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The Collectors Newsletter #848 -- February 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #848 -- February 2011
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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
2. This Week's Survey
3. Stories From our readers
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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2. This Week's Survey
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This weeks survey question is ....
"You see an incredible vintage ring listed online that is going up for sale at a local auction house. The auction company gives a detailed description of the ring and based on that description you decide to attend the auction and bid on it. You win the bidding and take the ring home. A few months later you decide to take the ring in for an insurance appraisal. The appraisal comes back saying that the ring is a reproduction and the stones are fake. The description the auction house had given was completely inaccurate. What do you do?"
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We'll tabulate the results and publish them in next week's newsletter.
Last Week's Survey Question Was....
"There is an elderly couple down the street from your house that has lived in the neighborhood for many years. The recession has hit them hard and they are planning to have a garage sale to bring in some extra money. While preparing for the sale, the couple throw out a pile of items that they don't believe have any value. While walking your dog, you pass the pile and notice that under the trash there is a rolled up hand made antique Persian rug in excellent condition. What do you do?"
4.9% said they would keep the rug
0% said they would leave the rug where it was
79.2% said they would tell the couple about the rug
15.8% said they had another answer..
Note that we had a record number of readers respond to this survey. Doing the "right thing" was a major point in many of the responses.
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from last week's survey
a) I would ask them if I could buy the rug. Being the nice couple that they are sure to be, they would give it to me, but I would offer them $20.
b) Pick up the rug and pay them the full price. Its always a blessing to help those in need. What better place to be kind than right at home.
c) A good bit of my answer is connected to the knowledge that the couple needs money and will be selling possessions to bring that in. Their belief that the rug is trash is a mistake they can't afford to make and I should not profit from. If they were not in need I would still tell them the truth. The only circumstance where I might silence my own conscience in this situation would be if I were in desperate circumstances and knew the homeowner to be ok financially if woefully ignorant about Persian carpets. Then I would view it as piece of incredible luck--one man's trash--another's treasure.
d) Only a greedy, heartless person with no morals would take that rug. A decent neighbor would tell the couple about the rug. There are too many people in the world now who have no compassion for anyone.
e) I would help them out with appraisal and sale of the rug. I am retired also, and know what they are going through.
f) Because they are having hard times and may not have the resources for important things such as gasoline, food and medicines, particularly if they do not have insurance and aren't on the dole. I figure if I can walk and afford to feed the dog I'm walking, as well as myself, it certainly doesn't cost me anything to help someone else. Perhaps they have no family; perhaps they are not computer savvy, There could be many reasons why they do not know the value of their items. But they are their items and in reality an investment they made in their future unbeknownst to them at the time. I would probably volunteer to assist them in pricing the rug and other items since I have a computer and many, many reference books on antiques. Once the items are priced, I would also tell them that on particular items, if they did not get the price asked - I would pay them that amount for it after the sale. Or if they happened to have items that would bring more at auction, I would mention that option, too. We will all be old one day (some of us are already there) and it doesn't hurt to help out someone who can't help themselves.
g) I'd like to surprise the couple rather than tell them it's worth money. They might then try to sell it at their garage sale and still not realize what they could otherwise. I'd take the rug, sell it myself (maybe deduct my selling costs if it went for a lot), then drop by, and say "Oh, I spotted that old rug you threw away and sold it for you.........here's the money". You've got a happy customer (the person who bought the rug), you've helped out some folks who needed help, and the good karma can't be measured in dollar values.
h) The rug is in the trash, fair pickings. I sometimes put items I don't want carefully in the trash because I know there are "picker" who will take it. Once it is thrown away it is fair game.
i) There's absolutely no reason why you should keep such a high-value item for yourself, especially when it belongs to old people. As far as I'm concerned, all old people should have an invisible force field around them, where no crummy things can ever hurt them. That's just my opinion. No matter whose valuable rug it is, though, it is your responsibility to bring that knowledge to their attention. First of all, it's not like you've never made a sizable error and been saved from serious trouble by the kindness of someone else. What goes around comes around. And second of all, it's just the right thing to do.
