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The Collectors Newsletter #872 -- November 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #872 -- November 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
1. HUGE! Sales & Special Offers For November 8th at TIAS.com
TIAS.com merchants are offering some AMAZING! sales today. Check out today's newest listings, sales and special offers at:
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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 week's survey question...
"You're watching the Antiques Roadshow and they feature a piece of jewelry that is exactly the same as a piece you gave to your best friend for her birthday earlier in the week. The Antiques Roadshow has valued the piece at $50,000. You bought it for $60 at a flea market two weeks ago. So what do you do now?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"With the price of gold and silver reaching new highs what to do with old jewelry? I am the 3rd generation living in the family home. Recently I found several pieces of old jewelry in a box however I have no idea who in my family was the original owner. My children have no interest in the jewelry at present. Should I keep the jewelry and let my children one day decide what to do with it or sell the jewelry for scrap value, approximately $500.00. I don't need the money, but with no secure place to keep the jewelry, the possibility of theft scares me."
Here are the answers we received.....
15.4% - said "Save the jewelry for your children"
33.3% - said "Sell the jewelry for the scrap value"
51.3% - said "I have another answer......"
Here are some of the comments that were posted with the survey...
a) Save at least part of the jewelry for your children. Children may not want these items now, but at least give them the chance to turn down the items. Their tastes may change over the years. Get a bank lockbox and leave specific instructions on what you want done with these pieces.
b) Your children may change their minds and will regret not having the jewelry. Get a home safe & hide it inside a closet or some place where it can't be easily found and is not readily visible.
c) Put your mind at ease and make a difference at the same time. Sell the jewelery for the best price you can get and donate the proceeds to you local animal shelter. Since you don`t really NEED the money, you will gain points in Heaven, and that`s better for your soul any day. Animal lover
d) If you don't need the money, and its scrap value is only $500 now, why not save it until it appreciates some more, or until your kids decide they might want it after all. And there are dozens of places to hide small pieces of jewelry inside a home where a thief would give up before finding it. Don't just leave it inside a jewelry box, that's the first thing crooks grab
e) get a safe deposit box at a bank and save it for your children
f) Wear the jewelry if you like it, give it to friends and family members, or just hold onto it if you don't need the money. At $500, that's not enough to really worry about theft -- your car, TV, computer and other items are probably worth a lot more and are easier for a thief to sell. As for a secure spot to keep it if that's all you're going to do -- you should have important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.) in a fire-proof safe or safe deposit box -- just add these items to it. If you don't yet have one of those, a kitchen junk drawer or bathroom drawer / under-counter shelf is probably the least likely spot for a thief to search. (Not the freezer -- one of the "normal" hiding spots for many people.) But I say enjoy your find!
g) If you don't need the money but are afraid to keep it in your home I would find a way to sell it to someone who would love it and pass it down to their family.
h) It might be a better idea to take pictures of the jewelry and gather together all family members to make sure no one really wants to keep some of the jewelry. It would be terrible to sell it for scrap if someone really wanted to keep it.
i) I have sold broken/old pieces for this very reason. Trust me as I watched my neighbor's kids pull a dumpster up to her home & dump everything & send the rest to a auction house~~I have learned kids do not have the time nor desire to deal with this stuff....do it while you are here!! (These were beautiful family antiques handed down for many generations!)
j) The jewelry has survived this long, so unless you badly need the money, why not save it? Another consideration is that the price of gold has increased dramatically over the past several years, and there is no reason to believe that it won't continue that trend, making the jewelry an investment later down the road.
k) Before you make any attempt to sell it, have it examined for any antiquarian value. Locate a reliable antiques dealer near you, who includes jewelry as a specialty, make an appointment, and bring it in for examination. You may well find there are collectible pieces in the little hoard, where value far exceeds scrap, and you will receive a decent offer. If the items are damaged and/or without collectible value, you can then consider selling them for scrap. DO NOT under any circumstances, send the pieces off in the mail to a 'we buy old gold' mail order dealer. DO NOT take the pieces to one of those traveling hotel room 'roadshows'. In each of these cases, you would receive pennies on the dollar - i.e. nowhere near the real value. Take scrap instead to a a COIN DEALER, who adjusts his buy prices for scrap every day, based on changes in the bullion market. Before taking them anywhere, check each piece for a gold marking (remember that GP, gold plate, GF, gold filled or rolled gold markings indicate that any such item is not gold). Once you separate the gold from the rest, sort pieces by 10K, 14K and so on. Check the current gold bullion prices at kitco.com, then divide the ounce price by 31.103 to get the value of a gram of pure gold., Then weigh each piece on a gram scale. The gram weight times the gold content (10K is .4166 pure gold, 14K is .5833 pure gold) times the current gold price will give you the actual gold content value. If you have a ring that calculates out at $100, then you should receive around $75 for it, possibly a bit more, if the buyer is fair.
