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The Collectors Newsletter #875 -- November 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #875 -- 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.It's CYBER MONDAY ! Checkout the incredible deals on antiques & collectibles at TIAS.com. 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...
(Editors note. At least once a year I get a complaint from a buyer or a seller about a scenario similar to this.....)
"It's Cyber Monday and you decide to do some online Holiday shopping during your lunch break. Your mom collects green "block optic" depression glass and she has been trying to find a pitcher in that pattern for several months now. Your online search brings you to a page where one is listed for sale $0.01. It's an obvious mistake by the seller, but you want the pitcher. 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....
"You work at a deli and during lunch hour your cash register runs out of quarters. When you can't get to the bank, you sometimes run to the family owned bakery next door and exchange some cash for their change. The deli reciprocates when the bakery runs out of change. This exchange of change has been going on for years, to the benefit of both stores. You run next door and get 3 rolls of quarters. When you get back to the deli and break open the first roll, it's filled with pre 1964 90% silver quarters. You are rather stunned. You break open the other two rolls and they are also filled with solid silver quarters. The total retail value of all three rolls is about $720. You paid $60. So what do you do now?"
Here are the answers we received.....
19.2% - said "Split the retail value of the silver quarters with the bakery"
25% - said "Keep the quarters and get another batch for the register"
55.8% - said "I have another answer......"
Here are some of the comments that were posted by readers who answered the survey...
a) Run to the bakery and show them what they gave you and ask them to check any other rolls they have! You've been good neighbors too long to keep them and not tell them. Maybe they'll give you a reward. They should!
b) I would definitely get another batch of quarters for the register. I would then check with the bakery to see if they know where the quarters came from. If the rolls came from a customer the right thing to do is to try to contact that customer as they might have used those rolls by mistake. If the rolls came from the bank the rest of the rolls should be checked to see if there are any more of the silver quarters. I would split the profit for the find with the bakery because that is the way I like to do things. However, since you paid for the quarters and if you buy the rolls from the Deli then you have no legal or ethical obligation to share anything.
c) Take them back to the bakery and tell them what they are worth. Honesty is always the best policy.
d) Go back to the family owned bakery that you have a relationship with for many years and bring them back with an explanation because they may not be aware of the value or perhaps they inadvertently been using the saved pre 1964 coins in error and unaware of the error.If you keep them without notifying them of the error your a thief and unworthy of having a good neighbor you can rely upon.
e) I would try to find out where they got the quarters and go see if there are more, particularly if they came from a bank. I've had this type of thing happen when I worked at McDonald's and I just pocketed the coins and replaced them with cash from my wallet.
f) Go buy more quarters from the bakery and tell the owner what happened and sort it out later when it is not so busy. But, I would definitely tell the bakery, especially since you have a long standing relationship with them. Fair is Fair. You would want them to do the same for you.
g) Take the rolls back to the bakery and advise them of the situation. Trade these rolls in for others, and advise the bakery of the "find". Let THEM decide what to do with the windfall.
h) Take all three rolls back to the bakery--it is dishonest to profit from someone else's obvious mistake.
i) Absolutely....give all the quarters back to the bakery. I belong to the older generation where honesty is the best policy.
j) I'd go buy some more and then I'd buy the quarters from the deli for myself. Nothing morally or legally wrong with that. It's not like the store next door misplaced a private stock of silver quarters. It was simply luck of the draw that they ended up with them. They probably got them from the bank. No way to trace back to the person who originally wrapped them so finders keepers.
k) Do you have time to "get" more quarters for the deli? You are the worker there. Is the deli family owned? Did the quarters come from the bakery owners own cash? If the bakery received it from an institution, the money right now legally belongs to the deli. You can't keep it or cash it until you pay for it. Do right by taking it back to the bakery owners and hope they have more change.
l) I take them to my gold/silver store and say here I need to pay some bills off. thanks. I bring the places something nice for helping me out. A gift basket for the holidays.
m) Take them back to the bakery. After all, this exchange has been going on for years. It could have been you!!!
