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The Collectors Newsletter #922--March 29th 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #922--March 29th 2013
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1. Recently Uploaded Sale Items
3. This Week's Stories
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.Check out the SPRING Antiques & Collectibles sales event at TIAS.com
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2. We've got a new Pinterest board for you to check out and it's loaded with beautiful and unique belt buckles! We have 165 other boards on our pinterest page and they all pertain to antiques and collectibles. We hope there's something that interests everyone! You can check out the other boards here:
and please "Follow" us! Here are links to our new Belt Buckle board and a few other boards that have recently been added.
3. This Week's Stories
Every week we post stories and comments from our readers. Send your story to phil@Bignews.biz and I'll publish it in an upcoming newsletter. Did you know that you don't have to have a facebook account to use the links to see the various photos that we mention below? Just copy and paste the link into your browser. However, if you do have a facebook account please "Like" us!
Editor's note -- We have been told that some of your emails have not been getting through to me over the past few weeks. If you have not heard back from us after sending an email, please resend your email to email@example.com .
Also, check out our facebook page for some interesting updates. If you have photos of items you would like to share you can post them there as well.
Last week we asked: Let's say you are out taking a walk in your neighborhood and you notice that one of your neighbors is throwing out an antique that is very valuable. Do you quietly pick up the item to bring home and then sell it yourself? Do you take it home and keep it? Do you go up to your neighbor's door and let them know that you think the item has value? Does it matter if it is a close friend, or someone you only know casually? Let us know what you would do, or if you have ever been in this situation. Here are two different responses:
"I like to walk around our neighborhood of large homes, plus have helped friends deal with moves or deaths in the family, so have often found items being trashed that are actually at least somewhat valuable. In every case I let the owner know. Sometimes the item had been tossed by mistake, sometimes there was damage and the owner didn't want the trouble of fixing it, and on occasion they were being quite deliberate -- getting rid of the memories and associations. Depending on their decision, I have asked if I could help them fix it, sell it or donate it, or keep it for myself, and have done all the above. My relationship to the owner doesn't change how I handle it, except I may make more effort to sell -- or buy -- something for someone I know needs the money. I have a few trinkets from friends as a result that have special meaning to me, and my friends and their heirs have ended up with sometimes significant money thanks to some generous antique dealers I know. Thanks for the great newsletter, as always. Beth in Northridge"
"Hello, You asked what we would do if we saw something valuable being thrown away. I wasn't out for a walk, but at church in the fellowship hall helping to price items for the upcoming sale and saw that someone had brought in a beautiful 1920's golden oak office chair. I said, "I'll buy that." All they wanted was $5.00. I had to be honest and tell them that it was worth far more. They didn't put the price on it that I had seen at an antique store, but it was far more than the $5.00. The next year, there was a vase that they had priced at $.25. This one looked different. It had markings, but they meant nothing to me. The quality, however, was far superior to the other items. Once again I told them that they were pricing it far too low. This time they insisted the price stand. I brought it home and looked it up. It's not a fabulous find, but it is worth $35.00 to $40.00. Not bad for a quarter. Mari C."
If you have a story to share with our readers, please email it to phil@Bignews.biz and we will include it in an upcoming issue.
For next week's issue -- Tell us about an ingenious way that you and your family have been able to divvy up pieces from an estate so as not to incite a family feud.
A request for identification:
"Hello Phil, PLEASE help us identify a vase- Even Kovels did NOT know.
This yellow vase was given to us on our wedding in 1949, by our dearest friend, who has died since. She told us that the vase was given to her by her mom, and to cherish it, which we did. We are now in our 80s and want to "clean"our house of things we no longer want nor need. It is yellow and she told us that it was hand painted - on both sides in Colonial style. It states it was made in England and on the back it also has a couple of #s and I sent a photo to Kovels and they could NOT identify. It is porcelain hand painted and made in England and is bout 8-9 " tall, and many many many thanks for your kindness!!" Can anyone provide info on this vase. You can see three different photos of it here:
And another request for identification --
"Hi Lauren, I got these years ago with a doll furniture collection that I bought....Pieces look like doll size....They are marked:
Picture of Crown
2 3/4" Chandelier: bottom Pic of crown 19 54 ORE
1 1/2" Tea pot bottom: Both have pic of crown - one is 1956 ORE, one is 1965 ORE
I have been in the doll business many years and have never seen anything even close to compare for info or value. I do not know anything about Swedish ore...could these have been coins? but they are so rounded? Thanks! for any info. Marcia" You can see photos of Marcia's pieces here:
Do you have an item in your collection that you need help identifying or just would like to share with our readers. Drop me an email with a photo attached and we'll include it in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Send them to me at phil@Bignews.biz
We have even more interesting items that need to be identified. They will be posted in our next newsletter and on facebook within the upcoming weeks.
