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The Collectors Newsletter #795 -- April 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #795 -- 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
Your Home Business
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
Since 1949, the ABAA has been promoting ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade in America. ABAA also promotes these values internationally, through our affiliation with The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).Here in America, ABAA has the strictest and most sweeping Ethics Code in the book trade, and all ABAA members are bound by it. The Ethics Code requires that all material offered for sale be authentic, be accurately described, and that a full cash refund, or other mutually agreeable settlement, be available to any purchaser for any item that is not. No other book trade organization can give that kind of guarantee, and ABAA backs it up with an Ethics Committee to hear any complaints against any of its members. We believe ABAA booksellers are the best in the business and have the best books, and we back that up with the best consumer protection.
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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
I have been a long time reader of TIAS and I think your reader, Charlene, had a great idea for readers to submit how they use antiques in their homes. I think we could all get some fresh ideas. Here are a few of mine. I found an old, 1940's wooden accordion style tie rack at a yard sale years ago. I hung it in the dining room and hang candles (the kind with two attached to an uncut wick) and occasionally dried flowers from it. I remodeled my bathroom and was thinking of hanging one of those nice hotel style towel racks. Instead I repurposed a great whale-tail style 3-tier wooden shelf with great old green paint still on it. I hung it over the commode and folded my towels a little smaller to fit, bath on bottom, hand towels on the center shelf and face cloths on top. It makes the bathroom look charming and custom! And finally, I had a wonderful old beadboard medicine cabinet, which I used to have in the bathroom I remodeled. I could have just used it as a medicine cabinet in another bath. Instead, I hung it in the bedroom. I outfitted the interior with small cup hooks all around the inside and a few from the "ceiling" top. On the inside of the door I mounted a velvet covered piece of padded mounting board for needlework. Across this board I hung two nice pieces of ribbon with some upholstery tacks from which to hang earrings. I add a small porringer dish inside to hold rings, and I hang my necklaces and bracelets from the cup hooks. I now have the most beautiful antique jewelry armoire that "goes" with my antique furniture in the room and I love it! I even mounted a little LED light inside. All my friends are now searching for old little cabinets to do the same. Tina - Indian Head, MD
When you own an antique shop, every single day you’ll have people coming in trying to sell you stuff, and you’ll meet some real characters along the way. I have dozens of stories about what’s been offered to me and what the seller wanted for it, but I was just reminded of my favorite when I read the story from Wendy about the silver Lipton’s container.
One day, several years ago, this scruffy-looking guy comes in, and he’s carrying a carefully wrapped package. He starts telling me this story of how this crock belonged to his mother, and she got it from her mom, who got it from her mom who came from Ireland. He figures it has to be at least 100 years old, maybe more. Now, I don’t know much about crocks, but when he unwrapped it, it looked nice enough. It was mid-sized, a pale buttery yellow, no chips or cracks, although the finish had crazed a little.
I flipped it over, but there was no stamped mark on it. Then I realized there was some faint raised lettering on it, so I dug out my magnifying glass to take a closer look. This move excited the guy immensely, and he started telling some tale of woe how he hated to part with it, but he needed the money desperately. He told me he couldn't take less than a hundred dollars for it. By that time, I had made out the letters stamped on the bottom: MCMLXXXIII.
I said, “Sir, this crock is only about 20 years old.”
His jaw hung open and he sputtered a bit, then indignantly said, “Well, my great granny used it ‘til her dying day, and I KNOW it’s real, real old. You’re just saying that so you can buy it real cheap and make a killing on it.”
I told him I had no interest in buying it, pointing out the date on it. He sputtered some more, telling me that the markings weren't numbers, but the the name of the ancient company that made the thing. I explained that the marking was a Roman numeral for the year 1983, and maybe his great-granny had used a crock, but it wasn’t that one, unless she had used a time machine to beam herself into the future.
He stormed out, not finding any humor in my wisecrack, but I’ve been laughing about it for years. . .Ali K, Mesa AZ
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
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. iCollector.com Presents The Latin-American Fine
2. Dan Morphy's April 20 Discovery Auction earns
highest series gross to date
3. Dealers from Fourteen States Converging for
Antiques & Gardening
4. iCollector.com Presents The Spring Antiques and
Fine Art Auction
5. iCollector.com Presents The TL Coin Auction
6. Smith House Toys June auction
7. Handel lamp realizes $16,000 at Woody Auction in Mo.
8. Fancy Dress Ball See Popularity Rise For Andrews
9. Artfact Live! Presents Spring Estates Auction from
10. Artfact Live! Presents Asian Art & Furnishings
from Pacific Galleries
11. Artfact Live! Presents Premier Art & Antiques
from Pacific Galleries
12. Artfact Live! Presents American, English And
Continental Furniture from Stair Galleries
13. Fine Arts & Antique Auction from Berner's Auction
14. Stamps #109 from Fusco Auctions
15. Piccolo Art Charging to Chicago
16. A Few Openings Still Left for the Good, Better,
Best Appraiser Workshop - May 15 & 16
17. iCollector.com Presents The Jack Arnold Fine
18. iCollector.com Presents Rock Island Premier
19. iCollector.com Presents The Texas Frightmare
Movie Prop Auction
20. An Estates Auction from Nadeau's Auction Gallery
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...
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 Tuesday April 27, 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.
My daughter, grandson (just turned 7), and I were shopping for a particular brand of wine. We were in the Total Beverage store and my daughter bought a bottle of wine. When she went to pay for it, the clerk asked for proof of age (carded her!). My grandson asked why they did that. I told him they needed to know how old she was. At that my grandson pointed to me (I had just turned 70) and said "She's really old!". We all had a good laugh, including the sales clerk.
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
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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 Stephanie requested a recipe for "baked a lobster". We received the following...
Hope this is what you are looking for - at the very least this recipe
supplies the temp and time. Enjoy - from Oregon
Baking a lobster tail is one of the easiest ways to cook lobster tails. This
method can be done with the standard oven and results in a juice lobster
tail. This technique is also more forgiving than broiling a lobster tail if
you overcook it.
There are two ways to bake a lobster tail. One is just the standard bake and
the other is to wrap the tail with aluminum foil. If you have a large
lobster tail, and don't want the meat to dry out, wrapping the tail in foil
will be the preferred method.
BAKED STUFFED LOBSTER TAILS
4 lobster tails (6-8 oz. each), thawed if frozen
4 tbsp. melted unsalted butter
1 c. soft fresh bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. With scissors, remove the thin shell
covering the underside of the tail by cutting along each side.
2. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons melted butter, bread crumbs,
tarragon, salt and pepper. Spoon the bread crumb mixture over the lobster
tails. Drizzle with the remaining butter.
3. Place the lobster tails in a baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the
lobster meat is opaque and the crumbs are brown. Serve with lemon wedges.
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.
Does anyone have a recipe for Hutzelbrot ? It's a wonderful German bread. Carl
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 Collectibles.
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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