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The Collectors Newsletter #678 -- February 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #678 -- 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.
Lassie Fan Club
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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 NEW TOPIC for the next issue ---Tell us about the very first thing you ever acquired for a collection. This can be as a child or an adult. It can be about a collection that started by accident, or one that was carefully planned. Just tell us about that first item and why you picked it or rather why it picked you :-) . Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
I had a favorite toy that I have never seen since. I received it for Christmas in about 1962 or 1963. It was a clock that a child could put together themselves, wind it, and it would work for about 24 hours. Does anyone remember such a toy? I was so proud of myself that I could accomplish the construction of this clock.
About 25 years ago, I was heavily into collecting railroad stuff, and one day, a RR collector friend from Alabama called and asked if I'd be interested in a 1900 Wabash RR timetable in near-mint condition; he knew Wabash was one of my favorites. I said maybe, depending on price, so he said how about 25 bucks. I knew it had to be worth a hundred $$ or so, so I said yes. Then he said he actually had two of them, so would I want another at the same price. I figured I could sell the extra for a good profit at that price, so said yes, I'll take both.
A few hours later, another RR contact from California called and offered me a heck of a deal on a 1900 Wabash timetable. Then over the next few days, calls began coming in from all over, offering the same thing. It got to where every time, a collector caller would identify himself, I'd stop him and say, don't tell me you have old Wabash timetables, and we'd start laughing.
About a week later, the full story finally came out. The Alabama guy was the original source. Someone who knew he collected RR things had told him about an old house being torn down that had some RR stuff in it. So he went over and learned that the house had been built around 1900 by a fellow who was a "traveling agent" for several RRs and he had insulated the walls with "extra" timetables that he had on hand. Now, as house was dismantled, these appeared, having been protected from light and moisture for 75+ years. A few had mouse nibbles, but most were virtually mint, and there were dozens, maybe hundreds of them!
So my guy in Alabama had gotten all these for practically nothing and figured to make a fortune on them. As we all know, something that is very valuable is because it is rare and in good condition. But when rare mint condition items suddenly turn up in a large quantity, they cease to be rare and their value plummets.
As the word quickly got around about how many of these the guy had, just about everyone called and told him to forget it, they didn't want any at all, so the guy ended up holding the bag and practically couldn't give them away. A 0He hadn't counted on there being a very active network of RR collectors who often compared notes. Whenever any of us "in the know" would see one of these 1900 Wabash timetables at a RR show, it would give us a good laugh. That's the story! Dick Wallin, Rochester, IL
My husband’s grandfather had built the family home in the early 1920s. It had a wonderful large walk-in attic and of course all those too-good-to-throw out items or things not worth moving when someone got married began to find their way up the stairs to this attic. In 2001 we had the job of cleaning out and preparing the house for sale and needless to say, the attic was rather a challenge: clothes and jewelry for local theater groups, books and music for various libraries and lots of carpet and wallpaper samples for the dumpster. After emptying one especially large wooden chest we realized that it had been an old, probably homemade toy chest, complete with a Dick-and-Jane vintage fabric cover, but completely lacking the safety features of modern toy chests. Thinking of all the children in the family whose treasures it had housed over the previous 75 years, we of course kept it, not having any idea what we would use it for. I am happy to report that it is once again a toy chest, up at our cabin, this time housing my husband’s current toys – his many, many tools. We did cover the old cover with vinyl for a bit more dignity and it makes a perfect window seat/attractive tool storage, readily accessible for all those repair jobs and building projects my husband takes on. Marjorie in MN
When I was 14 my parents moved us to a farm outside a small town. It was a wonderful place to wander and explore. My favorite place was a small garbage heap in a woods across the road. I found old jewelry, tiny porcelain dolls,bottles, broken crockery, pitchers and other items, which I reconstructed to see what they looked like. Friends of my parents laughed that I had my own archaeological dig. Endless hours were spent looking for the next thing. For some reason I was the only child of five of us that took an interest in it, but it was the perfect place for me. Dorie
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3) Antique News
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall today released their second semi-annual report on where online buyers of antiques and collectibles originate. The last time TIAS generated this report was in 2006. These reports were generated by compiling all of the online purchases from TIAS.com, AntiquesArts.com and Collectoronline.com during 2008. The data was then used to generate which countries and U.S. States were responsible for most of the online sales in 2008. The results are based on data from tens of thousands of online transactions and millions of dollars in sales over the past year.
--2008 Total Sales Revenue by Country--
1. United States - Was responsible for 91.3% of online sales
2. United Kingdom - 2% of online sales. A very distant second to the U.S. in sales revenue, but the average order amount was almost double that of every other country including the U.S.
3. Canada - 1.65% of online sales. Bought fewer items than Japan, but bought more expensive items.
4. Japan - 1.4% of online sales. Bought more items than Canada, but they were less expensive.
5. Australia - 1.2% of online sales.
6. Germany - .34% of online sales
7. France - .28% of online sales
8. Italy - .20% of online sales. Bought fewer items than the Spanish, but they were more expensive
9. Spain - .20% of online sales. Bought more items than the Italians, but they were less expensive
10. Netherlands - .14% of online sales.
With the United States generating the vast majority of online sales of antiques and collectibles for TIAS.com merchants in 2008, determining which U.S. states generated the most sales was the next logical step. Note that even though Virginia is listed at #10 on the "Sales by State" list, Virginian's spent a total of $8655 more on antiques and collectibles, than the entire United Kingdom in 2008.
