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The Collectors Newsletter #924--April 21st, 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #924--April 21st, 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 Sunday's SPRING Antiques & Collectibles sales event at TIAS.com
When you buy from TIAS.com you are supporting small independent merchants who sincerely appreciate your business.
Your online purchase is also backed by the TIAS.com Trusted Merchant Guarantee.
2. We're always adding new items to our current Pinterest boards and this week we've added another new board dedicated to Demitasse. From beautiful florals, flow blue, sterling, Dresden, and so many otheres, the board is full of beautiful items. We have 170 boards dedicated to antiques and collectibles so you might want to stop by to check them all out. We hope there's something that interests everyone! You can check out all of our boards here:
and please "Follow" us!
Here is a link to the new Demitasse board:
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. Here's the link:
If you have photos of items you would like to share you can post them there as well.
Two weeks ago we asked you to tell us about the best item you ever found at the curb. Here are more of the responses that we received. Thank you to all who replied! If after reading these stories, you would like to share your experiences with us, please send them to Phil@BigNews.biz....Keep them coming :-)
"Well the closest I got to the curb was a sidewalk. My husband and I were on the way to the Funeral Home and we spotted a wooden porch swing on the side walk close to the Funeral Home. I was so excited as our swing had broken only days before and I knew a new one had a cost between $75.00 - $100.00. I sent my husband to the door of the house it was in front of to see if it had a cost or was a freebie. He came back to the car and told me the man was asking $20.00 for it. Needless to say we went to the funeral home with the old wooden swing hanging out the back of the car. It is still on my porch (10 years later) and my granddaughter has to swing no matter what the weather. So it wasn't a curb freebie but we have gotten more than $20.00 worth of swinging out of it and it's still goin strong. Dianne S."
"I enjoy reading your newsletter and the stories about finding things on the curb reminded me of this story. One day we put a reclining chair out on the curb, in hopes that someone would take it home. A short time later, two young boys stopped and looked the chair over. Then they lifted the chair and placed it on their skate boards and rolled it down the street. What a creative way to move their curb find. It certainly provided us with a chuckle. Lorrie R."
"A couple years ago I found a very old wheelchair - wooden, very large -- on the curb near a friend's house. She let me roll it down the street and put it in her storage building for a few days. I contacted a store which raises money for a charity which also has thrift stores -- the items that are worth more as antiques or collectibles go to this store. (I've gotten some nice dolls there.) Later I went to the store and they had the wheelchair displayed at the door, with some quilts hanging on it. The next time I went in, it was gone. They said it was purchased by a doctor or other medical professional, which is what I had hoped -- a doctor would appreciate it and have a large enough home to display it! There were some other things on the curb that day that probably were also antiques but too much for me to handle. I feel good that at least I saved one item which was pretty special! Jacque E, Roanoke, VA"
"Hi Phil, This may not be the my most valuable curbside find but it is the funniest. Before I left my summer home after my car was packed to the rooftop with trash treasures-sterling silver, furniture, depression glass -much of which I sold, I took a ride on my bike around the little village. Lo and behold did I spy by the curb a fabulous 6 drawer oak dresser with a splash back and owl's eye bails! It had 7 coats of various paints but was beautiful to my eyes. Of course I couldn't carry it on my bike. I asked the owner if it was being thrown away and if so, could he help me carry it to the back of his house. He said no one would take it but I knew better. We hauled the drawers to his back yard and I proceeded to pedal as fast as I could home. I had 2-3 miles to go. Now I had an old bike with 3 sometimes working gears. My legs were flying as I'm racing home to unload my car which already had a dresser hanging out the trunk. As I'm going down the boulevard I notice I am going no where. The gears on my bike gave out. My legs were spinning and nothing was happening. I was in a panic as I didn't want anyone to get that dresser. Finally after what seemed like ages, one gear caught. I got home, unloaded my car and flew back to the dresser. Just as I was pulling up a man stopped on his bike having seen the dresser ready to put a claim sign on it. He was very disappointed when I said I'd "seen" it first. I still a laugh about trying to bike home with no gears and needing to really hurry to get my treasure. I still have that dresser and it will stay with me always just as a reminder of humorous roadside finds. Stephanie"
Last week we asked: Many people collect things because of the memories inspired by those objects. All of us have deep memories within us. Sometimes they are triggered by a smell or a phrase, but many times they are brought alive by a simple object from our past. To collect these things is to hold onto something dear and precious from the past. How about you? Tell us your story of some small vintage item that you remember from your past that has strong memories. Here is one that we received. If after reading this story, you would like to share your story with us (and our readers), please send them to Phil@BigNews.biz....We love reading all of the interesting emails that we receive!
