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The Collectors Newsletter #856 -- May 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #856 -- 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
Every week we post a new survey question and the results from the previous week's survey. Survey questions are about anything related to antiques & collectibles. If you have a suggestion for a survey question, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might use it in the next newsletter.
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This weeks survey question is ....
"Earlier this month, one of the largest antiques & collectibles shows in the U.S. took place at Brimfield MA. Many sellers reported that sales were the best they had seen in the past 5 years. Do you believe that the antiques & collectibles market is improving?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"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?"
50.7% - said "Keep the jewelry"
20.9% - said "Sell the jewelry"
28.4% - said "I have another answer"
We got many interesting comments from the last survey...
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) If I needed the money, I'd sell it at once. Otherwise, I'd keep it until I knew where I could get the most money for it.
b) Gifts are given with love, and it is important to honor the spirit in which a gift is presented to me. That said, the material gift is not the actual love of the giver; it is, at best, a metaphor. My answer to this would depend on which of my close friends gave the jewelry to me; one friend would truly mean it if she said, "feel free to sell it," and yet another would be incredibly hurt if she knew I sold it (having only said "feel free to sell it" out of insecurity about her gift). So, depending on which friend gave it to me, I would either be honest and grateful, and I would sell the item and obtain some other antique jewelry that is more my style - or I would express my gratitude and keep/wear the jewelry until a suitable time period had passed (several years). My friends know that I collect vintage plastics, but they also all know that I sell or trade on occasion, as well. Once a gift is given, it should be my own to disburse as I see fit; it's better to let it go out into the world to a person who will use/love it, than to let it sit in a drawer somewhere. However, it is also really important to me to show how thankful I am to have thoughtful and generous friends, and it is not with a light or cavalier attitude that I say this. Friendship and love are worth way more than a weird clown brooch with rhinestone eyes; if it would hurt someone to know that I didn't love it, then I have no need to tell them.
c) She obviously knows it isn't to everyone's taste and gives you permission to do as you please.
d) Keep it for a while, wear it in front of her a couple of times, and in a few years sell it.
e) Someday someone in my family might want it. If not a note should be left with piece so relatives know not to throw or just give away.
f) It was a gift, so I would not sell it. Gifts are precious to me. I would put it in a frame or display on my dresser if it wasn't my style to wear.
g) She?? Two shes..........I have seen the wrath of two shes. If you do anything but keep it, "she" better not find out.
h) If this were a friendship I valued, I would not sell it. The item might be sold if I were desperate for cash, in which case, a really close friend might have given it to you for just that purpose.
i) I would take my friend at her word and try to sell the piece to someone who might actually like it. If it sold, I'd either keep the money and give a nice gift to my friend or look around for something I really liked.
j) It depends on the friend. If she is a close friend you should know whether she would really be o.k. with your selling it to buy something you like or is sensitive and might be hurt. Wouldn't hurt to revisit the question--a piece you might like to buy if you sold this obviously valuable one first.
k) I would wear it sometimes when I knew she would be present, then later I might sell it. Or if someone had admired it, I might pass it on to them. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Every article ever made was pleasant to the eye of the maker.
l) I'd tell her that I really don't have anything that would look good with this, but if I see something that would look better with more of the things I wear, I just might sell it and buy a different one to match my wardrobe.
m) Keep the economy going......We have a huge problem with Hoarders these days...
n) I would keep it and might even wear it on a jacket, if it was a pin, and get a kick out of people commenting on it! I would find something to do with it, but I would keep it for a while, at least.
o) I would keep the piece and put it away. There have been many instances where at first I was given something that I didn't like from the start, but it was important to the original owner. My taste evolves all the time. I often find that some things that I treasured 10 years ago I don't have the same feelings I did now and vice versa. The bottom line really is...Since that person is special to me and I knew that this item was important to them I would be honored that they would think to give it to me. Every time I look at the piece of think of them
p) If a close friend gave me ANYTHING I would keep it,because it was LOVE she /He gave me. I may not wear it, but would find a way to display it.My Avon lady gave me a pretty get well flower card, I put it in a pretty frame and showed it to her. She liked it and so do I. I will hang it in my room and always have flowers to make me smile to remind me how sweet she is. Small or large gifts are treasures to remind us of the kindness and love they want to share Almost everything I have was given to me by people /friends that like/love me . I am truly Blessed GG Vi
q) I would keep it and explain to my close friend, that I'd never wear anything like this ... but I'm going to put it here(displayed with all my other odd yet meaningful trinkets) and think of how much our friendship means every time I look at it. And one day, I might even wear it, after it grows on me due to the meaning and thought behind it.
r) First of all, if this was really a close friend, I wouldn't have to pretend to love the piece; but anyway, I would thank her for her generosity and say that this will enable me to buy that Lenci doll I've wanted for years and that every time I looked at that doll, I would think of her and how her gift made it possible.
s) Being from a good friend, I would never sell it because it's a memento. Even ugly jewelry has a place to be shown in some way, and it would always remind me of our friendship and fun we've had together.
t) I tell her that it is beautiful but not my style and I very seldom wear that type of jewelry & perhaps she'd better keep it. Otherwise I'll keep it but not wear it and leave it to my daughter.
u) Even an ugly piece of jewelry looks good with the right outfit. Learn to love it, it's all about state of mind.
