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The Collectors Newsletter #737 -- September 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #737 -- September 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
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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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Fenton Art Glass Collectors of America
The Fenton Art Glass Collectors of America, Inc. is an association dedicated to learning more about Fenton glass. It is neither controlled nor sponsored by the Fenton Art Glass Company. The office of this non-profit, educational collectors' club is located in Williamstown, West Virginia. The FAGCA is run by a Board of Trustees elected by its membership.
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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.
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 email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
In Newsletter # 724, Dorothy E. wrote "My collection has moved with me from Massachusetts to Florida and back again here to Massachusetts where I will spend my last years with family. Unfortunately, I find myself disabled and my milk glass and other collectibles are sitting in my son's storage shed while he is on my case to dispose of them. It's not easy when you're old and disabled to have to get rid of what you treasured for so many years. . I have sons and grandchildren that have no desire to 'bother' with 'unnecessary clutter'. That hurts!!" She also asked "...with limited mobility and minimum computer skills I'm a prisoner of my collection. Does anyone have an answer to such a situation?"
If I understand you correctly Dorothy, you are saying that you have asked you family if they wanted any of your collectibles and they declined. Meanwhile, your son is complaining and wants you to clear out a space in his storage shed which would require you to find some other place for your collectibles--is that right? If the above is the case I have several suggestions. First and foremost, talk to your son and/or your family. Tell him how you feel. Ask him to walk in your shoes for a min. and explain to him that even if he doesn't treasure your collectibles, you are having a difficult time letting go of them. Ask if there is a way to build shelves where you are staying or have a curio placed there? Maybe you son or whoever you live with or where ever you live if that might be a possibility. Even if you may not have room for all your collectibles where you are, maybe you could keep a few of your most prized possessions where you can see and enjoy them? Maybe you could pay a young, responsible, and careful relative or neighbor a minimal sum to gingerly bring the boxes to you so you could unpack them, see what you would definitely like to keep. Then whatever is left, you could have someone show you how to sell them yourself on Ebay. I am an older person and I thought Ebay was too complicated for me to understand but I got on the internet and checked out and it is really a lot simpler than you might think. If you can send an email, you should have no trouble with Ebay. Another option is to do an Internet search to find milk glass clubs and ask if anyone is willing to buy the whole set. Please be sure you are not giving it away. Do the research necessary to be sure you are getting the going rate for the value of what you have by looking it up in CURRENT books (some of which might be available in the library or over the internet at places like Fenton or amazon.com), looking on Ebay, asking a dealer with who you make it clear that you do not have intentions of selling it to them so that they do not have an ulterior motive to make a low ball appraisal. I would THINK if your son wants to clear a space, he would also be willing to help you solve the problem. Also, a reputable auction house (and irreputable auction houses) will come and look at your collection as well but be advised, you will have to pay them a fee for handling the sale and advertising for you. You may also know someone who sells on Ebay and they may agree to sell the items for you for a percentage, for a set fee, or for free. I would hate to see you part with your things without benefiting financially as much as possible and the market is a bit depressed. Ask you son if he can wait until things pick back up too so that you can get top dollar. I recently sold items via Ebay, via auctioneer, via antique dealer and I have caution to you do your homework and make sure any person you deal with is reputable.
Finally, I hope for your sake being honest and up front with your son will help you but you know your own son and if he is not likely to be understanding/respectful of how you feel, I would not bring it up to him and employ another family member who is more understanding to help you to avoid your being hurt further. I wish you good luck and I hope my suggestions help you. Wendy in Ohio
When I was a child about 4 - 5 years old, I had a rag doll that I loved and played with constantly. Some how it disappeared and I always yearned for it. As an adult I came to find out that doll was called a Topsy Turvy doll. While vacationing in Vermont a few years ago, my husband and I went to some antique places and I found the doll of my childhood. But my husband wouldn't buy it because it was dirty and he wouldn't listen to me that I could clean it. Well anyway, needless to say we didn't buy the doll and I regret it ever since, and the search goes on. Next time if I do find one you could be sure I will buy it. I thank you TIAS, and every one for their stories, I do enjoy this newsletter. Mary in Staten Island, NY
I can no longer sit back and not defend by fellow dealers. It seems that there are a lot of stories from people putting down antiques dealers. I am a former dealer and always treated my customers and sources with respect and kindness. I don’t know how we got such a bad reputation. There seems to always be one apple to spoil the whole bunch. Where do you think most of the items come from? Someone sells an item, the dealer resells the item, and everyone gets to enjoy it along the way. My mom, a former antiques dealer, would buy something special and another dealer would ask her, if they could buy it from her right away, and she would say, “No, I have to eek some essence from it first, before I can pass it on.” And that’s what she did; she enjoyed it for a while, fantasizing about where it had been, who made it, what its story was. We so often wished an item could talk and tell its tale. She would pass it on with essence for someone else and the circle continued. Dealers enjoy antiques or we wouldn’t be in the business. We are collectors too. We just can’t keep everything we like! It is not easy to make money in the antiques business. It is not like any other retail business. Unless one has been in it or grown up in it, it is impossible to explain all of its nuances. There is great joy in seeing someone’s face when they find that special treasure and you get to see them appreciate it and get to take it home. There is an aura that goes with some pieces, and hopefully the new owner will tune in to that and enjoy the piece even more. Please quit taking digs at dealers in your stories. Where would you be without dealers? How would these things get to your homes without them? Please appreciate them like you do the treasures, without them there would be no treasures. Thank you for letting me speak my mind. Robin in Colorado
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6. LITHUANIAN ART - DMT Collection (Canada)©
7. Luxury Antiques Weekend returns to Kilhey Court,
8. AUCTION REUNITES IRISH-BORN SCULPTOR WITH
KEY WORK THAT LAUNCHED HER CAREER
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16. Artfact Live! Presents Important Canadian &
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17, Artfact Live! Presents Decorative Arts, Fine Art And
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18. Vintage jukeboxes, advertising items to be sold Oct. 3
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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.
