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The Collectors Newsletter #802 -- May 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #802 -- May 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
My comments are in response to the recent post by "Jeff". The first thing I'd like to respond to is his comment about "American Pickers". He stated that one of the guys (Frank) was making a deal on some cans (which he loves to collect) and that he hid a very rare can behind all the others so the seller could not see them. Now, I've recorded and watched every episode of the show thus far, and I've never seen Frank do anything like this. What you have to realize is that not every single item is featured in the dialogue and on film - so I'm sure they had discussed the Rolls Royce can along with all the others. Sometime, when I see them loading the truck at the end. there are a few small pieces that were not featured during the show. Another thing, with everyone scrutinizing EVERY single move they make - I find it hard to believe that they would cheat someone on national television. Personally, I don't think they would cheat anyone if they were NOT on camera. Yes, they may buy something for $50 and sell it for $300 - but I look at it like this - they find this rusting, rotting item and rescue it from a field or barn filled with spiders and rats. The seller is happy and the buyer is happy. And, just as often, I've seen them offer MORE than the person was asking or to advise a seller to check on an item before letting it go. So, these guys are not cheating anyone.
Then Jeff mentioned that he does not go to garage sales for fear of "cheating" someone. I don't feel that way. When people are getting rid of items that are, many times, junk, to them - they price the items according to what it means to them. Personally, when I happen upon an item that I know is worth more than they are asking - I tell them that this item is worth more - and I OFFER MORE. As a Christian, I could never cheat someone. But, I don't buy to resell - I buy what I love and I feel that if I'm buying from someone who does not treasure or want the old family Daguerreotype of "G.G.Grandpa" - then I DO. I offer a fair price and I then have something that I will cherish and care for the remainder of MY life. No, I do NOT give them a full "retail" price because this is not a retail setting. They get a fair price, much more than another buyer or especially a dealer would give them.
So I, personally, have no problem buying from people at garage sales. I would not take advantage of someone; for instance, if I saw a truly fabulous antique - and the family is not aware - I would tell them - I'd never take advantage of a situation like this. But, when I'm paying a price THEY SET AND THEY CONSIDER FAIR - then I am not cheating anyone. The internet is available to everyone - or at the very least, the public library is available- so it's their responsibility to check before they price. Still, I would not cheat anyone - especially an elderly person.
I sort of thought our comments about American Pickers were just about exhausted - but I will finish with this - I have NEVER seen those two men cheat anyone. They get "hoarders" to part with rusting items that will probably someday, after they pass away, go to a landfill because they have two acres of it -or more. As long as both seller and buyer leave happy - then that's fair. God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fl.
Please tell Suzanne, the antiques and estate sales dealer not to continue saying she has an "illegitimate business". She didn't mean that and it sounds bad. She sounds like a great person to both deal with and have has a friend.
Pretty soon, I'll get my act together and send you some of my stories, Phil. I manage to get behind in reading the newsletter, but do every time I have a chance. And like all your subscribers, love it. arlene in Brooklyn
I have been reading your newsletter for years! I felt compelled to tell my story of a great find. Many years ago when my boys were little, we all went out to a yard/house sale. There my boys wandered off into another room. My husband and I found a wonderful, complete Lego train set and other assorted Lego items. We asked the owner how much for the items and he initially refused to sell them to us stating that he did not want them resold by us for a profit. Next thing, the boys walked back into the room and the owner immediately gave us a wonderful price for the entire lot, knowing the toys were for our boys and not for resale. We still have those Legos (after many long years of use) and I plan to keep them for our grandchildren to use someday. I could understand the man's not wanting to sell the Legos to a dealer to make a hefty profit and was relieved that our boys were with us or he may not have sold them to us (I wonder how many dealers would lie and say they were for their children and then resell the toys). Amy, Jamestown, NC
