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The Collectors Newsletter #732 -- September 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #732 -- September 2009
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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The AC Gilbert Heritage Society
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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.
Thank You! to everyone that has been sending in stories. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
When I married in 1955, I threw out an enormous collection of comics, begun seriously when I was 12 and hospitalized and my dad bought 100 comic books at the newsstand, to dole out 10 a day. Who knew that my children would someday say "MOTHER! You DIDN'T!!!! when told about the comic books, or that becoming a serious lover of antiques and collectibles I'd someday realize those same comic books would be of value other than the 10 cents apiece my dad paid for them!!
And then, there was the HUGE collection of mostly-signed photographs of movie stars. I used to write to them, telling them how much I loved them, and ask for an autographed picture. I usually got one. Some were wallet size, but most quite large. In addition to all those, my aunt worked at Twentieth Century Fox, and brought me many, many more. That collection remained at my parents' house until my dad died and mom moved to a much smaller place. We lugged a great big carton of the photos home to our apartment, and I sent them, a big batch at a time, down the incinerator chute! Now, I watch Antiques Roadshow, and just cringe when I see and hear what people are told about their movie star collections.
Soon enough, I collected for real. Certain stuff. Special stuff. Different kinds of stuff. A few old butterpats. A few old paperweights. Antique frames ... on the walls, up in the closet. And elephants. My grandchildren used to count them around my home as soon as they arrived for a visit. Last count I remember was 40-something. And more.
Okay, after all this rambling, this is my question. I love my stuff. But my daughters aren't overly enamored of any of it. I really don't want to "saddle" them with an apartment full of things they don't want. Oh, sure, they'll each take a few things, and so will their children, but by and large, they're not interested in the things I love. When MUST (and that's the operative word - MUST) I begin to dispose of my stuff? I'm not that old, but one never really knows, do one? ... as the old line goes. I always felt that as long as I'm happy with my things, I'd keep them. Well, I'm still quite happy, but beginning to feel guilty about dumping on my kids.
Anyone have any suggestions? Thanx, Phil, and all of you at TIAS, as well as all you reader/collector/writers who add to each other's (and my) pleasure each issue. Arlene in Brooklyn
The story from Wendy in Ohio, about her grandmother's "repurposed" cardboard frame brought back memories of some of the things my grandmother did too, creating something new from things she already had on hand. Her home was a small bungalow, built in the early 20's, and it had several cracks running along the ceiling, in various directions. My sweet grandmother was probably embarrassed, she didn't realize, or maybe couldn't afford to repair those cracks. So she took her magazines, the Better Homes & Gardens, McCalls, and others, and cut out all the little flower pictures she could find. Then she got up on a ladder and pasted each little flower over the crack. Eventually she had little flower vines running all over her ceilings. As children, we thought it was beautiful, we didn't know of anyone's ceiling that had vines of flowers scattered all over it. To this day, I get a smile thinking about it. Linda in Leawood
Heather wrote a question in newsletter #722 in July 2009. The question went "I may be moving soon, and may need to part with some of my 'stuff''. Has anyone out there done that? And if so, how have they picked what they get rid of?" Here is MY solution to the problem. I hope it helps you Heather!