"You requested memories triggered by vintage items. I do have a few. We lived with my Grandparents and we had a coal burning furnace. I can remember her using a long metal poker to move the coal around in the furnace to make room for more coal when I was a teen. Somehow my husband and I found a poker just like the one my Grandmother used in some of the items we bought at an auction. We do not know how it became mixed up with ours and do not remember seeing at the auction. I cleaned it up and painted it with flat black paint for metal. Since I have a vintage kitchen with a regular size window in it, I used it as a curtain rod at this window. I am reminded of her whenever I see it."
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 what did you find this week that you can share with us ? Send your photo and description to - Phil@BigNews.biz and maybe we will run your story in an upcoming newsletter.
A request for identification:
"My wife and I found this little tea set and we can't find anything like it anywhere...what is it? Is it worth anything....? Creamer 2.75" tall, Saucer 4.5", Teapot 5.5" tall, Cup 2.25" tallX2.5" across and sugar bowl 1.75"tall to lip and approximately 3" to top of lid. Hope you can help...Dan" To see photos of Dan's set, copy and paste this link into your browser:
Next request for identification help:
"Hi Phil - great newsletter. I'm wondering if you or our readers can tell me what my mystery item really is. I've attached photos. The curious thing about the item is that the glass container is without venting, so the liquid or whatever was inside can't be poured out normally. The wood/brass stand it hangs on does have a "drip tray?" below the solid glass ball shaped bottom. Any ideas? Terry" To see photos of Terry's item copy and paste this link into your browser so you can see the photos on our facebook page:
(editor's note: we think it is a barometer, what do you think?)
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
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. Springing Forward: Strong Sales at John Moran Auctioneers’ March 12, 2013 Antiques & Fine Arts Auction
2. Superb saber-tooth tiger skeleton, massive gold nugget lead I.M. Chait May 4 Natural History Auction
3. 1930s collection of large-scale trains joins Sterling Associates’ April 24 auction lineup
4. Antique Chinese objects will lead Elite Decorative Arts' May 11 auction
5. XCNTRIC Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators Chicago Area Bourbonnais Estate Sale April 25-27
6. Awesome Revere Estate Sale
7. Skinner Auction to Feature Vintage American Guitars and Rare Violoncello
8. Antique Estates Auction
9. 19th Century cabinet cards, century-old Dodgers uniforms, highlight May Heritage Sports Auction
10. Francis Crick’s 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering DNA brings $2.27+ million at Heritage Auctions
11. 1913 Liberty Nickel, One of Five Known, Leads Heritage Central States Event
12. $4,750 CIVIL WAR CONFEDERATE OFFICER INSCRIBED 1851 NAVY REVOLVER AND $3,000 WWII COLT 1911A1 PISTOL
13. International Society Of Appraisers Announces 2013 Summer Education Schedule
14. OUTSTANDING ESTATE & ANTIQUE AUCTION APRIL 20
15. 51st Ridgefied Antiques Market
16. New state-of-the-art website for Phoenix & Consolidated Glass Collectors Club
17. Painting by Childe Hassam will headline Shannon's fine art auction Thursday, April 25th
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5, Your Classifieds...
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Several New Listings at Dinnerware Replacements
Antique French Limoges HP Signed Tray
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
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 Sunday April 21th 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.
