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The Collectors Newsletter #812 -- June 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #812 -- June 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.
Association of American Military Uniform Collectors
The ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MILITARY UNIFORM COLLECTORS was founded early in 1977 by a small group of collectors of American military uniforms who felt the need to work together to improve their personal collections and themselves by exchanging their ideas and knowledge. As a group, AAMUC (pronounced "amuck" is dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of American military uniforms.
The group's primary activity at this time is the publication of the FOOTLOCKER which is a quarterly newsletter full of member-written articles and advertisements. The articles are generally concerned with the collecting field in general and with the preservation and restoration of military clothing. Other articles may cover identification of militaria. Book and museum reviews are also included from time to time.
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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 would like to respond to Yvonne’s comments regarding misrepresentation of antiques. Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted definition of “antique”. Many people, like Yvonne, go by the 100 year old rule but others use 50 years. Sometimes it depends on the item and its rarity. As an owner of an antiques and collectible shop, I have learned when people ask if something is an antique, (unless it’s well over 100 years), I usually say “it depends on your definition”. For example, if someone asks if I have antique jewelry, I say “the oldest pieces I have are from the 1940s.” Most people are satisfied with this and interested in looking at what I would call “vintage”. Then I go on to elaborate on the age and history of the item. A clear description whether a retail setting, auction, eBay etc. is the best form of communication. Glenda, Greensboro GA
I am an amateur auction goer interested mainly in depression glass, but that is not what I am writing about.
I have seen both shady and good auctioneers, but I think the following deserves special merit. In the past twenty plus or minus years Vanveghel's Auctioneers in Green Bay WI have found large sums of cash in the collection of items they were preparing for auction. My recollection is that in one case an employee found well over $ 100,000 in cash and another at a different time they found over $ 40,000. In both cases the employee turned the find over to the auctioneer, and in both cases the cash was turned over to the owner of the auction items. How's that for honesty?
You can verify these incidents by contacting the auctioneer at vanveghels.com. I would appreciate a response to this "upper" about auctioneers. . Thanks - Clarence M.
Re the ongoing debate about dishonest auctioneers, it does seem a little one sided. There are, in the UK at least, many honest auctioneers trying to get the best price for the seller but trying to please their buyers at the same time. I have found that dishonest auctioneers soon get a reputation among their buyers for dishonesty - and then lose money because buyers won't bid too high for fear that they are being 'driven up' by the auctioneers dishonest tactics. The lesson for all buyers is to know what you intend to bid on - examine it closely before the auction to ensure that it is genuine and undamaged - and decide what it is worth to you. If the price goes higher than you have decided to pay, then someone else has valued it higher than you have - so gracefully drop out. We cannot always 'win' every item that we want, sometimes there are others who want the item more than we do, and are prepared to pay more. Not all bidders at auctions are dealers who need a specified profit margin, if a collector of a certain item is present, they will pay whatever is necessary to secure that treasure for their collection, and a dealer won't stand a chance against them. I love auctions - I think of them as the 'chaos theory' in action - there are so many elements that come in to play that can decide the outcome and the final price of any item - and sometimes even simple psychological ploys can throw another bidder off. You never know what you will have to pay for something - it depends on who else is in the auction room, whether your rivals have spotted a particular treasure - the list of variables is endless. That's what makes auctions such fun - but stressful. As the saying goes 'if you can't take the heat - get out of the kitchen' - if you want fixed prices, go shop in a retail store. Auction items go to the person prepared to pay the highest price - it's that simple. Jennie in the UK.
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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. Baterbys cops major award from Nat'l
2. Cortes painting hits $34,500 at Leland Little
sale June 19
3. Abraham Lincoln-signed CDV Portrait is Top
Seller in Cowan's American History Auction
4. Mary Todd Lincoln Archive of Commitment
Papers Sells to Museum for $37,600
5. Enter Antique Trader's Treasure Hunt sweepstakes
for a chance to win a free Red Wing prize package
6. "Full Steam Ahead!” at International Poster Gallery
7. Mystery of Chinese Silks in This Week’s
8. Collectors could strike gold when California toy
collection is offered at Morphy's, Jul. 16-17
9. Heading To Highwood, Real Life Picker Gives
Analysis of Popular Antiques TV Shows
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4) Your Classifieds...
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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 June 25, 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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
In August we are are going to a wedding in Edmonton, Alberta. As the wedding will be held at some historic site the invitation has suggested we dress up in c1870's mode.
With this in mind we took off on Sunday to visit the local Ottawa region flea markets with the principle objective of buying a silk waist coat (vest).
One of my main collecting bugs is tobacco cards and tobacco silks. I correspond world wide with other collectors. So it was to my correspondents delight that I came home with 97 tobacco silks including several hard to find pieces that fit into their collections. I still have not found the silk vest but I had a fun day out. Les Cassidy.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: British and Canadian postcards wanted
WANTED: British and Canadian postcards wanted
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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 Jackie requested a recipe for "Drying vegetables for a soup mix? " we received the following...
Pick vegetables that you like in soup wash them and cut in 1/4 inch slices or dice to suit your taste.
It takes about 1/4 less dried than fresh less for some things like onions etc
or what ever veggies you like, put them in the food dryer until dry. Store separately in jars or freezer bags add to your soup as you would fresh use less amounts of dry than you do fresh when you make home made soup
Most food dryers have some recipes and advice on how to judge the amounts etc
Excalibur food dryers have and excellent cook book that can be purchased separately
Home made soup is a very personal thing each cook uses what the family likes.
some people like okra, turnips, parsnips, kale and cabbage and dried beans or peas
corn, and lots of thing I haven't thought of. for me drying food was sort of like an experiment
I tried different things until I found things that I liked. Some things don't taste the same when dried. Jan
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
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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.
Does anyone have a recipe for the Fruit Cocktail Cake that was so popular years ago? Thank You, Jackie M
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
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