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The Collectors Newsletter #928--May 29th, 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #928--May 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 today's Antiques & Collectibles sales event at TIAS.com
When you buy from TIAS.com you are supporting small independent merchants who sincerely appreciate your business.
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2. We're always adding new items to our current Pinterest boards. We have 173 boards dedicated to antiques and collectibles so you might want to stop by to check them out. We hope there's something that interests everyone! You can check out all of our boards here:
and please "Follow" us!
For all you glass collectors out there, we've added some truly beautiful pieces to our various "glass" boards. EAPG, Depression glass, antique cut glass, Murano, Ruby glass, carnival glass. And we've even moved those boards toward the top of our pinterest page. Here are some links to those TIAS Pinterest boards:
Antique Cut Glass:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
For next week's issue:
What do you do if your grandmother has something near and dear to her heart and she tells you that when she dies she is going to leave it to you so that you can proudly display it in your home. Problem is, you absolutley hate it. A year later grandma has passed away and you are stuck with this item that you don't want. What if it's too big to be tucked away? What if it's her little dog that she had stuffed when it died? Do you get rid of it? Do you feel guilty if you do get rid of it? Do you display it in a room that is hardly used? Do you display it and everytime someone walks in, do you explain that you don't like it but you feel you owe it to grandma to display it because she loved it so? Has this ever happened to you? Even if it hasn't, what would you do? Tell us what you would do and we will run some of your replies in an upcoming newsletter. And thanks to those of you who have been responding! We really enjoy the feedback!
In a recent newsletter we asked how you felt about the following example: A popular hunting magazine ran an article written by a gun collector. He was so proud of himself for buying a shotgun from a elderly man who was closing out his home and having an estate sale. While asking $100.00 on a particular shotgun the buyer talked the elderly man down to $50.00. The buyer proudly stated how the gun was later sold for $150,000.00 and he was not in the least bit concerned with "taking" the elderly man for all it was worth. If the buyer had offered the elderly man $1000.00, 10 times the amount he was asking, do you think that would have been fair? Is it the buyer's responsibility to "come clean" or is it the seller's responsibility to do the proper research before selling an item?
Here's what some of you had to say:
"I think in some cases this is also a case of ethics. Older people may not know how to use a computer or have the resources to determine the value of things they are selling. Also they may not realize how much some things have increased in value since the time they were originally purchased. Depression Glass is one example. In that case I would feel obligated to warn the person that their price was way too low. However if I am buying something in a store, from a dealer, or from someone who runs a "yard sale" as a business and the price is too low I feel no obligation to tell them anything. If they are in business they should know what they have and what a fair price for it is. I bought a book at an used bookstore for $6.00 that was worth over $75.00 and didn't feel one bit guilty. It's their obligation to know what they have and what it's worth and if they were happy with $6.00 I was thrilled to pay it. Pat M."
"Hello, Everyone likes to get a deal but I would not take advantage of someone knowingly. If I had bought that gun and it sold at auction for such an incredible sum, I would have immediately gone back to the gentleman. I would have told him what the auction brought and offered him the full amount. I would not have been able to live with my conscience had I not done so.
This reminds me of an article in an antiques magazine from the 1990's. ( I still have the article somewhere) A lady bought a doll at a house sale. She got home and found a ruby ring pinned to the underskirt. She knew the seller but did not go back with the ring. Obviously the ring was hidden there for safe keeping and long forgotten. How many of us have hidden something to keep it safe and then forgot where it was? I think it was unconscionable that the buyer did not take the ruby ring back. As you can tell, this still bothers me. Stephanie"
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.
Last week we referred to a press release announcing that one of Lady Gaga's fingernails is up for auction. We asked how you feel about things like fingernnails or underware or a celebrity's hair being put up for auction? Would you want a piece of your favorite movie star or celebrity?
Mary F. wrote: "This is something I have never understood. People who do must not value money."
Leah D. wrote "My Mom told me about the issue regarding an auction for lady gaga's fingernail. I'm 22 and love Lady Gaga but what would I ever do with her fingernail? I have so many other things that I would want to spend my money on."
Addie A. writes: "First of all, I think it is ridiculous to even buy things like fingernails or hair that is supposedly from some celebrity, but even to those who do buy those things- how do you know it's legit unless you have your own DNA testing capabilities :) !"
Send your story to: Phil@bignews.biz
If you have an opinion in reference to the above topic, we'd love to hear from you! Please send it to: Phil@BigNews.biz and maybe we will run your opinion in an upcoming newsletter.
