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The Collectors Newsletter #681 -- February 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #681 -- February 2009
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Living History Association
One of the largest group of reenactors in the country; members dress up according to the era, and act out battles, home life, balls, etc.; catalog of merchandise, lectures, school programs, teaches workshops, etc.; quarterly magazine. Click here for more information:
Are you interested in Militaria? 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 few 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.
Several years ago I was trying to collect covered animal dishes. After a couple years of not finding many besides the chickens, I came across some of the tiny ones from Boyd and Mosser, and began to collect those. We were shopping at an antique store in Iowa and they had a case full of them. They also had several of the reproduction open salts. I picked out two or three of those, and when I went to check out the person behind the desk said that if I liked those he had some I'd really like. He brought out some beautiful cut glass ones, and of course I couldn't pass them up! I now have over 500 salts, some glass, some china, wood, & pottery, from the most elegant to the plainest, to the oddity, to the well used & loved. In nearly every one someone had to put a little of themselves into making them - the glass cutter, the painter, even the mold maker; to me that's the real value of the pieces. Linda in Nebraska
Gwendolyn in Memphis’ story in the last newsletter reminded me of a prank my husband pulled on my step-sister once. One night she called us and my husband answered the phone, “Bob’s Billiard Hall, eight ball speaking.” She was quite flustered, said she’d dialed the wrong number and hung up. She dialed our number again and my husband answered the phone the same way. Again she hung up. After she called a third time and my “better half” answered with the same greeting, I finally called her back to explain. Our two teenagers were rolling on the floor, laughing so loud she could hardly hear me on the phone. Helen from Texas
My grandmother had a Royal Daulton figurine and an old china tea set. When I was growing up, I was told that these would be mine some day because she could not pick between her two daughter-in-laws to leave them to(grandma had 2 boys). When she passed away, I received these items, but when going through her belongings I ended up being the recipient of everything else that nobody wanted!
There were old cookbooks, clunky jewelry, old kitchen utensils, pots,pans and dishes, and some knick-knacks that I have yet to identify. I loved how they were my grandmother's. I was also amazed that nobody in my family wanted to have these items. I took it all.
This started my love for all things vintage. I don't collect china or figurines, but I do actively seek out old cookbooks and kitchen gadgets. I used to be able to go to thrift stores and pick up similar items any time I had a free moment to shop and a few dollars; now the selection is so very limited and I won't pay too much for the little trinkets that I enjoy.
My grandma probably didn't think that I would start collecting the things that I have! I can't ever explain my fascination with the treasures that I find. I guess that I collect so that in the future, someone else in my family might find my collection to be something to hold and to think of. Heather
Hi Phil, Back in the early 90’s I saw a beautiful collection of Talavera Pottery beautifully displayed on a kitchen bulkhead at my boss’s home. Big colorful platters, pitchers, candle sticks etc.
On a business trip to Dallas, I happened to see a small covered, round Talavera jewelry holder on sale and thought I’d pick it up to add to my old boss’s wife’s collection. Well, months went by and I forgot about the piece I had picked up for her. Then, a friend vacationing in Mexico brought me home a short ginger jar marked Talavera. How beautiful it was and quite similar to the piece I had packed away to give as a gift. I set them together. The next year they brought me a lovely Talavera dessert plate and small pitcher; another friend gave me a Talavera candle stick. Last year while in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico I picked up 2 more pieces. From that little piece meant to be given away as a gift, my very own Talavera pottery collection started. Denise in Michigan
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3) Antique News
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. To post a release, go to
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. LiveAuctionTalk.com Turns Its Attention to Civil War Uniforms
2. Bad Economy is Big News for the Antiques Trade
3. Big Fan Gifts Lowers Prices and Offers New Incentives To Buy
4. Vintage Paper Postcards Prints Photos Victorian Scrap
5. Now is the Best Time to Buy an Antique
6. Sacramento, CA - Charity Estate Sale
7. Black Cloth Doll Exhibit to Be Featured at California
Country Antique Show
8. New Spring Inventory at Dinnerware Replacements
9. Hummel Ring Around the Rosie Sells at Auction
10. Collectibles Corner TV Goes live! Bakelite, Engravings,
Bidslammer, Beatles Memorabilia & more
11. The Sculptor’s Eye
12. Sotheby’s Asia Week Sales Commence with Fine
Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art On March 17, 2009
13. Sotheby’s Spring Sale of Indian & Southeast Asian Art
14. Use, Re-use And Recycle - A New Vintage Blog is Born
15. New Wine Website Is Revolutionizing Consumer Habits
By Finding The Best Wine Offers
16. 32 Rare Books On Antique Silver Republished For The
First Time In Over 110 Years
17. ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S 1864 VICTORY SPEECH SELLS
