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The Collectors Newsletter #1023 -- December 4, 2015
The Collectors Newsletter #1023 -- December 4, 2015
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1. There's still time to open a store in time for holiday sales!
2. Christmas Countdown!
3. Do you know what day it is?
4. Pinterest: Visit the Christmas boards!
5. Follow TIAS on Twitter and Instagram!
6. This Week's Stories and Requests for Help
7. This Week's Antique News
8. Your Classifieds
9. Newly listed items
10. Vintage Recipes
11. First annual TIAS.com virtual holiday cookie bake
12. New On line Merchants
13. Did you know?
14. Helpful Resources For Collectors
1. There is still time to start a store to take advantage of holiday sales!
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.
2. Some of you probably rolled your eyes when we started our Christmas countdown but time flies!!! Only 20 days until Christmas! This is getting serious :-) If you haven't started your online shopping, it's time to get started! Our dealers are not seasonal merchants, but they sure are loading up their stores with goodies for the holidays! They offer all kinds of antiques and collectibles, making shopping easier than ever. Vintage holiday decorations are a must these days! Visit
and use our search to shop, or shop by categories, listed on the far left of the page.
Remember, 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:
3. Do you know what day it is? Just to show you how versatile the inventory presented by our hundreds of sellers can be, we've been researching little-known national and world-wide "holidays" that most people aren't familiar with, and matching them up with items for sale on TIAS.com. Yesterday was Play Monopoly Day - TIAS.com sellers have a variety of vintage and collectible monopoly games, as well as novelty items such as earrings, glassware and ornaments relating to the game.
Visit us on Facebook
to read about some of the interesting and sometimes amusing "holidays"! You don't need to have a Facebook account to view that page!
4. Be sure to visit our boards on Pinterest!
We have several boards dedicated to Christmas and the Holidays, including vintage Christmas Postcards (awesome graphics from the past!), ornaments, decorations, jewelry, and a Hanukkah board!
Also visit the page for December Birthstone: Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zircon
Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zircon are the birthstones for people born during the month of December. Tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color and is found in Tanzania.
for more examples of the various birthstones available.
Feel free to stop by and check out all of our boards and while you're there, please "follow" us! We update these boards daily.
5. TIAS.com is on Twitter! Click here and be sure to follow us!
We've also started an Instagram page, so please be sure to follow us there too!
6. This Week's Stories and Requests for Help
We try to post stories and comments from our readers each week. Send your story to email@example.com and we'll publish it in an upcoming newsletter. Please share your story about what you collect and what got you started collecting. We *love* to hear your stories! 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.
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. You don't need a Facebook account to visit our page. If you do have a facebook account please "Like" us!
Also, everyday, we post a "This Date In History" story on our Facebook page, along with an item for sale on
that relates to the event. We're also highlighting one item each day that we find particularly interesting - something that's very unusual! Check it out!
Thanks to those of you who have responded in the past! We really enjoy, and appreciate, the feedback!
It's always fun to see what other people own and treasure! Although we can't put the pictures in this newsletter, please visit our Facebook page to view the images and learn about those items.
Please let us know if you'd like us to highlight one of your favorite collectibles!
One of our sellers specializes in out-of-print sewing machine manuals. It's amazing how many vintage and antique machines there are out there, and having the manual is really helpful if it needs repairs, or if you just want to use it and can't figure out how to use all it's features, or even how to thread it. The store is called Relics and the URL to the site is:
Linda, the owner, was kind enough to submit this informative article for TIAS.com to share. This is her second article, and very helpful for people looking for the value of a machine.
Any working sewing machine has utilitarian value for people who sew. A pretty sewing machine with a beautiful cabinet or case may well have decorative value to some potential buyers. Very old machines and machines which represent an important milestone in the sewing machine industry may have historical value. These would include most very early machines, from the mid eighteen hundreds, by both obscure and well known manufacturers, and a very few later machines. Also included under this heading are machines which have been owned by someone of historical significance, assuming that provenance can be established. And, then there is collector's value. Most collections have a focus of some kind, whether intentional or not. A machine which has historical value will always be of interest to some collectors, but there are also those who focus on machines with decorative and/or utilitarian value. Some collectors limit their collection to a given manufacturer.
In the United States, Singer is unquestionably the most often collected brand. Some collect only hand cranked machines, others only treadles. Some collect only very small or toy machines. Some collect only from a specific time period. Some collect machines based on the country of origin.
A real boat anchor of a sewing machine, with little potential for restoration, may still have value for its parts. Both collectors and people who sew seek out broken or incomplete machines in order to restore a better example of the same machine which is missing parts. They are looking for parts machines. The potential monetary value of a parts machine will be greatly influenced by the value of a good example of the same machine.
Now, how does all this translate into monetary value? On a given day, a sewing machine is worth only what a particular seller can sell it for, to a particular buyer, in a particular venue. Value is not fixed, but fluid. Even so, it's a good thing to consider that relatively few machines today command prices in the hundreds of dollars and very, very few sewing machines will bring thousands of dollars.
With reference to the history of your machine, was the manufacturer financially successful? Were many of these machines made? Do many survive? Rarity is a major influence on value, as is condition. Is your machine post WWII or is it from earlier in the 20th century? Is it from the 19th Century? Age is a factor that impacts on rarity. The first practical sewing machine was invented in 1851. The closer to that date a given machine was made, the more it will likely be worth. Most 20th century machines were made in the millions and most survive in great numbers. In most cases, this will hold down retail value. Some 20th century machine names on the machines are rare, but the machine model itself is likely to be common because it was distributed under a number of names.
