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The Collectors Newsletter #783 -- March 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #783 -- March 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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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 regard to Joyce's letter about her mother's hair, we received the following responses...
In answer to Joyce.....
One of the most rewarding ways to utilize a long length of locks (hair) is to go on line and find those who take long hair donations so they in turn can make wigs and hairpieces for people afflicted with Cancer who lose theirs after Chemo. Two of my granddaughters have done this. The stipulation is that the hair must be at least 8" longer than the shoulders I think. It is for a very good cause, and gives a person an excellent feeling of humility and generosity for those not so privileged as we are.-----Dot
i read the story about the person's mother's hair and they wanted suggestions on what to do with it. i don't know if the hair is too old but they could try "locks of love" my nephew wore long hair for years but when cut it he and his family donated it to this group, they make wigs for people with cancer.
Joyce, I'm not sure about how you could restore or strengthen the hair (or restore it's shine), but for display purposes, you could braid it and coil it around a copy of the picture of your mother (copied onto archival quality acid-free paper with acid-free ink) mounted on archival (acid-free) foam board (pin the hair in place with good steel "hat pins" so they won't oxidize or rust). You could cover the foam board with pretty scrapbook paper (again, acid-free archival and make sure to use archival glue as well - all available at craft stores). Then you could put it all in a 'shadowbox' type picture frame. I would recommend going to Michael's or somewhere else that does professional framing and have them do the framing if you can afford it - they have special glass which protects against sun damage and fading, and they can seal up the back of the frame to further protect it. If you do it on a fairly small scale (8x10 perhaps) it should be less than $100 and will make a lovely keepsake for your family treasure. You can even attach the story, either in the shadowbox or on the back (again with archival acid-free paper and ink) so that future generations will know the wonderful history of the item. Good luck and thanks for sharing your story! - Errin in Washington
I too found hair in a cedar chest from when my mother in law was young and was reluctant to throw it away. I contacted locks of love and they assured me even though it was old if it was in good condition they would accept it and use it in wigs for cancer patients.Since my daughter is a cancer survivor who lost her hair after chemotherapy it made me quite happy to do just that.
is the web site. Elaine
why not a locket to hold a small portion of it. put a rubber band on one end and make a tight braid to hold the locket. or maybe a shadowbox with some photos and other keepsakes. or incorporate it into a scrapbook page. hope these ideas help. jonesgirl
She might consider, "Locks for Love." Her mother's beautiful hair is donated to someone who could use it now. And, Joyce and her family could feel good about it being helpful to someone else. Just a thought.
This is for Joyce that wanted ideas on how to use her mother’s hair. I know several seamstresses that swear by hair pin cushions. Apparently some component of hair keeps pins & needles from rusting. If you had one of mom’s old garments or a vintage handkerchief I to incorporate you could make a few very nice mementos. Audrey
Phil I just read your newsletter from the woman who still had her mother's hair after many years. Wen I was 14, ii had my long hair cut and saved it for over 50 years. I recently donated it to Locks for Love, they make wigs for people who have lost their hair from cancer treatments. As far as I know they were able to use it for wigs, it was still soft and shiny, as the day it was cut. I waited for years to find something to do with it, my wait was answered when it was donated to Locks for love. Fran J,NY
Phil, Joyce is asking what to do with her relatives hair. She could donate it to one of the places that make wigs for kids with cancer. It might make a profound difference in some child's life. Elizabeth
In response to Rebecca, I too have bought and sold on ebay for many years. When I began in 1998 it was easy to sell and things went for a good price. Now with so many sellers out there, many markets have dried up. Also the fees have really increased making it harder to make a profit. But all in all, ebay is still the most viable place to sell and certainly has the most to offer buyers. It's just not like it used to be.
And yes, when I lived in New England we called our sales "tag sales." I realized when I moved to the south and then to the southwest sales are called garage or yard sales. I prefer the term "tag sales" because it covers every kind of sale there is. I enjoy your newsletter -- keep up the good work. Beverly
I too read all the comments about the American Pickers Show and it spurred my interest as my husband and I love old things. Finally found it and now we TiVo them all. My husband just had surgery so we had a big backup when he came home from the hospital and it's been fun to watch them when he feels up to it. Thanks for introducing us to such a great show. Also, it's interesting that often they say "No, that's not enough - here's another $-------". They don't seem out to take advantage of anyone. Thanks for your newsletter. RMS
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3) Antique News
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall 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 10 terms for February 2010. The top 10 search for January are also included for comparison.
