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The Collectors Newsletter #677 -- February 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #677 -- February 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
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1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Kollectors of Nasty Old Ties ( K.N.O.T.)
These folks are collectors of really nasty looking neck wear.. Click here for more information:
Are you interested in mens vintage clothing? Take a look at:
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.
Everyone seems to love these found item stories so we are STILL 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 email@example.com
Hi! When I was a little girl, I received my Kissy Doll, and I just loved her. She's the pretty blond doll from the 60s and when you squeeze her arms together, she puckers and makes a kissing sound. When I was in my 20s, I still had her and in a moment of weakness, I gave her to my cousin's daughter. I regretted it, but she did enjoy her. Every once in a while I would ask her, "Are you taking care of Kissy." In my 30s, I became pregnant with my first child. My cousin and aunt got together and thought the perfect gift was to give me back my doll, but cousin's daughter didn't want to let it go, and she was a young adult. They convinced her it was the right thing to do. They cleaned her up and my aunt crocheted her a new dress as Kissy's was all worn out. Imagine my surprise when I was presented with a large gift bag. I removed the top tissue and saw the blond top of her head and yelled, "Kissy!" I was so excited. My husband smiled knowing how much I missed her and wished I still had her. Kissy has now been through four owners, myself, my niece Marissa and then my daughters, Samantha and Daniela. Kissy needs to be restrung now, the elastic bands wore out with my youngest. She's now waiting for her next generation of owners. She's not an antique, but she received a lot of love. Alma in California
Hi Phil, this is my third letter to you and I love reminiscing about my past. This one is about a favorite toy.
When I was about 8 years old, I had opened up a gift at Christmas that I was thrilled about till my Mom said she tagged it wrong and it belonged to my older brother, Russell. It was a wood burning kit and I had to hand it over to him but my mother promised to take me to the store the next day and get me a replacement gift. I really wanted the wood burning kit because I loved doing crafts even back then. The next day we went to A&S in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and I picked out a mid size Thumbelina doll. She was the prettiest doll I had ever seen and she was the same size as a real baby. The box was like a crib, and after I played with her I would put the plastic back on her hair to keep it neat and put her back in the box on a shelf in my closet to keep her clean. When I was 12 years old my mother said I was older now and should give all my dolls to my cousin in Brooklyn. I collected my Patty Playpal, my (original-circa 1960) Barbie & Ken with all the clothes, my Shirley Temple, my Tiny Tears and my beloved Thumbelina. All my dolls looked like they just came from the store. I always kept them in perfect condition.
Well, about 3 weeks after that, we went back to visit my cousins and my heart broke when I saw my "babies". My cousins had cut the hair on all the dolls, wrote all over them with crayons and stripped them of all the clothes. They were barely recognizable, and I remember crying that night in my room. Well, fast forward to 2003, and I saw a replica of my Thumbelina doll from Ashton Drake Collectibles in a magazine ad. I bought that doll so fast, and now she sleeps in my closet, in her box just like my original for me to pass down to my first grand-daughter (I have 2 grandsons) when she is old enough to know -"Don't Mess Up The Babies"-
Rita-Jo Velez- Florida
I have a bittersweet memory of 3 precious antiques found in my grandparents' farmhouse attic after my dear grandfather passed away and my grandmother, in ill health, had sold out and moved to a smaller place. My dad and I had gone over to check out the house. A developer had already had the roof removed and those wonderful upstairs bedrooms looked so small. We walked on up into the attic and there lay my grandmother's childhood McGuffey reader with her childish notations, my grandfather's childhood slate with "Freddie" carved into it, and a picture of the 2 of them with my favorite uncle who had been a volunteer fireman and had been electrocuted in the line of duty the year before. This was in about 1955. My dad gave me the McGuffey Reader and the picture and he took the slate which he gave to me nearly 50 years later. There's not much monetary value to these items, but to me they're priceless because of all the wonderful memories of the 10 years I enjoyed visiting my grandparent's farm and these dear loved ones. Gayle
After reading one of the recent newsletter posts about a doll that was sent to a doll hospital and came back with a lovely new dress and body but without her original clothing items; I'd like to offer a little personal advice on the subject. I've been collecting dolls for almost 30 years now - not for sale or for a business, but just because I treasure antique dolls.
