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The Collectors Newsletter #809 -- June 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #809 -- June 2010
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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
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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Arts & Crafts Society
In the spirit of the societies created during the early 20th century in response to the Arts & Crafts Movement, this site has been created to provide an online "home" for the present-day Arts & Crafts Movement community. If you aren't sure what the Arts & Crafts Movement is/was, check out the Archives for more information.
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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
Attended an auction last Saturday for about the first time in 3 months as my "Picker" keeps me well stocked. This auction house is about 40 miles away. About half way through, decided I was finished and paid. While making trips back and forth to the car, I heard a box of old sheet music come up. I'd noticed it earlier but decided it was mostly junk. No one was bidding so I decided to give him the minimum bid as there probably was something in it I might want. When I came home, I spent several hours unloading and looking through the other purchases and then decided I'd look at the music. As I thought, it was junk but then I reached the bottom. I found 2 antique furniture restoration booklets and a restoration supply catalog from 1985 that I immediately recognized as I had been looking for them off and on for the last 3 years. (One of them had been my Mother's and had her name written on it.) It was about 3 years ago that I had left boxes at the local auction and somehow the "save" box apparently ended up being filled with the "auction" music and I purchased my own box 50 miles from the place it was sold. Talk about an eerie but wonderful experience especially at 3 AM! Joan
Wanted to comment on Pawn Stars and American Pickers. I just love them both! They don’t gouge people and most of the stuff is not being used anyway. It is going to ruin if left in those awful sheds and kudzu vines!! Pawn Stars is fantastic!! I get the biggest kick out of all the characters on the show. What a crazy family! The next time I go to Vegas I am looking them up. I just want to see the store. And most people who come in there with their stuff wants money for the slot machines anyway. More power to them.
P.S. I just sold all of my glassware over the last two days. I called my antique dealers and let them have at it. Made my money back, they got a bargain and we are both happy. Thanks again for the forum to discuss our love of collecting. Lois from Orlando
This is to Priscilla:
I was loving the description of her wonderful antique filled bedroom - until she got to the lovely bisque doll on the bed. THAT WAS THE ICING ON THE CAKE for me!! Nothing tops off a room filled with antique furniture like an antique doll. I have a house filled with them. I'd love to see Priscilla's room. Judy, Jacksonville, Fla
Regarding American Pickers. Can you stand one more letter about this show? I live in Moline, Il which is just across the river and down the road about 10 miles from LeClaire, Iowa which is where Mike and Frank are from. One of our local papers, the Quad City Times, had a feature this week about LeClaire and quite a bit about the Pickers show and how they came to be on TV. I think your readers would find it informative, no matter what their opinion of the show or the methods the guys use. They were in this business long before the cameras started rolling, so even tho obviously things change when you are filming a show, I don't think their basic approach has probably changed much. One thing I found interesting was that Mike found bikes in the garbage one day as he was on his way to school, and since he didn't have one himself, he took them home to try to put them in working condition....thus his interest developed early on in all things with wheels!
When you think about it, every antique or collectible item in a shop, at a flea market, or wherever had to come from somewhere. I personally get a little sad seeing something that should have remained with a family show up in a store, but then again there are people who die with no close relatives to inherit things, or who have so much that it's too much for the relatives to keep. I have several large collections myself, and someday my kids will have the task of figuring out what they'd like to have as reminders of me, and what to part with. However, my items are preserved and cared for, not left out in the elements as are the things Mike and Frank tend to find.
I worked in home health care for a long time, and had one elderly patient and friend who loved history and was quite a collector himself, especially of furniture. He spoke often of his frustration with people who would rather let old furniture rot in a barn or chicken house than let someone else rescue and restore it. Orville was probably a picker himself in his day, and he was not trying to cheat anyone, but he realized that these things had value and history that should be preserved. One of the things I collect is old spice tins, something not designed to be a collectible but rather a useful item. Many, many of them I imagine reside at the bottom of garbage dumps, which makes the ones that remain interesting. I often told my elderly patients to NOT throw them away if I noticed them in their cupboards, because they had value, but someone cleaning out their kitchen for them might not be aware of that. Hopefully I helped preserve a bit of history myself by saying something. So in closing, if Mike and Frank keep part of our collective history from disappearing, I'm all in favor of it.
