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The Collectors Newsletter #880 -- January 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #880 -- January 2012
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1. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
2. This Week's Question & Answers
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. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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2. This Week's Question
Every week we post stories, comments and survey results from our readers
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This weeks request was to tell us 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 were looking for from you, is the most interesting story you have about one item in your collection.
The first 10 stories I get this week will receive one of these great little gadgets. See:
When you submit your story, make sure to include you mailing address so that we can send you your gift.
Here is what we received this week...
I collect bearded iris things. My husband and I were on a short trip and poking through a very dimly lit disorganized second hand shop. What did I find in a tub of silverware and garden tools but a worn Stirling silver serving spoon. The stories it could tell--the front of the bowl is worn out of shape with use. When I asked the price, the man in a bored tone said "a Nickel." When I got it home I decided against polishing it up, just washed it. The handle could be made into a nice ring--but I put it up on the wall "as is" to go with my early 1800's Villaroy & Bosch iris soup plate.
A good friend of mine had a few of those old knee hugger Christmas elves, so I picked up one or two at garage sales that I then gave her from Christmas.
Well, at one estate sale the people had piles of things all over the house and in the garage. After being there for some time and not really finding anything I wanted, I went out in the back yard and found a small pile of Christmas decorations, mostly junk. But in the very bottom of a bag were four vintage little elf ornaments for hanging on the tree. They were about three inches tall, with glitter and red and black bodies, each holding an instrument. They were precious. And when I brought them up to pay and told them I found out in the backyard, they sold them to me for a quarter each. I decided to keep these elves for myself, and that started me collecting elves. I now have at least 30 knee huggers of different sizes and several old ceramic elves too. I love them, they are just too silly and cute, and they come out every Christmas! Randee
A few years ago my sister's father-in-law passed away and we were cleaning out his garage and he had a little bit of everything. An old box contained book, story books and school books, we sorted thru the books and my sister say, look at this school book, does that look like mother's writing, An old school book from the 20"s and it sure looked like mother's writing and was her name. She will be 90 this yr. Gave it to her and sure enough it was her handwriting and also another girls that she said was her best friend. Said it brought back a lot of good memories, Now the father-in-law always lived in the city and my mother grew up on a farm about 35 miles away so how Tony got hold of this book will never know but I am glad my mother enjoyed this little surprise.
Last summer, my wife and I went yard salen' ...saw a sign pointing up the hill..stopped at a small place with a little sign (but not the one advertized ) T he old man was trying to sell a few items..we looked and did not see anything that caught our fancy..I started to strike up a conversation with him..I said that I was interested in western items..he then brought out a bowl filled with dirty "junk"...I dug through it and pulled out a necklace..it was turquoise and silver with 5 real bear claws with silver caps and signed by an Arizona Indian artist (it was filthy dirty) I offered $75 .. he accepted...after I cleaned it,a jeweler said that it was worth at least $1,200 !
If you have a story to share, please email it to Phil@tias.com and if we include it in an upcoming issue, we'll send you one of these
3. This week's Antique News
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall today released their annual report on where online buyers of antiques and collectibles originate. These reports were generated by compiling all of the online purchases from TIAS.com, AntiquesArts.com and Collectoronline.com during 2011. The data was then used to generate which countries and U.S. States were responsible for most of the online sales in 2011. The results are based on data from tens of thousands of online transactions and millions of dollars in sales over the past year. This year's report includes last year's data for comparison.
-- 2011 Total Sales Revenue by Country --
1. United States - Was responsible for 92.2% of online sales
2. Canada - 1.7% of online sales
3. United Kingdom - 1.4% of online sales
4. Australia - 1.2% of online sales
5. Japan - 0.5% of online sales
6. Taiwan - 0.4% of online sales
7. France - 0.3% of online sales
8. China - 0.3% of online sales
9. Netherlands - 0.2% of online sales
10. Spain - 0.2% of online sales
--2010 Total Sales Revenue by Country--
1. United States - Was responsible for 93% of online sales
2. Canada - 1.4% of online sales
3. United Kingdom - 1.0% of online sales
4. Australia - 1.0% of online sales
5. Poland - 0.7% of online sales
6. Japan - 0.6% of online sales
7. Italy - 0.3% of online sales
8. Germany - 0.2% of online sales
9. France - 0.2% of online sales
10. Chile - 0.1% of online sales
With the United States generating the vast majority of online sales of antiques and collectibles for TIAS.com merchants in 2011, determining which U.S. states generated the most sales was the next logical step. Note that even though Maryland is listed at #10 on the "Sales by State" list for 2010, buyers from Maryland spent more on antiques and collectibles, than the entire country of Canada in 2010.
