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The Collectors Newsletter #780 -- March 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #780 -- March 2010
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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.
American Hatpin Society
A group of enthusiastic Hatpin and Hatpin Holder collectors met May 6th, 1989 and formed this club. The purpose of the club is to provide information about the history and value of Hatpins and Hatpin Holders. The club meets quarterly during the year. Meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of January, April, July and October. Programs consist of guest speakers who lecture on various types of Hatpins and related subjects.
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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
In response to our question for dealers "Is ebay dead?" we received the following...
Phil: I don't think so; notwithstanding that while have they missed in their attempts to shoot themselves in the foot, they are still trying to drive a "stake through their own heart" by pitting sellers against buyers and vice-versa.
This once a year change in lowering selling fees and then raising Final Value Fees is going to catch up with them sooner or later. They are in trouble and if you doubt that just think about how many 1/2-Off Listing Fee days they had in the past year. They are trying to increase listing numbers.
I think they are losing more sellers and the resulting listings; and some of their buyers are getting impatient with the lack of "good" merchandise available. A good listing to too many buyers is an item worth $25 listed for $0.99.
I don't believe that they have been able to understand that fewer sellers and listings is going to create less interest on the part of buyers. They have punished all sellers for the actions of a few. This new DSR system is nothing more than placating the "crank" buyer and giving the seller no defense. We are seeing a marked increase in buyers not using the Feedback program unless they are upset about the shipping fee they were charged or some other aspect of the DSR grading system.
We have a "shipping and handling fee" on our listings that covers supplies, Pay Pal Fees, Delivery Confirmations (we have to use them because buyers "don't like" to pay Insurance on "breakable" items and the Seller is responsible to get the package to them as CHEAPLY as possible).
EBay will be around for some time to come; as they do have the "seller loyalists" as well as the market size but it should be interesting to see what happens as the profits continue to drop and stockholders begin to scream about dividends. They seem to have forgotten that sellers pay them and buyers do not.
Just some thoughts from one eBay seller. Lorne in Silver Springs, Florida
After seeing the letter about finding money in garage sale purchases, I recall the time I was helping my daughter with a house sale. We had placed and marked items for sale all day in preparation for the sale the next morning. I sat on the couch to rest, picked up a coffee table book that was out /w a price of about $3, and inside the cover was $100 that she had put there, probably years before and had forgotten about. Thank heaven I found it first
Leslie, Fredericksburg, VA
Hi! You had a letter from Kathy Mathews, Birmingham, AL and she referenced a cup with a rooster/chicken on it and it was brown inside. She said she ruled out TS & T but if she goes to TS & T at replacements.com and checks out Break-O-Day, I would be willing to bet that this is her pattern. I have a few pieces in my shop and when she described it in her letter, I knew that was what it was. I hope this helps her out! Kathy in Maine!
This is in response to Kathy Mathews who was asking for help to identify her cup with the "rooster/chicken pecking the ground" pattern. It's called Honey Hen by Harmony House China. Replacements.com has pieces for sale if she's interested. I hope this information helps her.
Nancy S.~ Indiana
Reading newsletter #779 about finding money in books reminded me of a friend's auction experience. My friend bought a box of 78 records at a consignment auction. When he arrived home he found several hundred dollars stuff in one record cover with the record. Not quite as much money, but I have bought cheap stuffed furniture to donate to a local church thrift store and found enough change in the cushions to pay for the furniture. Dave in PA
I'd love to ask Jerry what HE did with the fingertip and the large tooth he found in small bottles in a boxed lot from the auction!! I've heard of some unusual finds but this one takes the cake. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone finding BODY PARTS in auction merchandise!!! God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fl
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3) Antique News
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Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. Red Baron to hold its next antiques auction
2. Artfact Live! Presents Antique Furniture & Decorative
Art from Quinn's Auction Galleries
3. Antiques, Fine Art And Decorative Art from
4. Estates Auction from Nadeau's Auction Gallery
5. Paintings & Prints from Freeman's
6. Batman Edges out Superman for the All-Time Price
Record for Comic Books
7. The 15th Annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch
Show Moves to MGM Grand
8. Sale of lifetime collection of aeronautical memorabilia
9. Neil Armstrong hair, scissors and comb from the
10. Chatham, Virginia Antique Show Rescheduled
to March 13th
11. Blue Glass - Azure to Cobalt Glassware of the
12. Christie’s London Fine And Rare Wine Sale In
March To Offer A Superb European Collection
13. FINE AMERICAN PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND
SCULPTURE AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK MARCH 4
14. IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART AT CHRISTIE'S
NEW YORK MARCH 10
15. Noonmark Antiques Returns to The Connecticut
Spring Antiques Show for Americana
16. Tim's, Inc. has Cabin Fever Auction slated for
17. The Cobb’s Auctioneers presents “Documenting
the Holocaust and World War II” on Artfact Live!
