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The Collectors Newsletter #744 -- October 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #744 -- October 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 Victorian Society
The Victorian Society is the national society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts. It was founded in 1958 to fight the then widespread ignorance of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture. Among its thirty founder members were John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner.
For more information, click here:
Are you interested in bottle collecting? 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.
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.
Hi Phil, I own/operate a antique/mall (3,300 sq feet) in a rural mountain hamlet in northern Arizona. The shop has to have a bit of everything...home decor...antiques...collectibles..etc. Owning the shop for over 7 years...I have problems finding items that I can resell. I also have another problem...the customers want a discount on everything...even a item that is priced less than $10.00. Are there other dealers/owners of shops that are having this problem also? I realize that we are in a small rural town but....everyone is trying to earn some money. LB..Pine, AZ
Hi! Just a short message to your readers from a former antiques dealer: If an item is being offered at a substantial discount (25-50%), please have the decency NOT to ask for another reduction, even if it has damage. We know about the flaws and have priced accordingly. The item was probably damaged accidentally by customers, not bought in that condition. Offering it at a discount sometimes hardly covers our costs.
Remember that dealers have to pay for the item (plus a buyer's premium at auctions), gas and snacks while searching for good buys, mall rent, an extra percentage to the mall owner on total sales (usually 8-10%), and income taxes at year end. Never do we get paid for our time spent buying, cleaning, researching value, pricing, or displaying. Antique dealers make more fun than money! But, we can't give items away at cost or afford to take a loss. It was those losses that influenced my partner and me to quit the business which we loved! Snooky in Charlotte, NC
Love the newsletter. I was reading the stories from people who will not sell to dealers. I have had garage sales for over 35 years and I love to see the dealers come to my garage sales. They usually buy almost all of my glassware. I price it so they can make a profit but I get more from them then I would from just a regular customer. In the last few years I have been selling some of my things on ebay and now sometimes pick up things to resell on ebay. The little bit of money I make helps to pay for my gas and pay for items I want or need. The one writer is right concerning the high prices at estate sales and some garage sales on glassware , unless the pattern or shape of the glassware is very rare most glassware goes for peanuts on ebay. Just because it was your great grandmothers does not make it worth alot of money. It can make it priceless to you because of memoirs or just knowing it has been in the family for generations but not does not make it worth big bucks. I now have met 9 or 10 people who are dealers by doing the garage sale route and the majority are very honest and if they know what you are interested in they will yell over, come over here and check this out. I have no clue how they make money as the booth rent is between 70 to 200.00 a month plus you pay the credit card fee if the customer uses a credit card. That is alot of selling to do to cover your rent. Happy Hunting every one. Paulette
To all who are sorting and fearing the great "divide" when treasures get dispersed. Yes, it's a major bummer, but you've got the right idea. Make sure that "list" with names also includes phone numbers and physical addresses or e-mails so your heirs can contact the right person. And make sure the "list" gets to the right hands. I can tell you horror stories of nasty relatives disposing of the list/re-writing it, etc. to protect their interests before the heirs arrived.
Photographing items is great. And when packing boxes, tape a digital of what's in the box on the outside, you'll save hours of searching later. When removing an item from that box, simply note it on the photo.
And surround yourself with folks you trust while doing this, a couple of good antique dealers, a good auctioneer, and good friends to make sure you're tossing as much into the "charity" box as you're saving. Been there, done that, probably kept too much, but I can always call that auctioneer again to come and pick up more things. Having just moved and downsized, my son is very happy we sifted thru the attic and basement and that garage, but we also saw how hard it was for him to grasp that it was "now-or-never" time to take his old toys, things that meant something to him. He surprised us with some of his choices, making my husband and I feel honored that he wanted to keep something of strictly sentimental nature. And we're also finding that our brand new house is as comfortable with our antiques as the drafty 1830s house was. Ellen, Quakertown, PA
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3) Antique News
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Autographed 1930’s Sports Pen & Ink Drawings For Sale
2. Antique Estates Auction - Period Furniture & Other
3. Artfact Live! Presents Autumn Fine Art And Antique
Auction from Cleveland Auction Company
4. Artfact Live! Presents October Art Antiques &
Mission To Modern Auction from Antique Helper
5. Artfact Live! Presents Fine And Decorative Arts from
6. Fenton Blue Ridge Collectibles
7. Artfact Live! Presents the October 2009 Grand Opening
Gala Auction from Apple Tree Auction Center
8. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art from Westbridge
9. Artfact Live! Presents Freeman's Friday: Paintings &
Prints from Freeman's
10. GArth's Auctions Adds Gemologist for Jewelry
11. Princess Rose Cameo Pin
12. Artfact Live! Presents American Indian & Steiff from
13. Artfact Live! Presents An Antique Sewing Collection
from Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
14. Antique Dealers Wanted Huntley IL & Valparaiso IN
15. Morristown, TN Memories on Main Street Antiques
and Art Show
16. Melrose & Duddy to Bring New Show to Charlottesville
17. New Inventory at Dinnerware Replacements
18. Brighton Masonic Lodge F&AM Antique Show
19. Brighton Masonic Lodge F&AM #247 Antique Show
20. Flight of a Good Golf Drive This Week at
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4) Your Classifieds...