Also, please be aware that most 20th century machines have a greater value as a piece of useful equipment than as a collector's item. Finally, a machine owned by a family member or friend may well be worth more in sentiment than in dollars. If you find that your machine will not bring riches, consider letting it bring pleasure instead. Even if closer relatives have rejected it, you could seek further: a grandchild, niece, nephew, or cousin might greatly enjoy a gift of your machine.
Here is the link to a page where you can order an appriasal for a sewing machine:
Thanks for your article, Linda!
7. 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. Bronze sculpture by Lynn Chadwick (Br., 1914-2003), titled Beast XXI, brings $96,000 at A. B. Levy's
2. E. Howard & Company No. 43 astronomical floor regulator clock soars to record $254,100 at Fontaine's
3. Western Manuscripts Return to Ely House
4. Grey Flannelís powerful Holiday Auction of sports memories and iconic Hollywood items closing Dec. 9
5. Edenshaw Totem Climbs to $120,000 at Fairfield Auction
6. Massive 1,000-lot auction will be held Dec. 12-13 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans
7. THE MAYFAIR ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR RETURNS
8. U.S., Chinese and worldwide banknotes, scripophily, more at Archives International, Dec. 11th & 14th
9. FINE JEWELRY, RARE COIN AND CURRENCY AUCTION
10. Gems, Jewelry and Gifts Galore
11. 3 Major Appraisal Organizations Announce Mission and Goals to Promote Personal Property Standards
12. Antique medical devices, quack and electroshock instruments, more at Fontaine's December 12 auction
MANY more stories are added on a regular basis. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
8. Your Classifieds...
Newest classifieds are listed here:
NEW: The Classifieds are now set up to accept PayPal as a payment option. Visit this page for more information:
WANTED classifieds are only $10 and will be listed for 30 days, and also be included here in the newsletter!
Promote your store online, or sell one or two items with a Newsletter Ad for only $25!
RENWAL Doll House Furniture
Christmas China Patterns at Dinnerware Replacements
Christmas Glassware Crystal at Dinnerware Replacements
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The Bombay Company China 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. Place your ad today at:
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
9. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure. Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
10. Vintage Recipes
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed. Email email@example.com if you would like to submit a recipe.
Here's a recipe from Doris P:
2 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pkg (6 oz) semi-sweet choc. chips melted
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Heat over to 400 degrees. Greas baking pan 9x9x2. In medium bowl, mix oats and brown sugar. Stir together butter, syrup, salt and vanilla, mis thoroughly into oat mixture. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until top bubbles. Cool, then spread chocolate on top. Sprinkle nuts onto chocolate and chill one hour. Cut into bars about 2x1. 32 cookies.
11.We' having our own TIAS.com virtual cookie bake this year! Send us your favorite holiday cookie recipe and we'll feature it here!
Here's one submitted by Deb J:
Candy Cane Cookies
Mix: 1/2 cup shortening, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/2 tspn almond extract and 1 tspn vanilla
Sift: 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tspn sale; stir into butter mixture.
Divide dough in two, add 1/2 tspn red food coloring to 1/2 of mixture. Shape into 4 inch thin logs, then twist a red and a white together, shaping into a cane shape.
Bake 9 minutes at 375 on an ungreased pan.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Email email@example.com if you have a vintage recipe you'd like to share or if you're looking for a recipe!
12. New Online Merchants this week
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. You can see them all here:
Berenice Denton's Cottage
I've been a dealer for over 40 wonderful years. My inventory includes antiques, collectibles, furnishings and fine art. Your satisfaction is my top priority. I hope you find a lovely addition to compliment your home.
Our treasures are sourced everywhere along the coast from Historic St. Augustine through the Florida Keys, as well as some very special, sweet, secret spots we can't divulge! We hope to inspire you to live green, embracing treasures from the past.
Back In Time
I'm glad you chose to visit my store. I have a collection of vintage items that are sure to interest you. Sterling silver, china, and oriental rugs are my specialty but look for other antiques here also.
Welcome to SKAntiques! My inventory consists of cut glass and crystal, tea pots and tea cups, plates, brass, china, books, costume jewelry, vinyl records, and much, much more. I hope you'll find that special something to compliment your collection!
Timeless Art LLC
Welcome to our website of Timeless Art!! We have been Designers for Interior and Exterior Design for Many Years and Pride ourselves in finding the most Unique and hard to find Art Elements for your Designs, including Garden Elements.
Thierrysmith Antiques & Collectibles
Welcome and thank you for visiting our shop. We hope you find something you love and visit often. As you browse our inventory of china and dinnerware, please know that your satisfaction is important to us.
Family company that is specialized in some of the most beautiful antique around. We buy and sell our items worldwide and have had acquired a very happy clientele over the past 40 years of being in this beautiful business.
Times Past Jewelry
Welcome to Times Past Jewelry. We specialize in vintage costume jewelry with over 30 years experience in the antique and collectible trade. We quarantee satisfaction or your money back.
13. Did you know . . . . this about TIAS.com?
You can shop by category! On the left side of any screen on TIAS.com (including the individual stores), you'll find a list of Categories.
TIAS.com has an "Advanced Search" feature to help narrow down your search results. Just use the SEARCH box at the top of any TIAS.com page, you'll see a link to "Advanced search", or bookmark this link for easy access:
TIAS.com has a page available so that you can send emailed vintage postcard messages to friends and family. Take a look at our selection here:
TIAS.com provides a directory which lists over 2300 clubs related to Antiques and Collectibles? You can search by name, website name, type or description, as well as alphabetically. Take a look here:
If you head up an antiques and collectibles club, feel free to register it today!
14. 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) Sell Antiques & Collectibles online with us at:
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