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The Collectors Newsletter #786 -- March 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #786 -- 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 Political Items Collectors (APIC)
Dedicated to the collection, study, preservation of items relating to local, state and presidential campaigns of the United States; organized in 1945 and has nearly 2,500 members worldwide.
For more information, click here:
Are you interested in collecting political memorabilia See:
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
The story from Eileen in South Carolina about collecting glass made me think about a broken glass story I have. When my husband and I were first married in the late 1960's in rural Montana, we were basically poor - although it didn't seem that way to us then. Farm kids can be pretty inventive, so with little money and gasoline being cheap, on weekends in fair weather we would drive out of our small town a ways to an old abandoned dump site.
There were a variety of cans and bottles in abundance. We would select several, set them up on a rock or old piece of lumber, walk back fifty feet or more and begin a session of target practice with 22 gauge rifles. I favored a peep-site that my husband did not care for, and my aim was nearly as accurate as his! The glass was more fun because we could easily see it shatter when hit.
Many is the time in recent years that we have wondered how many beautiful, unique old glass bottles we destroyed!! We have a small collection of old bottles now, of various sizes and shapes - gleaned from abandoned farm sites, antique stores and the like. None are probably very valuable but do remind one of the "old days", before plastics took over.
Another lesson learned by living life! Judy
I liked the fact that I read a story about picking/buying/selling with a conscience attached! I have been an antiques dealer in my area for 15 years, and also have an estate sales company. Ethics is my motto, There are a handful of other companies who conduct estate sales, but I rise above, I am above board, upfront, and go the extra mile, My clients, whether they are estate attorneys, real estate agents, or the actual families, they are all thrilled with my services. I recently did a jewelry assessment for a family, loads of nice items. My job was to assess, and appraise. They wanted to sell me items, and I refused. Someday, they may come back, and I will buy, I steered them to another source who could pay more than I will at this time. They did sell, then they referred me another job. This is how I do business. Then, yesterday I went on a call, the family did not want to do an estate sale, they wanted to sell the items outright. When I gave them my offer, they said are you kidding, that is a great price.
I believe in paying well for good items, and yes, I may keep one out of 50 items, for my own collection.
Last month I did a sale for a little old lady, the classic, refined lady with great items. Any Joe Blow could have ripped her off. But I held her sale and she is thrilled with the outcome, and so on. Shisters and cheaters will fall by the wayside, one by one. I have a illegitimate business and pay taxes. I love it when customers refer me.
Also, I do ebay and I do make money and I sleep very well at night.
As to Pickers: the item does have to go layer by layer to finally arrive at the selling point. They work hard. I wish I had pickers come to me. I don't. But some Dealers do, like one man who was buying a car on time form an antiques dealer whose husband had a car dealership. She got the great finds every week, and he had his car paid off. We would laugh, when we went to garage sales, and saw him, we said there he is paying off his car!! Dont knock pickers, and know that there are honest bonafide antiques dealers still out here! Suzanne
WE NEED YOUR STORY ABOUT COLLECTING. DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO PHIL@TIAS.COM
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
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. Antique Trader Magazine, Randolph Street Market
announce media partnership
2. Superstars jerseys, championship rings, Yogi's '56
World Series uniform in Grey Flannel Apr. 14 sale
3. International Society of Appraisers Taps New
Executive Director and Additional Staff
4. Artfact Live! Presents American & European Fine
Art from Weschler's
5. Artfact Live! Presents Jewelry, Coins & Watches
6. Artfact Live! Presents Spring Cleaning Poster Sale
from PosterConnection Inc.
7. Vintage jewelry shop proffers handmade jewelry
of superior quality
8. Spectacular opal & diamond necklace appraised
on national TV headlines Austin Auction's Apr. 18 sale
9. CLARA LEDESMA Retrospectiva
10. Gray's Auctioneers Fine Jewelry, Gems and
Watches Auction, March 31 1pm.
11. Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle and Minibike Show and
12. CLARS AUCTION GALLERY SETS NEW WORLD
RECORD FOR SCULPTOR, RICHARD MACDONALD
13. Lionel Lackawanna 2223W Set with Original Boxes
will be Featured in Gateway Gallery’s April Train Au
14. Vintage advertising signs, toys, banks highlight Dan
Morphy's Mar. 30 Discovery Auction
15. Work Of Gifted Doulton Artists In Rogers Jones &
16. Elvis Presley contract to buy Graceland to be auctioned
17. Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction Nets $2.6M, $1M Over
18. Discover the Artists Behind Original Comic Art on
19. Artfact Live! Presents Eclectic Auction from
20. March Art And Antiques from Antique Helper
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
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 15,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday March 26, 2010 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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 got tickled when I read the article from Glenda in Arkansas. She mentioned she'd been drinking coffee since she was two years old. I begged and begged my parents to let me drink coffee when I was little, but they would get a serious face and say that if I drank it before I was 16 that I would never grow tall. Well, I didn't drink any until I was 16, but I never grew over 5' 2" tall !!!! :) I'll bet Glenda is taller than that! My parents always laughed about what they told me - they said they should have chosen another excuse! Joan
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?
WANTED: Wanted: Greentown Glass
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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
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 Elaine B. requested a recipe for "grape starter". We received the following...
For Elaine B. in Las Vegas who wanted a recipe for grape starter: Look on the internet for grape starter and you will find a number of instructions. I was very interested (and still might reconsider) until I read one cook's story of making the starter and now she has a bathtub full! I remember how quickly these can grow and must be used and tended. She was offering to meet people in her area and have them "adopt" a portion of her starter. Good luck! Barbara
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
2 c. Bread flour
2 1/2 c. Water
1/2 lb. Red grapes, stemmed
The grape starter is a recipe given by Nancy Silverton.
It takes 10 days to complete but is then yours' for life.
Wrap the grapes in well washed cheesecloth, tying the
corners to form a bag; lightly crush them with a
rolling pin (to release the sugar to mix with the
natural yeast on the skins; just like making wine!)
and immerse them in the flour water mix. Cover tightly
with a lid or plastic wrap secured with a rubber band.
Leave at room temperature for 6 days, stirring once or
twice a day for the six days.
The bag of grapes will eventually appear inflated, and
liquid will begin to separate from the flour base.
The mixture will begin to taste and smell slightly
fruity, and the color will be strange. That is as it
should be. By the sixth day the bag of grapes will
have deflated, the color will be yellow, and the taste
pleasantly sour; the fermentation is complete. The
starter is living but weak, and it needs to be fed.
Remove the grapes and squeeze their juices back into
the starter. Stir it up thoroughly and transfer it to
a clean container. (Although you can use it after just
one feeding, the starter will be stronger and
healthier with the full treatment) You can refrigerate
it until you're ready to proceed.
Three days before you plan to use it, stir 1 cup flour
and 1 cup water into the container, blending well.
Let stand uncovered at room temperature until it
bubbles up - 3 to 4 hours - then cover and
refrigerate. Repeat this for the second and third day.
Store the starter tightly covered in the refrigerator
where it will keep perfectly for 4 to 6 months.- after
which it's a good idea to pour off all but 2 cups and
give it another feeding. Before using the stored
starter for bread, however, give it the full 3-day
feeding schedule once again to restore it and to tone
down excess sourness.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
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'm looking for a recipe for lemon cream pie. Can anyone help? Sue
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!
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 160,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:
12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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