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The Collectors Newsletter #877 -- December 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #877 -- December 2011
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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
2. This Week's Survey
3. This Week's Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
1.Antiques & Collectibles make great Holiday gifts.
Checkout today's special offers and incredible deals
on antiques & collectibles at TIAS.com. See:
2. This Week's Question
Every week we post stories, comments and survey results from our readers
EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA !!!
This week we are looking for your favorite story about how you acquired one item in your collection. Half the fun of collecting is finding the items you collect and every item in every collection has a story about how it was found. So what we are looking for from you, is the most interesting story you have about one item in your collection. Please email it to Phil@TIAS.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
The first 10 stories I get this week will receive one of these great little gadgets.....
......Just be sure to include you mailing address with your story.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"Over the past 10 years of publishing this newsletter, one of the most controversial and popular topics has been readers writing to us about important items they have lost and then years later and sometimes hundreds of miles from where the item was lost, it mysteriously turns up as if it was guided back to the person that lost it. If you or someone you know has had this experience, tell us about it. If you think this is a bunch of bunk, we want to hear from you as well."
Here are the answers we received.....
29.4% - said "I have never experienced anything like this and I don't know of anyone who has had this experience."
52.9% - said "Yes, this has happened to me or someone I know."
17.6% - said "I have a theory about why this happens......."
Here are a couple of the stories that were posted by readers who answered the survey. We'll be running more of these stories in upcoming issues....
As a child I was raised Catholic and right before I turned 10, asked my mother why we did not use the Bible at church like my little Baptist/other friends did. So for Christmas of 1968 she bought me a modern English Bible for me to read and keep of my very own. Somehow in my late teens when moving, it was lost. Fast forward to earlier this summer, on a visit to a nearby library. They have a cart right by the door with books that for one reason or another are being given away for free. Imagine my shock/surprise when I saw a bible that looked just like the one she gave me, sitting on the cart. I picked it up to look at it, and inside was the inscription To Linda, Love Mom and Dad written in what looks to be my mother's hand writing. Here it is 43 years later and I have my Bible back. It was truly one of the most remarkable days of my life. My mom passed away nearly 20 years ago and I had long ago gotten a replacement for the Bible that I'd lost when moving all those many many years ago. Saying I was at a loss for words, would be incorrect. I've not stopped telling anyone that will listen to me about finding this Bible. The real kicker to this whole story, is the fact that even though it looks like my momma's hand writing inside, I have no way to prove that this is THE BOOK. Regardless, I have it now and will make sure that it never leaves my hands again. I asked the woman that works at the library where/who she got it from, all she could remember was that a little old man brought a box of books in to donate and this was one of them. I have no idea who it was and likely will never know. But that's OK with me, because I believe that God meant for me to have this book or it would never have made its way back into my hands. The library lady said I was the first person to come in and see it setting there, shortly after setting it on the cart. It just goes to show, God really does move in mysterious ways. If my spelling is incorrect anywhere please forgive me, but thanks for letting me share my story with everyone out there, and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all....... Lucky Lindylu
My experience is a bit different. After my father died, I ran across some family obituaries and announcements that he had gotten passed down from my grandmother. One of them mentioned my great grandmother having moved from PA to Iowa after being married. When I decided to buy a home, I looked in several different towns and found the one I bought while looking at another down the road. It had never been listed with a realtor and only had a small sign. After the closing, I began researching the history of the house and found the same information about my great grandmother. I also found out that this house was originally built by her sister, my great-great aunt and that the town's name has gone back and forth between two names for years and that one is now used by cartographers for maps and the other by the post office. I didn't even know that this town existed, much less that my family was from here. I have now owned my great-great aunt's house for 10 years.
3. This week's Antique News
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1. Julien's Hosts Auction Featuring Collectibles From Celebrity Estate
2. American Brilliant Cut Glass to cross the block Jan. 21 in St. Charles, Mo.
3. Unknown Error Surfaces at Stanley Gibbons Public Auction
4. STORIED 16TH CENTURY PEARL FROM THE COLLECTION OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR SETS NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD
5. Waltham girandole clock could fetch $20,000-$40,000 at Gordon S. Converse sale, Dec. 28
6. Wikicollecting's Top 10 Most Expensive Items of Boston Celtics Memorabilia
7. Rago Auctions Announces Winter/Spring 2012 Auction Schedule
8. Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show Coming to DFW
9. Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction Brings $4.7 Million, $1.3 Million Over Pre-Auction Estimate
10. TWO WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVALS IN DECEMBER
11. Rago's December 2011 Estates, Jewelry, Silver and Coin Auctions End the Year in Spectacular Style
12. XCNTRIC Estate Sale Liquidators Chicago Heights, IL Dec 15-17 Estate Sale
13. Two Beatles Songs & Record Printing Error Fetch $17,000 - Selling on eBay
14. The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Movie Posters
15. AmericanaWeek.com Success Spawns Destination Websites to Major Antiques Weeks
16. Memorabilia4U.com - Huge And Wide Variety Of Memorabilia Gifts Waiting For You
17. The Great Database of Corgi! ToyPedia documents every Corgi model ever made
18. Superheroes, comic book stars in Universal Live Dec. 11 animation art sale
19. SKINNER’S AUCTION OF ASIAN WORKS OF ART NETS $3.7M
20. Holiday Shopping Gets Old (When You Shop for Antiques)
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4, Your Classifieds...