2011 Sales by U.S. State
1. California - Is responsible for about 11.9% of online sales in the U.S.
2. Pennsylvania - 7.2% of U.S. sales
3. New York - 6.6% of U.S. Sales
4. Texas - 6.0% of U.S. Sales
5. Florida - 4.4% of U.S. Sales
6. New Jersey - 3.5% of U.S. Sales
7. Ohio - 3.2% of U.S. Sales
8. Illinois - 3.2% of U.S. Sales
9. Hawaii - 2.9% of U.S. Sales
10. Maryland - 2.9% of U.S. Sales
2010 Sales by U.S. State
1. California - Is responsible for about 10.9% of online sales in the U.S.
2. New York - 8.2% of U.S. sales
3. Illinois - 5.9% of U.S. sales
4. Texas - 5.8% of U.S. sales
5. Florida - 5.2% of U.S. sales
6. Pennsylvania - 4.7% of U.S. sales
7. Louisiana - 3.5% of U.S. sales
8. Virginia - 3.4% of U.S. sales
9. Michigan - 3.0% of U.S. sales
10. New Jersey - 3.0% of U.S. sales
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1. Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers grossed $7.6 million in just two sales in 2011
2. Grateful Dead, Family Dog, Fillmore and Psychedelic Concert Posters at Auction Jan 20 2012
3. Piccolo Art Flies into Florida
4. February is Comic Book Month at Wikicollecting.org
5. Xcntric Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators Chicago Area | Flossmoor, IL Estate Sale Jan 19-21
6. Win Gold Coins at February 2012 Long Beach Expo
7. Rock n Roll Photographs at Auction Jan. 20 2012 in NY
8. Collection of Seized World War I & II Memorabilia Crossed the Block Live Online on Proxibid
9. Wikicollecting Top 10 - Muhammad Ali memorabilia
10. Led Zeppelin Memorabilia at Auction Jan. 20, 2012
11. Rolling Stones Memorabilia and Records at Auction Jan 20 2012
12. Jimi Hendrix Memorabilia at Auction Jan. 20, 2012
13. Beatles Records and Memorabilia at Auction Jan. 20, 2012
14. Morphy's to auction famed Hollywood animator Frank Andrina's antique armor & swords, Feb. 25
15. Antiques Estates Auction - Gold, Silver, Paintings + More
16. WorthPoint Enriches Offerings: Launches Marks/Digital Library
17. Batter up for Discovery's new series 'All Star Dealers'
18. Rare Waltham girandole clock, serial #1, brings $17,255 at Gordon S. Converse
19. EXTRAORDINARY MILHOUS COLLECTION PREPARES FOR FINAL ENCORE
20. If You Can't Stand the Cold, Get in the Kitchen!
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
4, Your Classifieds...
Elegant Hand Painted Enameled Gilded Porcelain Vase
Twilight 'Breaking Dawn' Signed Photos Now Available
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
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5. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Wednesday January 18, 2012 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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I guess that I should have sent this to the humorous section, but when I read about the lady who mentioned the "Weebles" I had to laugh. About a year ago a physical therapist(Elio) was treating me due to the affects
of M.S that I have. One day I told him that I was like a Weeble........I wobble, but I don't fall down. He just burst out laughing and said that he had not heard that in years. Sometimes our memories are the best.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
One of our readers - Jessie D. - requested recipes for "Lindy Cookies". We received the following...
I also remember these cookies (I'm 64). They were like Nabisco Mallowmars, but with the raspberry jam in them. I can't remember the brand name.
Dare Whippet Cookies, Raspberry, 8.8 Oz. Package of 12 are good match to what Jessie D. wanted. These are available directly from the manufacturer on their website at
Also, if you're ambitious, here is a link to a recipe for Mallomars. It's a bit complicated to list here. You could certainly add a bit of raspberry jam to it.
Hope this helps. Neala
That sounds like one of the four kinks of cookies we sold for 4-H. They were delicious. A puffy marshmallow ring on a graham cracker base with that dab raspberry jelly in between, all covered with a chocolate coating, YUM!
I would love a homemade recipe for this too. J. Gately - formerly of Niagara County NY
Here is a detailed recipe that might work
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.
I visited Poland in 1989 just after Communism fell. Everywhere you went there was only one kind of bread served. It was a moist heavy brown bread that could be sliced 1/4" thin and still not fall apart. I asked everyone I could speak with if they new where to find the recipe, but was told everyone bought their bread from the bakery and no one made it at home. I know its a long shot, but does anyone know the recipe? Susan B.
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.
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.
The Sage Scottie
Art deco watercolor to Swedish pottery. I am constantly buying out estates and offer fresh inventory. My passion is art, pottery, jewelry, and cast iron. Please look around and bookmark my new store.
Big Mama's Stuff
Welcome to Big Mama's Stuff where unique treasures can be found, some antiques some collectibles. Her era was the late 18th century to the mid 19th. Big Mama's specialty is dolls. So stop and shop at Big Mama's.
Welcome to Sassafras Island's eclectic assortment of antiques, vintage collectibles & more. Online since 1999 with 100% customer satisfaction. We pledge to maintain the tradition of happy customers here at TIAS.
My Grandma's Treasures
Mother and daughter business. Our inventory includes: Fire King, depression glass, carnival glass, Pyrex and new items from Burton and Burton. We have a 7 day money back guarantee and we accept Paypal, money orders or personal checks.
Doe Run Antiques & Collectibles
We currently offer Weller, Hull, Rookwood, Roseville, Stangl, Shawnee Pottery and other unique antiques & collectibles. Stop by our store and see if we have something you can't live without!
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.
11. Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to
4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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