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:
7. Cookie Jars
9. Die Cut
6. Cookie Jars
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
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
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. Kelly Tires sign hits $13,200 at Matthews Auctions sale
2. Daryle LAMBERT'S Antiques and Collectibles Club
today began its Affiliate Program
3. Chinese Ceramics & Works Of Art from Hong Kong
4. Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy from Hong Kong
5. Oriental Rug Auction from Apple Tree Auction Center
6. Fine & Decorative Arts from Alex Cooper
7. Antiques Fine Art, & Decorative Arts from Apple Tree
8. Asian Arts from Freeman's
9. Period Furniture & Fine Art from Harlowe-Powell
10. Firearms & Edged Weapons from Apple Tree
11. Eclectic Collector Auction #7-Paper, Coins &
Postcards from Fusco Auctions
12. Ohio Decoy Auction from Guyette & Schmidt, Inc.
13. Collection Of Jazz Vinyl Lps & Cds from Quinn's
14. Star Wars' Darth Vader from Alderfer Auctions
15. See The Lord's Prayer inscribed on a pinhead
16. Asian Arts Dept at Freeman's will be offering
another fine collection of Chinese and Asian art
17. HONG KONG AUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL
OFFERS RARE SU HANCHEN SCROLL AND
$6,000,000 VASE AT ASIA WEEK
18. Cowan’s to Offer a Rare Eastern Plains Catlinite
Double-Bowl Pipe March Auction
19. Charity Auction Will Offer US Masters Hospitality
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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.
We started in the Antique business full time when our daughter was in first grade. To be successful we had to sell at the local Sunday markets where the greatest action was. In second or third grade her teacher asked the class, one at a time, what their individual religion was. My daughter watched as other children rattled off the various denominations. She knew we never attended any church as we worked each Sunday. When her turn finally came, she triumphantly responded, “We are Capitalists” She came home that day and recounted her adventure to us and we both rolled on the floor in laughter at her prophetic view of our lives. Now she is 37, married and an internet antique dealer who can do business in her nightgown.
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 Gloria requested a recipe for "a unique hamburger made at the J. J. Newberry store in East Chicago". We received the following...
One more for Kresge Fruit Cake. In last weeks recipe it required the addition of "Kresge Extra Fancy Mix" which does not appear to exist anymore. This recipe does not require that ingredient.
Makes 2 cakes
This is the recipe for the fruitcake that used to be sold by Kresge's (K-Mart) every Christmas Season. At one time they used to hand out the recipe to lucky shoppers. .
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
5 large eggs, separated
1 cup milk
3/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup mixed peel, diced
1 1/4 cups glace cherries
3 cups white raisins
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp lemon extract
Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F. Line two 9X5X3 inch loaf tins with well
greased brown paper or foil. (Shiny side down) Set aside.
Cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl for 5 minutes with
an electric mixer. Stir in the beaten egg yolks and milk, mixing all in
Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
Combine the chopped fruit and nuts in a bowl. Stir in about 1/4 cup of the
flour mixture and then stir it all into the creamed mixture, combining well.
Stir in the remaining flour mixture. The batter will be quite thick.
Beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Fold them into the cake batter
with a large metal spoon, along with the lemon extract. Divide and spread
the batter into the two loaf tins. Smooth the tops.
Bake until the cake tests done by inserting a skewer. (Insert the skewer and pull it out again. If there is no moist batter clinging to the skewer the cake is finished) This can take anywheres from 1 - 1.5 hrs. Sometimes even longer. Start testing at one hour.
Allow to rest on a rack and cool to warm before removing from pans. Wrap
well to store. This keeps for several weeks.
Some time back Tias printed two or three letters from people answering the question about a recipe for "hamburgers" made like sloppy joes.
In Iowa, back in the 40s and 50s small little "mom and pop" (fast food) eateries called them "MAID-RITES" and I'll agree they are about the best sandwich you can serve. Yum! There is a secret ingredient or two to a varied amount of recipes floating around, and Tias printed them at that time.
Hope this is your answer. Dot
J. J. Newberry hamburger recipe
4 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
Tomato paste to thicken
1 quart water
Boil ground beef until crumbled. Add other ingredients and simmer for several hours until water has evaporated.
The diced onion, mustard and pickle were added after the burger was on the bun. 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.
i would like the recipe for the starter for friendship cake. i one i would like is the one that uses fermented fruit as the starter.
i have made this recipe many years ago, but some how lost the most important part,the starter recipe
the most i remember is that you are suppose to add fruit to the starter mix and this takes up to thirty days before you make your cake and then share some of the starter with your friends. the last time i made this was back in the seventy's in good old Huntington beach. thanks for any advice.....larry
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:
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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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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!
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
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