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The Collectors Newsletter #884 -- February 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #884 -- February 2012
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1. Some Great Sales Going on at TIAS.com this week!
2. Sell With Us!
3. This Week's Question & Answers
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
1. Some Really Interesting Sales Going On at TIAS.com TODAY!
Looking for that perfect gift? Or maybe something for your collection? How about a nice piece of vintage jewelry?
Our merchants are posting some really great sales & special offers this week. Take a look at the latest wonderful objects, new merchandise and sales at:
2. Come And Sell With Us At TIAS.com!
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. Our customers love TIAS because we guarantee their purchase for up to $500 and have a toll free number to contact customer support on our home page. Plus we've been around for almost 17 years.
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
3. 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 each week will receive one of these great little gadgets. See:
I've mailed out quite a few over the past month. 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...
Back in the 70’s when my kids were little, one of my wife’s favorite possessions was a Vaseline glass Fenton Hand Vase (a small vase of a hand holding a cornucopia) that she had inherited from her grandmother. Now her Grandmother had died when she was only 3 years old, but she still remembered her, and this vase was an important connection for my wife. Well, wouldn’t you know that one of our kids, a toddler got hold of it and broke it. My wife was devastated. I was able to mend it with epoxy and it looked pretty good except it was missing a few pieces. Now we had never seen one of the vases except at the Fenton Museum. But we continued to look whenever we visited antique shops, estates sales, garage sales and such, but never saw one. Now fast forward 25 years to 1998 and we now had a computer and the internet. I thought it would be a great surprise for my wife’s birthday to get her another vase, and I was successful in finding one, and she was very happy to receive it. But the story doesn’t end there…I discovered that they came in a bunch of different colors and I got hooked into collecting them. So, now we have 9 different colors in our display cabinet. And we’ve also got the original broken one…it’s still my favorite one, too. Bruce Greer, Clinton, OH
My collection of foreign dolls was begun in early childhood. Although I have many, by the time I was about fifty, I still did not have a doll from Russia. After a friend saw my collection, he gave me a battered, somewhat soiled doll he had acquired there years before in a rather unusual way. It is the "soft" type and appears to be perhaps homemade.
My friend had been on a Russian street eating an ice cream cone when he became aware that he was being watched intently by a small girl standing with a woman who was apparently her mother. Their poor circumstances were obvious and not unexpected. He wondered if the little girl had ever tasted ice cream and bought her a cone. She held out her doll for him to take in return, but he refused. However, both the girl and the woman insisted that he accept the "present", so he did. Sheila
Every year, we have the luxury to spend 6 months in our Florida home. My husband retired early from the military and my business allows us to be anywhere.
Statistically speaking, more seniors live in Florida than anywhere else in the country. And sadly, many pass away with no children or family in the area. Many times, their personal belongings end up being donated.
My husband and I like a good estate sale while back home in the North East but in Florida, we frequent our local Good Will and Salvation Army outlets. Last year, while shopping Good Will, I saw a painting of a little girl with a toy sail boat on a beach. I liked it and paid $6.95. When I came home and researched the signature, to my surprise it is a painting done by one of the foremost impressionist artists in the country. You can imagine my surprise to learn this 10x12 painting is valued at $2500.- Thanks, Janet A
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4. This week's Antique News
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1. Spectacular "No Reserve" Auction of Antique Dolls and Related Children's Items
2. Skinner to Host Auction of American Furniture and Decorative Arts
3. Artfact Names Nina Kentsis Director of Customer Engagement
4. Kovels' Top 20 Antiques & Collectibles Searches for January 2012
5. Items from the estate of noted musical conductor Anthony Morss will be sold Feb. 25
6. EARLIEST KNOWN PORTRAIT OF SULTAN MEHMED II TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION
7. ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES AUCTION 2/18
8. Gil Elvgren, Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker among luminous names at Heritage Auction
9. Cowan's Auctions, Inc. to Offer Caswell and Sara Lane Collection of Kentuckiana in Feb. 25 Auction
10. Paul Fraser Collectibles Acquires Key Piece of Cuban History
11. Neeley's Antiques 14 years on TIAS Sale
12. Colonial Sense: Antiques: Auction Results: January, 2012
13. ArtOfTime.Com Latest Arrival PATEK PHILIPPE Pagoda for TIFFANY & Co
14. Rare, important Titanic letters to be sold Mar. 1-3 at Philip Weiss Auctions
15. Skinner to Host Asian Auction in Marlborough
16. Wikicollecting.org celebrates its 1st anniversary
17. First-ever auction to benefit the Norfolk (Conn.) Lions Club to be held Feb. 17
18. RAGO’S ANNOUNCES 20TH /21ST CENTURY DESIGN AUCTION ON FEBRUARY 25-26
19. SKINNER REPORTS EXCELLENT RESULTS FROM FINE PAINTING & PRINTS AUCTION: SALE GROSSES $2.7M
20. Diamond & Estate Trust Expands Rare Diamonds, Estate Jewelry Collection
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5, Your Classifieds...
Antique Lamps, Bisque, Pottery, Dolls, Collectibles
End of Year BLOWOUT SALE
New Listings at Dinnerware Replacements
Elegant Hand Painted Enameled Gilded Porcelain Vase
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:
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Thursday February 16, 2012 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I love your newsletter. At a past family reunion, during which my two older daughters informed me, for the first time, that they once convinced my two younger daughters that if Pepto-Bismol liquid was chewed, it would turn into bubblegum. We were all hysterical when told the two youngsters sat in the bedroom closet for hours trying to chew the pink stuff! Keep up the good work. Kathleen H. Crescent City, CA
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.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Steak 'n Shake dishes
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9. 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 - Billy - requested recipes for "Brown Sugar Pie". We received the following...
In a 1940 recipe book called America Cooks, Favorite Recipes of the 48 States, by the Browns., there is an old recipe for Burnt Sugar Pie under the state of Utah section.
As with old recipe's, few details are included, but this is EXACTLY what it says...maybe this is a version of Brown Sugar Pie? I don't know if it is ready to eat, or is put into a prebaked pie shell or what? I will look forward to reading what others send in about this pie.
BURNT SUGAR PIE
Burn or caramel 1 cup sugar, add 1 quart milk, and cook until sugar dissolves. Mix separately 1 cup sugar with 3 tablespoons flour, 3 egg yolks and just enough milk to make batter. Add a tablespoons butter and combine this mixture with the burnt sugar and milk. Flavor with vanilla. submitted by Marie Baldner, Boise, ID
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
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 remember when I was in my teens that my mother's sister, "Aunt Joan" made a wonderful dinner for us that featured "Fish Stew". I have not had it since and Aunt Joan is no longer with us, to show me how to make it. Do any of your readers make fish stew and would they share their recipe? Thomas
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:
11. 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 .....
Jan's Dishes and Flatware
I've been a dealer for over 10 years. My inventory includes glass, porcelain, dishes, and my specialty Flatware. Our warehouse is located in Warsaw, Indiana. 7-day money back guarantee, and we accept Visa and MasterCard, and PayPal.
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.
12. 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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