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The Collectors Newsletter #955--May 16, 2014
The Collectors Newsletter #955--May 16, 2014
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1. Celebrating Dads and Grads!
3. This Week's Stories
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Wanted Classifieds
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
12. Come sell with TIAS.com!
1. Our dealers are having special sales on everything relating to gift ideas for Father's Day and Graduates for the few weeks. See what our TIAS.com sellers are offering!
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.
To view the most recently added items by all TIAS Merchants, please visit:
2. We're always adding new items to our current Pinterest boards. We have over 180 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!
We just started a board with gift suggestions for Dads and Grads! We'll be adding more ideas over the next weeks. What could be better than an antique or vintage gift!
Of course you can always go to
to look over all the various 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
Also, everyday, we post a "This Date In History" story, along with an item for sale on
that relates to the event. Check it out!
Vicki, one of our readers, sent in images of a pin her grandmother owned. She'd like help identifying it and finding out the value. "It is about 1 1/2 " square all around. This was my grandmothers probably from the 40' s, 50's, 60's or maybe earlier .. she was born in the 1900's."
Click here to see the pictures:
Here's a follow up story from one of our sellers, Myrna.
"I wrote my story on Tias about a month ago and decided to add more to the original story. Maybe it will inspire someone out there in Tiasland to do something similar? When we are small business operators we need to help and encourage each other to work hard and make a "go" of what our passion is. My passion turned out to be dinnerware, dishes of ALL kinds, doesn't matter what - sets, singles, glasses, new and used. China, stoneware, or anything else that goes in the kitchen or dining room. (along with other things too of course.)
The attached photos are truly only part of my inventory. I have my garage and 2 guest rooms full of shelves in addition to the many you will see in the pictures from my larger storage area which consists of 2 rooms. At last count there was well over 50,000 items. I even have dishes in my side yard, all on shelves and sheds. I know, time to see a shrink? But who knows of a good dish shrink? I have put my heart and soul into this business for 15 yrs. and have made a very good living doing so. The economy hit hard as people slowed down on buying dishes. They were having a hard time buying food to put on the dishes! But sticking with it and pursuing what I started way back when, it is still a thriving business. I have slowed down a little the past couple months with both shopping and listing because of a remodel in my house and not having time to do everything as well as before. But all that will soon be over and I will get ready for the coming fall and winter sales. When I started doing this, I knew nothing about china. I did not know brand names, patterns, etc. Now I can go into a store and see a plate sitting far away on a shelf and I know the maker and the pattern name. Seldom do I have to look anything up to know what it is. As I said, passion? Obsession? Whatever it is, it is fun and I love it. Hard work and hours of computer time but any job you work at, you need to do it to the best of your ability to succeed and that is what I have tried to do since day one.
I encourage each of you to find something you really like - books, car parts, electronics, knick knacks, anything at all - and try listing a few things to sell. If you need extra money, if you have extra time, it is a great way to supplement your income even if you don't do it to the capacity that I have. It is a learning process but as you do it and as you sell something, you will catch on to the right and wrong way and the things to buy that will resell. With our economy as it is still, people shop the internet in an amazing way. They save gas and time even if they pay shipping costs, they will still buy and come back again for reorders.
Have fun with whatever you do in life and take a minute to check out my store on Tias.
Thanks for reading. --- Myrna"
To view the images she provided, please visit:
Here's an interesting story from one of our readers. What would you have done or said? We'd love to hear your comments!
"Hi, here's a story that your readers might find interesting. I live on the west coast and every year there is a huge (really huge!) garage sale in my town. It is held in the name of a little boy from our town who died many years ago and, over the years, this sale has become enormous. The little boy's parents are the ones who started it and they still run it. Thousands upon thousands of items (furniture, sporting equipment, household goods, jewelry, silver etc) are donated by local residents and it is held in an enormous indoor space. The residents know that the proceeds from the sale of their items go to various very deserving kid's charities, schools, foundations for kids etc.
I always volunteer the day before to help set up, I work a table on the day of the sale and I help clean up too. A few years ago I was in charge of the tables that had various pieces of silver and crystal. (a local appraiser even comes by on the day of set up, to try and help appraise some of the higher end items and yes, many of the items come from very affluent residents). There was a gorgeous set of candelabras that the appraiser said were worth at least $1000.00, if not more. Knowing that it is a garage sale, but that all of the proceeds go to very deserving kids, they were priced at $750.00. Many people admired them but admitted that they hadn't come to a garage sale to pay $750.00 for anything.
Toward the end of the day a woman offered $100.00 for the candelabras. I told her that I couldn't sell them for such a low price but that if she could make a more reasonable offer, I would consider it. (if items of great value don't sell, they are put into a local antique shop until they do sell, and that shop owner does not take a percentage of the sale. Other, lesser valued items are donated to nearby shelters).