Please remember, that even if you don't have any plans to sell your beloved antique - for posterity, PLEASE keep all original clothing and accessories, even if they are in bad shape, you should always keep them with the doll.
I guess I'm what's considered a "purist" when it comes to doll collecting; I would rather have a antique doll in original condition than one that looks like new.
But, I know that not everyone feels this way and certainly, everyone is entitled to their own opinion on the subject. I have lots of antique babies that have "flaws" - to make it clear; I'm not talking about displaying a filthy doll that's falling apart. It's just that some people want them completely repainted and redressed if there is the slightest flaw. That usually completely devalues an antique doll. Of course, well done, necessary restoration is sometimes needed and I'm not talking about that. I mainly wanted to encourage doll owners to always keep the original items with your dolls as a part of their history and your memories.
And, one final word, unless is necessary, try to keep your babies all original. A few crazing lines in composition is normal and a bit of lost hair is perfectly normal. Sadly, some doll hospitals return to you a doll that looks as if it was purchased yesterday and not like your much loved antique.
The most important thing however is - before sending anything to a doll hospital, take a moment to discuss YOUR ideas about the restoration compared to their ideas about the job and let them know you want all original items returned. You may not realize how valuable and original Tiny Tears, or Madame Alexander outfit can be. And, please don't hesitate to make your desires known before sending off a treasured antique. You might just get back something that looks like a Baby Alive!! God Bless, Judy in Jacksonville
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
the Webs largest online antique & collectible mall, today released their annual reports listing the most frequently purchased antiques and collectibles online in 2008. The data was gathered from tens of thousands of transactions at TIAS.com. AntiqueArts.com and CollectorOnline.com, representing millions of dollars in online sales of antiques & collectibles during the year 2008.
Here are the top 20 categories of antiques and collectibles purchased online by customers visiting antique and collectible related Web sites that are hosted by TIAS.com Inc. in 2008. This first list ranks popular categories based on the volume of items purchased within each category. As an example, a higher quantity of china and dinnerware were sold online than glass antiques & collectibles, in 2008.
Note that the list also compares 2008 rank data to the previous year.
1) China & Dinnerware - Up from #2 in 2007
2) Glass - Up from # 3 in 2007
3) Jewelry - Up from #5 in 2007
4) Coins & Currency - Down from #1 in 2007
5) Paper & Ephemera - Up from #7 in 2007
6) Holiday & Seasonal - No movement
7) Miscellaneous - Up from #11 in 2007
8) Advertising - Down from #4 in 2007
9) Kitchen Collectibles - Up from #10 in 2007
10) Vintage Sewing - Down from #8 in 2007
11) Porcelain & Pottery - Up from #14 in 2007
12) Comics - Not listed in 2007
13) Toys - No movement
14) Resources & Supplies - Down from #9 in 2007
15) Vintage Clothing - Down from #12 in 2007
16) Books - No movement
17) Figurines - Down from #15 in 2007
18) Dolls - Down from #17 in 2007
19) Memorabilia - Up from #20 in 2007
20) Textiles - Down from #19 in 2007
To view the 2007 list go to:
To view the 2006 list go to:
Here are the top 20 categories of antiques and collectibles sold online in 2008, based on dollar volume. The following list is based on how much money was spent by customers who bought antiques and collectibles over the past year. As an example, more money was spent by customers buying Jewelry than Porcelain & Pottery in 2008.
Note that the list also compares 2008 rank data to the previous year.
1) Jewelry - No movement
2) Porcelain & Pottery - Up from #6 in 2007
3) Glass - No movement
4) China & Dinnerware - No movement
5) Furniture & Accessories - No movement
6) Vintage Clothing - Down from #2 in 2007
7) Books - No movement
8) Kitchen Collectibles - Up from #11 in 2007
9) Militaria - Up from #19 in 2007 in 2007
10) Comics - Not listed in 2007
11) Holiday & Seasonal - Down from #11 in 2007
12) Textiles - Down from #9 in 2007
13) Dolls - Down from #12 in 2007
14) Miscellaneous - Not listed last year
15) Art - Not listed last year
16) Toys - Up from #17 in 2007
17) Figurines - Up from #18 in 2007
18) Vintage Sewing - Down from #13 in 2007
19) Resources & Supplies - Down from #14 in 2007
20) Autographs - Down from #8 in 2007
To view the 2007 list go to:
To view the 2006 list go to:
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Artcurial Offers Alfa Romeo Through Artfact Live! Auction