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Authentic Celebrity Autograph Photos
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
Centennial Walnut George Jones Regulator clock
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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.
When my grandson was 3½ he found a child’s horseshoe set that I had bought at the end of the season sale at a local discount store. I told him I bought it to use next summer but he insisted on opening it that day. I soon noticed a forlorn look of disappointment as he handled the pieces of the set. What’s wrong? I asked. “I thought there was an on-off button”, he replied. I guess it’s sometimes hard for the old standbys to compete with todays’ electronic gadgets and toys. Thanks for all you do, Glenda H. Dreamcatcher's Antiques - Greensboro, GA
Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to Phil@tias.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Sue requested recipes for “a traditional English steamed pudding” here are several response that we received.
Steamed Pudding - Serves 4
4oz butter or margarine at room temperature
4oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
6oz Self raising flour, sifted
a little milk
3 level teaspoons ground ginger
Half fill a steamer pan with water and bring to the boil.
Grease a 1 1/2 pint (3/4 liter) pudding basin with a little softened butter.
Put the butter or margarine into a mixing bowl and cream with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Alternatively, this can be done in a food processor or mixer.
Now add the beaten eggs a little at a time beating well between each addition to cream the ingredients.
Using a metal spoon, slowly fold in half of the sifted flour.
Combine the ginger with the remaining flour and then carefully fold this in, again with a metal spoon in a slicing action. Add enough milk to achieve a dropping consistency.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared basin. Cut a piece of greased cooking foil or parchment paper and make a pleat in the center to allow for expansion. Use this to cover the pudding basin and secure tightly with a piece of string.
Put the pudding into the steamer and cover with the lid. Now steam for two and a half hours checking the water occasionally incase it boils dry.
Once cooked, carefully remove from the steamer and leave it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove the foil or parchment lid and run a knife around the outside to loosen the pudding. Carefully turn upside down onto a warm serving dish.
Serve the pudding with custard sauce,(recipe below) softly whipped cream or a jug of my decadent brandy sauce.
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter
In saucepan, scald milk and allow to cool. Mix together remaining ingredients, except for butter. Add to cooled milk. Cook over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter, mixing well. Carol Thomas---Cullman,AL
This STEAMED PUDDING is known to us as SUET PUDDING. It is delicious served with "hard sauce" (a very thick powdered sugar frosting with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg) or "hot lemon sauce" (basically a "runny" lemon pie filling recipe without any thickening). - Mary in Ohio
Note: I sent this to Tias recipes ages ago when someone asked about suet pudding.
Suet pudding is a tradition at our house too. Mom was from Massachusetts, but this is the recipe passed down from my Dad's mother who lived in Minnesota. My Massachusetts grandmother made it too. Mom and Dad made this every year and I have continued the tradition. I have a mold for it, but Mom and Dad made it in one-pound coffee cans they saved all year. They covered the tops of the cans with waxed paper, tied on with butcher's twine. Served with "hard sauce" or warm lemon sauce....Yummmmm!!! Mary in Ohio.
1 cup sugar
1 scant cup chopped suet
1 or 2 eggs (depending on size of egg)
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups flour
1 cup raisins
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder
Steam for 2 hours.
NOTE: Good steaming method is to place batter in a clean can (or mold); cover top of can with waxed paper tied on with string (mold usually had its own clamp-on cover); place filled/covered can on a rack in a deep pot with a small amount of water; bring water to a boil; reduce heat and simmer; add water as needed.
NOTE 2: You can sour milk by placing 1 Tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice in a cup before adding milk to fill the cup...let stand 5 minutes.
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.
It was incredible and I want to have it again. It's called Sopapilla Cheesecake. I had it at a restaurant in Tijuana in the 70's. Does anyone know how to make this wonderful dessert? Jack
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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The Good Stuff
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We sell vintage costume jewelry, dolls, doll houses, glass, kitchenware, hair accessories, Mid Century Modern, home decor , china dinnerware replacements, pottery, porcelain, cookie jars, the rare and hard to find! We look forward to doing business with you!
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The Store will carry Avon Collector Bottles, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Collector Pipes, Vintage Jewelry, Collector Knives and Swords, Milk Glass, Crystal, Antique Furniture and Estate items.
Vic's Antique Shop
A collection of odds and ends that made us happy, could now be yours!
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