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The Collectors Newsletter #854 -- April 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #854 -- April 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 ....
"While driving home from work a few weeks ago you found a beautiful little antique endtable at the curb that someone was throwing out with their trash. You decided to take the table home. The top had some crayon marks on it, but with a little work it cleaned up very nicely. The following week, was your sister's birthday. She loves antiques and and you decided to give her the table. Do you tell her where the table came from?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
Last Week's Survey Question Was....
"Wandering" antique & collectibles are items that have been misplaced or lost and then find their way back to their rightful owner. These items sometimes show up decades later and thousands of miles away from where they were last seen. Some people feel these items have some type of spiritual guiding force that brings them back to their owner's. Over the years, our readers have submitted many stories about this phenomena. Do you feel that some antiques & collectibles have a guiding spirit that directs them to their proper owner?"
44.4% - said "Yes"
40.7% - said "No"
14.8% - said "I have another Answer"
We received some really strong comments on both sides of this question. It's quite interesting that the polling was so close.
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from last week's survey
a) "Guiding Spirit" - you've got to be kidding!
b) I believe the universe has a pattern that includes inanimate objects as a form of symbolism.
c) It happened with a treadle sewing machine. I bought one at a church sale, cleaned it up, got it working. A customer came by the drop off a quilt and noticed my "new" machine. I told her the story. As I did, tears formed in her eyes. Her brother, unbeknownst to her, sold it. Well, she wanted it and had told him she did. That is when I knew I was just the caretaker until it found its way home.
d) If there were a "spirit" or "guiding force" in the universe, I think it would have better things to do than reunite people with antiques. Reuniting people with people - that I could understand.
e) Some things just need to be with their 'owners'. I had an antique jewelry box ( at least i used it for that, it wasn't one, just an ornate box with a mirror inside, and a padlock on it) , It was given to me by my grandmother, it was hers, and she gave it to me when i was in Jr. High or so. It was stolen from my house when i was in my 20's. In my 30's i found it on Ebay and bid on it, and received it... then asked the owner how she'd gotten hold of it. She thought maybe it was a wedding gift of her mother's back in the 50's, but i knew better. It had traveled about an hour away, and now it is home again. Someone had broken the hooks attached to the box to get it unlocked....... i am happy to have it back, and hope whoever stole it is happy with the junk jewelry of a Jr. High girl, plus her sports pins! Nicki B. in SRyegate, VT
f) I still hope that something special that was my grandmothers will find it's way "home" to me.
g) I found some craft books that had belonged to my mother & I was not going to look at the books that day but something made me stop to look & it wasn't until I got home & really looked at the books did I see mothers name & address on each of the 6 books I bought.
h) It's coincidence and nothing else. Many others lose items of great value and never find them.
i) Boy I sure hope so because over the years I have been a victim of theft on a number of occasions and it sure would be great if some of my things had a homing instinct.
j) I really hope so. My beloved grandmothers favorite things were fought over by her 3 daughters who all wanted to get more than the others. They have since died and the 'things' have gone away. I would have cherished one little thing. I hope to find anything that was hers.
k) I am an avid (son prefers obsessed) collector of cookbooks, the older the better! While attending a local auction of the town's antique dealer, I bid pretty high on several boxes of cookbooks...honestly WAY more that I usually pay. No idea why, but I was getting those cookbooks and I did. When I got them home and starting reading them, I found a cookbook diary - similar to an autograph book. I easily recognized many of the local prominent names, people who are long-time family friends. I was very excited to have this cookbook... but then the most chilling feeling came over me as I turned the page. Immediately I recognized the writing of my great-grandmother. Could this be her cookbook diary??? A few more pages back I found a folded up piece of parchment. I was shocked when I unfolded it - it was my family's secret recipe for peanut brittle (we have a candy company that been around for over 100 years)! I immediately took it to show my dad, the current candyman. He took was quite surprised and thrilled. You see, we had a fire 7 years ago and lost everything in the candy shop, even the old recipes that were written on parchment just like the recipe I found. So yes, I truly believe in the realism of wandering antiques! And the recipe is now locked in the old family fire-proof safe along with the cookbook diary!
l) Just as we go to places we have never been and know our way around, items loved return to those who love it. There is more in the unknown we haven't tapped.
m) None whatsoever. God is the only one that can give a guiding spirit. Then only to draw the person to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Mike
n) I bought a ring and a pin at a church rummage sale and found out later they had belonged to my late sister in law. Both items were gold and the pin can be seen on a dress my husband's grandmother is wearing in an old photo we have in our home. My brother in law lives in another town but he had put some of her things in our churches sale. He thought they were nothing but we feel they belonged in the family.
o) When I was a child my Grandmother gave me a child's Moss Rose tea set. During a move in my teen years my Dad got rid of it. I treasured this item and was quite upset. Fast forward 35 years my Grandmother passed away. Less than two weeks later I was in an antique mall in Missouri. I used to live about 20 miles from this mall. I was stunned to find my tea set, original box and the exact same broken piece exactly as I remembered. I know my Grandmother sent me there to find it. I didn't even bother to negotiate the very expensive price. It was mine and I had to have it back. It is one of my most treasured items to this day.
p) I don't necessarily think that the object has a spirit but I believe that objects that once were owned by someone are sometimes "found" by their original owners and then released when the spirit of the original owner feels that that object will once again be cared for and/or cherished by it's new owner. I am a jewelry designer and cannot tell you how many times I have "lost" beads that were not ready to be used until I designed a piece...sometimes two years later, that was fitting for that piece. It is that piece that someone will be immediately gravitated towards and they will have a connection with.
