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The Collectors Newsletter #873 -- November 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #873 -- 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
Some VERY fun online antique puzzles for you to play with...
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1. Under $5 antique & collectible stocking stuffers for your Holiday shopping pleasure.
Interesting and fun antiques & collectibles for under $5 that would make perfect stocking stuffers. See:
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 email@example.com and we might use it in the next newsletter.
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This week's survey question...
"You are a plumber. You specialize in updating old houses with new plumbing. The house you are currently working on is an old Victorian and is not occupied. The new owners will be moving in about a month from now. While working late at night on a weekend, running new plumbing for the Kitchen, you open up a small hole in a wall and find a taught string hanging down across the back of hole. You pull the string up and can hear the muffled sound of something being dragged up inside the wall. When you finally get to the end of the string, there is an old revolver and a New York State license plate tied to it. The license plate is dated 1925 (prohibition era)." What do you do next?
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"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?"
Here are the answers we received.....
75% - said "tell your friend"
5.8% - said "Don't tell your friend"
19.2% - said "I have another idea......"
Here are some of the comments that were posted by readers who answered the survey...
a) What's done is done. There are so many collectible books available today (library, browse book stores, online) that there is really no excuse for not knowing what you have. You didn't do your homework and your friend got a windfall. Be happy for her, what goes around comes around.
b) I can hear myself now after a frantic dial ... "OMG!!!! I just saw ... Don't toss it away!!"
c) And don't have expectations...if they wanted to share in the booty, great, but a gift is a gift, no strings attached...one should know what they have especially from a flea mkt. before giving it. I'd be sad for me glad for them if they wanted to sell it. I would in a heart beat if someone gave it to me & I could better use the $$ than the jewelry.
d) I would tell my friend, and tell her if she would be willing to sell it, I would give her 1/2 of the money, but I would leave it up to her.
e) Arrange for your friend to have the piece properly valued and celebrate her good fortune should it turn out to be very valuable.
f) I believe she should know how valuable the piece of jewelry is so she can insure it or put it in a safe place.
g) Tell your friend Happy HAPPY birthday. A gift is a gift. The next move should be hers/his. If no move, chalk it up to experience and move on.
h) By all means tell your friend..........2 reasons: #1, If you don't tell her, your friend may never find out that the item is that valuable, and may give it away or sell it for a nominal amount down the road. #2, If she really IS your best friend, she would be more than happy to talk about how both of you could best benefit from this knowledge. If, after receiving the news, she isn't willing to talk about it, then guess what........she's not really your best friend.
i) I would cry. But a gift is a gift. Maybe down the road I would tell her I'd seen it on Antiques Roadshow. But if I hadn't done my homework, it's my loss.
j) Throw up and then let her know what a treasure she has in hopes she will sell it and give me 1/2 the profit!
k) You gave it as a gift. If she keeps it, fine. If she sells it, I hope she at least rewards you with a dinner at a fine restaurant.
l) Tell her about what the road show said and then leave it up to her to do anything or not. If she is your "best friend" she will likely say,"Should we sell it and split the money or would you rather I keep the gift you gave me which we both love? Then it is in your court---What would your answer be, I wonder?
m) If she is a good enough friend to give a $60 gift to, she should understand the situation. I had a similar case with my sister though the value wasn't so high. She said of course sell it. Give the friend a substitute nice gift.
n) If you are a dealer, offer to sell it for her if she likes. This gives her permission to sell it. If she wants you to do it, she should offer you a percentage. If she asks, I would say "usually 50%, but in this case, just 25%". If she doesn't ask, speak up and suggest 25%.
o) First of all, pray really hard that your friend never watches the Antiques Roadshow. Then, you drive over to your friend's home and put on the best acting display of your life. Tell your friend that the piece of jewelry was stolen from the home of an organized crime kingpin, that the kingpin found out who the snake-in-the grass was who stole it, and that he told the kingpin who he sold it to. Then explain tearfully (cry, babble and squeal like Stan Laurel used to do when trying to explain to Ollie what went wrong) that your life is in danger unless you return the piece of jewelry to that mobster. Mention something like "cement overshoes" or becoming a permanent resident of a huge poured concrete structure unless you get that piece back. And be sure to emphasize that going to the police definitely is not an option, and that you may have been followed on your way over to talk to this friend. Then, once you have that piece back, sell it in an auction that preferably is taking place on the other side of the country, but don't tie your name to this auction in any way (use an alias.) Finally, go to Wal-Mart and buy a nice piece of jewelry as a replacement gift (maybe in the $10.00 to $20.00 range) and breathe a sigh of relief!!!!!
p) I'd be excited that I found such a bargain price on a nice item; it may/may not be exactly the same.....unless you compare to the one shown on AR. I buy things for my friends at great prices and eventually share the info --- they just appreciate the fun "special" finds that are personal gifts.
q) I'd tell her about her good fortune! She has the choice of keeping the treasure, or selling it. The test of the friendship, if she sells the piece, would be if she offers a "reward" to me.
r) If you want to keep the friendship, don't tell your friend because if she/he decides to sell it for the true value, there's going to be hard feelings. Playing dumb sometimes is for the better.
s) Tell the friend so that she'll know the value and not later sell it herself at a garage sale. Also she might consider scheduling it on her homeowner's policy. I would NOT make any inferences about returning it to you or making other monetary considerations...let the friend make the first move in that direction. If she's a true friend, she'll bring it up. If she doesn't, just let it lie. On the other hand, it may NOT be exactly the same piece, but a reproduction. I'd suggest she take it to a jeweler and confirm that it is what Roadshow says it is.