The woman who made the offer started to make a commotion, telling me that whether it's $750 or $100, I was depriving kids of the money by not selling them to her for $100. She was yelling so much that people around us started to take notice. She tried to get people to listen to her as she told them that I should be removed from the sale because I was preventing a sale which could benefit children. It was quite alarming that she would accuse me of anything and that she was causing such a commotion. Finally, she was escorted out of the building but it left me feeling unsettled, to say the least. The best thing to come out of it was that the candelabras ended up going to the antique shop and selling for $1500.00, all of which went toward a new children's playground."
Harry J is still looking for a Homer Laughlin wash basin to match other pieces he has. Can you help?
I have been trying to locate a Homer Laughlin Wash Basin, Pattern 2366, Victoria/Violets Pattern. It has purple violets with gold flowers and rim. It is supposed to be Dutch Shape in toilet ware. I have the rest of the set from my Grandmother, and it is still almost as good new. I would really like to find the Wash Basin to complete the set. I have almost exhausted my searching ability. Someone has to have one somewhere. I know it is old; close to 1890 as far as my research has got me. Thanks, Harry J
To see the images he provided, please visit:
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If you have a story you'd like to share, tell us about it and if you have any photos, we'd love to see them! Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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. Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff now available
2. Old Time Bottles and Collectibles - The grand opening of our new online shop. Time in a bottle- lost time-captured time- a time of yesterday!
3. Folk art painting by Sam Doyle brings $204,000, a record for the artist, at Slotin Folk Art Auction
4. Botero ‘Ballerina’ Bronze, 2 Original Picassos Lead Beaux Auctions’ May 27 Fine Art & Antiques Sale
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5. Your Classifieds...
Newest classifieds are listed here:
Father's Day/Graduation Gifts - Dinnerware Replacements
Treasured Sentiments Music Jewelry Box - Roses
Antique Biscuit Jar
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:
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure. Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
8. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
We had a few responses to last week's request from Laurie from Michigan for a coconut filled bundt cake. Here's one from Linda L:
"Laurie R. from Michigan wanted to know how to make a Chocolate Bundt cake with a tunnel of coconut. I hope this will help.
1 box of dark chocolate cake mix ( the ones with pudding in the mix are better). Mix cake according to directions. Pour 2/3 of mix into greased bundt pan. Then mix together 3 cups of Bakers sweetened coconut, a can of sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Spread this in the center of the cake mixture and then cover with the rest of the cake mixture. Bake about 50 - 55 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Allow cake to cool .Remove from pan and drizzle with a glaze made with 2 cups confectioners' sugar, 1 Tb. butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 TB milk, Enjoy
*Note - the recipes are submitted by fellow Collectors Newsletter readers and are not checked for accuracy or tested by the TIAS staff. Keep in mind that many of these recipes were created at a time when there were no worries about such things as raw eggs, for example - so modern kitchen safety should prevail.
9. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
Here's a request from Jack M. for a crumb cake:
"Looking for a great bakery type recipe for crumb cake — the kind with a really thick layer of crumbs (not too dry) over a very thin layer of crumb bun-like cake! Thanks, Jack"
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.
TIAS.com merchants have well over 4,000 cookbooks for sale! You can see them here:
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
10. 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.
Dandria's Heavenly Treasures
Come on in and check it out. From Paper Collectibles, Books, Comics, Glass, Kitchen, Cast Iron, Christmas and Holiday Items, Toys, Linen, Crafts Supplies, Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Floral and Greenery and so much more to choose from.
Time is lost in a bottle- bottles have changed shapes sizes and the cures from yesterday no longer exist. I will be bringing several hundred bottles of all types to the store and collectibles of yesterday
Priscilla's Plethora of Paper
Priscilla's Plethora of Paper offers a wide selection of antique and vintage ephemera including postcards, valentines and trade cards! All items carefully researched and guaranteed to your satisfaction.
Diamond Violet Co, Inc.
Fine Antique & Vintage Dealers for over 25 years! GIA/EGL Certified Diamonds. Great customer service and best value!
Antiques, Art, Porcelains, Collectables, costume Jewelry, And Misc. Vintage items, collected from estates, and shops all over New Orleans by all walks of life... these items were salvaged over many years and saved for you today.
Vintage Sewing and Craft Supplies 1950's to 1990's. Inventory includes Sewing and Craft Supplies including patterns, fabric, kits and other accessories.
Ken Frank Collectibles
With over 50 years of combined experience, we sell antiques, vintage clothing, miscellaneous items for both the serious and whimsical collector, jewelry both fine and costume, and a diverse selection of unique accessories for home decor.
Each piece is chosen with the greatest of care and attention to details. We love art and beautiful objects, this makes us highly respected in the antiques market.
Coins and Collectibles
Specializes in collectible coins and memorabilia. Prices are realistic and market related.
Willows and Magnolias
Our store specializes in unique antique and vintage estate finds. We offer a 7 day money back guarantee and accept Paypal.
11. 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
12. COME AND SELL WITH US!
It's easy to open your very own online antique shop with TIAS.com! There are no setup or listing fees, and we'll even help you with a custom logo and banner at no charge! For more information, take a look at
and you can start building your store at TIAS.com today. If you've got questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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