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The Collectors Newsletter #944--November 21st, 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #944--November 21st, 2013
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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
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Our Boards are still decked out for the holidays but we've changed some covers and added lots more items! It's amazing that so many of our categories have some sort of holiday themed item within. A "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" board game, Santa and Mrs Claus salt and pepper shakers, and poinsettia decorated teacups. You'd be surprised at how many of our cover photos have taken on a Christmas, Hanukkah or Holiday theme. Check them out here:
Of course you can always go to www.TIAS.com to look for even more Christmas, Hanukkah or Holiday themed items that our merchants are currently offering.
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!
Also, remember that you can 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: We are going to continue last week's topic because we received some very sincere, thought provoking responses and there appears to be two very distinct sides to this issue. Here's the topic: When you are buying something do you always ask the dealer for a better price? As a dealer, how do you feel when someone asks for a lower price, even on a $10.00 item? . Where do you stand? Let's keep the newsletter interesting and thought provoking. Send your story to Phil@Bignews.biz
"Hi Phil, To add my two cents on this topic (When you are buying something do you always ask the dealer for a better price? As a dealer, how do you feel when someone asks for a lower price, even on a $10.00 item?), sometimes I ask, and sometimes I don't. If I feel an item has been priced properly, or just a little high, I would not ask for a discount -- I want the dealer to stay in business, and to appreciate me as a customer. As a result, I've had dealers call me when they get an item I've been looking for, or offer me discounts without my asking on items that are more costly. In a shop I don't expect to visit again (such as when traveling), I do pretty much the same thing, but might ask what their discount policy is. As a result, I've gotten 20% off everything from one dealer in a multi-dealer shop, a 5% discount for purchases totaling at least $50, etc. But if I'm ever told no, sorry, there are no discounts (my usual answer when people try to buy my one-of-a-kind jewelry that's already wholesale priced), I just say thanks, and then decide if the item is worth the price to me, or not. So I guess I'm in the middle ground between your two other respondents on this! Thanks for a great newsletter, Beth in Northridge
"I would never ask for a discount on a $10 item! How cheap can you get? No way. The dealer has overhead: rent, utilities etc. If at a Flea Market and the dealer offers some money off the price, Ok, then. But I would never ask. Gail B."
"Hi there, I have to agree with Jim on this one. I’m a shop owner who pays rent. “In this day and age” as Victoria puts it, it is nearly impossible for small shopkeepers to make ends meet. Asking $10 for an item is not unreasonable. It is insulting when someone comes into the shop (or online shop) and offers half price for a reasonably priced item. They assume they should get flea market or yard sale prices for things. If that’s what they want why not go to them? Most shopkeepers try to offer a comfortable, affordable and fun shopping experience. This costs money! We travel to find things our customers want, restore them, house them and take a hit if they don’t sell. We take all the risk! If I know I’m selling to a dealer I usually offer a discount without them even having to ask. Some think they are slick and won’t reveal that they intend to resell. They want you to do the work while they make the profit. Not cool. If a customer truly wants something in my shop but can’t afford my price, I offer a payment plan. You wouldn’t randomly walk into Walmart and ask the cashier for 50% off an item, why ask this of the “Moms & Pops?”Warm regards, Kate @ Decotique"
"Victoria T., Do you ask for a discount these days when you are paying record high prices for gasoline, groceries, fuel oil, electricity and hundreds of other things? No one wonders if the vendors of those items would be happy just making a sale at any price.
The concept of getting a discount is pervasive in the antique business, but the mostly misunderstood reason behind it is usually missing from people's minds. Discounts were and are not "mandatory". Discounts are a left over from the age old process of bargaining back and forth for everything including your daily bread. The discount system that remains is rather than mandatory, a courtesy discount that should be reserved for long time customers, cash in hand buyers and for those who put a smile on your face when they enter and not when they are leaving. Those buyers who cost you extra aggravation or extra costs like charge cards or paypal should not be allowed the same courtesy price. The price level at which a discount might occur is entirely up to the vendor and varies across the country, usually increasing in metropolitan shops and high rent districts. Do not leave angry when not given a discount. The price on the item was not designed to attract you as a buyer if you believe it was too high, it was for someone else. If the seller has too many items priced for buyers that do not frequent their stand they will cease to be vendors. It is common to see 2 gas stations on the corner with lines at the one selling regular for less than the other, but the one with the greater price often has a few buyers also and remains open because they have a different set of customers, just not as many as the cheaper one."
