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The Collectors Newsletter #687 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #687 -- March 2009
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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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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In this weeks episode of CollectiblesCornerTV.com.....
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
We started Marbleholics Anonymous as a Club for those people that had gotten bit by the marble bug. We felt the need for a site that offered something different. Here is a place you can come for certain things you just can not find on all the other marble sites. Click here for more information:
Are you interested in Marbles? 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 issues ---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.
When I was in my teens I went to a block sale (in Brooklyn, NY in the 1960's) and picked up a very, very pretty green perfume bottle and matching box (for $4.00). Many years later I tried to find other items to match and couldn't. Until one day about 25 years later when I walked into an antique shop in Lake Worth, Florida and saw a small display of (Calder) Steuben green jadeite glass. I knew at that moment that what I had was Steuben but when I went home and looked for a mark I could not find it. For the next several years I would on occasion pick up one of the pieces and look again at the bottom for a telltale mark. None. Then...one morning while recuperating from some mishap, I took the pieces into my bed and turned and twisted the pieces under a bright light until finally a mark revealed itself! I could hardly contain myself and wondered why it had eluded me all those years. As time went by and I went through a move from Tampa to Deerfield Beach, I decided to sell the pieces. My $4.00 had grown to $400.00! What was also memorable about this is that those glass pieces were my very first purchase of a "collectible" without my mother's guidance. I just liked the color and shape of the pieces and could afford the $4.00. Now, being 60 years old, I look back and realize how fully formed my "taste" was from an age when I was truly naive to what was "good" or valuable. My motto has always been "pretty" counts and if "pretty" has a maker's mark it counts even more!...Barbara
Dear Phil, You requested info on how someone's collecting of something got started. Here's my story.
In August of 2000, my wife and I were out antiquing in Ironton, OH, just across the Ohio River from Maysville, KY. At that time, we just enjoyed looking around for interesting things and had fun on our forays.
On a shelf, in a small, interesting junk barn/antique mall, was a rectangular piece of what we though might be end o'the day glass. It was white, marbleized with both green and blue, and had two flowers imprinted or cast into the glass on its two long sides. There was a strange trademark on its base of a bird flying through a capital letter "A". The piece reminded me, somewhat, of some of the marbles I used to play with when I was a child. We were quite taken with it, so we purchased it and brought it home.
That trademark puzzled me, so I went to the library and did some research about it. It turns out it was the trademark of The Akro Agate Company of Clarksburg, WV.
Well, things developed from there. I found out that there is an Akro Agate Collectors Club, my wife and I joined, kept looking for Akro and became collectors of this glassware. We now have over 1400 pieces of varying levels of rarity.
For anyone interested, we have a website that displays our collection and provides information about the history and variety of Akro Agate's production line, from the early 1900's until they closed in 1951. Our website address is:
Items are added to the website as we acquire them.
Collecting Akro, for us, appeared unexpectedly and grew into a lively and fun hobby. We've had fun making new friends that love Akro Agate as much as we do. All this began with a little white, with blue and green marbleization, Akro Agate Lily Planter found on a junk barn shelf in August of 2000! Regards, The Rev. Alfred Hougham+ ("Fr. Akro" in the Akro Club) Ft. Wright, KY
When I was around 11 or 12 years old [in the 1950s], my mother gave me and my two sisters [both older] each 6 cups and saucers for Christmas one year. These were the kind that came from the 5 & 10 store, and even though each is very beautiful, I'm sure at the time cost very little individually. I loved them and have kept them through moves to different areas of the country and homes, adding to the collection either through purchasing ones myself that caught my eye or having some given to me as gifts. I now have over 73 sets, all different; many shapes, sizes, colors and designs. My favorite ones continue to be the ones my mother gave me to begin with as she passed away when I was 14. Everytime I look at them I remember her and that Christmas. She started for me a love of beautiful china and glassware that continues to this day. I have continued to collect not just cups and saucers, but vintage dish sets, bowls, platters and much more. In fact my collecting has led me to become an antiques and collectibles dealer for the last 15 years with booths in local antique malls. Because, while I love to buy and enjoy beautiful china, the cupboards will only hold so much!! So I have the fun of searching for and buying something beautiful, and useful, and then passing it on to others to enjoy. And it all started with 6 cups and saucers given in love.