4. This week's Antique News
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1. UK Auctioneers In £8 Million Bid To Woo Chinese Buyers
2. Rago's Three Day Auction Has it All, from Modern and Traditional Design to Fine Art, Jewelry, Silver
3. Myers presents fresh-to-market selection of paintings from artists’ estates in 4/7 Fine Art Auction
4.Classic Saturday Evening Post covers highlight Heritage Illustration event in Beverly Hills
5. C'est chic! Iconic French, Italian & American furniture in Palm Beach Modern's Mar. 30 auction
6. The estate of Earlene S. Bowen -- "the Antiques Lady" -- will be sold without reserve Apr. 6, 12-13
7. CLARS AUCTION GALLERY, LEADING WESTERN U.S. FINE ART AND ESTATE HOUSE, EXPANDS TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST
8.Bentley Bids a Fond Farewell
9. Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
10. Casablanca six sheet brings $107,550 to lead Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster Event
11. Garth’s Delivers New Options to Sellers and Buyers during April Auctions
12.The David Fore Collection of British Indian Coins - Part One
13.Cheers! Calif. vineyard goes under the hammer at Government Auction, Mar. 24
14. Chinese Hunan government banknote, 1908 issue, brings $15,220 at Archives International Auctions
15. Skinner Auction to Feature The Fletcher Collection of Imperial Russia
16. Murfreesboro Antique Show
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5, Your Classifieds...
Antique French Limoges HP Signed Tray
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
Gear up for Easter at Dinnerware Replacements
Dinnerware Replacements 40% Sale + Many New Listings
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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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday March 29th 2013. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in an upcoming issue.
"From Stan Kegel's Profusion of Puns Gaggles of Groaners 03-18-10
My favorite finds while "antiquing" are old but useful items. And I learned something *very* useful this week: Chamber pots have one handle; soup tureens have two. I wished I'd known that LAST week. (Paul Benoit)" submitted by Harry F.
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.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Woman's Home Companion - December 1914
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.
Two weeks ago Lois asked for a cassarole recipe that included spam, potatoes, cheese and egg.
We received another response, this one from Ginny and Jim B.:
Spam and Potato Casserole
5 lbs of your favorite potatoes
1 can of Spam
1 8-oz block of sharp Cheddar cheese
1 large Vidalia onion
1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup
10 3/4 ounces milk (you will use empty soup can to measure milk)
salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Peel, wash and slice potatoes. Layer in 9 x 13 casserole dish.
3. Peel and slice onion. Lay on top of potatoes.
4. Slice the spam thin and put between layers of potatoes or between the potatoes and onions.
5. Shake salt and pepper over potatoes and onions
6. Slice cheddar cheese block and lay slices on top of onions.
7. Empty can of soup into a small bowl. Fill soup can with milk and pour in bowl; Mix thoroughly with soup.
8. Carefully pour soup and milk mixture over everything in the casserole dish.
9. Cover lightly with aluminum foil.
10. Bake 1 1/2 hours, until potatoes are tender. Remove aluminum foil and let casserole set to firm up and cool slightly.
11. Serve with your favorite green vegetables.
For something a little different, you can use a can of Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli soup if you desire, instead of plain cheese soup. Also, if your family does not care for onions, you can leave them out and it is still good.
The important thing is to make the Spam Casserole recipe the way you and your family will like it, and then watch with amazement as a new generation learns to like Spam.
Last week a reader asked for a recipe for "Lost Bread". I don't know that we have ever had so many responses! Thanks to all who emailed us! They all were similar, but with slight variations. Some called it "Strata", others called it Pain Perdu" which is "lost bread" in French while others felt it was bread pudding. We've decided to post this recipe from Nancy H. in this week's issue. Reading them all made me very hungry :) Next week we will post another recipe that we received.
"This sounds very much like a Strata which is basically a mixture of eggs, bread, cheese and milk. I added spinach to mine for a dinner meal. I'm sure there are lots of recipes on line but here are the basics:
This is a 2-3 layer dish, depending on the size of your pan.
1st layer is bread torn or cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces
2cd layer is whatever cheese you like, shredded
3rd layer is optional consisting of vegetables you like, sauteed (I used spinach and onion)
Repeat layers until your pan is full.
Pour a mixture of eggs and milk on top and refrigerate overnight.
When you remove the strata from the fridge make sure to let it sit out for 30-45 minutes. Cook in a medium oven (350) until top is nice & golden - 30-45 minutes.
The bread takes on a very light creamy texture - doesn't taste or feel like bread anymore so I'm assuming this is why it could be called "Lost Bread".
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 tasted the recipe.
We are going to run another "Lost Bread" recipe next week but if anyone has another recipe request, please send it to Phil@BigNews.biz
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:
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 .....
An eclectic selection of antiques, collectibles and vintage memorabilia ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous!
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FULL CIRCLE ANTIQUES
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TWISTED VINE ANTIQUES
Thank you for visiting Twisted Vine Antiques. I have three Antique Booths in Michigan and have been buying and selling antique furniture, home decor, antique&vintage clothing shoes and accessories for about 25 years. Enjoy this trip back in time!
12. Helpful Resources:
a) Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
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