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The Collectors Newsletter #275 November 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #275 November 2004
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Hazards of Collecting & Mirrors
2. Some neat things to look at
3. Your Classifieds
4. The Perfect Holiday Gift (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
The Hazards of Collecting
I have a 60" life size statue of Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. The statue
belonged to my son before he passed away. One day he had some friends
over. One of them happened to be a police officer, who just was dressed
for work and he was wearing his gun. He happened to walk in to the den
where the statue was standing in the corner, in the famous pose with her
gun drawn. The room was not well lit and the policeman immediately drew
his gun and almost shot the statue. He was a rookie you see, and it scared
him quite a bit. Marie C.
In response to our story about the mirror in the last issue, this poem was
Mirror, mirror on the wall you are restless when you fall. You must be hung
and left alone strengthened by reflections not your own. When placed in a
place of rest, you surely will do your best...but until you find a spot that is
right...you will reflect many restless nights. Kathy B.
I read with great interest the story of Linda's antique mirror. Lucky she
found a room it would work in. I wrote you a while back about an antique
dresser with large, full-length mirror which I purchased in an antique shop
and of the many problems it caused us. I finally thought everything had
settled down; then it began again. I awoke one night when someone slapped
me on the face; soon after, a chair which you could not tip no matter how
you tried, in my bedroom, tipped completely over with me in it in the middle
of the night. The huge bruise on my hip and thigh was shaped exactly like
a heart! That was enough. We got rid of the dresser and have had
absolutely no more problems since. For me, I will never buy another antique
with a mirror. Thanks. Dolores P.
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to email@example.com .
2) Some neat things to look at
We have a fun tool that allows you to shop just for antiques and collectibles
in the $25 range. Every page is different and there are thousands of
fascinating items to look at. Take a look at:
3) Your Classifieds...
Are you looking for a special collectible for your collection? 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 300,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Here are today's classifieds......
Vintage Compact: Mondaine Red Leather Book w/ Lady
The Forest has Eyes - Bev Doolittle print
Sandy's Fancy Pants Antiques and Collectibles
Over 100 vintage Cookbooks for sale!
Vintage Italian Silver Filigree Parure-Hearts
Visit Pizazz for Powder Compacts and Costume Jewelry
Blue and White
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
4) The Perfect Holiday Gift (sponsors message)
Do you have a record of everything in your collection? Have you written
down all the stories about how you found each piece? It can actually be fun
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5) Lost and Found
We accept three types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
Looking for an item
First, let me say, I love your newsletter -- especially reading all of the
wonderful stories from people sharing their memories.
Hopefully someone can help me out. When I was a small child, I
unwittingly destroyed some of my older sister's things, as young children
sometimes do. Evidently, I managed to tear apart her favorite book, a
children's story that had been handed down to her, "Ameliaranne and the
Magic Ring." I've searched for this book on and off for years, hoping to
replace it for her. (As an older sister, she still holds a grudge, of course!)
I've found that there was a long series of "Ameliaranne" books, beginning
in the 1930s, and written by at least three different authors, but I have
never been able to find the one particular book my sister misses so much:
"Ameliaranne and the Magic Ring," by Eleanor Farjeon. (I think this is the
author, anyway.) It's possible that this book was only published in England,
but I'm not sure about that either.
If anyone one knows of a copy for sale out there -- please let me know.
I would love to "return" this precious book to its rightful owner for Christmas,
or even her 50th birthday (coming up this year!)
Thank you very much in advance for any help you may be able to offer.
-Clara Sturak, Santa Monica, CA, firstname.lastname@example.org
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at email@example.com
6) News from the Kovels
ANTIQUE DOLLS-Collectors call dolls with glazed porcelain heads
"china-head" dolls to distinguish them from dolls with bisque (unglazed
porcelain) heads. The November issue of Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles newsletter reports that china- or bisque-head dolls, even those
with elaborate molded hairdos and muslin or kid bodies, are not particularly
rare, so their prices are respectable but not astounding. For more
information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
November 12, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and jokes 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 the next issue.
My hubby decided to foray into my kitchen again. In the intervening years
we have both gotten pretty good in the kitchen, so when he told me he was
making breakfast (his specialty) I couldn't wait. When he brought in the
breakfast it looked and smelled wonderful. And he had decided to try his
hand at something new -- biscuits and gravy, what a pleasant surprise!
After taking one bite, I asked him politely where did he get the flour for the
gravy? To which he told me out of the container on the counter. Turns out
that he had used the powdered sugar that I had been baking with the night
before! So, no one ate the gravy with the biscuits, and since then, every
time he needs to use flour, he brings me the container and has me check
it for him. Now, he is sweet, not the gravy, when he cooks.
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: Encaustic Jet ware
Wanted Colored Greentown Glass
WANTED: Wanted - Round Milk Bottles from All 50 States
WANTED: Victorian Belle July Bell
WANTED: DIONNE QUINTS MISSING NAME PIN--MARIE.
WANTED: WANTED: MATTEL PULL STRING TALKING LION "LARRY"
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: DIONNE QUINTS MISSING NAME PIN--MARIE.
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
319,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Angie D. requested a recipe for a "Applesauce Pie"
Here is one of the responses. If you have a variation of this recipe that
you would like to share with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I found this recipe in my Grandmothers cookbook that is dated 1933..
hope this is the one you're looking for.
1 3/4 cup applesauce
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbl. flour
1 cup milk
1 tea. vanilla
pinch of nutmeg
Combine all ingredients & mix thoroughly. Pour into unbaked pie shell
& bake 25-30 minutes at 350 or until filling doesn't giggle when the pan
is moved. Serve with sweet whipped cream. Nancy B. Eatonville, WA
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
11) A vintage recipe request from a reader
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 the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
My mom and grandmother used to make Vinegar Fudge at Christmas
time. The recipe is gone, so is my family. Can you help? Maggie L.
If you can help this reader with this 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:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory for Holiday shoppers.
Piece By Piece, Inc.
Robert and I collect it all...The "plain" and "not so plain"...I know we have
something you have been searching for...We offer china, crystal, silver,
and a mix of collectibles...Come on in for a peek!
Pie in the Sky Collectibles
Jewelry, purses, books & many other collectibles--both old and new--all
under one Sky!
At River Oaks My store is very diversified with Vintage Glass, Art glass,
Wood Items, Made In Japan, Belleek, Figurines, Pottery, Enesco, Cups
& Saucers, Some Antiques, lots of collectibles.
Mid century Modern Vintage china and dinnerware
North Fork Pets And Antiques
We at North Fork Pets and Antiques specialize in fine antique bird
cages, over 70 birdcages in stock!
Collectors plates, sets and individual pieces of dinnerware and fine
china. Some pieces are rare and antique, others are vintage. Salem,
Century, Limoges, and many other brands are in stock.
Great Value Collectibles
We have a great collection of Genuine Wood, Porcelain, Silverplated,
Glass and Handcrafted collectibles. The Swords and Knives are a
collector's dream. Everything at genuine prices. Most of all we care for
our customers. Enjoy your stay at our store.
Sell with us
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell, open
your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 170,000 customers visit us
on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:
13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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3. Get an online appraisal
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