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
This week's question was...
What was the best thing you ever found at the curb? We received the following...
Well I don't know if these are the best finds, but for us they are all good. We have a small rental business and always need parts & love it when people remodel, we have found a solid cherry or maple nice large bathroom vanity, now days they are particle board cheap junk, we have found metal cabinets (that went in the garage) to store tools with all the hardware & in pieces but it was together in a jiffy. Doors, sinks, chairs etc.. But we joke that we can get rid of anything we put out on our street too. When we first bought our house, we found a vintage pinball machine in it. We had no clue how to get it working or what to do with it, it was gone in minutes, once I even had a cabinet as we remodeled our kitchen that I filled with zucchini from the garden, the note said if you take the cabinet, you must enjoy the zucchini!! Gone in no time, just recently 2 lawn mowers & a very old lawn roller, gone. So at least we feel like we give back!!..Kim Indiana
Dumpster diving? My granddaughter and her friends made a science of it when she was in college. One would keep an eye out when the trash was taken out from the mall at Tuscaloosa and would put out a text message and they would converge on the dumpsters. She gave me a lovely collector ornament for my Christmas tree that she would have never afforded; the box was damaged but the ornament was perfect. They got all kinds of gifts from the dumpsters. I was proud of her!
I rescued two beautiful table pedestals; it was some kind of table with two of them, that either reduced to a round table or expanded to an oval one. I went to get a friend to help me because the top of the table was over an inch thick, solid wood, and very heavy. I have in mind a lovely table with a black pedestal and a white stone top - one to keep, one to sell.
I also restored the Victorian trim on my front porch (1890 house) with stuff I picked up off the street, from posts to spindles.
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1. Henry Koerner to be featured at Moran's June 14th California & American Fine Art Auction
2. John Moran Auctioneers Achieves Dazzling Results at May 17th Auction Featuring Jewelry, Decorative &
3. Morphy’s May 28 auction features Ron G. Gabel Antique Firearms Collection
4. Romare Bearden Artist as Storyteller This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
5. Helen Burton collection featuring rare all-bisque dolls leads Morphy's June 11 Fine Doll sale
6. Big estate sale planned for June 9 & 11 by Philip Weiss Auctions
7. ALLMAN PROMOTIONS EXPANDS ITS FOOTPRINT IN FLORIDA ANTIQUES SHOWS
8. Beyond a word launch their new website focused exclusively on personalized typographic artwork.
9. Orders Awarded To The Man Who Sold Alaska To United States To Be Sold In London Auction
10. Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles June 2011 Newsletter Available
11. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. - Annual Memorial Day Estate Treasures Auction
12. Skinner To Host Auction of Fine Jewelry Tuesday, June 14th in Boston
13. Grey Flannel inks deal with Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation; free sports appraisal day on June 4
14. THE FAIRYTALE WATCH COLLECTION HIDDEN IN A BANK VAULT FOR OVER 60 YEARS
15. Asselmeier & May Antique Estate Auction (6/04/2011)
16. MASTERWORK BY J.B. BLUNK, RARELY SEEN AT AUCTION, WILL SELL ON JUNE 12TH IN RAGO's 20TH C. DESIGN
17. RARITIES AND MASTERWORKS ENRICH RAGO’S 20TH C. DESIGN AUCTION ON JUNE 11-12
18. Julius Goldman back bar bottle brings $25,200 at American Bottle Auctions
19. Paul Fraser Collectibles' Top Five contemporary artists at auction
20. Discover the top 10 superhero film props sold at auction
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My five year old Grandson came to my house the other day and asked, “Nana, do you have any grass?” Puzzled, I look out at a nice green yard and respond “What do you mean?” He replied, “You know, that grass you pull and eat!” “Ahhhh” I exclaim, “asparagus!” LOL ...Teri in Illinois
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?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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 Ben requested a recipe for "Pulled pork". We received the following...
1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle root beer
1 (18 ounce) bottle your favorite barbecue sauce
8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker; pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, 6 to 7 hours. Note: the actual length of time may vary according to individual slow cooker. Drain well. Stir in barbecue sauce. Serve over hamburger buns.
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.
This happens every year. We grow vegetables in our garden and we end up with huge amounts of zucchini. Do your readers have some favorite recipes for zucchini? Liz
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.
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11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
The place to find rare, unusual, unique collectibles and gift items. A fun place to shop. If I don't have it, I'll find it for you. Take a trip through time with me. Let's get started, Krash
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Step right in and see what we have to offer! It is our mission to provide a vast variety of quality antiques and collectibles to the distinguished collector. Our core focus is to exceed our customer’s expectations with every transaction.
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We have thirty years worth of antiques and collectibles. If you don't see something you're looking for, just ask. I'm sure we can find it for you. Come visit with us. We'll surely enjoy your company. Yesterdays' General Store.
We have a large variety of collections from jewelery, glass, vintage, porcelain, silver, collectable toys, bronze, pewter, figurines, oriental, Fenton, Royal Doulton, hand blown glass, dolls, cast iron, Nascar, toys, magazines, books, coins, wood carvings, bossons, art, and lamps.
12. Helpful Resources:
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