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The Collectors Newsletter #686 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #686 -- March 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.
Majolica International Society
The Majolica International Society, founded in 1989 with just 45 members, has enjoyed membership of more than a 1,000 enthusiastic individual collectors, dealers, authors and historians from across the globe. Society activities bring these diverse members together to share their collecting experiences and encourages the highest level of interest about this most brilliantly glazed, exuberantly decorated and whimsical ceramic! Click here for more information:
Are you interested in Majolica? 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.
Same 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.
I think I am just a natural born collector. It's a hobby that is both fun and challenging. I have always felt sorry for some of my co-workers who had no interests other than work. My collecting pretty much started by accident. Our parents had a set of Lu-Ray Pastel dishes by Taylor, Smith, and Taylor of East Liverpool, Ohio. Someone gave a set to them in 1948. Since I was born in 1947, my sister and I grew up eating on Lu-Ray. Each of us had our own favorite color. As children, my sister and I ended up chipping, cracking, and breaking several pieces of Mom's Lu-Ray. In the early 1970's I started on a mission to find pieces of Lu-Ray to replace the ones we had damaged. I thoroughly enjoyed hunting in antique stores and flea markets for Lu-Ray. During the early '70's, I was finding real bargains too. I was even fortunate enough to find rare pieces that were not included in my Mom's set. My brothers-in-law and sister joined the hunt. Well, I guess I really got hooked. My collection grew and grew to over 1,000 pieces of Lu-Ray. I still love my Lu-Ray and it is the major collection that I have today. However, I have gotten interested in many more types of pottery, china, and dinnerware through the years. I really enjoy the TIAS newsletters and reading about other folks collections, memories, and funny stories. The recipes are great too. Larry in N.C.
The very first thing I can remember collecting was the Story Book Dolls. I had a wonderful collection as all of my family would give me one for every gift giving occasion. Among them were Snow White, Heidi, Little Red Riding Hood, a Bride Doll, and so many more! I kept them nice and in their boxes but loved to look at them. My Dad worked for the Government so we moved quite often. I remember having these dolls until I was a young teenager and all of a sudden they were gone....my Mom's story was that they must have been lost in one of the moves. But Mom wasn't a pack rat like I am, and she probably just decided to clean up and out! I am 73 years old and I still grieve for those beautiful dolls. Since then I have collected many, many different things and love them all....from old corker bottles, to gorgeous Fenton! I keep thinking that as old as I am I need to start getting rid of some of my "stuff". I will start to pack it up, look at it lovingly and put it right back on the shelves. My two sons do not have much interest in my treasures and when I am no longer here will instead of a garage sale, put up a sign that says: "Free if you will just haul this junk away!"
I look forward to each and every newsletter....and being the collector that I am, have saved them all in my email drafts! Patsy, AR
In 1978, our family took a trip to Ohio, to visit relatives, when we got there, we turned off the highway at a corner that had a barn advertising
"mail pouch tobacco" . We had a wonderful time, and discovered, Ohio wasn't half way around the world, as we thought.
Later that year, we were doing some Christmas shopping and I found a wind chime that had "mail pouch" barns on it. I bought it and put it under the tree for me.(:>) Every time I looked at it, I would remember what a good time we had in Ohio. That started me collecting, wind chimes with barns on them, but they had to be given to me, or for a very special occasion. I now have 16 different wind chimes, I love every one of them. I love windmills also, and most of these wind chimes have wind mills on them. When we built a new house, I hung them from the ceiling, between the kitchen and family room. I have had a lot of comments about my barn wind chime collection. Thank you. Vernelle S
While by no means my first (dolls, stamps) collection, the one I have collected over the longest period of time is giraffes. I often talked about liking giraffes and finding them fascinating. I was engaged at Christmas time 1969. On giving me my ring, my now husband also gave me a stuffed giraffe. It was actually a child's toy, but I loved the sentiment and kept it. Over the next few years the collection grew to about 2 dozen. Then like a snowball, it grew. Friends and relatives would gift me with giraffes. If I saw one that appealed to me I bought it. When my son was born, I acquired a cobalt blue glass giraffe. Fast forward, my son is now 32 and I have over 200 giraffes most of them living in and taking over my china closet. The smallest one is less than 1/4 inch tall and the largest is almost four feet. They are made of cloth, glass, wood, rubber, metal, ceramic, pewter and silver and other things as well. These are just the ones on display. I also have several giraffe shirts and jerseys, earrings, necklaces and pictures and calendars. Sometimes people ask me "Why?" I say because giraffes are tall and I am not. (5'2''). Since I retired six years ago the collection has not grown much, but I still remember the story behind every one as I dust them. Judie B in Pittsburgh
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 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 February 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 bottles
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:
3. Rose Medallion
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. LL Auctions shifts focus, specializes in online-only sales
