawn, I was “helping” them and unearthed a brass metal like token with a hole at the top and about the size of a half-dollar. One side reads, “Walkers Club of America” and shows a silhouette of a male figure walking. The back side says, “City Hall to Coney Island, Feb. 22, 1919.” Now in my 60’s, I have recently retired and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and came across this long time possession. While on a trip to Northern Nevada in 2006 I spoke with the proprietor of a military memorabilia store and related the story. He suggested I contact an historical society for New York City or Coney Island. I have tried several times, but never received a response. It is slightly tarnished, but I have never tried to clean it. I would like it to go to a meaningful place if I could ever find one. Do any readers have suggestions? Thank you, Roberta in Las Vegas (email@example.com)
I love your newsletter and so enjoy reading about collections and family traditions.
I thought that folks might enjoy reading about my Aunt Leta Crandall's unusual collection (my aunt and my mother were twin sisters).
In April of 1938, my aunt Leta, "bored by the ordinariness of life," began collecting
eyelashes. Anyone and everyone she saw would pluck an eyelash for her which she would put into a scrap book with the date and person's name under the eyelash. Her friends urged her to write to a Dave Elman of the Hobbyists radio program about her strange hobby which she did and then forgot about. Out of the blue, the NBC Broadcasting Company contacted her to bring her collection of 500 eyelashes to New York City with all expenses paid, and a spot on a famous radio program called the" Hobby Lobby". She was entertained by officials of the NBC Broadcasting Company during her four day stay. Among other activities, she saw Helen Hayes in "Victoria Regina", dined at "Lindys", visited Radio City Music Hall and stayed at the "Sheldon Hotel". She also added to her collection while there. Among her treasured eyelashes were Portland Hoffa, the wife of the famous Fred Allen. Mr Allen refused to part with even one of his eyelashes
explaining to my aunt that that "I only have a couple and I think I'll need them." Harry Salter, a well known orchestra leader at that time gave up his lashes saying "know all men, that Leta has at her tender mercy two of the favorite lashes of the all seeing eye of Salter." Other famous lashes were Harry Von Zell, NBC Broadcasting Announcer; Peter Van Steden, Orchestra leader and Dave Elman the Director of the Hobby Lobby Program. Officials of the Hobby Lobby program said
"Miss Crandall's was the most extraordinary hobby they had yet contacted."
My Aunt and my mother both died in 2004 at the age of 94. My cousin still has her mother's collection. It is such fun to look at and although it isn't very valuable, it means so much to the family and will be passed on through the generations. Again, thanks so much for the newsletter. Carlene, Little Genesee, NY
About 1970 a friend and I with our two sons, got very involved with collecting old bottles. We found most by searching and digging old dumps. My friend George worked for a Brewery that had been making beer since mid 1800’s. A delivery man told him that a pub he delivered to had an out-building that had long been known as ‘the bottle store’, it had three floors but no longer had stairs. George arranged permission for us to investigate. We borrowed a truck and long ladders and I was the first to climb up to an open window. I nearly fell off the ladder with shock when I looked into the attic room, it was piled high with hundreds of big stoneware storage jars and thousands of beer bottles. Many of the bottles had labels, they had contained Guinness and bore the bottling date of 1904, we were probably the first to enter this room in some 60 years. Many of the items were presented to local museums and we were able to keep some ourselves. It was just the first of many major finds that we made and I am busy documenting others to share with you all. Bill Phillips, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
When I was rather young, probably around 4 or 5 in the early '50's, I had a small red and white patterned cloth doll with blond hair ,a head scarf and a hard plastic face. The body was filled with sawdust. My sister, who had dark hair, had a doll just like mine, but with dark hair. I loved that doll and took it with me all the time. I don't remember what happened to these dolls, but I can imagine that they got a tear in them and when they started leaking sawdust, my mom threw them out. I never forgot about that doll. Then one day, about 20 years ago, I found one at a thrift store. I was quite excited and bought it right away. Now,whenever I look at it I smile, because it really is the only childhood toy that I do recall, oddly enough. Randee
WE NEED YOUR STORY. DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO PHIL@TIAS.COM
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 - YES, YOU CAN GET SOMETHING OF GREAT VALUE FOR NOTHING.....
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
the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and
will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. WHAT A BARGAIN !
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Garth's Auctions Kicks Off The New Year With A Strong and Diverse January Sale
2. Holly Hill Antiques is Offering Tours
3. Collectorpro Software Group Celebrates 19 Years in Business
4. Iantiqueonline.com Introduces “Antiquing Basics 101 ” Forum Group
5. Sango China Drastically Reduced at Dinnerware Replacements
6. Free Antiques and Collectibles Event Listings Still Available in Marketplace of Rising Prices
7. Meeks center table brings $11,000 at Stevens Auction
8. Private collections add antique toys, trains, dolls and advertising to Morphy’s March 5-7 roster
9. WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL TO CONDUCT FEBRUARY “SPECTACULAR”
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
10. Changes and Letty & John's Global Vintage Blog
11. Moving Sales Make Gift Giving Cheap and Easy! Celebrity Autographs, Coins, Dolls, and
Tons More are
12. Kovels' Top 20 Antiques & Collectibles Searches for 2008
13. Deceased RCA & Columbia Promoter Collected Over 5000 Records
14. eBay alternative celebrates second year online
15. The Courtyard at Merchants Sqaure Mall Allentown Pa
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
Some interesting items from the TIAS.com "Yard 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.
