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The Collectors Newsletter #775 -- February 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #775 -- February 2010
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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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1) Featured Collectors Club
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American Ceramic Circle
The American Ceramic Circle was founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization committed to the study and appreciation of ceramics. Its purpose is to promote scholarship and research in the history, use and preservation of ceramics of all kinds, periods and origins. Membership is composed of museum curators, collectors, institutions and a limited number of dealers in ceramics. Member interest is focused on post-Medieval pottery and porcelain of Europe, Asian ceramics of all periods, and ceramics made, used or owned in North America. For more information, click here:
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2) We want your stories. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
We got quite a few responses to Linda's note to us about the new "American Pickers" program...
I must write in response to the "pickers" critics. Who do you think is going to give those guys anything more for an old oil can, or a rusty tin sign. You know what usually happens is the people who keep saving those things die and either the stuff ends up in the dump or auctions for much less than the picker is offering. Pickers have a right to make a profit, they take the chance that what they buy will marketable. They have to clean up the junk and have to find someone to buy it from them and may have their money tied up for quite awhile. They always ask what the person wants and sometimes give them more than they ask for. I find the show entertaining and educational. Nora
It makes me very angry when someone sees a person with white hair and automatically concludes that they are old, stupid, vulnerable, and gullible. The Pickers on TV are not cheating anyone and they sure aren’t getting rich. The people they go see know exactly what they have, exactly where it is, and whether they would be willing to get rid of it or not. Most of these people love having someone who is interested in what they have and are willing to look at it and admire it. The Pickers are not telling them they have to get rid of their “junk” and that they have to live the way someone else wants them to live. The Pickers love their junk and some of these dumb white-haired people will sell them a small can just to make sure they come back and visit them again some time. Perhaps Linda should take an interest in someone else and find out the history behind their pile of “junk.” LP
Hi there, I thought the criticism posted by Linda about the TV show American Pickers was far too harsh and perhaps under informed. Because of its mention in your newsletter, I watched the show. I found it interesting. I also saw that the pickers have a tough and dirty job and need an encyclopedic knowledge of antiques and collectibles. There is nothing wrong with turning a profit that you have worked for and nothing wrong with an occasional great buy. Everything the pickers buy, they take a chance on, they stick their neck out and they put their money on the line. Even if it's informed risk taking, it's still risk taking. Alice
I love American Pickers. I read the letter from the person who felt old people were being taken advantage of. Most of the stuff they buy is rusty, been sitting outside or in an old shed or barn where animals can get into. I honestly am not sure how they can make a profit once they pay for overhead. A lot of their calls are from people who have contacted them. When I go to the mall and buy a new outfit do you know what kind of mark up they have? Sometimes clothing is marked up over 1,000 per cent. So they buy something and make a profit. Yes, the people are older. There are not a ton of people in their twenties with tons of junk and even if there were they might want to hold on to it, when you get in your 70's and 80's you realize your time is limited and your family might not want to deal with all your junk. Paulette
I read Linda's opinion of the American Pickers show and had to have my say. First of all, anyone who buys antiques or collectibles for sale has to make a profit. They have experience, possibly education as well, and have the right to use that experience and education. Second, they are not ripping off old people, they are giving them money and taking away a piece of junk that is moldering in the yard or garage. These things will just rust away into nothing.
Did you ever stop to wonder what the "old person" paid for the object? How much profit did they make on an object that will otherwise just disappear in a mound of rust. Since I am one of the "old people" I feel I can speak clearly. Be assured I don't sell anything unless I want to, and be assured I don't sell it for less than I paid for it. Just because I am old dosn't mean I am stupid. In addition, did it ever occur to the naysayers that they have all that stuff laid out to be picked over and sold? We "old people" didn't get old by being dumb - have a little sympathy for the pickers. Doris, Ventura, CA
I had to respond to the critique in your most recent newsletter of the History Channel's "American Pickers" show. I have watched every episode so far and I think Mike and Frank are VERY FAIR in the amounts they pay for items. In one episode a couple of weeks back, a lady was quoting them extremely low prices for several items, and Mike and Frank said that was way too low and gave her thee and four times over her asking price. I really enjoy seeing how excited Mike and Frank get when they find rare items. I highly recommend the show to antique lovers. Debbie
I've watched only a couple of episodes of American Pickers, not too interesting to me because they look for things that are far removed from my interest in small glass and china items. I don't agree with people who feel that they are ripping off people from whom they buy. They visit people who have little or no venue for selling their stuff, ask them is they want to sell and ask them to set their price. The pickers hope to double their cost because they know buyers for these things. They put a lot of time and money into their search, and they provide the needed middle man because they have educated themselves about values and know outlets to sell what they buy. I never feel guilty when I buy something on ebay that I can sell higher because I've spent 20 years learning about my collecting and selling area. As one writer here some time ago said, it's different if it's the little old lady down the street who asks you about an estimate for something nice she has. If someone is putting things out to sell and you know more than they do because of your research, there is no shame in buying a bargain.
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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
In early January of 2010 TIAS.com the Webs largest online antiques and collectibles mall published their annual list of the U.S. States that were responsible for purchasing the most antiques and collectibles online in 2009. See:
. By popular demand TIAS today published their list of the top 30 cities that spent the most on antiques and collectibles in 2009.