n) Sell them and keep your mouth shut about your windfall as when others hear about it they will be jealous and make negative comments. Remember all the times the person bought a valuable item at a yard sale, antique shop or auction and took it to the Road Show. No one ever told them to return it or share the wealth nor did the buyer say they would either. You are entitled to make a profit on an innocent transaction which was free of any fraudulent actions. Of course you might feel obligated to give back but do you offer to pay full price instead of the sale price when shopping in a store? You are entitled to that bargain also.
o) These were rolled coins, it was just luck you ended up with them. Just put some other quarters in the register and keep those. If the other store had found them, they would have kept them.
p) With out any hesitation, I tell them what happened. They did me a favor . It is theirs, except now I need quarters!
q) Since the bakery and the deli have always helped each other out, and the rolls of solid silver coins originally came from the deli it's only father to split the value. This way the deli & the bakery remain on good terms.
r) I would quickly gather them up, run back to the deli and tell them that they sold me silver quarters in error and ask to exchange them. It is likely they had been collecting them for some time and rolled them up to sell or whatever. What goes around comes around and deception breeds deception... I have lived long enough to realize that. You may never be rewarded financially but you keep your clear conscious and friendship. No amount of money is worth selling relationships over.
s) I'd ask the bakery where they got those rolls and if they were from the bank, I'd rush down to their bank and get a few of them for myself. Of course, I'd return the valuable ones to the Bakery's owner, as. someone in the bakery may have been saving them, and the person who gave them to me may not have known about it.
t) Due to someone else's mistake you got more than you bargained for - so there was not a true "meeting of the minds" and so you should return the quarters - even if they got the quarters for face value by mistake from someone else - that's for them to deal with or not - your response is to always do the right thing - and that is NOT the childhood phrase of "finders keepers".
u) Not that this would be anything other than goodwill & kindness, we are to treat others as we would want to be treated...and we do reap what we sow...once while going to Fla. to take my older son to college we made a pit stop & my younger son found a mans bulging wallet! Not telling us until back on the interstate....we had to get off on the next exit, call the store, he was of course in panic mode trying to find his latest paycheck & all credit cards etc...in turn my son's first weekend away from home in a distant land...inadvertently took his wallet to the beach, lost it without even knowing it was there, a sweet couple found it, called us & all was well!! It would be greedy to keep it all, $360 is not the end of the world!
v) Go back to the bakery and explain what you found, and hand the quarters back over to them. If you've been friendly for years, it would be wrong to try and take this. It could have been a mistake, where the owner needed an influx of cash so he rolled up the old coins he had to take to the silver trader. If you got the coins by accident, they'd still know who had them, and then you would look like a complete jerk for not mentioning it. Now, if you'd gotten the quarters from the bank that way, it's another story entirely. I would keep my mouth shut. In fact, I'd go down and buy a few more rolls. . . just in case, you know!
w) The answer is obvious! If anyone saw you open the rolls, tell them the coins are counterfeit. Then go next door to the bakery and see if they have any more coins to sell you. Tell them you must have dropped the rolls on your way back to the deli and someone must have picked them up. Say that you are desperate for the coins. Ask them what bank they use, and how long ago they got the coins. If the same day, high-tail it to the bank to see if you can get more!!!!!
x) I worked for years as a bank teller at the time when silver coins were being recalled. When silver coins would come in, it was usual to take the silver and replace it with face value (non silver coins) from our own pockets.