When my Granddaughter, Ann, was almost four years old, she was known for being a slow eater. One day, her mom said to finish her lunch and then come and tell her. Soon Ann came into the family room to announce she was through. Her mom took her back to the table and said, "I made that peanut better sandwich with alot of love and you only ate part of it". Ann looked at her and very solemnly said"Well,
I ate the love part." Laura Wade, CB, Oregon
Recently a reader asked for the Lemon Meringue pie recipe. It brought back a wonderfully funny ( I think) story . As a bride, over 55 years ago, I wanted to learn how to bake this kind of pie. My sister suggested that I try using a “new” idea..using mighty-fine pie mix. And so for years that’s what I did. Children came along & they loved that pie too.Then one day I saw a recipe for the pie from scratch that looked so easy. I made it & when I served it the whole family agreed that it was the WORST pie I ever made. They begged me to go back to baking it my way. So much for baking “from scratch.” ARM, in NC .
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 Gloria requested a recipe for "a big pan of baked macaroni and cheese". We had several responses.
This is a classic macaroni and cheese recipe, made with sharp Cheddar cheese
and topped with bread crumbs.
A favorite at Pot Luck dinners. Back in the 50's when we were small our
church had "dime a spoon dinners".
Some folks paid 20 cents (2 servings) for this Mac & Cheese.
6 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire
3 cups milk
1 small onion, grated
3/4 pound shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (3 cups)
8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
In saucepan over medium low heat melt 4 tablespoons butter; blend in flour
and seasonings, stirring until smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk;
cook and stir until thick and smooth. Stir in grated onion and cheese. Place
cooked drained macaroni in a buttered 3-quart casserole. Pour sauce over
macaroni and gently mix to blend. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and
toss with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the macaroni. Bake at
375° for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
This is the recipe I have always used for macaroni and cheese. I don't remember where I got the recipe, but my husband and children would always clean the bowl when I served it.
For 6 people:
12 oz elbow macaroni
About 1 cup grated cheddar or Colby cheese
1 cup white sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Prepare macaroni according to package directions.
Make white sauce:
1 tablespoon four
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 cup of milk
In a heavy saucepan melt butter, add flour and combine thoroughly. Do not allow to brown. Alowly add milk to make a sauce. If it seems too thick add a little more milk.
Start adding the cheese a little at a time, stirring all the while. You want to make a nice cheesey sauce, but be careful not to add too much cheese so it doesn't become stringy.
Mix with the cooked macaroni and add some more of the cheese on top. Put into a 350° oven until bubbly and the cheese is browned.
My grandmother made some of the best macaroni and cheese you ever ate in your life. The following is my version of her dish.
2 cups uncooked macaroni
2 large packages of finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or more if you like cheese like I do)
1 stick salted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Pre- heat oven to 350'
Cook macaroni till tender and drain. In large mixing bowl or pot combine the cooked macaroni, 1 1/2 packages of cheese, the stick of butter cut up into 1/4 inch slices, salt and pepper. Beat the 4 eggs and add to the mixture. Pour mixture into a large deep dish casserole dish or a 13X9X2 glass baking dish. Pour milk over top until it comes just to top of the mixture. Add remaining Cheese on top and bake until golden, usually about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and pour about another 1/2 cup of milk on top of Baked Macaroni and let stand for about 15 minutes.
Its ooooooey goooooey good! Marianne Hudson - Bluffton, SC
This is a recipe given to us by a very good friend many years ago. We make it often and for company as well who always rave about it. We live in the East on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
1. Cook one box of Elbow Macaroni according to the directions.
2. In a large 6 quart pan melt 2 Tbsp. margerine or butter and add 1 Tbsp. flour, 3 Tbsp. non-fat dry milk powder (optional), 1 cup water,and two large chopped onions. Cook until onion is clear.
3.Add one large (16 oz.) low fat cottage cheese (Breakstone is great), 1 Tbsp. garlic salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 8 oz. or more of shredded cheddar (Montery Jack is good) and lots of parsley.
4. Add the cheese mixture to the drained cooked macaroni and put into lightly greased 9 x 12 baking dish. Sprinkle the top with Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and a dusting of paprika.
5. Bake 1 hour covered with Aluminum foil, remove foil after the hour is up and broil a short while to brown up the top.
Can be frozen ahead of time and re-heated with a little milk on top. ENJOY! - Elaine
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.
We are having a super bowl party and I want to serve some interesting hor d'ouvre recipes. Anything simple and time tested with amazing results :-) Bea
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:
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