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The Collectors Newsletter #735 -- September 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #735 -- September 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) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Society of Paper Money Collectors
Was formed in 1961 and has over 1,750 members from around the world. Membership is open to anyone interested in paper money or related areas such as checks, stocks, engravings, and other fiscal ephemera. For more information, click here:
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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.
I think Dorothy E's family should read her letter to you. I think it is very sad that her son is pressuring her to get rid of a collection she has had for forty years. She obviously feels since she is living with him that she should get rid of it. Why doesn't he buy her a hutch or cabinet to put it in so she can enjoy it for her remaining years. My daughter would never ask me to get rid of my collections. Why are some people so unconcerned with the feelings of others. Let her enjoy it for her remaining years and then when she is gone you can get rid of it if you like. I wish sometimes I had a few more things of my mom and dads. She is right in that we live in such a throwaway society anymore and a society of technology addicts that no one seems to care about anyone or anything anymore. To her son I say make your mom happy by letting her keep her things and get off her back and cherish the time you have left with her around. I only know I wish I had had more time with my parents at the end. ..... A collecting soulmate.
In response to Dorothy's email about her collection of Fenton... As a little girl, I loved everything at my grandma's house, and she never got rid of anything! (She also lived through the Depression.) Her kids also thought that her house was full of "clutter"! About the time that I was getting married, my grandma's sister started giving me different items when I'd come to visit--sets of dish towels and depression glass, etc. She did this for many of the relatives that came to visit her. She was never married, and had all of her mother's things, too. So, my grandma started doing this too, with a few things. What was especially fun, was that they picked out the gift for me--something they thought I'd like--my favorites are a few old things that Grandpa gave Grandma. So, my answer to your situation, is to find someone special that you think might enjoy them--it doesn't have to be a relative--they'll find out later what they missed. Another quick thought...I took care of an elderly friend for a few months after his wife passed away unexpectedly. They were like parents to me, and I would have enjoyed having one little keepsake to remember them by--but their kids sold it all at a garage sale that I didn't even hear about. Maybe they thought it was all junk and clutter too. Thanks for listening. Jan
Hello from Georgia, I feel bad that no one in your family wants your collection of Fenton Glassware. I know that it is precious to you as I did have a large collection also. Fortunately my son loves old things, especially my Fenton, Graniteware plus other. I gave my son a lot of my Fenton but I used a lot of it for gifts. I gave pieces to friends who loved it as much as I did. That might be a way to pass on you love of your collection. The old Fenton is worth a lot more than the new as the Fenton plant closed I believe a year or so ago, then was sold to someone else. So if you have to give up your Fenton pieces remember no one can take away your memories. Best of everything to you. Norma
When I first met my husband, he would take me, along with his family, to auctions. And that was when it started! I started collecting depression glassware and then eventually it spread to many, many other items. I discovered yard sales, church sales, and thrift stores. And still it grew. I had been working at a job, that was over an hour away from home, and I was very unhappy. My husband encouraged me to give my notice but then I had to decide what I wanted to do next. My inlaws, now retired, worked during the summer at a Flea Market in Maine and my husband encouraged me to take a look in our garage and select items that I was no longer interested in and try my hand at selling at that Flea Market (Montsweag Flea Market). I didn't think that people would be interested in what I had, but I was pleasantly surprised. Thus began my next phase of collecting, which switched just collecting for myself to collecting to sell (and still sometimes for myself!). I love my summer job! I went back to teaching and selling at the Flea Market (from May to October) fits in nicely. I have never been happier. I now sell kitchen items (and other small items) from the 50's and 60's (my business is called Recycling Retro) and I find it is so satisfying. To see the look on a customer's face when they discover my small shop filled with colorful Pyrex and other glassware, linens, barware, kitchen gadgets, clocks, etc. (the list is extensive) makes me smile, too. They connect with something that mom, grandmom, or a special relative had and either prepared their favorite dish in it or used it in their kitchen or had it prominently displayed. Or they may be searching for something that a special meaning to them when they were younger. I apologize for getting carried away in my note, but the purpose of this note was to answer the question I read, recently, about what to do when there is no one in your family interested in your collection or your treasures. I suggest that you find someone, a shop owner, an auction house, or even a Flea Market sales person that you trust and have them sell your treasures for you. I often go into houses, after a family member has passed, and clean out the attic or basement or garage and gather items that I can sell in my little shop. I always ask the family member selling the items, if they are sure that everyone has taken the items they want, and then I let them know that I have encountered many people in my shop lamenting the fact that they let some of their loved ones treasures go and now they are looking to replace them. Then I gather information about the person the items belonged to and pass that information along to the person who purchases the items. Many of my customers love to hear the story behind the treasure and I feel better knowing that something about that person was passed along. Thanks for letting me share. Kathy in Maine
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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 month's list includes July and August 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:
4. Die Cut
6. Cookie Jars
3. Die Cut
4. Cookie jar
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
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Unique Charity Fundraising Opportunities
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6. Artfact Live! Presents a Waverly Sale from Quinn's
7. Artfact Live! Presents a Fall Premiere Estate & Collection
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8. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art, Antiques & Decorations
from Gray's Auctioneers
9. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art Auction from Matthew's
10. American Brilliant Cut Glass tray hits $27,000 at auction
11. Artfact Live! Presents Outstanding Two Day Estate
Sale from Dennis Auction Service
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18. Chorley's Autumn Auction
19. Sotheby’s to Offer Property from the Collection of
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I often use the expression "going around Aunt Fanny's barn". Well, one day while riding down a rural road my little grandson and I passed a deserted, nearly fallen down barn very close to the road.
He said, "Grammy, is that Aunt Fanny's barn?" Now I chuckle each time I say it or pass that barn. Grammy in NC
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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 the last issue DeeDee requested a recipe for “candy that was brown sugar based (I think) but it had the same taste as the center of the See's Candy Pecan Roll” here is the one response that we received.
In your last issue, DeeDee asked for a recipe for a pecan candy. I believe she may be referring to the PECAN PRALINES that my mother used to make. This recipe is originally from New Orleans, LA and you'll note it is old by the way the instructions are written. Hope this helps! Mary - in Ohio
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 pound chopped pecans
5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter
Combine sugars, water, and butter.
When mixture begins to boil rapidly, add pecans.
Boil, stirring constantly, until mixture forms large bubbles in top and looks sugary.
Remove from fire.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto well-buttered marble slab or platter.
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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 mother used to make watermelon rind preserves. These were not the pickles that are rather easy to find, in that they were not tart or "vinegary." They were sweet, a bit crunchy, and delicious. My mother alway made them in the summer for use in her fruitcakes for the holidays. Instead of citron, she used the preserves. Of course, we also loved them with hot biscuits and butter. I would love to find instructions for these watermelon rind goodies. By the way, my mother was born in 1909 in Carrol County Mississippi. She had used this family recipe for most of her life...Joyce
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