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The Collectors Newsletter #680 -- February 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #680 -- 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.
The Little Rhody Bottle Club
Founded in 1970, the Little Rhody Bottle Club has continually strive to promote the hobby of antique bottle collecting through the preservation of antique bottles and education through research relative to the companies those bottles represent. This website was developed and put into full operation in the beginning of November 2000. It has gone through several changes in the time since and will continue to change and develop to meet the needs of collectors and others interested in the bottle collecting hobby. Our online newsletter is uploaded around the first of the month and the online version of our bottle book, Antique Bottles Of Rhode Island, is updated as new bottles are reported. Click here for more information:
Are you interested in Collecting Bottles? 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.
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 email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
I enjoy reading your collecting stories, and thought Iíd offer one of my own. As a kid in the mid 1950ís I was nuts for anything baseball. Activities included playing little league ball, following the Cleveland Indians who had some pretty good teams during that time, and collecting baseball cards. Back then, you couldnít buy entire sets. They came in packs of five or six cards with a slab of bubble gum for a nickel at the local drug store. I first began to buy cards in 1957, but the ones I coveted most were the 1956 Topps. So I had to get those by trading with the neighborhood kids. We used the cards to act out the games as we listened to them on the radio, so they were well used. If you didnít have a card of a particular player, you would use a newspaper clipping photo until you got the card. The card I most wanted was the 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente because of the cool graphic of him making a leaping catch at the wall. A neighbor kid had one, but would not part with it no matter what I offered for trade. I finally got him to trade it to me when I got a brand new 1958 Roberto Clemente. As I got older my interests changed and the baseball cards were delegated to a cardboard box in the closet. Itís this type of box that usually got tossed out by Mom, but mine had a different outcome. Instead, I had a young nephew (born in 1956) and I gave them to him when he was around 7 or 8 years old, and he loved them. But I couldnít bear to part with the Roberto Clemente, so I kept that one card for myself. Now fast forward 40 years and imagine how excited I was when my older sister (the mother of my nephew) handed me the box with all of my old beloved baseball cards which I thought were long gone. Too bad I didnít give my nephew the Roberto Clemente because it was now long gone. It was so much fun to go thru those old cards, most of them worn and not worth very much, except for all those Mickey Mantles. Getting the box led me back to collecting, and after several years I was able to put together a complete set of the 1956 Topps including a mint Roberto Clemente. Iíve attached a scan of it if youíd like to see it.
Bruce G. - Clinton, Ohio
As a life-long doll lover and collector, I'm often broken hearted when I read a story like the one Alma in Calif. wrote last issue. PLEASE, mothers, don't talk your daughters into giving away their prized, much beloved childhood items - dolls. or whatever it may be. No matter how old your daughter becomes - the dolls will hold a special place in her heart.. While another child may enjoy them( like the kids who chopped the dolls hair off and marked all over them, they will NEVER mean as much to a new owner as they will to your own daughter.
About this matter, I know whereof I speak. My son absolutely LOVED tiny Match-box cars. From the time he was old enough to walk, you never found him without a car or two in his pockets. Every Sunday morning we had to "frisk" him before church.
One day, after he reached the ripe old age of SIX - I convinced him to give his extensive car collection and Mattel "car wash" to the young child of my co-worker. I was sick about it almost from the moment I did it. How I would give ANYTHING to have saved them for him. He's 37 now and still "playing" with cars - he races them for Subaru and I know he would give anything to have his car collection back. Because of ME, he will never have it to pass along to his child.
So, whether it's dolls, cars, stuffed animals, THINK before you give away childhood toys with your child's memories all wrapped up in them, or that you closely associate with a particular child. You WILL be sorry some day. Now, I'm NOT discouraging anyone from sharing old toys with needy children. Just be sure you're not giving away something that is more important to your child than you realize. Just a word to the wise. "Enuf said"!!! God Bless, js, jacksonville
In 1983 I purchased a small rowhouse that had been built at the turn of the century. Over the 20 years I lived there, I gradually "redid" each room with new paint, wallpaper, carpet, etc. At one point I was removing the carpet from the staircase, and I found a tiny black shoebutton wedged in the woodwork. That made me realize that somewhere back in time, high button shoes had climbed up and down that staircase! The day after I left that house the next door neighbor called me. He wondered if I had ever found any gold coins in the crawlspace above the second floor that the previous owners had hidden there. Not once in the entire 20 years I lived there, had he mentioned this, but waited until the day after I turned the keys over to someone else! I had peeked up into that area once or twice, but I never saw anything up there; and then I had insulation blown in that space. Who knows, though, maybe the insulation installer lucked out!
