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The Collectors Newsletter #930--June 13th, 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #930--June 13th, 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 174 boards dedicated to antiques and collectibles so you might want to stop by to check them out. Here is the link to our Pinterest boards:
Feel free to stop by and check out all of our boards and while you're there, please "follow" us!
With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, here are some of our Pinterest boards that might be of interest to that special Dad in your family. Happy Father's Day!
US Civil War Artifacts:
Photography and Cameras
Vintage Transistors, radios, fans and phones
Sports Related Vintage and Modern Collectibles
Vintage Space Stuff That is Cool
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.
For next week's issue: Going along with the theme of last week's topic (see below), how do you react if you are selling items that you mark as original, and someone tells you that they are reproductions? Do you get mad? Do you research it? Do you change the listing?
Send an email with your response to Phil@BigNews.biz Your feedback helps us to keep the newsletter interesting :)
And thanks to those of you who have been responding! We really enjoy the feedback!
Last week we asked: What do you do if you are browsing in an antique shop, or even online, and you come across someone who is selling counterfeit, or reproduction, items, but they have them identified as originals, and are asking prices that correlate to an original item? Has this ever happened to you? How did you handle it? If it hasn't happened to you, how would you handle it? Here is a response that we received:
"Good morning, Phil! I'm writing in response to your request for stories about spotting mis-labeled items in antique malls etc. During a visit to a favorite local antique shop, I found a large corbel in the form of a mythical Green Man figure. It was a striking piece that looked as if it had been carved from oak. The tag said something like: "Antique carved wood corbel" and the price was $75. I'm an eBay dealer, so I checked the piece for a maker's mark or date. I found a date of 1975, and the piece was not carved wood, it was plaster! The shop owner knew me as a long-time customer. She was horrified when I showed her the mis-labeled piece; it had recently been brought in on consignment, so she had not personally inspected it. She was so relieved when she saw I was not going to make a big fuss about it, that she was glad to negotiate a lower and more appropriate price. So this was a win-win situation: I got a piece I really liked for a fair price, and the shop owner got a timely reminder about consignment items. Thanks! Peggy L.Ypsilanti, Michigan"
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.
In another newsletter we asked about curbside finds, and what you did with them. In response to that we received the following note, it wasn't exactly a curbside find, but it goes along with the theme and is nice to know how nice our readers are!
"Hi Phil. That's woman's story of returning the chairs to the neighbors family reminded me of something. We moved onto our cul-de-sac in 1984 and were so lucky to have our wonderful next door neighbors Doris and Ben. They were retired and were like grandparents to my two girls and like a favorite relative to us! I spent a lot of time over their chatting and having coffee. Ben told me not to go buy things at Home Depot until I checked with him. He usually had the nail, screw or bolt I needed and with his tools and machines I always had a next door handyman. One day Doris asked me if I would like to have the two Hull vases that used to belong to her mother. She knew I loved antiques and old things. I said I thought that one of her three grown children would probably want them. She replied that none of them where interested in that old stuff and since she knew I loved them, she wanted to give them to me. So I took them and enjoyed looking at them every day. Over ten years down the road, both Ben then Doris passed. They only had three grandchildren, who lived in Oregon and whom I had meet when they were little. Their parents divorced and I lost contact. However, I came across one granddaughter, through a post on Google, and send her an message asking her, now that she was grown, if she wanted these vases from her grandmother. She remembered me and was so happy that I contacted her. I sent the two vases, the Hull Wildflower and the larger Magnolia one, both from the '30's, to her. One she would keep and display and the other she would give to her younger sister. They were both so thrilled and were very surprised that I would find them just to give them back something that I felt they should have. They actually did not have much from their grandparents and now they at least had something that had been in the family as a keepsake. I was glad to be able to do that for them. Randee in CA."
If you have an opinion, or a story, in reference to any of the above topics, we'd love to hear from you! Please send it to: Phil@BigNews.biz and maybe we will run it in an upcoming newsletter.
A request for identification:
"This would appear to be either a frame of some sort or something used to do needlework. It was in my recently deceased mom’s things and I ended up with it. It’s interesting but would be more so if I knew just what it really is. Thanks for any help. Diane" You can see a photo of Diane's item on our facebook page and by copying and pasting this link into your browser:
Next request for identification help:
"Dear Phil, I am wondering if any of your readers out there know where this came from. The bird? container measures 4 1/2" x 3" x 4" tall and is made up of 2 cast pot metal pieces that are attached together with 2 metal rings. The front also has a clasp but is missing a pin that would hold this shut. It is heavy for it's size, 1 lb 1 oz. It has no maker marks. Any ideas where it came from or how old it is? I'm guessing 50's Mexico tourist item but it is just a guess.
