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The Collectors Newsletter #881 -- January 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #881 -- January 2012
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1. A BIG THANK YOU!
2. Sell With Us!
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. A BIG THANK YOU!
With your help, TIAS.com made it to the finals as one of the best places to sell antiques & collectibles online. The finals for the Auctionbytes.com "Sellers Choice Awards" are taking place right now. Please vote for us at:
2.Sell With Us!
In 2011 TIAS won the About.com "Readers Choice" award as the best place to buy antiques & collectibles online. We get about 700,000 customers a month. They love TIAS because we guarantee their orders for up to $500 of the purchase price. Customers also have access to toll free number to contact customer support if they have any questions about their order. Plus, we've been selling online for almost 17 years, so customers feel confident when buying from a TIAS merchant.
We are looking for a few great antique dealers to join us. If you want to open your very own online antiques & collectibles shop at TIAS.com, take a look at
or give me a call at 1-888-653-7883 .....Phil
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 spent much of my early childhood in rural South Georgia near my maternal grandparent's home. They lived in a little area called Nichols, where I grew up surrounded by family and close friends. By the time I was six, it was 1954 and I was attending an old wooden schoolhouse. Though I didn't know it at the time, it was the same one attended by my mother and many of her siblings. There was one member of my family, though I barely knew her, who made me feel not so well liked at school. It was my great aunt, Edith Cason. She showed up at school periodically in her big black car which bore the insignia proclaiming her position - Ware County Health Nurse. Of course it was her job to make sure each child was current with their yearly injections and booster shots, but that did little to make any of us feel better about her being there - especially me. Somehow, because she was related to me, I felt personally responsible.
As you can imagine, her visits to our classroom were not happy times. As I recall, there was always lots of crying and I'm sure mine was among the loudest.
But one visit was of particular significance to me. My sister and I always received our yearly injections and booster shots at the County Health Clinic in downtown Waycross. That's where I had received my smallpox inoculation BEFORE I started school .
On this particular visit, Aunt Edith's mission was to inoculate anyone who had been lucky enough to avoid their smallpox injection. As my great aunt made her way down each row of desks; drawing nearer and nearer to me, I was not the least bit nervous; I had nothing to fear. I had received my smallpox injection months ago. She got to me and asked if I had been injected. I assured her I had. She examined my arm, however, and found NO evidence of the tiny scar. They thought I was lying!! I began to cry and insisted that I HAD been vaccinated. I put up such a fuss that Aunt Edith and the teacher each looked again but, again, found no scar. I put up even more of a fuss this time; begging them to look further. My truthfulness was still in doubt and I was crying even harder.
Finally, my teacher decided to take one more look - this time she unbuttoned the top of my dress in the back and pulled the shoulder down - THERE IT WAS - the tiny smallpox scar. I was later told that many doctors placed the injections further back on a child's shoulder making it more difficult for them to scratch them before they were healed.. I've been told that these days, they place a cover placed over them.
I felt vindicated and both my teacher and Aunt Edith felt so bad about the entire episode they sent me across the road to the old country store for ice cream - their treat. The store still remains today, however, the school is long gone. I have wonderful memories of recess and on those days when I had a few pennies, which was not very often; I was able to buy a Coke for 5cents, or maybe a Tom's Cookie from the large glass jars they were stored in or other goodies too numerous to name.
My "close call" was the talk of the school for weeks. I had always hated shots with a passion and learned that day why none of the children cared much for Aunt Edith. I did come to understand in later years that she was a very kind and lovely lady. It's sad that my feelings for her were tainted by that one experience when I was so young. I have lovely photos of her in the family album and I try to think of her in that way rather than the one upsetting experience I had with her such a long time ago.
I have many warm and wonderful memories of my days at Bickley School - Halloween carnivals, Christmas plays, cake walks (my grandfather's personal favorite), games, just fun family times. How I miss those days and wish that my own children and grandchildren could experience them even if only for a brief time. God Bless, Judy Jacksonville, Fl
Before I retired I had a booth in an Antique Mall in Virginia Beach, VA. I specialized in early American Pottery (Roseville, Hull, McCoy, etc.). I was always on the lookout for pieces when we traveled. On the way to visit relatives in Maryland we passed an old farmhouse with a yard sale sign in the driveway. We drove in and there were several long tables set on saw horses. A little elderly lady (I swear she was 104!) sat rocking herself in the sun. Among the items on the table were 8 pieces of Roseville pottery. all in mint condition. Each one was marked $5.00. Now, as you know, nobody can find Roseville for that price. And since I was (and still am an honest dealer), I mentioned to her that the items were worth a lot more than she was asking. She looked at me and said, "Sonny, if I wanted more money for them, I would have asked for it!". I offered her $25 for all 8 pieces. She accepted and off we went. I will never forget this incident as long as I live. And it taught me a valuable lesson. But I still tell folks at yard sales that they have an item or two that they probably don't want to have out in the sale.