"My husband recently passed away. My great-granddaughter always came to visit us. She is 5 years old. She saw his old worn out shoes in the trash and asked why I threw them out. I told her that he was in heaven and didn't need them anymore. She thought for a second and said that I could use them. When I told her they were too big for me, she immediately said 'But Ma, you could grow into them!" (I am 72 years old). Thanks for letting me share this. gerry h"
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
WANTED: "As a child in the 1950's living in small town and rural areas, many of our Christmas gifts were ordered from catalogs -- JC Penneys, Montgomery Wards, and Sears & Roebuck. My sister and I got a new doll, with a wardrobe, every year. Eventually we learned the dolls came from catalogs with nothing but underwear. The wonderful wardrobes were made by our mother -- I still can't imagine how she found the time to make all those clothes in addition to all her duties as the mother of 5 children. About 10 to 12 years ago I was at a small bookstore (now gone) and found books with "reprints" of some of those catalogs in the "antiques & collectibles" section. There were pictures of dolls and toys I recognized. The books were large format, approx. 8" x 10", softcover books, too expensive for me. A year or two later I was in the store and asked about the books. They had no idea what I was talking about. Recently I've tried to find the books online, searching under anything I can think of, and including sources of "out of print" books. There are reproduced catalogs on other subjects, but not toys from the 1950's or early 1960's. If you have any idea how I could find these books, or find someone who has them and is willing to copy a few pages for me, just for my own use, that would be great. While I'm at it, I'd also love to find the patterns for some of the doll clothes Mom made for 8" Ginny dolls, 12" "Little Miss Revlon" (who came with a bra & girdle and much more realistic proportions than Barbie dolls a few years later), 8" baby "Ginnette", and some larger dolls. I've got a few patterns, but there are some specific patterns still missing. I used to get several doll collector's magazines, still get one, but haven't found the old patterns, just new ones. Thank you for any help you are able to give me. Jacque ("Jackie")" (editor's note: we sent Jacque some links to TIAS dealers who sell doll patterns but if any of you have any ideas of how to help her find the books or patterns that she is looking for, drop us an email and we will forward them to Jacque)
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.
Last week Beverly asked for a recipe for a chocolate filled angel food cake. Anna S sent this delicious sounding recipe in:
GRANDMA SICKLES CAKE AND FROSTING– Must be refrigerated
1 Angel food cake mix, baked and cooled / or a store bought angel food cake
1 - small package of instant chocolate pudding
1 - 8 oz. pkg. of Philadelphia cream cheese (room temperature)
1 - cup of milk
1 - 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip (defrosted)
NOTE: You can substitute any flavor of pudding and type/flavor of cake mix.
Put soften cream cheese into a large mixing bowl, use a little of the measured milk to cream lightly with a electric mixer, add the rest of the milk and mix well until lump free, dump in INSTANT pudding, continue to mix with mixer until completely blended. By hand with a spatula fold in cool whip until completely blended.
Cut the angel food cake into a top and a bottom. Top bottom section with a small amount of filling. Place top over the filling and use the rest of the frosting to ice the cake. [You can also pinch out a channel of cake to add fresh fruit like; Berries, Bananas, Pitted Black Cherries etc… just stay away from wet fruit.]
My favorite to feed a crowd – Yellow cake mix baked in a jellyroll pan, cooled, frosting made with instant vanilla pudding. Ice the cake and use a knife to score lines into a grid for a guide to cut the cake. In the center of each square, place [well drained & blotted] 1 piece canned pineapple tidbit, 1 piece canned mandarin orange + ½ of a jarred maraschino cherry. This is a great summer cake. Anna S. - Cleveland/Westpark, OH
10. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"I read all of the recipes that were sent in for "Lost Bread" and it made me think of many Sunday nights going to my grandparent's house for dinner and we would have something that they called "Hot bread". I don't know if it was just what they called it, or if that was the real name for it. My grandmother baked it in the oven and I remember it had cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top and the house smelled so good when we walked in, but I was a little girl at the time so I have no idea about the ingredients that went into it. Thanks, Sue R."
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.
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 .....
Welcome to Southwestconnection-Memorabilia! We have been offering authentic sports autographed memorabilia online for over 10 years. Our inventory includes collectibles from MLB, NFL, NHL, Nascar & More.
AVID VINTAGE-Collectibles from the Heartland
Welcome to Avid Vintage, offering vintage collectibles from the heartland. I offer a wide assortment of ephemera, sewing patterns, housewares, and kitchen collectibles. Grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and browse my shop. Glad you're here!
Hello People, Come on in and browse thru our inventory. We have gift items for everyone you know. Our prices make it comfortable for our customers to come back to visit our store. Make an Offer. All items are Negotiable. New items added weekly.
The Gallery doors are open, welcome! Our inventory includes glass, ceramics, bisque, advertisings, cookie jars, porcelian, and coins to name a few.
Come inside and see a Beautiful eclectic mix of Antiques, Books, Collectibles, Pottery and much more.
Welcome to ABC Antiques online store. I have been a dealer for over 30 years. My specialty areas are glassware of all kinds with an emphasis on Depression Glass and Elegant Glass, China and Dinnerware, Porcelain, Advertising and Postcards.
An eclectic selection of antiques, collectibles and vintage memorabilia ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous!
12. Helpful Resources:
a) Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
b) What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
c) Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to
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