t) Do a guess what, BFF. Explain what you saw on the show and tell her if you ever sell it, you've got to split it with me. Now that is meant to be very lighthearted. It was a gift, no matter the cost or value, you gave it to your best friend for a reason. If the roles were reversed, what would she do. Just be blessed and be happy that you have a bf.
u) You tell her you saw what appeared to be the same piece on Roadshow, that it was valued at 50 grand and that she might want to have hers appraised and insure it. And then you drop it. (Why is this even in question?)
v) "your best friend"......is the key statement. You tell your best friend and let he/she decide what to do with it. "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
w) I tell her that she needs to have it appraised, as my good taste may have just landed her a windfall and if it's worth $50k, she owes me a REALLY NICE dinner.
x) If you weren't aware of the value when you gave it away...chances are your friend may not be aware either. You gave it away your jewelry for a reason. IF your friend is of a charitable mind they might just want to sell and share. Then again the old saying "don't cry over spilled milk" comes to mind.
y) First, I would make certain that it wasn't an imitation. If it was real, I'd call my friend and tell her. If she's really a friend and insists on returning it, I would suggest that we sell it and then split the cash.
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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1. Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Pieces of New York Yankees Memorabilia
2. SOLD OUT SHOW STARTS WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
3. New antique toy and coin-op show to be held at Eastern Civic Center near NYC
4. DiMaggio, Koufax Jerseys, Bill Russell All-Star Uniform Lead Grey Flannel Auction Closing Nov. 30
5. Liberace is back in the spotlight; Mid-Hudson to auction star's jewelry, stage apparel Dec. 3
6. Train Collectors from Across the Region to Gather for Model Train Auction
7. Folk Art Collection, Old Master Paintings, Asian Art Highlight Rago's Dec. 3 Great Estates Auction
8. Julius Cohen Diamond Necklace and F.G. Hale Suite Highlight Rago's Dec. 4 Jewelry Auction
9. Mackay Silver by Tiffany & Co., Napkin Ring by Faberge Highlight Rago's Dec. 2 Silver, Coin Auction
10. Mozart Arrives in Jersey
11. Wikicollecting Top 10 World's Most Expensive Photographs
12. Dollhouse Miniatures Are Sure To Bring Back The Memories Of Your Childhood
13. Skinner Breaks Record for Sale of Folk Art Portrait; American Antiques Auction Nets $2.9M
14. This 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 CSX3127 Paved the Way for the Production of all 427 Street Cobras
15. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. – November 12, 2011 – Estate Treasures Auction – 1:00 PM
16. OUTSTANDING ESTATE AUCTION SAT. NOV. 12 AT 10 a.m.
17. Jimi Hendrix A Musician For All Seasons This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
18. The estate of Mildred Farrior will be sold in Chipley, Fla., Dec. 3
19. Larry DeBaugh tapped to head Morphy’s Coin Op & Gambling Machines division
20. Cowan's Auctions December 2nd American History, Including the Civil War 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
The recipe request for Bisquick Apple dessert brought back a funny memory I thought I'd share with you. A childhood friend of mine moved back from the east coast and we promptly became room mates when we were both in our early 20's. We used to make the apple dessert all the time as it was quick and easy and didn't take too much talent! One night we were both craving it and I whipped up a batch. When we started eating it we both thought it was tasting really funny and couldn't figure out why it tasted so bad. After a little discussion we discovered that she had cooked a piece of salmon in the baking pan the night before and left the pan on the counter where clean dishes usually resided! Ever since then it has forever been known as Applemon! Keli
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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 Marilin requested a recipe for "Story Book Tarts". We received the following...
Pie crust dough
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. undiluted evaporated milk or thick cream
1/2 c. chopped nutmeat
2 cups raisins
Line 12 (3 inch) muffin tins with pie crust dough. Add sugar gradually to butter, mixing until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the rest of the ingredients.
Fill the unbaked tart shells with raisin mixture. Bake in moderate 350 degree oven 40 to 50 minutes or until filling is firm. Cool 10 minutes before lifting from tins.Carol Thomas---Cullman,AL
I hope this might be the recipe for the Storybook tarts for you to enjoy in your new home. Barbara
Line muffin tins with pie crust dough. After filling, bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Cool for ten minutes before removing.
1 C sugar
2 T butter
2 T lemon juice
1/4 C evaporated milk or thick cream
1/2 C chopped nuts
2 C raisins
Cream butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Add rest and fill the tart shells.
STORY BOOK TARTS - Makes 12
Pie crust dough
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. cold water
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups raisins
Make pie crust dough and line individual muffin pan cups or tart pans.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour raisin mixture into unbaked pastry lined muffin cups or tart pans. Bake at 350 degree for 40 to 50 minutes until set.
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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.
I'm looking for a recipe for chocolate dessert lasagne....Steve
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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11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Welcome to Precious Peddler! We feature vintage china and glass pieces, as well as many collectible items. New treasures are added daily, so be sure to check our store often. No sale is ever "final" - we guarantee your satisfaction.
The Farmers Daughter Antiques and Collectibles
My inventory includes everything from primitives and old tools to fine glass and linens. I love glass and porcelain items but I have a wide selection of other antiques as well. Come browse with us. New items added daily.
Dazzlers Antique and Estate Jewelry
Dazzlers offers fabulous antique & estate jewelry, and so much more! For the past 20 years, we have been collecting, researching, and buying jewelry from all over the world. Today, we're making it available to you.
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.
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