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The Collectors Newsletter #277 November 2004

The Collectors Newsletter #277 November 2004

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Bell
2. Safe online shopping & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas
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 newsletter@tias.com 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 Bell
I loved the Haunted Frame story! We have lived in the St. Johns, Michigan
area for 24 years and have gotten to know our rural "farmfolk'" neighbors
very well. Living in a farmhouse we find it hard to trace when it was built
originally, aside from the addition which was built in 1898, and the milk
room built in 1903 etc., we only know history of this place and it's
inhabitants from the relatives of the former residents. They live right down
the road. One of these people was an old farmer named Bud who had
grown up in the section and shared pictures of he and his uncle in the
front of our house standing by a horse and buggy, before any additions
were made. When Bud decided to retire from farming, he had an auction
sale and was kind enough to call me and ask if I wanted to make an offer
on the cast iron dinner bell sitting in his barn down the road from us. Of
course I made a bid, he accepted, and I had that bell up before the auction.
We also bought other wonderful things at his auction including a 1950
Farmall H tractor for my husband and a wonderful 3 pronged pitchfork
which we have seen in the old pictures. But the bell was like the heart of
the farm to me. Bud was a well know tease in the neighborhood and loved
practical jokes. He passed away shortly after the auction and soon after
that, within days, our dinner bell began to ring itself. About 3 times, when
our family was home, we heard it ring, with no one near it and no wind that
75 pound bell managed to ring itself. Well we figured it was Bud, coming
for one last practical joke. When I told Bud's widow later (I waited months
so not to upset her so soon after his death) she told their adult children and
now whenever I see them or other neighbors, I get teased about the
haunted bell. I'm not the only one who heard it, and I'm glad of that since
otherwise people might think I was a little coo coo!!...Melissa R.
St. Johns, MI
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 newsletter@tias.com .

2) Safe online shopping & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas

Since 1995 TIAS merchants have offered safe online shopping. All TIAS
merchants have a 7 day return policy on all of your online purchases, so
shop with confidence at TIAS.com this Holiday season.

We have a fun tool that allows you to shop just for antiques and collectibles
in the $25 to $50 range. Every page is different and there are thousands of
fascinating items to look at. Give a unique and wonderful gift this year.
Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/gifts.fcgi?rn=3

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: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

Here are today's classifieds......

DODDZ Angel Pin, 1968, R/S, Book Piece,Nice!

Espresso...It's What's Hot, Hot, Hot...


Russian Lustreware & Porcelain Figurine

Shelley Fine Vintage English Bone China

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Eastlake Settee

Vintage Compact: Mondaine Red Leather Book w/ Lady
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4) The Perfect Holiday Gift (sponsors message)
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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
or family.

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.
Item found that needs to go home
I found a class ring in a parking lot in Louisville, KY buried in the mud.
I ran an ad in our local paper without any luck. The ladies ring is from
Harris High and dated 1973 with the initials AMW. There isn't a Harris
High in our area that I could find. Any help would be appreciated. I
would like to return this to the original owner.
Please contact hollybloom@aol.com.
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 newsletter@tias.com

FANS OF CLASSIC VINYL RECORDINGS should be aware that some old
albums are being reissued on new 12-inch vinyl records. According to the
November issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter, one of
the most recent series of reissues by ABKCO includes 11 early Rolling
Stones titles. For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
November 19, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
At the time of one of my children's births, my husband was taking care of
the four little ones at home, since I was not able to be there and make the
meals. Yeah! This dates me. It was the time when we stayed at least three
to five days in the hospital after giving birth! Anyway, my husband asked
me for a good way to make pork chops, so I told him the children like
breaded chops really well and explained how to dip the chops in egg/milk
batter, season and then into the bread. Well, the next evening, when he
came to visit me at the hospital, I asked him how the pork chops turned
out. He said okay, but I sure had a lot of trouble getting those little pieces
of bread to stick to the chops, and then to keep them on while frying was
almost impossible. Oh, oh! After I laughed myself silly, I wondered, "Did
I forget to tell him that it was bread crumbs he was to use?" Such a funny
visual. Hope you had a chuckle . Betty S.... Dixon, IL
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 newsletter@tias.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 To Buy: Old Guitars, Amplifiers and Saxophones

WANTED: old Reed & Barton stainless flatware 'Colonial Forge'


WANTED: Encaustic Jet ware

Wanted Colored Greentown Glass

WANTED: Wanted - Round Milk Bottles from All 50 States

WANTED: Victorian Belle July Bell
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
319,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Kim H. requested a recipe for a "green bean pickles"
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 Kim H.'s request for Green Bean Pickles or Pickled Green
Beans! among my 7,000 cook book collection recipes. Hope it is what
she is looking for:
8 garlic cloves, peeled
2 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
2 tsp. mustard seed
2 tsp. dill seed
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
5 cups water
3 1/2 cups cider vinegar
1/4 cup canning salt
Place two garlic cloves in each of four 1-pint jars. Pack beans
into jars within 1/2 inch of top. Add 1/2 tsp. mustard seed, 1/2 tsp dill
seed and 1/4 tsp. pepper flakes to each jar.
In a Dutch Oven, bring the water, vinegar and canning salt to a
boil. Ladle boiling liquid over beans, leaving 1/4 in. headspace. Adjust
caps. Process for 10 min. in a boiling water bath. Yield: 4 pints
Enjoy! Ginny K.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

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.
When I was a child (50 years ago) our next door neighbor who was a
elderly lady from Mississippi made what she called molasses bread.
I don't know what else was included with the molasses except I think
lord was one of the ingredients. The bread was a light brown in color
and reminds me somewhat of ginger bread except the consistency
was heavier. I have not seen this bread since her death some 40-45
years ago. If anyone has this recipe I would appreciate it.
Pauline D.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.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.

Aunt B's Attic
Vintage Advertising & Memorabilia Galore! You will find many vintage
advertising pieces, from Coke to Budweiser, ranging from signs, clocks,
magazine ads, cardboards, bottles and trays. All price ranges, there's
something for everyone!

D&T's Antiques & Collectables
You will find a very diverse collection of unique items in our store. Our
inventory includes cast iron parlor stove, antique typewriter, camera,
original oil painting, doll, furniture, china, etc. So enjoy shopping and
please come back often!
Sell with us
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
http://www.tiasexchange.com. 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 http://www.kovels.com

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
free service at http://www.tias.com/stores/kovelsyellow/

3. Get an online appraisal
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Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and
recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at
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