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
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1. 1950s Tonka Suburban Pumper toy fire truck brings $1,932 at Serious Toyz
2. Wikicollecting Top 10 Postage Stamp Auction Sales of 2011
3. New Luxury Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood, Yorkshire
4. PAUL FRASER COLLECTIBLES ACQUIRES ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF CUBAN HISTORY
5. Machine Gun Kelly’s Historic Shotgun Goes Live Online on Proxibid
6. Charity Fundraising Packages Launches Silent Auction Items Giveaway Contest On Facebook For Grammy A
7. Victorian Plumbing Offers Free Delivery On All Orders To UK Mainland Till 31st January
8. 37th Annual Wild Rose Antique Collectors Show & Sale
9. Tennessee Antique Shack Welcomes the Year of the Dragon
10. WISCONSIN ANTIQUES DEALERS ASSOCIATION
11. Lights Shine at Auctions
12. Appraiser in Collectibles, Memorabilia and Toys to Appear at Old Greenwich Toy, Coin-Op Show
13. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates concludes 2011 with three successful auctions
14. DOUBLE SHOT OF DECOR at GARTH’S DUO of FEBRUARY AUCTIONS
15. Food & Wine Exhibit & Auction
16. Fontaine's will hold an Exceptional Antique Auction Feb. 11 in Mass.
17. Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers grossed $7.6 million in just two sales in 2011
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
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 Wednesday January 25, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Reading about faux pas in the kitchen reminds me of the time my mother went someplace (very rare!) and left my sisters and I in charge of preparing a meal for the family (never!) I was probably around 11 years old and my sister was 12ish. I don't even remember how I prepared the chicken for frying (?) but, I do recall the response from my siblings (6 of them -still hear about it!) to the burned-on-the outside-running red-on-the-inside fried chicken. My older sister made a cake and frosted it with whipping cream that was mint greenish. The whipping cream was sour, so you can guess the response when we all tasted it! EWWW! Someone took a lump of the frosting on their fingers (don't remember who??:-) and flung it! It hit the wall, which was about the same color as the frosting. From there a free-for-all broke out and we had a 'frosting fight'. We knew well enough the trouble we would be in when Mom got home, so we did our best to wash the walls. Thankfully, (or not?) the walls 'hid' some of the frosting. From time-to-time we caught 'glimpses' of what we missed. I don't know what else we had on the menu that day, but the chicken and sour frosting are remembered (mostly with fondness) today:-) gmp
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.
One of our readers - Susan B. - requested recipes for "moist heavy brown bread from Poland". We received the following...
Polish Buttermilk Rye Bread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
1 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon instant yeast (not rapid rise)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups rye flour
6 cups all-purpose flour
In a large bowl or bowl or a stand mixer, add all ingredients and mix well. Knead on low 7 minutes in mixer or 10 minutes by hand.
Transfer to a large greased bowl. Flip the dough to grease the bottom and cover with oiled plastic. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Punch down dough and form into 2 oblong or round loaves. Place on prepared pan, cover with oiled plastic and let rise until almost doubled.
Brush risen dough with egg whites for a shiny rust or plain water. Make 4 diagonal shallow cuts (use a lame or razor blade) in the dough and bake 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature on an instant-read thermometer registers 190-195 degrees. Cool on wire racks.
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.
Many many years ago, my sister's friend made these amazing brownies that had toasted marshmallows on top. I think there was some graham cracker as well. Eating one of these was almost like a smore but instead of the chocolate bar, there was brownie. Does anyone know what these were called and how to make them? David
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 that just opened store at TIAS.com .....
Abby's Crate is filled with quality antiques, collectibles, vintage jewelry and treasures. Items are added weekly so please check back often. Postcards and depression glass are specialties. We accept Visa or Mastercard through Paypal. Money back guarantee within 7 days.
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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