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The Collectors Newsletter #278 November 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #278 November 2004

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Hurricane
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.
Hurricane Ivan hit the Pensacola, Fl area this October, and I was distressed
for my friend Jane who lost her condominium home on the bay, and most of
its contents. What could I do to help--what of my things might she need, I
wondered one morning as I brushed my teeth. Suddenly I found myself
thinking not of Jane, but actually of her mother who had died some months
before the storm and was an amazing, fun-loving mother and grandmother
with a background in fashion and merchandising. I began to gather some
things to take to Jane. Leaving my house,the door was ajar to one closet--as I
went to close it, I spied a plumped European pillow with vintage sham of white
lace and cut work, hanging out over the shelf. It had been a birthday gift from
a friend of mine named Suzy--and I had set it out on my bed, but it was so
luxurious and pristine that I had treasured more than used it and put it away
for safekeeping. When I saw Jane, I gave her the items gathered, and she
was very grateful. Then I reached into my car for the massive pillow---as
soon as she saw the pillow and sham, she began to cry, and I tried to
reassure her that everything would be fine and that in fact her mother's image
had come to me as I was brushing my teeth that day. Jane cried even more,
and said that the night before in her new apartment, she was sad, thinking
how she regretted not taking to safety the large European pillow with a sham
from her bed--one that her mother had given her it in the last year of her life.
She could not believe I was handing her a near-duplicate and that she felt
somehow her Mom was telling her that everything would be all right again.
I added that actually the sham had been a gift of my friend Suzy. Jane
said, "You know my mother was called Suzy by every member of the family."
Now I have space in my closet and Jane has a memory of mother recovered
and I know that even while brushing one's teeth, pay attention as little
serendipitous miracles can happen! ....Judy K.

--Another Story--

We bought our first house in the mid 1990's from the relatives of a 95 year old
lady. The house had been built in the 20's and was a classic Milwaukee
Bungalow. She had been moved to a nursing home and her house was being
sold. She was a very particular lady. The house could only be shown if her
niece was present and when we were being shown the house all o fthe doors
were locked and the niece would unlock the doors as we were shown each
room or closed and then the doors were relocked. Mrs Augustine (the 95 year
old lady) and her husband bought the house in the mid 60's. He promptly died
and she lived in the house alone for 35 years. A few months after we bought
the house, we heard from a neighbor that Mrs Augustine had died. That was
when interesting things started to happen in the house. She tended to pick up
around the house. If I left my socks on the bedroom floor, when ! I would come
home from work, the socks would be in the bedroom trash can. She also turned
off lights. On a few occasions we were in a hurry and when leaving the house
we would notice that we had left the basement or attic light on. When we
would come home the lights would be off.
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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.
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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......

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Vintage 1940s Coro Cockatoo Duette Brooch

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

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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.
As executor to my cousin, I found a medal (on a black ribbon) from Rumsey
Hall (a boarding school). On the back it says "Edward S. Hidden, Third Form,
1913". I don't know where she got it, but I would be happy to return it to the
family. Terry Kirker, Whittier, CA Gavian@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

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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.
Last Father’s Day, my son, Josh, about 11 years old, wanted to make a
Father’s Day cake. While the rest of the family was busy with a marathon
game of Risk, he began with a box of cake mix, because I thought, “How can
he mess that up?” Well, it came time to pour the batter into the cake pans,
and he asked me to help. As I looked at the batter, it was so thin, almost like
water! I questioned Josh, about what he put in the mix, and he said, “Well,
Mom, I followed the direction, 2 eggs and eleven thirds cups of water.” He
read the 1 1/3 cups as 11/3! Needless to say, I tried to doctor it up with
flour and sugar, but when it was done, we called it Josh’s mud slide cake,
because it was so “moist” it slid right off the plate! My two youngest
daughters aren’t old enough to “cook”, but I’m sure there will be a couple
more stories in the future! Karla B….Duluth, GA
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: Wanted to Buy: Old Ace Hippie Guitar Straps

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
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 Pauline D. requested a recipe for a "molasses bread"
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.
Molasses Bread - makes 3 loaves -- Kim

2 packages of active dry yeast,
4 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon salt
12 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups of raisins

Grease three loaf pans (8-1/2"x 4-1/2 "x 2-1/2).
Dissolve yeast in one cup of lukewarm water with 1 teaspoon of the sugar.
In a separate bowl combine the remaining water with the molasses,
shortening and salt.
Add the remaining sugar and the yeast mixture.
Mix until smooth.
Gradually add the flour.
Mix in the raising
Place dough on a light floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic,
about 12 minutes.
Place dough in a grease bowl, turn dough over to grease the other side.
Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
To check to see if the dough is ready poke the dough gently with your
finger, if the indentation remains it is ready.
Punch down.
Divide into three portions divide each of those into three portions and shape
into balls.
In each pan place three balls side by side.
Brush tops lightly with melted margarine and let rise until doubled, about
1 hour.
Heat oven to 375°F degrees.
Bake 60 minutes or until the golden brown (use the lowest rack in the oven).
Remove bread from the pans and brush the tops with additional melted
margarine....Place on wire racks to cool.
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.
My wife is looking for a recipe that appeared in a magazine, possibly
Good Housekeeping from about 40 years ago. It was for Mocha Nut
Butterball Cookies. She has tried to duplicate from memory but they
haven't turned out quite like she remembers. If someone has the
correct recipe, she would be greatful. L. Vaughn
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.

Welcome to our wonderful world of collectibles--we offer a large variety of
collectibles including jewelry, dolls, toys, cologne, books, and china to
name a few. We are always looking for those special items and passing
them on to you.

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years, cleaning out attics, basements and garages. My goal is to recycle
the forgotten treasures of yester-year. My inventory includes glass-ware,
porcelain, AVON Collectibles, Pottery, Vintage paper items, and so much

Small Town Treasures
Mid Century Collectibles, Homer Laughlin China, Retro Decor, Country
Auction Unusuals, and Estate Sale finds are all here!

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an emphasis on modernist design: Craftsman, Art Nouveau, Art Deco,
Eames Era and Mid-Century Modern.

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We enjoy finding wonderful things such as vintage quilts, chenille,
tablecloths, vintage clothing, glass, china and costume jewelry. Come
and browse around and come back often as we're always adding new
things. You never know what you might find.
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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
newsletter@TIAS.com ©1995-2004 TIAS.com Inc.

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