Our grandchildren were visiting us in Georgia from Tennessee and Missouri. My husband, the entertainer for the group, drove them to the beach in our conversion van. There were 3 boys, one 6 yr. old, and 5 year old twins. Coming back from the beach he heard one say, "I'm 6 now and I have a girlfriend. I kissed her last week." One of the twins asked "Oh, did ya'll smooch?" My astonished husband said "Will, come tell Grandy what is the difference between kissing and smooching." Will said "Oh, when you smooch you have to hold them real close and suck the juice out of their lips!" Seems he's been watching too much TV! Oh, the wisdom of children!
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Dennis requested an easy recipe for “Creme Brulee” here are some of the responses that we received.
Very Easy Creme Brulee Recipe
4 cups of Heavy Cream
1 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 cups of Sugar
6 egg large egg yolks
*Sugar for toping of Creme Brulee
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
Bring cream and vanilla to a simmer on the stove.
Remove from stove and let cool for 10 minutes.
Beat egg yolks and sugar until creamy and light yellow.
When cream has cooled slowly beat it into the egg mixture.
Place mixture into ramekins that are sitting in a baking dish with a dish towel in it.
Fill baking dish half way up the ramekins with the boiling water.
Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until creme brulee jiggles only a little and appears mostly firm.
Remove from oven and place in fridge for a couple hours to cool.
When ready to serve top with thin layer of sugar and brown with a cooking torch to create a hard glass like top on the custard.
Eat and enjoy!! Carol Thomas---Cullman,AL
Found this recipe in Bon Appetit. It's really not hard to make and turns out great every time -- almost foolproof. And my husband claims it is better than any he has had before. I've left out the ginger to just make vanilla and it is just as good.
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
5 large egg yolks
For Crème Brûlée
12 teaspoons sugar
Sliced tropical fruit (such as mango, papaya and/or kiwi)
Preheat oven to 325°F. Place three 4-inch-diameter fluted flan dishes* in each of two 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pans or place six 3/4-cup ramekins in 1 pan. Mix cream, sugar and ginger in heavy medium saucepan. Using small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Add seeds and bean to saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to simmer. Cover pan, reduce heat to very low and simmer gently 10 minutes to infuse flavors. Strain into large measuring cup.
Whisk yolks in medium bowl until well blended. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture just to blend. Return custard to measuring cup; divide among dishes. Pour enough hot water into pans to come halfway up sides of dishes. Carefully transfer pans to oven.
Bake custards until almost set in center when pans are gently shaken, about 30 minutes for fluted flan dishes and 35 minutes for ramekins. Using metal spatula, transfer custards in dishes to work surface; cool 30 minutes. Chill at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.
Make Crème Brûlée:
Sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar evenly over each custard. Working with 1 custard at a time, hold blowtorch** so that flame is 2 inches above surface. Direct flame so that sugar melts and browns, about 2 minutes.
Refrigerate until custards are firm again but topping is still brittle, at least 2 hours but no longer than 4 hours so that topping doesn't soften. Garnish crème brûlées with fruit.
*Four-inch-diameter fluted clear glass flan dishes are available at cookware stores and many hardware stores. They are about 2/3 inch deep and hold about 1/2 cup liquid.
**If you don’t have a kitchen blowtorch, you can broil...Barb
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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 grew up in Fall River, MA, where her heritage included several local dishes with French and Portuguese ingredients. She used to make a dish that was ground meat (beef or pork, or both?) and spices, on top of the stove in a large Revere Ware saucepan. I'm curious if anyone can identify the dish but I can only provide a phonetic version of the French name, because I never saw it written down. To me it sounded like "cah'tonh." Thanks, Marilyn in upstate New York
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