-California- Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego
-Texas- Dallas, Seabrook, Houston, Brenham, Austin
-New York- New York, Pittsford, Windham, Rochester, Albany
-Pennsylvania- Philadelphia, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Hanover, Harrisburg
-Florida- Melbourne, Miami, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Tampa
-Illinois- Chicago, Burr Ridge, Blue Island, Aurora, Wheaton
The #1 city that spent the most on antiques and collectibles in 2009 was Philadelphia, followed by #2 New York, #3 Dallas, #4 Houston and in fifth place Chicago.
TIAS today 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 the top 20 terms for January 2009.
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:
6. Cookie Jars
12. Die cut
14. Scottie dog (related collectibles)
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
11. White Ironstone
16. Blue Willow
17. Renaissance Revival
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. New Kovels On Antiques and Collectibles
February 2010 Issue Released
2. Kovels' Top 10 Collectors' Searches for January 2010
3. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art, Clocks And Coins from
Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery
4. FEBRUARY SPECTACULAR A RECORD BREAKER
FOR WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL
5. Antiques, Fine Art, Jewelry &
Decorative Art from Kodner Galleries
6. Toy Box Full Antique & Modern
Doll Auction from McMasters Harris Auction Co
7. East Coast Estate & Antique Store Liquidation from J
Levine Auction & Apprais
8. Russian & Soviet Fine Art Auction from Estates Unlimited
9. Antique Signs from Constantine & Pletcher
10. Fontaine's to hold lamps seminar and appraisal Mar. 21
11. January Auction Results Roundup
12. Estates Auction from Nadeau's Auction Gallery
13. Special Friday Night Sports Auction from Fusco Auctions
14. Live steam powers a $2 million Winter sale at Morphy’s
15. EstateProvider.com Joins Forces with Palm Beach
16. Lehman Brothers gears up for next art sale
17. Barbra Streisand Rises to the Top This Week at
18. Wartime Original Vintage Movie Posters
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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.
Hi Phil, A short and sweet funny from NC, my Rachael who is now 7.5 was maybe 3 when we had one of our frequent summer storm power outages. She looked surprised and said while trying to turn on the lights, Mama, we’re out of batteries! Bryanna, my 8.5 year old who was then 4 said, Mama, we need to go to Wal-mart and get some more. I don’t like the dark! Love the newsletter and say oh boy every time I see it’s here. Thanks for all you do to put it together, Mitzi C
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?
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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 Bonnie requested recipes for "Liver Pudding". We received the following...
Liver Pudding Soup - Carol Thomas--Cullman,AL
1 medium-sized carrot
1 medium-sized onion
2 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp flour
4 cups general household stock
a blade of mace
1/4 tsp yeast
salt and pepper
7 oz calf's, ox or lamb's liver
1 tsp lemon juice
1. Prepare and slice the carrot and onion.
2. Melt the fat in a large saucepan, and fry the vegetables until they begin to brown.
3. Add the flour, and fry gently until browned, stirring occasionally.
4. Gradually add the stock and stir until boiling.
5. Add the mace, yeast and seasoning.
6. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 1 hour.
7. Meanwhile, skin and chop the tomatoes. Add to the soup, cover, and continue simmering for another 30 minutes.
8. Rub the soup through a fine sieve.
9. Remove the skin and tubes from the liver, and mince or chop it finely.
10. Whisk it into the soup with the lemon juice.
11. Re-heat the soup and simmer until the liver just loses its red colour.
12. Re-season if required.
I grew up with liver pudding have made it. looked in a amish cookbook,no recipes for it. But I will attempt to tell you how I and my mother use to make it. depending of how much you want to make would be your measurements. I use a pork roast and pork liver. cook it in my oven till well done. put it through a grinder , you need it to look like hamburger. grind liver and pork separate. after grinding meat then use a measurement of 2 cups of pork to 1cup of liver. Put this back into a large pan and add 2 cups of water, season it with salt and pepper to suit your taste, I have also added couple of bouillon cubes for flavor. Then simmer on low for 30 mins. If your husband is a serious liver liker you can add more liver. this needs to have a soupy consistency, but we never called it soup. We use to put it on a pancake along with the syrup and skipped sausage or bacon. ask him if he remembers scraple? I can tell you how to make this too. pretty easy. Lyle from TN
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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.
Pecan pie - Hello, everyone! I know, I have asked for this recipe before, but unfortunately I lost the delicious one provided by a nice Puerto rican lady living in the US. Hey, you dear, would you be so kind to provide that recipe again? It contains some rum and I remember that you said that your family enjoyed it a lot,we too, it is wonderful, we loooove pecan pie.... Thank you! M. Sanchez, Puerto Rico.
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.
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
The Emerald Aisle
Welcome to my store! My inventory includes the finest antiques and rarest collectibles. 15 Years Experience. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover through Paypal, Money Orders and Checks. New inventory added frequently! Take a tour through our website, enjoy our green aisles.
Dakota Cupboards and Closets
We will be having items from antique, vintage, country, shabby chic and collectables. Visit us often as we will be having new items weekly.
Modern vintage collectables from the early century 1900 to 1940’s for textiles and mid century 1940 to 1960s for china.
Misty Oaks Collectibles
Welcome! I find antiques and collectibles from around the Midwest, and am very happy to have you come on in and look around my store.
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