Elegant Hand Painted Enameled Gilded Porcelain Vase
Twilight 'Breaking Dawn' Signed Photos Now Available
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 16,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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5. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday December 16, 2011 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
6, 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.
As a new cook for her first Holiday meal, I had invited all the family over. I ran into a problem with the turkey though and didn't have the little skewers to "Lace" up the cavity and hold the feet together so, using my ingenuity, I used the one skewer I had on the cavity and sort of "pinned" it close then put a rubber band around the feet ! You can imagine the rest. after hours of cooking my whole house smelled of burnt rubber. I have never lived that one down - Joanne
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Treasure Craft dogs
I am looking for the Treasure Craft dog containers labeled "SUGAR", "FLOUR", "COFFEE", and "BANK".
I have two dogs labeled "COOKIES" and one labeled "TEA" but the "tea" dog is not in good shape.
You can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
8. 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 Pat Murphree requested a recipe for "Green Bean Casserole". We received the following...
I hope this is the recipe you're looking for. My parents' families were from Ohio, and I remember the green bean casserole which was passed down from my grandmother, and which I prepare for special occasions. It consists of 1/2 lb. cut up bacon, fried crisp and drained, 1 or 2 large onions cut into pieces and fried in 2-3 tbsp. of the bacon grease. Meanwhile cook 2 bags of frozen green beans (any cut you like) until slightly underdone, and add the bacon and onions; finish cooking until the beans are done. A tablespoon full of butter mixed in at the end of cooking will give it another flavor level. Add salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving, mix in 1/2 cup of slivered almonds. The amounts mentioned is meant as a guide. Adjust to suit your own preferences and enjoy...Charlotte in Temecula, CA.
--Another Recipe --
In the 60's I was in Home Ec and at home cooking with my mom and others. I remember a Green Bean Casserole with Cream of Mushroom Soup and slivered almonds. Buttered Green Beans were also served with slivered almonds. Green Beans Amandine is in most of the basic cookbooks like Betty Crocker. That is slivered almonds browned in butter with a little lemon juice added which is tossed into cooked green beans. They are all very good and the almonds add great texture. Merlene
Green Bean and Almond Casserole
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp white pepper
1 lb fresh green beans, French cut
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 cup canned mushroom slices, drained (I prefer to sauté fresh mushrooms.)
3 tbsp sliced almonds, toasted
1 small yellow onion, very thinly sliced and separated into rings
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In jar with tight fitting lid, add evaporated milk, flour, and pepper. Tighten lid and shake until smooth.
3. In large saucepan, add green beans and broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Shake milk mixture and add to pot, stirring constantly. Continue to cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove from heat and stir in mushrooms and almonds.
6. Coat shallow 1 quart casserole dish or 9-inch deep dish pie pan with cooking spray. Spread green bean mixture evenly in dish.
7. In small bowl, blend Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.
8. Layer onion rings on top of green beans. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese mixture on top.
9. Coat top lightly with cooking spray.
10. Bake 30 minutes.
11. Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes. Serve.
Caramelizing the onions first can add both flavor and color.
For a smoother sauce, sift the flour beforehand and focus on stirring the milk and flour together thoroughly until all the lumps have been eliminated.
Green Bean Casserole
½ cup slivered almonds
16 ounces frozen French-style green beans, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons minced onion
3 tablespoons minced pimiento or roasted red pepper
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons melted butter
In a medium saucepan, heat butter; add onion and pimiento or red pepper and cook over medium-low heat until onion is tender. Add flour and stir until well blended. Gradually add the 1 1/4 cups half-and-half or whole milk. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Thin with a little of the green bean cooking liquid or a little more half-and-half or milk, if necessary. Combine with the drained cooked green beans. Spray a 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Spoon green bean mixture into the baking dish. In a bowl, toss bread crumbs and slivered almonds with melted butter sprinkle evenly over green bean mixture. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes, until bubbly. Broil for a few minutes to brown bread crumbs more, if desired. Carol Thomas—Cullman, AL
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
9. 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.
My wife makes a great pulled pork. The problem is that she doesn't like it but she knows that the rest of the family loves it. She says it's too spicey. I'm looking for some alternative pulled pork recipes that we can try out and wondering if any of your readers have a favorite family recipe that they would care to share....joel
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:
10. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Moon Mandrake combines antiques, vintage items and collectibles to make browsing an adventure! Merchandise ranges from 1830's antiques to current collectibles -- from places like Ireland, Finland, France and of course here in America.
Lurleen's Texas Treasures
Welcome to my online store. I have a physical store in Huntsville, TX, and am listing some of its treasures. I hope that you enjoy browsing my inventory, and will visit often. Thank you.
Stuff In The Attic
Welcome to my store. I specialize in regional British Antique Ceramics. I live in Wales and developed a passion for first Welsh ceramics and then found other beautiful ceramics such as Wemyss Ware from Scotland and also the Staffordshire Potteries.
Pennywise Antiques and Collectibles
Featuring a broad selection of Fenton Glass both modern and antique, Royal Dalton, Murano Glass, Northwood, Waterford Crystal, Lennox, Mikasa, Armani Figurines, Poland Crystal, Bone China and Porcelain. Please enjoy selecting from our wonderful collection!
Eclectic antiques and collectibles to make your own free space. Simply have fun creating new and innovative ideas for your world using old world antiques and collectibles!
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.
11. Helpful Resources:
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4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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