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The Collectors Newsletter #855 -- May 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #855 -- May 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 ....
"A close friend gives you an incredibly ugly but expensive piece of vintage jewelry. As you take it out of the box, you pretend to adore it and thank her profusely. She comments that she is so glad that you like it, but she tells you that she won't be offended if you decide to sell it and get something else. What do you do?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"While driving home from work a few weeks ago you found a beautiful little antique end table 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?"
45.8% - said "Yes"
35.4% - said "No"
18.8% - said "I have another Answer"
Some great comments to go along with this survey.
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) His side of the family NO!!! My side probably--most are very green and frugal.
b) My family knows that I would do something like that. My sis would be amused and cherish it!
c) Sure! One man's trash is another man's treasure!
d) Of course....I tell her. I think that just makes the story of the table even better. I love "treasures" with stories.
e) The best things in life are free!
f) I wouldn't tell just because part of the "antique" thing is the mystique in where it came from.
g) there is no shame in reusing items, we are a nation of waste! being an older table it is probably real wood and constructed better than the new ones
h) Why not? If she loves antiques, she will appreciate the find!
i) You tell her only if she asks.
j) My sister prefers new things, but I would give it to my son who loves antiques and would appreciate that I rescued it from the trash.
k) every year for Christmas I give garage sale/curb finds for gifts and they are almost always a bigger hit than the 'store bought' variety. :)
l) She would appreciate your restoring it, and love that it was free!!!
m) along with a note explaining how it was found, how much work went into it, knowing that it was perfect for her and how much she would enjoy owning it.
n) Doesn't matter where it came from if she loves antiques. I got a great Victorian marble top table from the curb 2 years ago and still love it.
o) Of course....she is my sister!
p) My family finds "treasures" thrown out or marked free along roadsides quite often. Of course, I'd BUY her something to go with it too.
q) In my family this would be the BEST birthday present and the story behind it would be told with relish and enjoyed by all.
r) I would tell her only if she inquired. If I received a nice gift like this, I wouldn't care if it came off the curb. If she loves antiques, it wouldn't matter to my sister either.
s) She should be told "where" but not "how" it was found unless she is a fellow trash picker. As a fellow trash picker, she must be told of a great find.
t) I grew up in New York City, and rescued a lot of things from the trash. My parents, who were raised during the Depression, instilled the recycling instinct in me, long before it became fashionable.
u) My family specializes in this sort of "curbside acquisition." If I had a sister, I'd imagine she'd be just like me, and would love the story! I can't tell you how many pieces of curbside furniture there are in this house. I'm looking at two of them right now!
v) Absolutely!! If she is a true lover of antiques, she'll love the find and my elbow grease just as much as she'll love the table. If she is pretentious about life, then she doesn't get the table.
w) Sure...why not? You did a good thing by recycling this table (it's considered hip nowadays) and your sister must certainly know that you can't help but rescue discarded treasures.
x) My sister, my daughter, and I love to share stories about how lucky we were to find a special piece to use as a gift for one another. A wonderful find is part of the gift's story. We usually hold off with "and I got it for $5" until the gift has been fully appreciated for its own sake.
y) The thought is what counts not where it came from unless it has provenance from the family. Pending if the sister would ask I would not tell. Lots of treasures come from the curb and/or trash!
z) Why would one need to do that? It was on the curb for someone to pick up, not in the trash. Effort was made to clean it up. The decision to give it as a gift was made after the fact. People don't routinely disclose the source of a gift. Even so, if she asked, I probably would tell her. There's no shame in rescuing something nice and placing it with an appreciative new custodian.
aa) If she really loves antiques she might be happy to know it was a found treasure. If you think you needed to spend more money for a gift get her a beautiful vase and flowers to put on the table or a candy dish filled with her favorite treats. Nothing like just saying " I found this for you ". "Pixie" from Flanders, NJ
bb) I would tell her that I obtained it from a small antique establishment that I found quite by accident one day while driving around. She will think a lot more of you and the end table than if you told her that you basically went "dumpster diving" for her gift!
cc) My sister I would be able to tell, and she'd get a kick out of it. My mother-in-law would have been horrified, though, and I'd have never EVER told her! Totally depends on the recipient for me. I don't need people to believe I bought something out of my price range for them as a gift, but I do need them to love it.
dd) I would definitely tell her. If she's an antique lover, the story of finding it by the curb will make it even more interesting, and the cleanup done on it will be appreciated too. "Finds" like that are exciting and will make the gift all the more precious.She gets the table AND the story!
ee) Yes, because my sister appreciates rescued items as much as I do You have an item that has been given new life. Have a lovely small end table, oval in shape found in a thrift store that was in horrible condition, finish all gone, wood strip loose, and legs loose, but was a nice shape, got it for $1.00. Stripped it, renailed the strip, tighten the lega, re finished it and it is a beauty. My sister would love to have but no way, it is mine. Saw an exact match to it in someone's home that collected antiques. People who love old things appreciate when they are saved.
ff) It is the thrill of getting a great find. What is the difference if you bought it at an antique store or picked it up curbside. I get more excited about finding it on the curb. One of my favorite pieces is a knitting stand my daughter got me from the recycle center in her apartment complex. The fact that she did it was the best :-)
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
What was the best thing you ever found at the curb? send your story firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run these in next week's issue.