FOR RECORD $3,442,500
18. Antiquers find deals in English snowstorms.
19. Jimi Hendrix Rick Griffin Posters in NY Rock N Roll
Auction Mar. 1
20. Ten Years After & Alvin Lee Memorabilia in NY Rock
N Roll Auction Mar. 1
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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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 I was 11 years old, my Mother & Father took myself, 2 sisters and brother to Long Island, New York to visit Mom’s sister and her husband, and to go to the 1964 World’s Fair. My youngest sister Jennifer had her 7th birthday while we were vacationing, so instead of buying a birthday cake, my Aunt Sue went to a local bakery and picked up some nicely decorated éclairs on which she put candles for the birthday girl. When she presented the platter with the éclairs and told Jenny to “blow out the candles and make a wish”, Jenny immediately started crying. When asked what was wrong, she said “I didn’t want hot dogs for my birthday!!” We all laughed then and my siblings and I still get a good chuckle out of even yet. ..Karen, Scott Depot, WV
Seeing the funny story about the lemon meringue pie reminded me of the time I ended up with lemon meringue "soup." When our 3 kids were growing up in the early 1970's we lived in Avon Lake, Ohio, and lemon meringue was a favorite with all of us. I usually made four at a time. One or two would be gone too quickly to be worth the effort. I always used a certain pie filling that was specifically for pies. One time in the grocery store, I was looking at the section that had bulk packaged foods like gallon cans of catchup, etc. There was a lemon pie filling in a bag that made 6 pies at a time. Thinking how thrifty that would be, I bought it. After I'd made the pie crusts from scratch, as usual, except now 6 instead of 4, I set about making that new filling. I don't know what went wrong. I followed the package instructions exactly. At least, I THINK I did. After the meringue was on and all were baked to beautiful perfection, when I cut into the first one, the filling never thickened up. It was thin as water even after it was chilled all night. One of the kids just stared and quietly said it looked like "lemon meringue soup." The taste was great....if you don't mind eating pie with a straw! Thankfully, none of them laughed until I did. However, still disappointed and a little embarrassed, I was determined to salvage the 5 remaining pies. Next morning after hubby left for work and the kids left for school, I carefully scraped off all the meringue and laid each on waxed paper on the kitchen table, poured all the filling into a pot on the stove, and added some Knox unflavored gelatin. Then I carefully re-built all the pies with this 'doctored up' concoction. After dinner, when I went to cut it, I knew something was still wrong. Now the filling was like rubber. You know those gummy bears the kids eat nowadays? Well, just imagine a whole pie with one big lemon gummy bear with a pie crust and meringue! I dumped all of them into the trash and didn't make another lemon meringue pie for 10 years! We all still laugh about the lemon meringue soup. By the way, I went back to using the other filling, too. It's foolproof.
I always look forward to your newsletter. Keep up the good work! Patty -- Rices Landing, PA
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 Carol requested a recipe for "cake donuts" We had one reply.
This recipe is an old-time favorite here in New England. My Mother-in-law makes these every Christmas morning. They are best served warm. We put powdered sugar into a brown paper lunch bag and toss the donuts in the bag to coat. My in-laws like them with straight KARO syrup but I’m not a fan of the taste! Also makes great tasting doughnut holes! You can adjust the cinnamon and nutmeg amounts to taste but do not omit, they are key to the wonderful flavor! Enjoy!
2 cups Bisquick
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Milk
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Pour 3 to 4 inches of oil into a deep pot or pan. Heat to 375 degrees. Mix Bisquick, sugar, vanilla, egg, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Smooth into ball on a floured board. Knead 10 times. Roll 1/4-inch thick. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Slide doughnuts, one at a time, into oil. Fry until golden, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
For Sugar Coating:
Shake sugar and cinnamon together in a large plastic bag. Add doughnuts, one at a time and shake.
To Make Chocolate Doughnuts:
Use 1/4 cup of sugar instead of 2 Tbsp, 1/3 cup milk instead of 1/4 cup, and add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.
Note: If you do not have a doughnut cutter, use a drinking glass to cut the outer circles and a small tumbler or shot glass to cut out the doughnut holes.
In latest issue, a cake doughnut recipe was requested. Here is our family favorite from an old cookbook. - Mary in Ohio
SWEET MILK DOUGHNUTS
1 Cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
4 3/4 Cup flour
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1 Cup milk
2 Tbsp melted shortening
1/2 tsp vanilla flavoring
1/2 tsp lemon flavoring
- In large bowl, combine sugar and eggs, blend carefully; set aside..
- In medium bowl, sift flour; measure; add salt, baking powder, and spices;
sift again; set aside.
- In small bowl, combine milk, melted shortening, vanilla flavoring, and
lemon flavoring; set aside.
- To sugar/egg mixture, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture.
- Chill dough.
- On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/3-inch thickness.
- Cut with floured cutter.
- Fry in deep fat (365º F) until brown; drain on crumpled absorbent paper.
- Sprinkle with sugar.
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.
In the 1970's I went many times to a restaurant in New York called The Top of the Sixes. They had the most wonderful French dressing I have ever tasted. To this day I still think of it often. It was a white opaque dressing. If anyone knows of a recipe for this dressing I would be most appreciative. Thank you, Barbara C.
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.
Sue's Antique Wonderland
Offering a wide variety of antiques & collectibles! Fine porcelain & china, art pottery, glass, vintage jewelry & more! Fast, friendly service! Orders shipped within 1 business day (Mon-Fri) of having received cleared payment.
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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.
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