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
When my son & daughter were quiet young, I had so much fun proving that Santa came down the chimney. On the hearth and onto the carpet snowy footprints made their way to the tree. This was accomplished simply by dipping the shoes in baby powder. They never thought to ask how it kept from melting. Those were the "good ole days". I also did that for the grandchildren one year. Carolyn C. in Al
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7. Stanley Gibbons adds to its treasures with The First VC issued to a British Soldier
8. It's Action Figure Month at Wikicollecting.org
9. ESTATE AUCTION DEC. 3
10. Wikicollecting Top 10 Most expensive Items of Basketball Memorabilia
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12. Heritage Auctions Buyer’s Premiums for Art, Entertainment, Jewelry, Natural History and Books to cha
13. Dorothy-Lee Jones Collection featured at James D Julia Auction on Artfact Live!
14. HISTORY Channel to debut new auction reality series 'Real Deal' on Nov. 27
15. CLASSIC CHINESE FURNITURE TO HIGHLIGHT DECEMBER AUCTION
16. Asselmeier & May "Heise" Antique Christmas Auction (12/03/2011)
17. Ancient Chinese jade bear could bring $10-$20 milllion at Elite auction
18. Major Disney Auction features 1953 Disneyland Prospectus
19. Hirschfeld’s America This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
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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.
I was maybe 18 at the time and had my gall bladder out, and my room-mate was an absolute nut named Dee who was in her 40's and had been through so many surgeries she was old hat at them. I couldn't have asked for a better roomie because she had such a raucous sense of humor and made me laugh so hard that I forgot how scared I was. In fact, the nurses threatened to separate us a few times because we were laughing so hard they thought we might pop our stitches.
Anyhow, Dee's husband called at the same time every afternoon before he got off work. One day the phone rang and noticing the time, Dee told me she was going to be a stinker. With a smirk, she picked up the phone and said, "Harriet's Whorehouse, Bambi speaking!" However, instead of the expected laughter from her side of the room, I heard total silence. I looked over at her and her face was pale. She mumbled a few things, then said, "That would be fine" and then hung up.
I said, "Your hubby didn't think that was funny?"
She looked at me, her eyes wide and said, "That wasn't my husband. It was the minister from my church checking to see if he could come visit tonight!"
It truly is a miracle that I didn't pop my stitches wide open, I was laughing so hard. For some reason, she didn't think it was all that funny. . . Ali in Mesa
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Vickie requested a recipe for "flaky butter cookies". We received the following...
Carol Thomas is a long time reader and has helped MANY of our subscribers find lost recipes. We often get notes from readers asking about her, so I asked Carol to send us some information about herself....
"Well as most of you know I am from Cullman, Alabama which is 50 miles north of Birmingham, AL. I have four children and twelve grandchildren, my husband and I have been married for 42 years! My husband and I several years ago did some catering for special occasions for couples. We loved doing it, but five years ago my husband was diagnosed with cancer, he went through chemo and radiation but by the Grace of God he is now cancer free. We still cook but, we do it at our Church each Friday night for a life recovery group of about 40-50 people. We enjoy it very much and by all of the compliments we get so do they! We just love to cook and I love finding new recipes and trying them out on my family! Hoping all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Carol Thomas P.S. Lots of my recipes are handed down from my great grandparents and grandparents on both sides of the family. "
· 3 cups all-purpose flour
· 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into cubes
· 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
· 1 cup sour cream
· Jam of choice
· Confectioners' sugar
· ½ cup finely chopped black walnuts
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, cut butter into flour as for pie dough. Add vanilla sugar, sour cream and walnuts and bring together quickly. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, roll dough thinly and cut into circles of the diameter you wish, leaving 1 inch between. Using a smaller, round cutter, cut the center out of half the circles. Remove scraps, reroll and cut more cookies. Bake 10-15 minutes or until turning lightly brown around the edges.
3. When the cookies have cooled, sprinkle confectioners' sugar on those with holes and spread a light layer of jam on the whole cookies. Press them together lightly, confectioners' sugar and jam sides up. When set, store tightly covered.
Carol Thomas---Cullman, AL
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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.
About 30 years ago a friend of mine always made the same thing for any get togethers. It was a mixture of mushrooms and I do not know what else. It was a placed in a small tart shell. She always said it was a family secret what the ingredients were and would never tell anyone what was in it. I'm not even sure if there were mushrooms, that was just a guess. Her last name was Wygodsky and she was living in Dallas, TX at the time. I would love to be able to make these for my family now. Thanks Tias and all your readers. Pam
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