WE NEED YOUR STORY ABOUT COLLECTING. DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO PHIL@TIAS.COM
4. This week's Antique News
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall today released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites. This month's list includes the top 10 terms for April 2011. The top 10 searches for March 2011 are also included for comparison.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. China & Dinnerware
3. Porcelain & Pottery
1. China & Dinnerware
2. Porcelain & Pottery
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
9. CDV (Carte De Vista)
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1. French Decorative Arts from the Estate of Ray & Clare Stern, Dallas socialites, June 1 at Heritage
2. RAGO’S MAY 14 FINE ART AUCTION TOPS HIGH ESTIMATE AT $1.6 MILLION
3. Artfact Live! April Auction Results Roundup
4. Paul Fraser Collectibles' Top Five film classic cars sold at auction
5. Gray’s May 25 art & furniture auction to benefit Cleveland Play House
6. Xcntric Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators | Chicago Estate Sale May 19-21
7. Introducing the 10 strangest celebrity eBay auctions ever
8. Super Sunday Antique Sale set for May 29 at Long Beach Vets Stadium
9. Big Memorial Day auction planned for May 30 in Flowery Branch, Ga.
10. The David Heuer Collection of Ancient, British and Foreign Coins
11. WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON WITH JUNE EVENT
12. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. - May 20 & 21, 2011, Single Owner Two-Day Estate Tag Sale
13. Add charm in sparkling moments with vintage antiques!
14. Asian Sale Totals $3.4 Million on iGavelAuctions.com
15. Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, prehistoric Megaladon shark jaws, June 12, 2011 at Heritage
16. Colonial Sense: Auction Results: April, 2011
17. Old Toy Soldier Auctions presents Darnieder collection, Fred Wehr Part II on May 21-22
18. Auction of Dr. Harry Haddon. Jr.’s Estate
19. STORAGE AUCTION & GIANT INDOOR YARD SALE
20. Discover the top 5 ex Frank Sinatra classic cars sold at auction
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Several years ago my sister and I decided that we were going to make a chocolate cake. Everything was going fine, all ingredients were going in and then came time to add the salt. We read the recipe and thought 3/4 cup of salt that seems like alot but we put it in anyways. Off went the cake into the oven and after it was done Dad came to get a piece. Well the look on this face said it all our cake was a disaster. We looked at the cake and it was full of salt. There was salt all throughout the cake. Upon further inspection of the recipe we discovered that it actually called for 3/4 teaspoon of salt and not 3/4 cup as we had put in. Fast forward to today and both my sister and I have mastered the art of cooking and Dad actually enjoys our cooking. Our mother often remarks that we "won't starve"...Karen Canada
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.
8. 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 a reader requested a recipe for "Milk Pie". We received the following...
Milk Pie (Poor Man's Pie)
1 9-inch pie crust
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
12 ounces of evaporated milk
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375°F (160°C).
Put the sugars, flour, and salt into the crust and gently mix by hand, ensuring that there are no clumps of flour. Drizzle the milk over the sugar mixture, but do not mix the milk with the sugar.
Dot the top of the pie with the pieces of butter and sprinkle the cinnamon over the top.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Kacey C.R., Southern California
Milk Pie (1)
Enough milk to fill crust
1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. heaping flour
Mix and fill unbaked 8 inch pie crust. Stir gently with your finger. Dab with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until milk mixture has jelled.
Milk Pie (2)
4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 c. reg. milk (not skim)
Dash of cinnamon and butter
1 (8 inch) unbaked pastry shell
Into unbaked shell, put the flour and sugar. Mix together and spread over shell with fingers. Cover with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon and dot with butter. Bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. - Jaci Barganier - small town, Virginia
I think I have the ingredients, but not the proper measurements.
My mother used to make this in Toledo, OH and only 2 out of the 6 people liked it. My daughters boyfriend loved it, she hated it. Fortunately, when I made it I got to eat almost all of it!!!
Unbaked pie crust
2 handfuls of flour
2 handfuls of sugar
Dot w/lots of butter
Add milk til almost to the rim of shell
Bake 350 for about an hour, maybe less. When it starts to look brown on the top take it out and cool.
It never turns out the same but it is always good. - Chris Jennings - Pensacola, FL
A bonus recipe from one of our readers :-)
I have a different version of Rocky Road Squares. In the recipe it calls for Graham crackers but I substitute a graham cracker crust that is on a box of graham cracker crumbs. I also usually end up adding more chocolate pieces, marshmallows and peanuts to cover the crust.
6 oz package semi-sweet chocolate pieces
2 cups mini marshmallows
˝ cup peanuts
1 stick butter
˝ cup brown sugar firmly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 13” x 9” pan then place the graham crackers in a single layer. Layer the marshmallows, then chocolate pieces, then peanuts.
In small saucepan, combine butter and sugar until sugar is melted then add vanilla. Stir constantly over low heat.
Drizzle mixture over prepared graham crackers. Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cut into bars. Serve at room temp.
The recipe says they “keep for 2 days in refrigerator or up to one month in freezer” but I’ve had them last longer than 2 days.
Elaine from Pennsylvania
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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 kid my uncle made the most incredible 'pulled pork" sandwiches. i remember it took him all day to cook the pork so that it was just right. The sauce on the meat was amazing. Do your readers have a favorite version of this recipe? Ben
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I've been dealing for over 10 years and have added up quit a collection and now I am slowing parting with them. I sell Vintage paper ads from 1890 to 1990. Also I have vintage items of all kinds.
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