2008 Sales by State
1. California - This State represent 12% of total U.S. sales by revenue
2. New York - 8% of U.S. sales
3. Pennsylvania - 7.7% of U.S. sales
4. Texas - 6.7% of U.S. sales
5. Florida - 5% of U.S. sales
6. Minnesota - 3.8% of U.S. sales
7. New Jersey - 3.7% of U.S. sales
8. Illinois - 3.7% of U.S. sales
9. Washington - 3.2% of U.S. sales
10. Virginia - 2.9% of U.S. sales
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1. Cordier Auctions February 15 Antique & Collectible Auction
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3. Buddy Holly, Beatles, Hendrix at Philip Weiss, March 1
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5. IDEX – A Mom’s Perspective
6. Bid Live Online for Rare Coins, Jewelry and Decorative Art
7. New Action Figures Bring More Detail, Sex, and Blood To Collectors
8. Adam Crease Shipping launches new website
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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.
After reading Helen from Texas comment about wanting to send baby brother back where he came from, I had to send in a similar tale, one of my family favorites. My brother Kevin and I were born on the same day, November 14th, but we are not twins. He was born two years to the date after I was. Not such an impressive feat when you count back nine months and realize that we were probably both the result of the folks having a little too much fun on Valentine's Day!
In any case, I was at my grandma's house while my parents were at the hospital. After Kevin was born, Dad came back to pick me up and he said, "Guess what I got you for your birthday?" I said, "A puppy?" And Dad replied, "No, something even better. I got you a new baby brother." According to family lore I burst into tears and said, "I want a puppy!"
To this day, when my brother gives me any grief, I look him square in the eye and say, "You know, I really wanted a puppy!" Shuts him up every time. Ali From Mesa, AZ
Our father was a bread route salesman and quite a cutup. One night in the 1950's the phone rang during supper which was unusual as most people were eating at the same time. Daddy reached over , picked up the phone and answered, "Halford's Mule Barn---which jackass did you want?" A shocked voice on the other end of the line said, "Well, I think I have the right one now!" It was our dad's "big boss" calling about a problem with a bread account. Daddy was so embarrassed that he never answered the phone that way again. Gwendolyn - Memphis, TN
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Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Becky requested recipes for "Strawberry Margarita Pie" We had two replies.
Becky wanted a recipe for Strawberry Margarita Pie. This one was published in Woman's Day magazine on May 30, 2006:
1 large container (16 oz) strawberries, rinsed and hulled
2 Tbsp sugar
2-1/2 cups (4 oz) thin salted pretzel sticks
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 stick (1⁄2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk), well chilled
1 tub (8.75 oz) mascarpone cheese
1⁄3 cup plus 2 tsp (6 Tbsp) tequila
1 Tbsp grated lime zest
2 Tbsp lime juice
Garnish: strawberry and lime slices
1. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
2. Thinly slice 3⁄4 cup strawberries; set aside. Cut remaining berries in half; toss with sugar and spread on lined baking sheet. Freeze about 30 minutes until partially frozen.
3. Crust: Process pretzels and sugar in food processor until fine crumbs form. Add butter; pulse until blended. Press evenly over bottom and up sides of pie plate. Freeze 10 minutes, or until firm.
4. Clean processor. Add sugared halved strawberries; process until puréed. Add remaining ingredients (except sliced berries); pulse until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; stir in sliced berries.
5. Spoon into crust and freeze uncovered at least 6 hours. Wrap airtight and freeze at least 2 hours more.
6. To serve: Garnish pie, then refrigerate about 15 minutes for easier slicing.
Planning Tip: Can be made through Step 5 up to 1 week ahead.
Hope Becky enjoys! Jaci from Virginia
Strawberry Margarita Pie
Delicious and refreshing -- a perfect summer dessert.
For the Crust:
1 cup finely crushed pretzels
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Press on bottom
and up sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake 9 or 10 minutes, or until lightly
browned. Allow to cool completely.
For the Filling:
2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup water
3 cups ripe strawberries plus several for top decoration
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup tequila (orange juice may be substituted)
1 tablespoon triple sec (if you're using tequila)
1 cup good quality strawberry yogurt
1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate, slightly thawed
crushed pretzel pieces
1 cup frozen whipped topping (either non-dairy or whipped cream, your
Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small saucepan. Allow to stand 5
minutes to soften, then cook over medium heat until gelatin is completely
dissolved (about 2 minutes).
Purée the strawberries in a blender or food processor. Add the cooled
gelatin mixture, sugar, tequila, triple sec, yogurt and limeade and continue
blending or processing until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate for at least
1 hour (spoonfuls of filling will mound). Spoon filling into a prepared
crust, and freeze until firm, preferably overnight, but at least 6 hours.
Garnish with whipped topping, sprinkles of crushed pretzels and several half
or whole perfect strawberries.
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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.
Hi, I love the newsletter and can't wait to read it each week. I would love a recipe for Honey Parmesan salad dressing. I have had it in several restaurants but have not been able to find a recipe. If any of the readers have this recipe please send it in. Keep up the good work and keep the newsletter coming. Ethel, Lake City, Fl and Adams, NY
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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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.
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