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The Collectors Newsletter #791 -- April 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #791 -- April 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
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Spoon Collectors
American Spoon Collectors (ASC) is an organization which is devoted to the promotion and support of the collecting of Souvenir Spoons. Founded in 1974 by Bill Boyd (Editor Emeritus of Spooners Forum), American Spoon Collectors is a national and international organization through which Spoon Collectors are able to communicate with one another and share stories about mutual collecting passions.
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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
Regarding the Pickers Show - I buy and sell collectibles and furniture, mostly furniture - I do it on a part time basis as I work full time. I am up every Friday and Saturday morning and out to garage and estate sales. I spend about 5 hours (1 hour before work on Friday) and the rest of the time on Saturday morning. I find the garage sales, pick the best route, map it and then head off at about 6:00 in the morning and go to each sale. Some mornings I come home with NOTHING and other mornings I come home with about 5 or 6 items. I live in a semi rural area, so travel about 30 - 60 miles to find those few items. This is nothing compared to what they do on American Pickers. They drive hundreds of miles to find one or two items, climb through piles and piles and piles of mostly junk and all of this to make a profit (?). When you buy something on ebay or even Tias, most of these items are found either the way I do (along with millions of other Americans on Friday and Saturday morning) or like the American Pickers do. I have purchased a "McCoy" vase that I made no profit on and I have purchased something for $10.00 that I sold for $200 - that was after hours and hours of work in restoring the item. Go to a clothing store - each shirt or pair of pants you buy is probably purchased for 10% - 30% of what they sell it to you for - and that's a NEW item. Pickers don't force people to sell to them! They paid way more than I would have for some items. They are NOT ripping people off! They have expenses - gas, food, lodging, vehicle maintenance, employee, & selling fees. This is not a get rich quick business. How many hours did they drive to find one thing that they made a 150% profit on? If they were an attorney or plumber - those would be billable hours! How many other pieces did they make a 10% to 60% profit on? This is a business. These are only gross profits. Most of the profits are eaten up by expenses. One thing that Mike and Frank have that many of us do not - they LOVE their job. If you work and your company sells something - take a look at what your margins are - I think you would be surprised. Cell phone service - it costs the providers about .025 cents per minute to provide you with that one minute of talking - yet if you go over your plan - it costs you .45 cents per minute - talk about RIP OFF! Walk a mile in someone's shoes before you criticize. -- Nancy in California - a long time Newsletter reader.
As far as the show Pickers is concerned, I love the show! I also love the BBC show Cash in the Attic, and Antiques Roadshow and anything else on TV that educates me as to what is out there to find. I don't understand why people are so upset with Pickers. I mean have they actually watched the show? If they have they would see that these guys are very fair to the people they are picking from. In most of the shows I've seen they have to climb over rusted out trash and debris that is stacked on someone's property just rusting away and turning into junk. What would happen to this stuff if they hadn't gone to the trouble of finding it? In most cases the heaps look like trash dumps and when the owner of the property is no longer around to "claim" it as his it will probably be hauled away and destroyed forever and no one will ever know what wonderful items were hidden in all the mess. And how about factoring in the cost of refurbishing these items so they can be re-sold? Just cleaning this stuff up can be quite costly, so please, let's be fair to the Pickers. As far as I'm concerned they are rescuing treasures and passing them on for posterity. -- Rosa in NJ
This is regards to the Pickers show. Let me get this straight -- If they pay 100.00 for an item and get 150.00 they are ripping someone off. I guess their overhead which includes gas, insurance for van, upkeep for van, lodging, food, payment to help, overhead costs for their building, fees to set up at flea markets etc etc. are suppose to be eaten by them. Just because something is appraised at 1,000 dollars does not mean you will get that. If a dealer buys it they usually do not want to pay more than half it's value or what they think the value is to offset their overhead plus make a little. They could sit on that item for a year or more. Paulette
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1. Exclusive Vintage Collections From Vintage Yard
2. Find Your Collectibles at Dinnerware Replacements
3. Pres. James Madison’s Personal Desk Speaks Up
This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
4. CHICAGO IL ESTATE SALES *SPRING 2010*
KEY Estate Sales Calendar
5. Guitars, Autographs, Posters, Beatles, Elvis and
Hendrix in Rock & Roll Collectors Auction
6. Gray's Auction 29: Furniture and Decorative Arts
7. Day 1 Decoy Auction from Guyette & Schmidt, Inc.
8. Rare Yavapai Apache Figural Olla is Top Seller in
Cowan’s American Indian and Western Art Auction
9. Sloans & Kenyon presents their April Estate
Catalogue Auction on Artfact Live!
10. Asian Art from Eldred's
11. American Furniture & Decorative Arts from
12. American Design from Freeman's
13. Antiques, Works Of Art And Decorative Art from
14. Personal Property Of A Virginia Gentleman from
Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery
15. Just sold an extremely rare Civil War cdv
photograph of Confederate General William H.
Wallace. The view was an early war pose.
16. Antique Vases Top the TIAS.com Hot List of
Antiques & Collectibles for March 2010
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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.
When mother-in-law passed on, we were to go thru the house & pick all the things we would like to take before the rest was given to good will.One of the things I chose was an 18 gauge stainless steel cook ware set because we did not have a great cookware set. In my thinking,I was glad that we will never ever need to buy any cookware because this should last us till we go & can be passed onto one of the children.