l) Have you looked at OLD photographs to see if anyone is wearing the jewelry. Normally I'd suggest putting it in a bank safety deposit box but not sure that is a secure idea at this time. Whatever you decide will be the right decision if no one else is interested. When in doubt do nothing, then make your decision with no regret.
m) Place the collection in your safety deposit box at the bank as part of your estate.Designate your family or a favorite charity to receive it at a later date when it will be worth even more in value.
n) Obviously there is no emotional attachment to these items as you don't even know who originally owned them. However, you should get the jewelry appraised before selling it for scrap as it may be worth more than you think. Since no one in the family is interested, I say sell the jewelry and perhaps give the money to your children.
o) In this situation of heirloom jewelry, I would suggest that you sell the jewelry for the value of the metal (gold/silver). Watch the market and sell when the price is highest. Choose a dealer who buys gold and melts it themselves to make jewelry. They will give you the best price and evaluation for your jewelry. Now take the cash you receive and keep it in savings until the gold/silver market drops to a substantial low (it will). Then go to a trusted coin dealer and make a purchase of a coin, medallion or bullion to commemorate the jewelry. Now you have something of equal or greater value that will increase in value as time goes on and it can be passed on to your children from you.
p) You don't say how old you are or your children, nor if the jewelry contains any precious stones, no sense selling for scrap if there's gems included..Make sure you have the best offer you can get...check with a jeweler that has a registered Gemologist on their staff before you scrap. If your into retirement and don't want the worry by all means sell. Should you not be retired and can afford a bank safe deposit box that's another alternative in case you think that your children might have a change of mind or you fall on hard times.
q) If your children are like mine, they are not interested in it and probably will sell it pennies on a dollar. Therefore, even if you do not use the money-buy something special for yourself. You could also sell it and split the money with your children. They usually can use the money!
r) To a collector, many pieces of old jewelry are more valuable than the gold or silver content. I would try to find an honest antique dealer who could tell you if the piece is worth more as jewelry, to be retained for historical purposes. If it isn't, you might consider scraping it and giving the money to your children, if they need it.
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 conduct estate&moving sales in el paso tx as well as other states.one day my helper had a problem with the nozzle of spray wax.no matter what we did.we couldn't get it to work! i had a client coming to look at some small mahogany pieces and they were in sad looking shape.out of desperation i grabbed a can of pam cooking spray,lo&behold they turned out better than waxing the conventional way i was amazed!the dealer came shortly. and bought all the pieces,when i told him what i had done he said that's what he will be using from now on.i wouldn't recommend it on veneer.pam isnt just for cooking anymore, Sylvia in el paso tx
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4. This week's Antique News
The Internet Antique Shop,
today released their list of the top 20 categories of antiques & collectibles that sold online in October of 2011. The list is based on the total dollar value of items sold in each category of antiques & collectibles purchased online at stores hosted by TIAS.com in September of 2011.
Here are the top 20 selling antiques & collectibles for October of 2011
1. Vintage Jewelry - See:
2. Books - See:
3. Vintage Clothing - See:
4. Memorabilia - See:
5. China & Dinnerware- See:
6. Glass - See:
7. Porcelain and Pottery - See:
8. Kitchen Collectibles - See:
9. Figurines - See:
10. Vintage Sewing - See:
11. Autographs - See:
12. Holiday & Seasonal - See:
13. Paper and Ephemera - See:
14. Photographica - See:
15. Toys - See:
16. Art - See:
17. Militaria - See:
18.Clocks and Watches - See:
19. Dolls - See:
20. Advertising Collectibles - See:
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1. Philadelphia Antique Toy Convention
2. The Duesenberg brothers – more than just a couple of mugs from Germany
3. Mosby & Co. revisits Civil War era with Nov. 11-12 auction of important 60-yr. collection
4. Hermès Diamond Birkin, one of the rarest, expected to bring $80,000+ at Heritage
5. Reeded Edge newest seller on the Toy Collector Marketplace
6. Memorabilia4U Released a New Range Of Famous Actor And Actress Autographs
7. Morphy's Nov. 12 auction features Schoenthaler antique doll collection, rare teddy bears
8. Travelers to Garth’s November 25-26 Thanksgiving Weekend Auction Are Treated to the Scenic Route
9. Thomas Hart Benton handwritten letters to be auctioned Nov. 12
10. Ben Walker, Bonhams interview: ‘Motorcycle values are rising since the recession'
11. Wikicollecting's Top 10 Most Expensive Picasso Paintings
12. Art Pottery Popular at Prices4Antiques.com
13. AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE - COMMERCIAL GLASS RESTORATION AND GLASS RESURFACING FROM UNSCRATCH THE SURFACE
14. Historical flasks, western whiskeys to be sold in online auction, Dec. 9-18
15. Reproductions Are Changing The Game For Art Lovers Today
16. Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Items of James Bond Memorabilia