2. “ Another Gold and Silver Collapse Near” - Daryle Lambert
3. How do you sell Collectibles on eBay with all the new rules?
4. Reinvigorating Rare Stamps: $1.4M+ inaugural stamps
auction at Heritage, Feb. 5-7
5. Midwest Decoy Collectors Association to host 44th
Annual National Convention
6. “Used can Make You Money” - Daryle Lambert
7. Victorian lamps, antique glass at Woody Auction, Apr. 4
8. The SoWa Antiques Market
9. Green Decorating Room By Room
10. Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies - 2009
11. It Wont Cost a Cent to See $1 Billion in Portland
12. Can Spiderman Help You?
13. iGavel Presents March Auction Highlights
14. Antiques & Garden Show
15. Looking for Dealer Space or a Consignment Shop
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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John Maddock & Sons Semi Porcelain Hand Painted Compote
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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.
My father-in-law, Kermit Rosser was born in 1901. When he was three years old, he was traveling with his Aunt Maude in a horse and buggy quite a distance to buy some rock salt to make ice cream.
You can imagine their surprise when they saw coming toward them in the opposite lane, an automobile and behind it was a postman on a horse. Well neither Kermit nor his aunt had ever seen an automobile so you can imagine their surprise at the following sequence of events. The auto frightened the horse puling the buggy and it reared. Then the postman got his sixshooter and shot all four tires!
That was a trip he never forgot. Bonnie, Arlington,Tx.
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?
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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 Rebecca requested a recipe for "A Cherry sauce that is kept on top of the fridge" We received the following....
10 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh or frozen pitted Bing cherries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup kirsch (cherry brandy)
1. In a medium saucepan, heat the cherries and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the cherries release their juices. Remove from the heat and stir in the kirsch.
2. Return the sauce to medium heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Carol T. --- Cullman,AL
Lee from Sioux Falls, South Dakota sent the recipe for
2 cups well drained fruit
2 cups sugar
Put fruit (do not use pears, bananas or citrus fruits) and sugar into a 2 qt. glass dish that has a cover. Barely cover with rum. Cover dish and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 weeks. At this point the sauce can be used over ice cream or other desserts.
Replenish with additional fruit using equal parts of drained fruit and sugar. (It is not necessary to add more rum)
Fresh, frozen, or canned fruits can be used. All fruits should be well drained. Favorite fruits are bing cherries, pineapple and frozen strawberries. Fruit cocktail also good as it has all the basic fruits.
When using fruits from the "Pot" be sure to leave at least 1 cup to serve as a "starter"
If sauce is used too quickly, more rum should be added. Do not screw lid on if using a jar.
This may be what they were looking for
Friendship Fruit Starter
20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained
16 oz. can peach slices, drained
16 oz. can apricot halves, drained
10 oz. jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups brandy
Combine all ingredients in a clean, large glass jar. Stir gently with
wooden spoon. Cover and let stand at room temperature for three weeks,
stirring at least twice a week
Serve over ice cream or pound cake, use in recipes or feed as directed.
To keep the starter going, retain at least three cups at all times.
To feed and maintain: Stir mixture daily. Add one cup sugar and one
cup of pineapple, peaches or cherries every two weeks, alternating
fruits each time and stirring gently.
Brandy should not be required. Do not add
fruit more often than once
every two weeks. Do not delay adding fruit for more than one or two
days past schedule.
Cover and let stand at room temperature at least three days before
using. Fruit is fermented when it is translucent. To store, keep in
warm place. Makes about nine cups.
Substitute canned fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges or pears.
Whenever you have more than six cups of fermented fruit, you
may divide it into two portions, being sure there are at least three
cups in each portion. Do this just before you would do a normal
feeding. Feed each portion. Give one portion to a friend and keep one
Rebecca asked for a recipe for a cherry sauce. (My grandma lived in Massachusetts also.) Perhaps this is it...??? Mary in Ohio
16 oz. cherry preserves
4 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
In a saucepan, combine; cook and stir over medium heat for
5 minutes or until heated through.
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 memory is not so good these days. I can't remember if it was in a mini cook book (or booklet) or clipping or just a recipe card my momma had? I don't even remember the exact name. It had bananas, nuts and cinnamon, dropped by spoonfuls, and was very cake-like. I do remember my momma saying it was like tea cakes she used to make or have at her aunts house. (My great-aunt ran a boarding house in Memphis or Millington, TN. I remember momma talking about working there in the summers and the military men that would come there for Sunday dinner.) And I remember it had a powder sugar and evaporated milk frosting that you could put on them or not. Anything you can remember would be helpful. I loved those cookies and want to share them with my granddaughters. We love getting in the kitchen and as Kailee puts it "Learning to be a chef." Thanks. Donna McClain, Jacksonville, FL
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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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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