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The Collectors Newsletter #790 -- April 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #790 -- April 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 Society of Military Insignia Collectors
The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC) is the oldest and largest organization of collectors of military insignia in the world. Founded in 1937 by a small group of enthusiasts and chartered as a non-profit organization, today the Society is 'home' to nearly 3,000 dedicated collectors in the United States and two dozen foreign countries. Whether you are a collector of military insignia or a student of heraldry or military history, whether an expert or a novice, you will find that membership in ASMIC has many advantages.
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Are you interested in collecting Militaria? 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
Many years ago my Grandmother gave me some beautiful silver pieces, knowing that I loved collecting antiques. At the time she was about 80 years old and I was in my early twenties. She gently gave me each item and told me the story that went along with the item. One piece was a sterling cigarette holder that she used to put out when company came over. Another piece was a lovely small, and I mean small (!) silver teapot. Like the other pieces, it was quite tarnished as it hadn't been polished in years. On the top of the teapot looked like a sculpture of a small woman's head. She pointed to the engraving on the front of the piece and told me that it had been in the family for many years, but she wasn't sure who first owned it.
I brought my new treasures home and about a week later sat down to polish each piece. I was especially careful with the family heirloom, that lovely little teapot. I rubbed off decades of tarnish when the engraving started to appear. When I finished rubbing the area around our family name, imagine my surprise when I was able to clearly read the engraved name.........Lipton's ! Wendy Merron, Devon, Pennsylvania
I have just started collecting books illustrated by my mother-in-law's cousin so the family can have them in the future. Some of the books are being republished with DVD's or CD readalongs with them. They were first published in the 40's. What is frustrating is that the illustrator usually isn't mentioned in the write ups about the book at Alibris or Amazon or even on Ebay. We don't know how many books she illustrated, so it has been a surprise when we come across a new one in an old book store or recognize a author's name online and blow up the picture of the book and discover she is the illustrator. If you are selling a book online include the illustrator's name because that is what some of us are looking for not just the author. Janet from OR
The debate about honor in sales has been around forever and will never be resolved.
I'd rather hear about how sellers have overcome a down market and backlash against collecting being regarded as hoarding and a sickness no matter where the truth lies. After all, TIAS is a vehicle for sales (and what I consider preservers of yesterdays and eventually tomorrows). There definitely is a market for past items because there are so many reproductions.
I'd also like to read about how collectors display their collections in their environments, maybe a picture. I hoped more readers would be specific about how they used the items, not general statements like "use them everyday". Maybe how they modified them to be practical, what they learned about why the item came into existence, if anything, why it went out of favor (and how newer is not better). Maybe craft links to help people develop copy for their descriptions for updated uses. Sales are all about creating a need and value-added individuality.
Perhaps a question could go out as to why someone bought something at TIAS or looked to TIAS rather than somewhere else. Charlene
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 email@example.com
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 March 2010. The top 10 searches for February 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 jar
10. Die Cut
7. Cookie Jars
9. Die Cut
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. Antique Dry sink constructed from Popular/tulip
2. Antiques in Charlottesville to Return for October Sequel
3. Fashion World Icon Leaves Retirement to Become
Mentor to Vintage Merchants and Independent Designers
4. April Fool's Day Special a Big Hit: Autographs &
5. The 15th Annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry &
Watch Show Showcases Magnificent Antiques,
6. Leland Little Auction: Estate Treasures Auction
4/10 at 3PM
7. Skinner Auctions Studio Artwork by Known Artists
8. Felix The Cat Surprises At Fairfield Auction
9. The Strickland Neville Rolfe Collection
10. Jewelry Like It Was Always Meant To Be
11. 13th Annual Antique Show in Appleton, WI
12. 1966 BEATLES SHEA STADIUM CONCERT
POSTER HIGHLIGHTS ROCK & ROLL MEMORABILIA
AUCTION APRIL 25, 2010
13. Huge petroliana, classic cars sale May 1 in Wisconsin
14. Fine bronzes, railroad rarities, Mr. Peanut parade
costume in Stephenson's Apr. 16 auction
15. War Between The States
16. RAGO’S HOLDS A 900 LOT 20TH C. DESIGN
AUCTION ON APRIL 24/25
17. Spring in Havre de Grace- Jack Daniels Beer!!
18. Toymaker’s Toy Collection Hits the Block April
16-17, 2010 at Bertoia Auctions
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
YES! you can put the latest DAILY news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site.
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to get the code.
4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
Antique Carved Giltwood Chippendale Cartel Clock c.1760
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 April 9, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Reading the humorous stories about dentures reminded me of the time many years ago when a hearse from a local funeral home pulled up in front of my parents' home. A well dressed man got out and came to the door. My mother went to see who it was, but every time the man tried to explain why he was there, their little, but LOUD, dog would bark. My mother was a bit hard of hearing anyway, and when the dog would bark, it made it even more difficult for her to hear the man. He said, "I'm here to get Mr. (BARK, BARK, BARK) dentures. She had to ask a few times what he wanted, and she finally heard him say that he had come to get Mr. B?'s dentures. Again, the dog barked, and my mother was about to ask my dad to take the dentures from his mouth to give to the man, when finally, they somehow realized that the man actually wanted to pick up the dentures of a deceased gentleman who had lived farther down the street. He had stopped at the wrong house. My parents are both gone now, but I smile and think of them when I recall this true story. Events like this seemed to happen to them quite often as my parents were carbon copies of Archie & Edith Bunker. --M from IL
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com 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
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 15,000 people who get this newsletter. Go to
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 a Vin requested a recipe for "Hickory Nut Pie". We received the following...
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 need a good recipe for Greek Meatballs called Keftedes anyone have one to share? Phil
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com 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.
Retro Vintage Discount
The majority of our items are Holt Howard, Lefton, Davar, Norcrest and many other items out of Japan! We will soon be carrying Pyrex and other Kitchen Collectables.
Vintage, Antique and Eclectic Collectibles. A wide variety of lovely items. New items added often.
A store dealing in fine culinary and household antiques including many items dating back to the 1800's.
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!
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
3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to
4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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