I have read for years the stories of great finds, but I thought I tell my story of not necessarily a great “antique” find, but the reward for appreciating the art of antiquing. You see, I’m a single mom, who continues to carry on the tradition of traveling for educational sake just as my parents taught their children growing up. There is a great enjoyment in stopping along the way just because something/someplace looks interesting. And this is how my story came to pass. When my son was around 10, we took my mom and dad with us on our trip to South Dakota. I had planned each day, researching the different “antiquing” towns along the way that we might want to stop at… yes, even at 10, my son was an avid collector of many types of treasures. At one particular town in Iowa, we stopped to wander through an old threshing mill which had been converted to one of the largest antiques shop I’d ever seen! After wandering through the shop for about 2 hours, each of us finding something we couldn’t live without, we headed to the front to checkout. Nic, my son, asked his grandma if he could have 3 quarters to get a pop, but she told him ‘no’ since we had drinks in the car. As we finished checking out, the owner scooted three quarters toward Nic and told him the pop was on him since he had never seen such a well-behaved, appreciative young man of antiques – “Most kids just tear through here knocking things over and breaking them and their parents don’t even seem to care.” Nic just beamed and told him thank you and went out to get his pop… now this is where the best part of the story comes in. Nic studied the machine long and hard, trying to decide between Dr. Pepper and Mt. Dew… well, since I don’t usually let him have the Dew, he chose that bottle (yes, this was awhile ago when bottles cost only $.75!)… and when he twisted off the cap, what do you know – he won! And not a free drink, a video game for the new Nintendo that had just come out! Oh, the pressure the rest of the trip to not lose the bottle cap! But what a great lesson he learned about rewards that come unexpectedly for no reason other than someone appreciated your good actions. Amy Wertheim
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3) Antique News
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1. Antique, Vintage Fashion, Textiles &
Accessories from Kerry Taylor Auctions
2. Annual Early American & Ohio Valley from
3. Is Gold Really Golden? - Daryle Lambert's
Antiques and Collectibles Blog – I think not
4. CHORLEY'S NEXT SALE ON 27 MAY 2010
5. BOOK SALE FINDER LAUNCHES BOOK
SALES TO GO
6. It's a Toy Show
7. Lifelong Collection Selling Piece by Piece
8. NEW ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
INFORMATION WEBSITE LAUNCHES
9. Black Forest tobacco jar, fine and decorative
art in Auctions Neapolitan's May 22 sale
10. Even a volcanic eruption couldn't keep bidders
away from Bertoia's $2.38M Kaufman sale
11. iCollector.com Presents The Fine Paintings
and Signed Graphics Auction
12. iCollector.com Presents The WWII Memorabilia
& Firearms Auction
13. War Between The States
14. iCollector.com Presents The Modern Art &
15. Two oil paintings by Kim Heung Sou (b. 1919)
16. Record Prices Achieved at iGavel Auctions
17. Get Your Vintage Engagement Ring From
18. Botanical prints, Willard clock, antique maps
of D.C. highlight Quinn's May 19-22 auction series
19. Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies 2010
is Now Available
20. Gray's Inaugural Books Auction Exceeds
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
From Stan Kegel's Profusion of Puns Gaggles of Groaners 03-18-10
My favorite finds while "antiquing" are old but useful items. And I learned something *very* useful this week: Chamber pots have one handle; soup tureens have two. I wished I'd known that LAST week. (Paul Benoit)
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Bobby requested a recipe for "Paczki or Polish Bismarcks". We received the following...
Poles love their pączki (POHNCH-kee) for Paczki Day. They're fried rounds of yeast dough that can be filled with prune, apricot, strawberry, raspberry paste or cheese filling, or left unfilled. In the Detroit area they are made and sold by the hundreds of dozens on Fat Tuesday. The idea is to use up all the fat and sugar before lent begins.Makes about 2 dozen Polish Paczki
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
* 1 package active dry yeast
* 1/4 cup warm water
* 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, softened
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1 whole egg
* 3 egg yolks
* 1 tablespoon brandy
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 gallon oil for deep frying
* Granulated sugar (optional)
* Confectioner's sugar (optional)
* Fruit paste for filling (optional)
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in whole egg, then egg yolks one at a time.
3. Add brandy, dissolved yeast and salt. Beat until well mixed.
4. If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook attachment and add flour gradually to make a stiff dough. Knead on low speed until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead for about 10 minutes.
5. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour,
6. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Pat or roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut rounds with 3-inch biscuit cutter. Remove scraps and re-roll and re-cut. Cover and let rounds rise until doubled in bulk, 30 minutes or longer.
7. Heat oil to 375 degrees in large pot or Dutch oven. Fry paczki a few at a time 2 to 3 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. Flip them over and fry another 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Drain paczki on paper towels and sprinkle with granulated sugar while still warm. Note: You can poke a hole in the side of the paczki and, using a pastry bag squeeze in a dollop of the filling of choice. Then dust filled paczki with granulated sugar, confectioners' sugar or glaze.
9. Paczki don't keep well, so gobble them up the same day you make them or freeze.
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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.
In the early 1970s my friend passed along this recipe to me. Unfortunately, I have lost it and my friend has since died. Does anyone out there have a recipe for these bar cookies? The recipe used only the spices of a gingerbread and coffee to make the cookie and included a buttercream frosting. These cookies were always the first to disappear when I took them anyplace. Sydney
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