I always look forward to your wonderful newsletter and this is my collecting story.
Growing up I was always attracted to a print of a birch tree next to a lake. It had a very distinctive look, and my parents had received it for a wedding gift in 1939. Fast forward to around 1975 and I went to my first house sale. As I walked in, there on the wall at the end of the hall was a print with that same distinctive look. I found out that it was by Wallace Nutting, and of course I bought it. Over the years I have collected more of his work, some I purchased, some as gifts from my daughter who learned to love them as I do. I now have 21 of them displayed on my living room walls. When the time comes, they will all go to my daughter. I don't buy them much any more, as the prices have risen beyond my means. Leslie- Clinton NY
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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
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites. This months list is a bit different, because we are listing both December of 2008 and January of 2009. This will also allow you to see how categories have shifted position from month to month.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jars
10. Perfume (related)
1. Cookie Jars
4. Perfume (related)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
5. Civil War
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
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. AntiqueWeek to Offer Annual Scholarship
2. Global Art Market Avoids Crash - artmarketblog.com
3. Reevaluating Undervalued Surrealist Art - artmarketblog.com
4. The Reality of Art Sales Data - artmarketblog.com
5. Asselmeier & May Major Antique Estate Auction (Feb. 21st)
6. Vegas Mall - 20th Century Fashion Exhibit
7. The Great Lehigh Valley Antique Show Continues to
Grow and Improve
8. The 10th Annual Boston Print Fair Joins Forces with
AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Century
9. More than militaria; Manionís to host collectible toy auction
10. Antiques & Interiors of Sandy Springs
11. The 47th Annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show
Announces Strong Attendance
12. St. Louis Antique Festival
13. Seven Major Crowell Decoys Set for July 15,16 Auction
14. Want to Bid on a Miley Cyrus Guitar and Help Out a Great Cause?
15. artnet Online Auctions - Marilyn Monroe Photographs Sale
16. Swapping comes to Milan Italy, April in New York
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...
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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 story from Connie in California about her and her mother exchanging cans of asparagus for Christmas reminded me of this story. Our family of four loved canned asparagus, served cold, straight from the can with just salt and pepper. As Connie mentioned, it was considered quite expensive back then. We considered it a special treat and never served more than one can at a time, with our little boys fussing if they thought someone had eaten more than their share of the spears. Imagine my surprise when my youngest son, 3 or 4 then, asked Santa for a can of asparagus he could eat all by myself. Santa's laugh was genuine, and he said that was the most unusual request he'd ever gotten. Of course, I shared the story with my friends. That Christmas he got a can of asparagus in his stocking plus four more as gifts from others. He was delighted and made me write a big "B" for "Blain" on each can with strict instructions to all of us that no one could open his asparagus or eat any unless he said we could. ~Millie from Louisiana
Hello Tias Newsletter!
I love your newsletter and thought some readers might have a laugh from this story from my childhood.
My daughter is a new mother & loves this story.
When I was a very little girl, about 3, I loved going to my neighbor's home and "helping" her. My mother loved me being gone for a few hours as I had 2 younger brothers. I fondly remember standing on a step stool at the kitchen sink & washing pots & pans and "helping" clean up her kitchen. One day I was especially looking forward to my "job" because my neighbor had a new baby.
Imagine my mother's surprise when I came back running & screaming to come help the neighbor.The new baby was trying to eat her up!
I had never seen a baby being nursed before. -Nancy, Jacksonville, FL
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 "Thunder Bay's Persian Pastry " We had one reply.
Since the recipe for Thunder Bay's Persian Pastry is a secret that they don't share, here is a best guess on how they are made. Deb
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 2 1/2 ounces vegetable shortening, approximately 1/3 cup
* 2 packages instant yeast
* 1/3 cup warm water (95 to 105 degrees F)
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 23 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surface
* Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying (1 to 1/2 gallons, depending on fryer)
Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening. Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.
In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm. Add the eggs, sugar, salt and half of the flour. Using the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined. Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well. Change to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and beat on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes smooth, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch thick. Cut out dough in 4" circles using a pastry ring or a knife. Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F. Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side. Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to covering top with raspberry glaze.
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.
My mom used to make the best cake donuts. I have tried a few recipes but they just aren't as good..I was wondering if someone might have a good recipe for them. Carol .
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.
King Charles Spaniels Forever
You will definitely want to visit my store as I have a wide variety of items from costume jewelry, pottery, carnival & depression glass & many other highly collectible goodies. I add items weekly & sometimes daily.
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.
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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.
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