17. Skinner Studio Painting Sale to Offer New Collectors Original Art
18. FOUND in Ithaca/The Gallery @ FOUND presents JON RIES: Road Trip, Amazing Photos of Unseen America
19. Important multi-estate sale planned for Nov. 26 by Matheson's in Melbourne, Fla.
20. COLT 1855 REVOLVER & WWII DECORATED FLIGHT JACKET AMONG TOP LOTS AT CORDIER SEPTEMBER 23rd FIREARMS
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5, Your Classifieds...
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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Monday November 8, 2011 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
What we do for our kids to make them believe in Santa is SO true. I had just moved into a in a ground floor apartment with my daughter, She fretted and stewed that Santa wouldn’t be able to get in because of the lack of chimney. I assured her that our patio was the perfect landing spot, and he could come in through the arcadia doors. Come Christmas Eve, we set out carrots for the reindeer and a shot of strawberry schnapps for Santa. You see, Santa got nothing but milk & cookies at everyone else’s house, but what we left assured her good presents. . .
After she’d gone to bed, I took a broomstick and poked holes in the new fallen snow outside, doing my best to make it look like hoofprints. I unwrapped a few mini Tootsie Rolls and tossed them into the snow, making for extreme realism (reindeer poop!). Then I put on a pair of size 13 boots I’d borrowed from my dad and walked backwards out onto the patio, to make it look like Santa had walked to the door from his sled. I misjudged the distance and landed butt first in a snowdrift. It was a bit of work rolling up and out of the snow without destroying my cleverly staged scene. By the time I got back inside, I was laughing so hard I was crying.
However, I laughed even harder the next day when my daughter got up to examine the ‘evidence’. She got SO excited when she saw the reindeer poop, and her eyes widened when she saw Santa’s huge footprints. I looked over at the nearly flattened snowdrift I’d tackled the night before and said, quite innocently, “Gee, I wonder what happened there?”
My 8 year old daughter shrugged and said, “Santa musta drank all his schnapps and fell over when he was getting back into his sleigh.” This STILL makes me laugh, 25 years later.
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?
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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 Carlos requested a recipe for "Sugar Skulls". We received the following...
Just go to this site for all the help you'll need for sugar skulls.
Carol Thomas --Cullman,AL
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
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.
As a young child, my Mother made wonderful tarts at Christmas time that she called "Story Book Tarts" ... I found her recipe when she passed away, but over the years it has become so faded I cannot make out the amounts ... it is made with evaporated milk, lemon juice, & raisins. My favorite was when Mom used Sultanas. I'm wondering if any of your readers would have this recipe to share? We are about to move into our newly renovated home this Christmas, and I would love to restart the tradition of Story Book Tarts! Thank you. A faithful reader, Marilin in Creston, BC.
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.
Two 2 Love Treasures
Welcome! I specialize in high end vintage jewelry such as Juliana D&E, Weiss, Eisenberg, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Claudette, Whiting & Davis, Krementz, Ora & more! As well as other vintage accessories, hats, bags, etc. Please check us out!
I have always loved Bakelite. Is it the edible colors like butterscotch, apple juice, cherry and root beer, or is it the fanciful deco designs that inhabit the world of Bakelite and Lucite jewelry?
Sandra's Family Treasures
Welcome to 50 years of treasures: china, silver & crystal serving pieces, Mexican silver belt buckles, antique pottery,& Lowell Davis figurines. We guarantee your satisfaction with a money back guarantee, and we accept PayPal.
ADAM HAD 'EM ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
We have acquired a motley mixture of items over the years. When I go searching now I seek items not usually in the shops near me. I try to describe the items carefully and price them reasonably.
Tabby Cat Collectibles
Tabby Cat Collectibles has an eclectic mix of collectibles for everyone. We carry jewelry, Cookbooks and Book, Barbie Dolls, Collector Plates and some Pottery and Porcelain...so please come in and take a good look around!
Vintage Forward is dedicated to bringing you unique finds & unearthed treasures. We search for "fresh" estates to buy so shopping here will be diverse, including books, old paper, art, photographs, and vintage memorabilia of
Northern Lights Antiques and Collectibles
Featuring a variety of vintage advertising including recently added coffee tins, spice tins, oat boxes, childrens books and toys, tobacciana, soda products and dairy items.
Camp Tecumseh Pickers
We offer many unusual & unique items-come on into our store & check out our specials! You just never know what you may find at Camp Tecumseh Pickers!
12. Helpful Resources:
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