2. Ice Breakers at International Poster Gallery
3. The Great Lehigh Valley Antique Show
4. Every toy, ever! All in one database.
5. Masterpiece Solutions Offers Art Galleries and Artists
Five Reasons to Embrace Technology
6. Appraiser's Benefit with "The Personal Property
Appraiser's Guide to USPAP"
7. Garth's Auctions Third Annual Ohio Valley Auction
8. Whadja Find?: Popular New Feature on Iantiqueonline.com
9. Authentic Letters by Director Emil Jannings, first winner
of the Academy Award in 1928.
10. An unusual and original 1938 UK dog card set.
11. Sale for Replacement Dinnerware at Dinnerware Replacements
12. Huntley Mall February Antique Jewelry and Antiques Sale
13. A Touch of Whimsy - Cyberattic HUGE Jewelry Bling into Spring Sale!
14. TIAS report on the top online buyers of antiques and collectibles in 2008
15. Inaugural Washington Antique Show and Piccolo Art
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
Beautiful Turquoise Necklace
Amber Etched Console Bowl w/Candle Holders
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 15,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday February 03, 2009 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
It's Thanksgiving Day and our granddaughter, age 17, is going to make the green bean casserole. She simply LOVES the stuff. I asked her if she was going to double the recipe. She thought for a moment and then said, "I don't know, does anyone else want any?"
Love the news letter and look forward to it with a cup of coffee in the mornings. Went on vacation last week, so had some catching up to do. Anyway this is about my middle son. When he was just 3 years old he loved anything to do with horses. In fact his CB name was Arizona Horsy Man. One day I was combing his hair and commented that he had a cowlick that just wouldn't lay down. He said in his 3 year old voice, "It isn't a cowlick, it's a horsy lick". JH
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?
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 15,000 people who get this newsletter. Go to
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
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 Ben requested recipes for "amazing cherry cobler" We had one reply.
1 (16 oz.) can cherries, packed in water
1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 drops food coloring
1 recipe cobbler topping
Drain cherries, reserving 3/4 cup juice. Mix together sugar, cornstarch, and juice. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute over medium heat. Stir in butter, lemon juice and food coloring. Remove from heat and add cherries. Pour into a 10 x 6 x 1 3/4 inch baking dish. Top with cobbler topping. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
1 c. unbleached flour
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. oil
1/3 c. skim milk
Sift together first 5 ingredients. Stir in oil. Add milk and mix well. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto hot cherry mixture.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
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.
I'm looking for a recipe Strawberry Margarita Pie. I had this at a party many years ago and would love to taste is again. Becky
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.
Jody's Dusty Attic
We sell Roseville, Rookwood, Weller, McCoy, Shawnee, Metlox, Minton, Moorcroft and other pottery and porcelain. We also sell other antique and vintage items.
BJ Leilani Treasures
Welcome and visit us whenever you can. Our inventory may begin small, but we have interesting items to add that will hold your interest for a long time to come. There will be fine shopping for all! See you soon.
Rivermill Antique Mall
Welcome! Come on in and check out our great selection of quality antiques and collectibles. Lots of pottery, glassware, and much, much more.
Egg Palace Antiques
Welcome shoppers! Our store will be having a great variety of items for you. We hope that you enjoy browsing and visit us often. More items will be added on a regular basis with many new categories.
W & W Postcards
Vintage post cards from the United States. Nothing later than 1955. We specialize in RPPC, US views, greeting, humor and animal topical postcards. Many well known illustrator cards. A 7-day money back satisfaction guaranteed.
Aunt Giuliana's Estate Sale
We have a wide selection of vintage costume jewelery and wonderful exquisite items. If you see something you like...please feel free to MAKE AN OFFER!
Antique Collectible Treasures
My inventory includes glass, porcelain, silverplate, pottery, and collectibles of all sorts!! My store is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and is over 1,000 sq. feet.
Upstairs Downstairs Fine Antiques & Collectibles Galleria
Florida's finest antiques, arts & collectibles at discount prices always at least 20%-60% below book value. So what's the catch? There is no catch!! We've searched the world to find the best of the best at the lowest prices.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 160,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:
12) Helpful Resources:
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