j) I have been in the same situation myself. I was selling an old Hagstrom wall map of Manhattan when in dire need. A collector advised me of the true value, and offered to pay me near that! When I asked why he went out of his way to pay for what would have been a true steal, he told me:"We buy and sell these things, but we never really own them. We are just temporary caretakers, and I am not buying this from you. I am paying you for the pleasure of being the caretaker now." He forever changed my attitude towards collecting, and the true value of precious things.
k) The only fair thing to do would be to ask if you could purchase the item. They can then make up their own mind as to what price to charge for the object. It is unlikely that most people could even identify correctly what type, age, or the true value of most antique Persian rugs or even be able to ascertain it is Persian rather than the many non-Persian rugs that were produced. That being said, the fair value would be just as hard to determine by an unknowedgable buyer or seller. In any case it would be a waste to have it wind up in a landfill.
l) Any person with an ounce of conscience would tell the couple. I know how hard it is to live on S.S. and there is no way I would take the rug without telling them about it and its value. Some people with out a concience would but they will stand before God someday and He will want to know where their conscience was. Mike NCV
m) People throw things out for different reasons, I have done so too when we had moved - actually twice - and I know that I threw a couple of things I really should have either kept or sold, but sometimes you have to make a decision. I saw people going through my stuff and I know they thought I didn't know what I had tossed, but sadly, I did. You never know the real reasons behind other people's decisions!
n) I would also give the couple the name of an honest antiques dealer I know, and recommend they have her evaluate / buy any item they wish to sell. I hate to see items not be appreciated for their true value or discarded before their time. Maybe it's the conservationist in me, but it also just seems more fair, and I go out of my way to try to make the world a fairer, more responsible place.
o) Respect for elders and a sense of family, of community, honesty and integrity. A good deed is worth more than gold or a ratty Persian rug. I would ask the couple about it, if they were aware of it's value, and if they needed further help pricing and researching the items for their sale. Follow the golden rule.
p) Absolutely pull it out and tell them about it! I'd also advise them to have it cleaned and appraised, and get a fair price for it when they sell it. If they're trying to make ends meet, they should get a fair price for any nice things they have for sale, and they should know which of their things are really worth more. I'd want that information if I were in the same position!
q) Good heavens if you know that much about the people you must be able to go to the door and talk to them and suggest they retrieve it. A good clean will revive it.
r) I have to live with myself. While it is true that there is information about the value of things readily available on the internet, many elderly folks are not very "computer literate" and in fact are somewhat afraid of using the internet due to stories of identify theft, etc. In addition, not everyone knows when or how to get their things appraised or has the money available to do so.
s) When something is at the curb, we always knock on the door and ask if we may have what is there. If they say yes, then it is free picking. If I knew the couple, then i would definitely tell them about the rug.
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3. Stories from our readers
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles even things that bug you. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with antiques & collectibles. We may publish it here. Send your story to Phil@tias.com
I have another comment to add. We are a restoration studio and are frequently asked to establish a value for an item brought in for restoration. We always decline, if for no other reason than it could create the illusion of a conflict of interest, of sorts.
If we said that a piece was very valuable, the owner might be basing their decision on whether or not to restore on that value. (Some clients do want to establish value first; it may not be a sentimental heirloom that must be restored at any cost.)
We refer them to appraisers in the area, or suggest that they do some research on their own. We do not know if the appraisers look favorably or unfavorably on the value of restored items, so we aren't steering them toward results that are beneficial to us.
Keep up the good work! Karen B. at Venerable Classics
I listed this item years ago in an attempt to locate a descendant of the original family, without success, but would like to try one more time to locate a descendant of this family..
The certificate is "In Loving Remembrance" of Mary Offenbaker - born, April 11, 1864, (Ancestry records say 1870 but that's not right) died October 6, 1921 - age 57 years, 6 mos. 29 days.