I too have lots of collections. I downsized a lot the last time I moved to where I live now and I am in the process of packing to downsize/move again due to the fact that I'm getting older and I want to simplify my life a bit. The last house was over 4000 sq. ft. with a huge barn and the house I live in now is 3000 with a three car garage and the crazy thing is I live alone!!!! To give you just an idea, I had over 100 items on my huge mantle at my old house and I have about 15 items on my mantle now. That IS really a sickness isn't it? I mean really...the last time I moved I FILLED two 24 ft. semi trucks, a van, a station wagon and 2-3 cars and I downsized and got rid of a ton of stuff too!!!! However crazy that seems, I still can't bring myself to part with some of my things. I have recently sold a Victorian couch with matching gentleman's and ladies chairs (red tufted velvet). a Victorian settee, a beautiful antique dinning room table with 6 chairs, an oak 8 ft. long showcase, a beautiful oval mahogany showcase with curved glass, a contemporary china cabinet.... and it just about killed me but I knew that I would not have room in the place I plan to move and it was a process of elimination. I have a vast record and vast book collection that I CANNOT part with. Value wise, what I got rid of was of more monetary worth but sentimentally and nostalgia wise--the record and book collections mean much more to me. The book collection takes up a 10' by 13' room and the record collection takes up an entire big closet however, I am either going to find a house that will accommodate them via a room and a closet or accessible storage. So...bottom line....I choose what stays and what goes goes something like this....If I can't part with it---it stays. If I will never find another like it--it stays. The thought process is similar to what I use when I buy something (e.g. If I will regret not owning it, I buy it). Of course if it has sentimental value to me--it stays too. Since I plan on the next place I own being approximately 1500 sq. ft. ( or approximately half of what I have now) reasonably, I will not have room for a big dinning room table so that was a no brainer. I also have another dinning room table I liked better (it is smaller) and a kitchen table with flaps that was my grandmother's I WILL NOT part with. My grandmother's table is worthless (painted black) and very old as well as not in good shape and the one I sold was beautiful walnut with spiral legs which extended to accommodate my big family but it is time others host the family get togethers so your future need come into play here. Of course I sold all the glass cabinets to help keep the dusting/upkeep down so I plan to keep all my glassware but I will pack some to put into storage and then pull out the stored items when I need a change. When I did this before it was like going to a flea market only I ran across the treasures in my basement and I already owned them!! It was actually a lot of fun because I ran into things I forgot I had because I bought them and packed them away so I only actually saw them that day. There are some things I am unsure if I want to get rid of. I am waiting to decide on those things until after I move because I will not know until then if I will have the room or if it will go with my new place. This will require a lot more work on my part but I can't stand the thought of moving and regretting getting rid of something I have a perfect spot for in my new place so I'd rather wait even with the extra work.
Well....that is just the process I go through and I hope this helps you Heather. Bottom line, what I am keeping this time ends up being the no monetary value items I own that were my family heirlooms because they are the brunt of what I own I cannot live without. I have gotten rid of things in the past and if truth be known, it was painful at the time but in the end, I don't miss them because I thought carefully about it first. I have to ask myself if I can live without it or if I would miss it and then I know what to do. Good luck with this difficult process! Wendy from Ohio
In regard to Bob's great story in issue #731 see:
we received the following...
What a moving story from Bob in NY about his mother. I'm so glad he received the record.....Dorothy/OH
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Perhaps not so funny "funny old stuff," but applicable to our times.
My father, who was born in 1910, lived through the events of "the greatest generation." He remembered WWI, the Great Depression, and the shock of Pearl Harbor and WWII. The hard times taught him lessons about thriftiness and frugality. He used to remind me to "Turn off the lights." As a teenager, I didn't always see the need to turn off lights, especially if I planned to be back to the room shortly. One night I left the light in my room on while I went to the kitchen for a snack. Daddy called me and reminded me to turn off the light. I said, "But, Daddy, I'm going right back!" In his droll, but stern voice, Daddy said, "It'll come back on!" I never forgot that remark, which struck me as an amusing way to make the point. "It'll come back on" became my way of reminding my own children about saving electricity. Joyce
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue Gloria requested a recipe for “Hamburgers from the East Chicago, Indiana Newberry 5&10 store ” here is one of the responses that we received.
HI... after reading the request for Newberry's hamburger recipe, it really brought back memories for me!! I remember eating hamburgers at Newberry's luncheon counter on my lunch break when I worked in Melrose Park, in Illinois! Those were the BEST hamburgers. The ones I remember were not like a sloppy joe, though. They were hamburgers and fried while you waited, and were less greasy than the ones you get today, so maybe they used a good cut of meat. The buns were great, because they used the buttering machine to coat the insides with butter, and then they grilled them until they were toasty and hot. With the good burgers on the toasty, buttery buns, it sure made for a good burger! I wish now that I had tried the sloppy joes... I guess I was just happy with the burgers! I moved away from Melrose Park before the Newberry store closed, so I don't know when they closed, but I sure miss those good burgers.
Thanks for the great memory! funny how some foods just stick in your mind for years and years.... right?
There was also a great barbeque place there, or close by, called Russell's Beef. I have been told they are still there, but I am afraid if they have changed hands, or cheapened their recipe, that it will ruin my memory of them. Love your newsletter.. and always open it first! Have a great day everyone! Linda, Sheridan, IL
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I am trying to find a recipe for a Black Walnut cream pie like what my grandmother used to make. I would ask her for the recipe, but she would always tell me that she did not have a recipe, it was in her head. I have tried to create the recipe and I have come close, but not quiet. So could anyone help me? Marilyn H.
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