A request for identification:
"My grandparents had these pictures in their home back to at least when I was a baby in 1941. My gr-grandparents came over from Ireland. I was told by an authoritive person that they are original colored pencil drawings. What I cannot make out is the signature on either of them. It appears to be done in pencil with what appears to be some “m”s but no matter who I’ve asked or how much I try with a magnifying glass I just can’t make it out. Are you able to help? I know it does not appear to be clear but you are seeing what I see. Thank you for any help you can give. Mary" You can see photos of Mary's paintings, and the artist's signature, on our facebook page, just copy and paste this link into your browser:
Next request for identification help:
"Hi Phil - love the newsletter and have been a subscriber for many years. I am sure this is a common vintage kitchen tool and obviously from the condition it was used extensively. We just do not know what its purpose might have been. Thought perhaps you or one (or more) of your other readers might be able to identify it. Thank you, Jeanne A." To see three photos of Jeanne's gadget on our facebook page, copy and paste this link into your browser:
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. Petroliana and automobilia will be featured at Matthews Auctions' June 22 Check the Oil auction
2. Tidwell Antique Auction- The estate of Dr. Bill Vorhease
3. ASTOUNDING PRICES ON WORKS BY LEROY NEIMAN AND IMPRESSIVE PRICES ON ETHNOGRAPHIC AND FINE JEWELRY
4. Original artwork by emerging Russian artists to headline Elite's next auction, June 8th in Florida
5. London Auction Of Coin Recalling Troubled King Who Lost Rule Of Judea
6. The Auction Room Sales Go Live
7. Asselmeier & May Anheuser Busch & Breweriana Auction (6/1/2013)
8. Serious Toyz' Auction #55, twice delayed, is now online and will conclude May 30-31
9. RAGO AUCTIONS JUNE 6 OPEN HOUSE FEATURES A TALK BY DR. MARTIN EIDELBERG,
10. Skinner to Host Fine Books and Manuscripts Auction Featuring Presidential Documents
11. RAGO’S EXPERT APPRAISERS TOUR WITH ANTIQUES ROADSHOW THIS SUMMER
12. Stephenson's May 31 auction features Tiffany clock, furniture, art and a trove of jewelry
13. Old Toy Soldier Auctions presents Germain, Puglisi collections plus newer soldiers June 21-23
14. Alexander Calder original gouache painting from 1969 brings $114,000 at A.B. Levy's May 5th auction
15. Rago’s May 18 Fine Art Auctions Realize $1.9 Million.
16. US Postmaster General in talks with StampNews.com
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
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Several New Listings at Dinnerware Replacements
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 Wednesday May 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 email@example.com and we may run it in an upcoming issue.
"Hi Phil, I love your newsletter! Here's a story for the humor section: We went to see my grandson perform in a Christmas concert. He was in kindergarten at the time. As the children walked up onto the stage, my grandson tripped and fell. He didn't hurt himself and got right back up as though nothing happened. All of the children were getting settled into their positions on the steps of the stage and the teacher was about to begin the concert by playing the piano. Just as she was about to begin playing my grandson loudly said "Um, excuse me". The entire audience became quiet as my grandson looked directly at his mother and "whispered" "Don't worry Mommy, I'm ok. You can kiss me after the show." Jackie S.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? These stories can bring a smile to someone's face and in this day and age, can't we all use a smile? 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: 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.
Last week Amanda asked for a good lemon bar recipe. We had quite a few responses, all similar but all sounding delicious. Here are a couple of them:
This one is from Shirley M.
2 Cups flour – unsifted
1 Cup margarine or butter
˝ Cup powdered sugar – unsifted
Mix flour and sugar and cut in butter.
Pat firmly into 13” X 9” pan.
Build up slightly on edge.
Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F (325 F if glass dish)
4 eggs, well-beaten
2 cups sugar
4 tbsp flour
juice of 2 lemons (6Tbsp)
Beat all ingredients together and pour over crust.
Bake 25 minutes more at 350 F.
When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
And here's another, this one from Carol H. :
"Our lemon tree is always full so I've tried lots of lemon recipes and we love this lemon bar recipe the best".
2 1/4 cups flour, divided
1/2 pound butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, divided
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice
Grease a 9 by 13” pan.
In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar. Work in the butter with your hands to make a dough. With lightly floured fingertips, press dough firmly to the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until firm to the touch.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs lightly in a small bowl. Stir in the granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 cup flour until well blended. Stir in lemon juice. Pour lemon filling over baked crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes longer until topping is set and golden. Cool completely.
Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifting if lumpy.
10. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"Hi, I saw last week's request for lemon bars for Father's Day so here's my request, also so I can make it for my Dad on Father's Day. Does anyone have a great recipe for those rainbow colored little cakes (cookies?) that had chocolate on the top and bottom and then red, yellow and green layers in the middle, and jelly or jam between the layers as well? Sorry, I don't know what they're called. thanks, Lynn Z."
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 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 a store at TIAS.com .....
BOOKS GALORE COLLECTOR RECYCLED & MORE
Welcome to our new bookstore. We have been in mail order book business since 1993 and have many satisfied customers. We specialize in collectible books on many topics. We guarantee your satisfaction with a 7-day money back guarantee.
BUYING FOR YOU
Porcelain, glassware, jewelry and much more!
Welcome to my shop on Tias.com! I have been a dealer for almost 20 years. My inventory includes porcelain, glassware, jewelry, and much more. I respond to orders quickly and accept payments by Paypal and money order with a money back guarantee!
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.
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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