"We have lost our darling mother, she has bid us all adieu;
She has gone to live in heaven, And her form is lost to view.
Oh, that dear one, how we loved her! How Hard to Give her Up.
But an angel came down for her and removed her from our flock." Printed in 1917 Leipsic, Ohio
In an oval in the center it says
"The Golden Gates were opened wide, A Gentle Voice said Come!
And Angels from the other side, Welcomed our loved one Home"
The certificate is in it's original frame 8 1/2 by 15 inches and the certificate itself are in wonderful condition- no staining, just beautiful. It's highlighted with antique gold on the paper. The certificate does not appear to have been removed from the frame. After doing some research on Ancestry and LDS - I found that Mary Offenbaker was married to John Offenbaker who died Sept. 3, 1946, in Licking Country, Ohio, while Mary died Oct. 6, 1921. John's parents were born in Germany. If anyone can provide a lead to this family - I will be so very grateful to return the item to them. Thank you and God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fl.
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5, Your Classifieds...
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7, 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.
One year I paid a visit to my daughter and her husband in Florida and my little granddaughter age 2 1/2 who I referred to as my little Chick a Dee. After a wonderful 7 day visit my daughter was taking me to the airport and my little Chick a Dee was all strapped into her car seat in the back seat. I heard a little fuss so I said what's wrong toots? Which she replied I not toots I Chick a Dee. Some time later her mother call her Chick a Dee and she promptly said I not your Chick a Dee I'm grandmom's Chick a Dee! . So now that she is 9 years old she is still my little chick a dee.
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.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
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WANTED: Vintage Medical and dental Items. Especially quackery.
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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 Linda requested a simple recipe for "lemon icebox pie " we received the following...
Maybe Linda could contact the restaurant. They have other recipes listed.
Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe
This old recipe was clipped from a newspaper, date unknown. The directions say to use an ice cube tray but considering that this recipe is a few decades old, I believe it was meant to use the tray without the cube partitions insert. Keep this in mind if you plan on trying this recipe. Recipe is typed below along with a scanned copy.
Lemon Icebox Pie
1 10-ounce can evaporated milk
2-3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1 cup sugar
Pour milk into ice cube trays and chill until crystals start to form. Separate eggs, yolks from whites. Mix yolks with sugar, lemon juice and grated rind.
Beat egg whites until stiff, then lightly mix in yolk mixture. Turn chilled milk into bowl, beat stiff and carefully fold into egg mixture. Return to ice cube tray which has been lined with spiced crumbs.
Swirl top, decorate with lemon peels twists and freeze. Makes 10 to 12 servings. Itís just as good several days later in case thereís some left.
To make the spiced crumbs add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ginger to 3/4 cup crisp toast crumbs. Work three tablespoons melted butter or margarine into the mixture. Line ice cube tray, pressing very firmly with a spoon.
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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.
When I was a child, I remember My Mom making candy that she put mashed potatoes in. It also had peanut butter in it, I think.She passed away when I was !0 yrs.old so that's why I don't know it. Does anyone remember this recipe or know it? Thank you, Teresa D.
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.
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Old House Collectibles
Welcome to our Old House. We hope you enjoy your visit while we share with you our passion for collecting. We have country store, advertising tins, pottery, and holiday collectibles.
The Kayleebug Shoppe
The Kayleebug Shoppe is new with TIAS but Kathy and I have many years of dealing with antiques and collectables. We have so many treasures that we will be adding on a daily.
Time Travelers Antiques
Welcome to Time Travelers Antiques! My wife and I have been collectors for over 20 years. My inventory includes Art, Glass, Pottery, Figurines, dinnerware and so much more at some of the best prices on to web.
Finders of Yesteryear
You will find a wide variety of vintage items, antiques, collectibles and memories of your childhood at "Finders of Yesteryear". Reasonable prices listed but offers are always welcomed.
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