q) Just like books that jump off a shelf. They're saying HEY I need to go home with you. The 'tiques find their way 'home' or to the person that they need to be with.
r) Come on. It is a little kooky to believe that God or some deceased relative is guiding items back to their original owner's family. However, if it makes a person feel better about the loss of someone that they loved, there is probably nothing wrong with it. However, if such a belief if brought up too often or believed in with unusual ferocity, medication or therapy may be in order. :-)
s) Right place at the right time.
t) When time & chance happen as often it does, we want a concrete explanation...so people make up something silly like this. I do however, think this is true with "people" and mates, I think Providentially 2 people are meant to be together & "things" happen to be sure they are.
u) Are you out of your MINDS? Of COURSE not!
v) If that was the case...I wouldn't want it back! Not in my home...no way..
w) I own an Antique Mall & have been visited by "ghost busters". They found that some furniture had ghosts attached to them. Plus took photos showing the orbs floating in the rooms. We had one rocking chair that rocked by its self. We sold furniture to a couple for their "new" house & the furniture came out of the same house from the first owners. No one knew until after the sale.
x) Even though this is not something I collect, I remember seeing a sewing basket when I was a child visiting my grandparents in a small Georgia town. For some reason it fascinated me. Several years ago, a lady in the Midwest (I think it was Ohio) wrote me about a basket she had acquired with my mother's label on it in her childhood name. She did not usually make arts and crafts, but apparently this beautifully made sewing basket or purse was an item she made for her mother as a gift, and it must have disappeared to a buyer in the estate sale after my grandfather passed away and the house's contents were divided and distributed or sold. Anyway I was not sure of whether it was anything my mother made, but the price was very reasonable, so I did send the money to the lady who wrote me having it, not really knowing what I'd get. I got that very basket that I now remember and in very nice condition. I am surprised someone did not keep it and that it ended up so far away. I use it to keep doll price tags and doll repair strings, hooks, and other materials in, so it is very useful to me. I guess this basket ended up with the rightful owner. I live in Calif. now and was far away when the 7 surviving (our of 8) children divided things up and sold the rest. Donna
y) When I was about 6 years old, my Dad worked for Borden's Dairy and my Sister and I each received a Elsie the Cow doll. At some point she vanished, I have no idea when or where, but some 50 years later, I believe I found her (complete with her chewed horns) at an auction in a town a couple hours drive north of where we lived. She has a very special spot in my kitchen now.
z) I don't believe that objects have spirits, but I believe that everyone has a guardian angel. I think it makes sense that some precious treasures are restored to families, not because of some strange coincidence, but rather because it is a deliberate blessing from God! There is a phrase that says that experiences like that are "God winks"... God knows where you are and can send anything you need to you... Hope everyone experiences a few extra blessings, and has the chance to share them!
aa) I don't believe in "guiding spirits". I don't know what the odds are that these things get back to one of their many original owners, but it is just coincidence.
bb) ABSOLUTELY NOT but if it makes the people feel better, its OK for them to believe that.
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
My grandmother - with whom I lived as a child - had a chalk figurine of a girl with her apron full of flowers. I often played with it - carefully-but wrote my name on the bottom of it with a red pencil. It disappeared when her apartment was ransacked while she was hospitalized during her last illness. Then, 40 years later, I was at a local antiques mall, just browsing, and there she was. She had been made into a lamp, but when I turned her over to look at the bottom, I about fainted. It was smeared and blurred, and could no longer be read, but there was my red pencil! She has been a treasure ever since--
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pt. 1 – artmarketblog.com
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10. Mosby & Co. plans May 14 auction of
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11. Second day added to Nostalgia Furniture
liquidation sale, April 29-30
12. Works Significant, Singular and Held for
Generations Surface at Rago’s May 14 Fine
13. Clonial Sense: Auction Results: Signs of
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15. HUGE Sandwich Estate Sale! Taxidermy,
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16. The Picking Sisters Have a Blog Now!
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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.
My 3 year old grandson is a fan of the I Spy books, similar to Where's Waldo, where you are to find a hidden object on a busy page. He recently asked me to read a book to him and went to get a particular one. Unfortunately, I am a collector of all that is too good to throw away and my house is oftentimes filled with too much stuff. After searching room after room, he finally came to me and said, "Grammy, this is like an I Spy house, I just can't find the book." Evelyn
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8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Bill requested a recipe for baked apples. We received the following...
* 4 large good baking apples, such as Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 cup chopped pecans
* 1/4 cup chopped raisins
* 1 Tbsp butter
* 1/2 cup apple cider
1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Wash apples. Remove cores to 1/2 inch of the bottom of the apples. It helps if you have an apple corer, but if not, you can use a paring knife to cut out first the stem area, and then the core. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Make the holes about 3/4-inch to an inch wide.
2) In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, currants/raisins, and pecans. Place apples in a 8-inch-by-8-inch square baking pan. Stuff each apple with this mixture. Top with a dot of butter (1/4 of the Tbps).
3) Add apple cider to the baking pan. Bake 30-40 minutes, until tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven and baste the apples several times with the pan juices.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on the side. Makes 4 servings.
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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.
My sister-in-law use to bring me Milk Pie, made by her mother. She has since passed away, left us without her recipe. If anyone can help, we would be grateful.
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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