Thank you for this wonderful newsletter. Your newsletter helped me find family members of some items I bought at an auction and I was able to return them to where they belonged. I have learned so much from reading it. I, too, use the Tias web site as a resource guide to get an idea of prices on things I find. I love the humor section, too!! Have a wonderful day and may God bless you and all the readers. Shirley from North Carolina
I would like to tell your readers about my first collectible Treasure, which to this day holds a special place in my heart. I was 8 years old and lived in a small subdivision in Kensington, MD. As kids we were always outside playing and trying to find ways to make spending money. Two of my friends decided to have a yard sale to earn a few coins. Being very small for my age, still in toddler sizes, my friends wouldn't allow me to join participate in their yard sale, because a baby would chase away customers. Feeling very left out, my mom told me, well you could wonder over there and just see if there is anything you might like. She gave me a couple of nickels. Back then that was a big deal. I wandered over and began looking through their junk. Just then I spotted him, just lying there, unwanted and unloved. He was a small very old stuffed bunny. I picked him up and knew that he was meant to be my special friend. He was stuffed with sawdust and had shiny beautiful brown glass eyes. His fur was rubbed off in spots and he had a few thread whiskers. He rested on his hind feet, upright. His ears stood straight up and were very perky. It was as if he needed someone to love him too. He cost me a nickel and I felt proud to have him. I took him with me everywhere and he was my special friend. We moved shortly after that, and of course he came with me.Today he sits proudly on a small wooden display that my father made me to put my play dishes on about the same time I got the rabbit. Today I treasure him as much as the day I found him. I have no idea what make he is or how old he is. It doesn't matter because he is there, always watching over me, and making me feel special. Kathy in Mechanicsburg. Ohio
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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
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2. Belter bed soars to $201,250 at Hal Hunt's Feb. 21 sale
3. “Has the Country Gone Crazy?” - Daryle Lambert
4. Hearst Items Sell at Kaminski’s February Auction
5. Conestoga Auction Company Selects Proxibid as its Online
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11. Big sales planned for Mar. 28-29, Apr. 4 by Philip Weiss
12. New Product Solves Old Doorknob Problem
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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.
I have a daughter who is 23 and she is a first time mother. My granddaughter has just turned 13 months old. My daughter and I were talking on the phone about when to potty train my granddaughter. My daughter was stating my granddaughter was getting up from whatever she was doing and going into a corner to go “poopie” in her diaper. I was telling my daughter this is a big sign that my granddaughter is ready to begin potty training. My daughter was debating that my granddaughter was too young and my daughter was afraid that if she started potty training now the novelty of training would wear off quickly and my granddaughter would not be interested in learning how to go in the big potty when the appropriate time came. While my daughter and I were discussing the pro’s and con’s of potty training now or later, (actually my daughter was doing most of the talking while I just listened) my granddaughter went in her corner to poop in her diaper and THEN my granddaughter climbed up on the couch and stuck her rear-end in my daughter’s face as if to say…Mommy, I pooped in my diaper! Time to change me! She then persistently rubbed her diapered rear-end on my daughter until she changed her diaper. My granddaughter was not going to take no for an answer. My granddaughter did not want to wear that diaper one minute longer. That pretty much decided it! As an update, my granddaughter went in the potty the first time my daughter got the potty chair out. My daughter is still amazed my granddaughter is doing the potty training so early. Just goes to show you, sometimes you have to throw conventional timetables to the wind and take your cues from the individual child. Proud Grandma in Ohio
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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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 Donna requested a recipe for "Banana nut cookie" We received the following....
Banana Drop Cookies -- Carol T. - Cullman.Al
1 1/2 c Sugar
1/2 ts Salt
2/3 c Shortening
1/4 ts Baking powder
1 ts Vanilla
1 c Chopped nuts
1/4 c Sugar
1 c Mashed ripe bananas
1/2 ts Cinnamon
2 1/4 c Flour
Instructions for Banana Drop Cookies
Preheat oven to 400?. In large bowl beat 1 1/4 cup sugar, shortening and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then bananas. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Beat into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Chill 30 minutes. Drop by teaspoons 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Combine 1/4 cups sugar and the cinnamon, sprinkle over cookies. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly brown. Makes about 5 doz. bite size cookies.
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup Evaporated Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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.
During a recent trip to the Philadelphia area, my friend, a lifelong resident, introduced me to a wonderful cake, which she said was called either George or Martha Washington Cake. There was a very thin pie crust-like layer on the bottom, then the cake, which was like a moist gingerbread or spice cake. It was absolutely wonderful. I asked about a recipe, but she said that she's always had to buy the cake, as she's looked unsuccessfully for a recipe for years. I searched online for it, but all the recipes I've found have apple slices and many have chocolate frosting, neither of which was in the cake we had during my visit, and none of the recipes I found have the crust. Can anyone help? Thanks! De-De
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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Daisys Vintage Shoppe
Welcome to Daisy's Vintage Shoppe. We deal with all kinds of fine collectibles, dolls and antiques. We are family owned business and your satisfaction is our priority. New items are listed daily.
Mickey & More ! My inventory mainly consist of Mickey Mouse collections. I have been a collector for over 20 years.
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We carry wide variety of inventory. Glassware, kitchen collectibles, pottery, china, toys, paper, lighting, jewelry,furniture,prints, etc...If I don't have it, I'll find it for you.
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