18. Baterbys' Feb. 20 inaugural auction in Delray
19. Antiques in Alexandria Show (Piccolo Art) Awesome
20. Quality Dealers Wanted - Upscale, Outdoor Art
and Antiques Market - Ardmore PA
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
Antique Carved Giltwood Chippendale Cartel Clock c.1760
US Glass Delaware Tankard Jug Green with Gold Gilt
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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.
I enjoy all your humor items, but it's not only the grandchildren who have funny stories. Last weekend, my wife and I were doing some chores and she asked me where something was. I told her "It's on the cedar chest". She stopped dead in her tracks, gave me a long look and said "What did you say?" I carefully repeated, "It's on the cedar chest", at which point, she cracked up, and between chuckles, told me she thought I had said "I want to see your chest"! Thanks, Ross
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 Kristen requested a recipe for "chicken & sliders". We received the following...
When I was growing up - these were called 'slick dumplin's' and still are in the foothills of NC. When we moved to the eastern part of the state they call them 'pastry' here. But whatever you call it - it's still good. J Sigmon, North Carolina
These amounts will depend on how much you want to make.
real warm water or broth from cooked chicken
1. Measure about 4 or 5 cups of flour and make a little hole in the center. Put about 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of salt in hole.
Have the warm water or broth in a cup for pouring. Pour in some broth and start working the flour and liquid with your hand. Do this until you have the consistency of bread dough.
2. Let set awhile – about 10 – 15 minutes
3. Then roll real thin and cut into strips.
4. Have chicken boiling in a pot with plenty of liquid.
5. Drop strips of dough into boiling chicken.
6. Let it cook for about 20 - 25 minutes. Do not lift the lid of pot!
Chicken and Sliders
3 pounds whole chicken
2 onions, quartered
3 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups all-purpose flour
Wash chicken and place in large pot. Cover with water and add chopped vegetables, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 2 hours or until meat comes away easily from the bone. Remove chicken from broth and strain liquid. Reserve the broth and discard all vegetables.
When chicken is cool remove meat from the bones and all skin, keeping the chicken meat in reasonably large pieces.
To make the noodles(sliders): Beat the egg with some of the cooled broth, measure out the flour, work the egg mixture into the flour adding broth as required until the dough forms a ball. Knead the ball for a few minutes. Roll out the dough on a floured surface.
Cut the dough into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches long. Don't worry if they are irregular in shape. Leave any excess flour on the noodles.
Bring the reserved broth to a rapid boil, add the noodles and let them boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat, add cut up chicken and simmer until the broth is very thick like gravy (add a little flour to thicken if required). Add salt and pepper to taste...Carol Thomas --Cullman,AL
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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.
When I was little in North Carolina one of my favorite desserts was Persimmon pudding. I'd love to try it again. Do you have a recipe?.. Jackie
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.
Bullseye Collectibles and Antiques
Bullseye Collectibles and Antiques welcomes you to our store. We appreciate your business and look forward to years of quality customer service. We have been in business for 18 years and offer a variety of merchandise. Check back often!
Autographs and More
Our autographs range from history to silent films with current entertainers and sports figures included. True authenticity can only be guaranteed if obtained in person, we will always stand behind any sale. Purchase with confidence. Inventory Changes Frequently - Visit Often!
Specializing in postcards, vintage toys and the simply must have items!
Glad to meet you here at Auntie G's! We offer 'original owner' items acquired over time. Starting with Avon Glass Decanters and Salt and Pepper Shakers, we'll be be adding more items and hope you visit us often!
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12) Helpful Resources:
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