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The Collectors Newsletter #885 -- February 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #885 -- 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
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We made the finals in the 2012 About.com "Readers Choice" awards as one of the 5 best places to buy & sell antiques & collectibles online. You can help us win.
1. Over the past week, we've added 30,000 new items to TIAS.
MANY new dealers opened shops last week. Fresh inventory also lots of great sales and special offers going on right now. Take a look 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...
When a technician came to my home to repair my computer, he brought along a young boy who was his nephew. Mentally challenged, the boy could carry on only a limited conversation. While his uncle worked, I gave the boy some juice and chatted with him. He showed me the doll he carried which was a cute little boy dressed in red checked overalls. When the technician had finished his work and they were about to leave, his nephew handed the doll to me and said that he wanted me to keep it. Although his uncle objected, pointing out that the nephew was never without the doll, the boy insisted that it remains with me. --Sheila
During the early 80’s, I first discovered my love for vintage earrings when my sister and I shopped a local flea market. Because they were usually overpriced, my collection was small.
At that time I was working for a law firm representing railroad workers from across the United States. In chatting with one of our clients, he happened to ask about what kinds of things I did, what kinds of things I collected, etc. I mentioned earrings.
A couple of weeks later the client had to travel to my Texas for a medical visit. Much to my surprise, he stopped by my desk with a small “gift”. Seems he remembered our chat and had since visited local resale shops in his area (North Carolina) and picked some vintage earrings – a shoebox full, to be exact.
Needless to say, my collection has since grown into several shoeboxes. I love vintage earrings and still think of that special client who peaked my interest even more than I thought possible. Kind regards, Lola A.
An item that brings back memories is a coffee pot with nickel plate over copper with a wood handle and a spout with cover from the late 1800's. When I a little girl, would go down to the cellar at my mothers house I would see this coffee pot on the shelf. When I was 20 years old I asked my mother if I could have the coffee pot. Since then my collection consists of approximately 450 coffee and tea pots plus many coffee related items. Coffee pots from the 1800's through the 1960's. Copper, Tin, Tole, Enamel and Graniteware, Hollowware, Pewter, etc. hanging on hooks on the sealing in the kitchen and I added a dining room to my house to accommodate my collection. My dream was to write a book on coffee pots etc. and I found a publisher that was interested but doing it myself is to overwhelming. So I am in the process of selling. Sincerely, Barbara
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
4. This week's Antique News
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 16,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to
1. Bid Online for a Collection of Rare Sports Memorabilia, Original Letters from the Titanic and More
2. Artfact’s Auction Websites Break Traffic Records With One Billion Page Views
3. The Curator's Eye Debuts as Top Twenty Website
4. Royal Bayreuth, art glass, more to be sold at Woody Auction, March 24th
5. Specialist Retailers Providing Amazing Antique Jewelry Selections Online
6. Washington-Clay portrait flask bings $52,650 at Norman C. Heckler & Co.
7. Xcntric Chicago Estate Sale Services Chicago Area | Highland Indiana March 1-3 Estate Sale
8. Don Presley’s March3 Once In A Lifetime Auction Features An Exciting Array Of Genuinely Unique Items
9. Baldwin's to auction multi-million pound collection of Islamic coins
10. Asselmeier & May "Sackman" Antique Estate Auction (3/03/2012)
11. Royal Visit to the Luxury Antiques Weekend at Tortworth Court
12. Luxury Antiques Weekend at Linden Hall in Northumberland, UK
13. THE MARKET RESPONDS TO THE FINEST IN AMERICAN DESIGN, FINE ART AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AT CLARS RECO
14. Calendar of Antiques to List 1,000th Event
15. TWO SPACES LEFT ON SPRING EUROPEAN ANTIQUES TOUR – MARCH BARGAIN HUNT IN EUROPE’S ATTIC
16. Weiss Auctions sells WW2 Diary including Nagasaki Visit after Atomic Bomb
17. RARE TIFFANY AZTEC DAGGER SELL FOR $105,000
18. Black History Month online auction ends Feb. 24 at UniversalLive.com
19. TIAS.com acquires merchants & inventory from Tabletopsetc.com
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 Tuesday February 28, 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.
When I started working at the local police department as a "walking" meter maid, my son, Mike, went to school and told his teacher, "Mom has a new job, she's a streetwalker and she even gets paid for it". Wouldn't have been so bad, but this kid, told the same teacher, at the beginning of the school year, "Mom has a new hobby. (I had taken up latch hook). "Shes a hooker"!! I can imagine the teachers reaction! Jane P., Dodge City, KS
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 - Thomas - requested recipes for "Fish Stew". We received the following...
Was your Aunt Joan, the maker of fish stew, from eastern North Carolina? I grew up eating this delicious concoction that my mother made in huge quantities on the final day of tobacco harvest for all the hands and their families. I have since downsized the recipe and adapted it a little to make it more heart healthy.
2 large onions
4 or 5 large potatoes peeled and sliced about 1/4 inche thick
1-2 tbls olive oil
1 carton non-fat chicken broth
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 tbls dried parsley
4-5 catfish filets
salt & pepper to taste
optional: 5-6 eggs (I will explain later)
In large soup pot saute the onions in olive oil until transparent and fragrant. Add chicken broth and then stir in the potatoes, red pepper, and parsley. Simmer until the potatoes are very tender. Then stir in the catfish and cook just until tender (you do not want the fish to become a mush). If the soup is too thick, I pour in a little boiling hot water until it is of the right consistency.
Now about the eggs: My mother would break the eggs into the soup one at a time so they would be poached in the soup. Do not stir until the eggs have begun to set up. Then she would add the fish and when the eggs were completely poached, the stew would be ready.
Some folks in our community would also add a can of crushed tomatoes to the stew but I much preferred the white stew. You can use other firm fleshed fish in lieu of the catfish but watch out for the bones.
Joyce Spoon, Asheboro, NC
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'm looking for a good chocolate trifle recipe. Is anyone familiar with this type of dessert? Ben
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 .....
The Settings Place
We have been doing china sales for 6 years now. My inventory carries Noritake, Mikasa and Sango, etc. We will also list various other things from time to time, so check us out every now and then.
Heirlooms China, Crystal & Flatware
Welcome to Heirlooms China, Crystal & Flatware. We specialize in one of a kind & discontinued patterns. If you can't find what you are looking for please ask as we have over 100,000+ pieces available with more arriving daily.
Heart of Texas
Welcome to my Heart of Texas store. The dishes that are offered for sale on my site are from a jewelry store liquidation many years ago and are in new condition, many still having the original price sticker on the back.
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?"
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