One Summer day,my husband wanted potato salad. I asked him to boil up the potatoes & when I get back from work I will make his potato salad. I worked at a fast food place & at lunch time my husband came with a friend to get some lunch. I asked him if he had cooked the potatoes.He didn't say a word,he stood up & quickly packed up his lunch.I asked what are you doing? He said that they got to get back to the house & he'll see me after work.
When I got home & walked thru the back door,this horrid smell graced my nostrils. I thought that something overflowed on the element when my husband does cooking.I had went to look for the potatoes & boiled eggs to get the potatoes salad made.On the stove on the back burner is my 18 gage stainless steel dutch oven pot with the charcoal potatoes & the 18 gage plate blown off the bottom of the dutch oven pot. I asked what happened? My husband said that he lost track of time when he had gone on a bike ride & forgot the potatoes were on the stove.He remembered when he went for lunch after I asked about the potatoes. It sure is a wonder that the house didn't burn down.He also likes to cook on high.It must run in the family because his son almost burned down his apartment when cooking spaghetti sauce.There was more on the ceiling,floor,walls then in the pot.
Val from the Prairies....Canada
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue I requested a recipe for "Greek Meatballs called Keftedes". We received the following...
Phil requested a 'good' recipe for Greek Meatballs. This one was given to me by a Greek friend who grew up in Greece. Seasonings may vary from one region to another, but this is an authentic recipe. Tsatziki Sauce is the traditional accompaniment.
Greek Meatballs (Keftedes) with Tsatziki Sauce
These meatballs are deliciously light and delicately flavored. You can serve them hot, warm, or cold or freeze for future use. Serve with Tsatziki yogurt sauce (recipe included).
Yield: 8 servings
Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)
1 large onion, finely minced
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 kg (2¼ lb.) lean ground beef or lamb
2 co. unseasoned breadcrumbs, moistened in about ¾ c. warm water
2 large eggs, beaten
1½ Tbsp. minced fresh mint (if not available use chopped, dried mint)
2½ tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. ouzo (optional)
1½ Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
½ c. olive oil and ½ corn oil, combined (You may need slightly more, depending on the size of your pan.)
1 medium cucumber
3 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. minced fresh mint or 1½ Tbsp. dried mint
3 c. plain yogurt* (Greek Yogurt preferable)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
*Greek yogurt is best in this recipe. Most supermarkets carry it now. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, use regular yogurt. Pour it into a sieve or strainer over a bowl and let it drain for an hour or two at room temperature to thicken it.
For the Meatballs:
Sauté onions in vegetable oil over low heat until golden. Drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Place in a large mixing bowl.
Add meat and all other ingredients except flour and olive-corn oil mixture. Stir until well combined; then knead for about 10 minutes or until a smooth paste is formed.
Heat the oil mixture in a large frying pan to the point of fragrance.
Meanwhile, start to shape mixture into 1-inch balls by rolling lightly between palms of hands. Cook the meatballs in batches of 12 - 16, whatever will fit in the frying pan without touching or crowding.
As each meatball is formed, place it on a large plate that has been liberally covered with flour. When the first batch is ready to cook, lightly roll each meatball in the flour. At this point the oil in the frying pan should be just ready.
Using kitchen tongs, place first batch of meatballs in frying pan. (The oil is very HOT; use caution.)
Start on your second batch of meatballs while the first batch cooks; make them and place them on the floured plate. At this point it is time to turn the meatballs over. When you have finished turning the first batch of meatballs, roll the second batch in the flour.
Now it is time to remove the first batch from the frying pan using a slotted spoon or kitchen tongs and place on paper towels to drain.
Put the second batch of meatballs into the pan to cook. Continue with the process until you have used up all of the mixture.
For the Tsatziki Sauce:
Peel the cucumber, cut it in half lengthwise, and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds. Finely chop the cucumber. Peel and press the garlic. Mix the cucumber, garlic, mint, and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Make the tsatziki at least 2 hours before serving time to give the flavors time to develop.
Linda in Maine
Keftedes (greek meatballs)
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sour trahana, crumbled (*see note below)
Salt and pepper to taste
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/4 pound zucchini, washed and grated
1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 pound ground lamb
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Kefalotyri cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs.
(* trahana,(trahana contains only cracked wheat or a cous cous-like pasta and fermented milk), relative of couscous gives keftedes their distinctive texture and tangy. Trahana is the humblest of pastas.)
1. In a small saucepan, warm milk over medium heat. Stir in trahana, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let stand until all liquid is absorbed and trahana is soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
2. Place a saute pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the onions, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Add zucchini, cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, lamb, and vegetable mixture. Add softened trahana and remaining ingredients except bread crumbs. Add the bread crumbs a little at a time. Mixture should be moist but not wet. Form into small meatballs.
4. In a large heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium heat, heat remaining oil (more, if needed); do not let it smoke. Gently drop meatballs into hot oil. Turn occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Serve with tzatziki (yoghurt) and a salad.
Makes about 35 small meatballs. Carol Thomas--Cullman,AL
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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.
My mother used to make a chocolate icing for cakes that was like fudge but not quite as hard as fudge although it was slightly crunchy. Could anyone please share this recipe with me? Thanks. Shirley
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