Now for the other side of the issue:
"Hi, in response to your topic of asking for a lower price, even on a $10.00 item. Of course I ask for a lower price because I always assume that the seller has upped the price so much already and that they factor in having to "haggle" with a customer. Let's say the item is marked as $10.00. I figure that they really want $7.50 because they know that no one ever wants to pay full price so if I offer $5.00, then we can meet in the middle at $7.50. I'm happy that I got the price lowered and the seller still made money off of me. Everyone wins! Carol G."
"I always figure that it can't hurt to ask for a lower price on an item in an antique store or at a flea market and especially at a garage sale. I assume that many of those places just want to get rid of their items so they might be willing to go a little lower. What does it hurt to ask? Sometimes I'm actually willing to pay the price that the item is offered for, but if I can get it for a little less, that's even better. I don't do that kind of thing at a retail store like Macy's or Target because the cashier is in no position to lower the price.. Roberta G."
WE NEED YOUR STORY ABOUT COLLECTING. DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO PHIL@BIGNEWS.BIZ
If you do, tell us about it and if you have any photos, we'd love to see them! Send us an email to Phil@BigNews.biz so we can share your story with the rest of our readers.
Thanks to those of you who have been responding! We really enjoy, and appreciate, the feedback!
We received the following two requests for identification from two sisters:
Item #1: "Can you provide any information about this pitcher? Or is it a vase? It stands about 10" high and is about 4" wide at its widest point. It has little flowers that look like they were painted onto it but some of them are raised (bumpy). Thank you, Jen C." You can see six photos of Jen's piece here:
Item #2: "Hi, we were cleaning out my grandmother's house and my Mom came across this little piece. We think it might be ivory, but we really don't know. On the back of the wooden base it says "Adam Stellwag". We haven't been able to find any info on him so we were wondering if you might know anything about this piece. The entire piece, including the wooden base is about 3". The white part, which has a rounded back is about 2 1/4". There's nothing on the bottom but I included a photo of the bottom anyway. Thanks, Pam" You can see five photos of Pam's piece here:
A request fro help: "Here is a picture of a dessert plate. What I am looking for is cups and saucers. Some of the pieces have Vernon California with a bell as one picture shows and the other piece has just the 18 caret gold stamp. They were made in Vernon California a small suburb of Los Angeles. Thank you, Donelle" You can see the patttern that Donelle mentioned if you go to our facebook page here:
Do you have an item in your collection that you need help identifying or just would like to share with our readers? Drop us an email with a photo attached, including all dimensions of the item and any other pertinent information, 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. Rare 1792 federal bond issued to and signed by George Washington soars to record $265,500 at auction
2. Asian Art
3. Ruth Asawa Sculpture Sells for $627,750 at Rago, Nov. 16, Sets Record for Similar Work by the Artist
4. Open House at Rago on December 3 Features Panel Presentation, “Japonisme”
5. Garth's Offers 53rd Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction on Black Friday
6. XCNTRIC Chicago Estate Sale Professionals | Chicago Area Palos Heights, IL Estate Sale Nov 21-23
7. 28th Antique Stocking Stuffers Show and Sale
8. Crowds Expected for Estate Silver, Decorative Arts and Day of Jewelry at Rago's Dec. 6-8 Auction
9. Unseen Artwork By Banksy and Pechstein In Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction
10. CORDIER AUCTIONS TO SELL LEE DUDLEY DECOY, INSCRIBED ANTIQUE REVOLVERS AND 18K WEST POINT 1868 POCKETWATCH
11. Hundreds of military collectibles will be auctioned live and online by Mohawk Arms, Dec. 6th-7th
12. Iconic Photographs of Kate Moss, Christine Keeler And The Beatles Go Under the Hammer
13. Winter Year End Auction
14. Roseville pottery, brilliant cut glass, pre-1900 copper kettles, more at Stevens Auction, Nov. 23rd
15. A ROYAL CHAMPAGNE AFFAIR
17. THE GOOGLE MAPS OF WWII: Postcards and Holiday Snaps That Helped Plan the German Invasion
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5. Your Classifieds...