Kathy from Moline, IL
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3) Antique News
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1. A Fine Antique Clock Auction from Cottone
2. Two Days Of Fine & Decorative Art from Eldred's
3. Antiques, Fine Art, Jewelry & Decorative Art
from Kodner Galleries
4. Rare Carved Rhino Horn Libation Cup Leads
I.M. Chait’s June 27 Auction
5. The Three-Day June Estate Catalogue Auction
from Sloans & Kenyon
6. Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. Photographic Collection,
Now live on iGavelAuctions.com until June 30, 2010
7. Celebrity Designer Talks Practical Use of
Antiques at Latique.com
8. East meets West June 26-27 as Austin Auction
Gallery presents European antiques and
9. A Two-Day Important Lamp & Glass Auction
from James D. Julia
10. The Rare Sports Cards and Memorabilia
Auction #83 from Fusco Auctions
11. The June Art & Antiques Sale from Antique
12. An Asian Art Auction from Waddington's
13. A Decorative Arts Auction from Waddington's
14. Antiques And Fine Art: Session Two from
Maynards Antique & Fine Art Ltd.
15. Skinner June Discovery Auction Features
Silver, Jewelry, Couture & Textiles
16. A Decorative Arts Auction (Silver) from
17. Skinner Appoints New Director of Institutional
18. The "Remember When" antique and
19. Collection of vintage and autographed guitars;
dental antiques in Morphy's June 15 Discovery
20. Early Days of Golf This Week at
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4) Your Classifieds...
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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.
Teri, your McDonald's story reminded me of another plain hamburger story. When our 20 year old son, Byron Austin, was serving on a destroyer they were scheduled for a short leave in France. Since Austin took French in high school, he marched right into the local McDonald's and ordered a hamburger dressed with only ketchup and pickle. After a bit of hesitation from the clerk, his hamburger was presented to him. Upon leaving he unwrapped his burger, to his surprise he only had bread, ketchup and pickle. He was too embarrassed to go back to the counter and admit his French was not as polished as he had remembered.
On the same trip, his buddies asked him to order snacks for them in the park. This time he succeeded in relaying the order properly, however after the men paid. the vendor told Austin this time in English that he spoke French with a southern accent. Come to find out the vendor had earned a degree in a Southern US university and knew the Southern accents well. Have a good day, ya'll. Freida from Georgia
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 Kathy Adams requested a recipe for "cake my mother used to make" we received the following...
Kathy, I believe what you are wanting is the Crazy Cake recipe. Here is the one that I use which is a smaller version . Though you can mix the ingredients right in the pan, I prefer to mix them in a bowl and then pour the batter into the pan. I also sift the dry ingredients, but this is not necessary.
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
3 Tablespoons of cocoa
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
6 Tablespoons of cooking oil (corn, canola)
1 Tablespoon of vinegar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of very cold water over the batter in the pan and stir with a fork. I use an 8X8 pan. Bake @350 for about 40 minutes. For a frosting, I make a simple confectioners frosting with cocoa or sometimes put pea-nut butter in the frosting. This is an easy cake to make and very moist. Enjoy!!!!! John in Maine
Hope this is the recipe you're looking for....I used to make this as a child. It is so easy and is mixed by hand. This is an eggless cake!!
3 c. flour 2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. cocoa 2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt 2 c. cool water
2 tsp. vanilla 1 c. salad oil
2 tsp. vinegar
Mix all ingredients except vinegar and mix by hand. Make 2 holes in batter and put 1 tsp. vinegar in each hole. Mix by hand. Pour into ungreased 13X9" pan; bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Use the icing of your choice. I use white icing
Wacky or Depression Cake
2 ¼ cup flour
1 ½ cup sugar
4 ½ Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp distilled white vinegar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups cold water
Mix dry ingredients together. Pour this into a lightly greased 9x10 baking pan. Make 3 wells in the dry ingredients. Put oil in one well, vinegar in second and 1½ tsp. vanilla in third well. Pour cold water over top and mix with a fork or whisk until smooth. Do not beat. Bake in preheated
350 degree oven for 35 minutes.
1 stick butter or margarine
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk, add gradually
In a sauce pan melt butter or margarine.
Stir in cocoa powder. Remove pan from heat. Stir in salt, milk and 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract. Mix well.
Stir in confectioners sugar to desired consistency. Spread over warm cake.
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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.
I'm wondering if anybody has any good recipes for a snack mix, something easy to put together before a trip to snack on in the car, or camping, and something that will keep & not spoil easily. Thanks! Lisa Douglas MA
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Welcome to our store! We carry a wide range of antiques and collectibles, as well as collectible kitchenware.
We just hung our flag, making the iced tea on the porch & the potatoes are on a boil for the potato salad. Have a GREAT and SAFE Memorial Day weekend. Mooncat Antiques - Specializing in the lovely must have items.
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