Thank you, Lara H." To see photos of Lara's container, copy and paste thie following 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. June 15 auction features art from old Virginia inn, musical equipment from estate of LeRoi Moore
2. Skinner Discovery Auction to Feature Vintage Accessories
3. Maravich HOF Induction ring tops $88K in Grey Flannel’s June 5 Summer Games Auction
4. The estate of Renaissance man George Potter, Jr. will be sold June 20-22 in Kansas City, Mo.
5. THE INAUGURAL MILITARY SALE - A Fresh Format For Medals and Militaria
6. OUTSTANDING COIN, CURRENCY AND JEWELRY AUCTION
7. Record-setting minerals collection leads Heritage Auctions’ $3.57+ million Nature & Science sale
8. KFC founder and American icon, Col. Sanders’ white suit readies at Heritage Auctions
9. Jesse James’ gun belt, Jim Younger’s decorated fiddle, headline ‘Outlaw’ trove in public auction
10. Skinner to Host Auction of American Indian & Tribal Art in Marlborough
11. Items from a disbanded police department in Pennsylvania will be auctioned June 15th
12. THE DAVID FORE COLLECTION -1839 Rupee Breaks World Record
13. GROGAN & COMPANY CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
14. 21st Antiques in the Church Yard
15. Skinner Hosts Auction of 20th Century Design in Boston
16. Rare Antique Tibetan Headdresses to be offered at the June 30 Wovensouls Auction
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 Thursday June 13th, 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.
"I was visiting my daughter who has a boy who was 5 and a girl 3 at the time. Her family join hands around the supper table and the children take turns saying the Grace. It is the usual one for children—God is great. God is good, Let us thank him for our food. . On the last night I was there I said, “I think it should be Grandma’s turn to say Grace” Their father said,” yes I think grandma should say Grace.” So we bowed our heads again and I said my usual Grace. My 3 yr old granddaughter leaned over to me and said in a low voice,” Grandma, that’s not right. I’ll say the words and then you say them after me and I’ll tell you how to say Grace’’ She was so earnest about helping me it was funny and her Dad told her there were lots of ways to say Grace and that mine was just fine. Grandma C."
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 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.
Last week Patrice asked: "Hello. I collect vintage cookbooks and have thousands of recipes, but one recipe eludes me. I grew up with extended family, and my great aunt used to make chicken and rice for the family. I have tried to duplicate it, but that flavor eludes me. She never followed a recipe sheet, but I have a feeling that this is an old African American recipe that was passed down over the years. Can anyone help? I will take all recipes. I grew up in the 70's in Virginia. Thanks. -Patrice J. Richmond, VA "
Thank you Sherri D. for thie following note and recipe for Patrice:
Hi Phil, Don't know if this is the recipe that Patrice is looking for, but my aunt Mae in Texas used to make this and she would be in her 90's:
Chicken and Rice
4 chicken breast pieces or 6 thighs
1 cup white rice (uncooked)
2 1/2 cups water
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
1/4 cup butter
Melt the butter in a casserole dish big enough to hold the chicken in a single layer.
Spread the rice over the butter.
Place the chicken over the rice.
Sprinkle the dry soup mix over the chicken and add the water.
Cover and bake at 350 for about 1 hour until rice is cooked- check under the chicken after 45 minutes.
You won't need salt or pepper.
Sheila R. wrote in with this tip: "I don't have a recipe for Patrice, but there is something I want to share. My late aunt made excellent chicken with rice soup. No one else made soup that could match it. Her trick was to add "a little" evaporated milk, not enough to turn the dish into a cream soup, rather just enough to flavor and enrich the broth without giving it the taste of evaporated milk."
10. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"Hello, I'm desperately looking for recipes that use the good old jello pudding mix that you have to cook! Most of the available (Jello Pudding) books for that call for instant, and according to the Kraft website, you cannot substitute the cooked kind for the instant! I've "inherited" a bunch of packages (mostly chocolate and lemon) and I'm at a loss to do any more than just make pudding. Bet there are readers out there who have wonderful recipes using this stuff! Thanks for any help....Linda Harris
P.S. Still looking for that fruit cake recipe that is mostly nuts, dried cherries, and citron with very little cake holding it together...."
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, (either recipe...the jello recipe or the fruit cake 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 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
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