Gift Giving as Close as Dinnerware Replacements
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Fall is Here - So is Dinnerware Replacements!
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items 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 Thursday November 21, 2013. Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
7. Funny stories
Do you have a funny 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.
"My teenaged son and daughters make fun of me all of the time because I seem to "misplace" things that are in plain sight. (ie: I can't find my glasses but they are on my head, or I can't find my car keys and they are in my hand). The other night, after dinner, and after helping to clear the kitchen table, my 17 year old son was about to go out but he couldn't find his keys. He looked "everywhere" but just couldn't find them. Then I found them...in the refrigerator, right next to the milk that he had put away. Now the kids aren't quite so quick to laugh when I can't find something. Janine L."
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.
Our most recent request, from Sherry L. asked: "Hi Phil, It's getting cold here in the northeast and I was wondering if anyone has a good stew recipe. My kids bought me a crockpot and I thought that stew might be a nice thing to christen it with. My grandmother used to make stew for me and my sisters when we would visit and the smell of it cooking on the stove all day long was something we couldn't resist. Thank you, Sherry L."
We received this delicious sounding recipe for chicken stew from Marjorie who said: "Hi Phil, I don't know if this is what Sherry had in mind, but I have been making this chicken stew for years. I don't know where the original recipe came from as my mother had written it for me years ago. I always add a little extra chicken, carrots and sometimes I throw in a few other vegetables if I have them but here's the main recipe. I've even thrown in a packet of onion soup mix and that tastes great too! Marjorie"
small chicken thighs (about 2 pounds total)
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups water
8 small new potatoes, halved
2 stalks celery, bias sliced into 3/4-inch pieces (2 cups)
1 small onion, chopped (1/3 cup)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices (1-1/4 cups)
1/4 cup cold water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 medium carrots, sliced into 1-inch pieces (2 cups)
1. Skin chicken. In a 4-1/2-quart Dutch oven cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned, turning to brown evenly. Drain fat.
2.Add 2 cups water, potatoes, carrots, celery, fresh green beans (if using), onion, tomato paste, bay leaf, salt, and rosemary. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
3.Add zucchini. Cook, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Discard bay leaf.
4.Combine 1/4 cup water and flour. Add to chicken mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
10. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"Hi Phil, I'm looking for a recipe for a Christmas cookie that my mother used to make. They were cookies that were in the shape of a ball, and she would fill them with different things like raspberry or chocolate and then they were rolled in powdered sugar. Does that sound familiar to anyone? Thanks, Sue V."
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 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. and please don't forget the rest of our merchants. Your support goes a long way in helping our merchants.
We offer important photography books published by and about the most influential photographers of the 20th century, fiction and ephemera including postcards which supplement photographic collections with their variety of subject matter.
SPARKLE BRITE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
It's a Great day here at Sparkle Brite Antiques and Collectibles Welcome.It is our sincere hope that items in our store will bring back memories, invoke curiosity, make you smile, make you laugh as you reminisce of yesterday. Remember the Good Times
PEBBLE BEACH ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
Thank you for visiting Pebble Beach Antiques and Collectibles. We are pleased to share with you heirlooms and vintage pieces from the many beautiful collections of our family over the past 110 years. Guaranteed.
DOWN THE ROAD ANTIQUES
We specialize in high-end merchandise including lamps, art glass, Victorian antiques, toys, decorative arts and more.
ANNIE'S COLLECTIBLE BOUTIQUE
Welcome to Annie's Collectibles Boutique. We have been online selling for the past 15 years with great success. Our ever changing inventory is mainly vintage pottery or glass but may include the new collectibles and the unusual. Browse and enjoy.
THREE DIVAS VINTAGE
The Three Diva's specializes in discovering and providing the finest most exquisite antiques, & collectables, from the early 18th & 19th centuries and EAPG for the most discriminating buyers. Satisfaction guaranteed with a 7-day money back.
DOE RUN ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
Welcome to our place on the web! Our inventory includes Glass, Porcelain, Early American Pottery, and vintage unique collectibles!
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