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The Collectors Newsletter #288 December 2004

The Collectors Newsletter #288 December 2004

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Matchbooks for kids & The Dime
2. Happy New Year! Send A Card Today!
3. Your Classifieds
4. Software For Collectors. The Perfect 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.
Matchbooks for kids
When my brother and I were growing up my father was a traveling
salesman and we were very poor. Each time he returned home we
would be excited and the first thing out of our young mouths was "What
did you bring us?" Because we had no money he would reach in his
pocket and pull out a matchbook or dig through his suitcase and give
us a bar of motel soap. Yes, we were kids who played with matchbooks
although I don't remember ever trying to light them. I am 50 years old
now and the matchbook collection is long gone. I have many times
discussed with my mother that she got rid of one of our favorite and
most memorable toys. I would have given so much to have that
matchbook collection back. Recently my brother moved into a new
home and EUREKA he found the box of matchbooks. Coincidently
my cousin made me a glass front collection box for Christmas this
year that hangs on the wall with an opening at the top that you can
drop any collection of little things you might want to display. My
brother sent me home with the matchbooks and it has been so fun to
go through them. The designs are fun and some of them brought
back places we went to as children. We did not know we were poor
at that age and having matches as toys didn't seem odd to us. My
mother is pleased as well because now she is not the person who
through our favorite toy away. Renee J.

-- Another Story --

A dime
Our family has been into collectables for as long as I can remember.
Even as long ago as 30 years we would have collectables wedding
showers and give collectables as Christmas gifts. Mainly we bought
these items at garage sales. One day my mother and I stopped at a
garage sale and there was a pitcher that I liked. It was marked a
dime. I was so tight I didn't want to spend the dime on the pitcher but
as we were walking back to our car it became obvious to me that it
was absolutely ridiculous to not spend a dime on something I liked so
I went back and purchased the pitcher.

Two days later a friend of mine came over and saw the pitcher. She
said that her mother had one just like it and they had recently seen
it in a collectors book for $85.00. I think that was my biggest net
gain on an item in such a short time. I don't know what that matters
though because I never sell any of my things. They are all so
precious to me and I have had years of enjoyment out of them.
My friends have said they will not ask me to help them move
because they never want to return the favor when and if I ever
move because my house is so full of what I think are the most
wonderful objects in the world.
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) Happy New Year! Send A Card Today!
Plenty of time to send one of our free online Holiday Cards. We have a
huge selection of vintage cards available for you to send right now online.
Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cards/New_Year.html
Send One Today!

3) Your Classifieds...
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 240,000
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

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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 needs home...
I was executor for my cousin's (very small) estate, and among her things
I found a medal. It is from a school named RUMSEY HALL, and on the
back is inscribed "Edward S. Hidden, Third Form, 1913". I would love
to return it to the family if they would write me at 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.
Hi, When my daughter, Jessica was tiny, she was crouched down next
to the hose pipe, watching our brand new swimming pool being filled for
the very first time. After a while she looked up at me with a furrowed brow
and said. " Daddy, you are so silly. Why don't you fill the shallow end first
so we can swim? " She is now nearly thirty and we still enjoy a good
chuckle about it when chatting about old times. Pete in Durban, South Africa
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 and Amplifiers

WANTED: Wanted: Vintage 1950s Prom Dresses

Wanted: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states

WANTED: WANTED large vintage Fairy Phonograph Lamp
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Nancy requested a recipe for "Pumpkin Butter"
Here is one of the responses to that request. 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 got this recipe from my best friend's mother. I hope it helps
with your quest! Kathy A.

Pumpkin Butter

(Makes 5 halfpints) 2 tsp cinnamon
29 oz. pumpkin 2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup apple juice 1/2 tsp cloves

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring to a
boil, then reduce heat, simmering for 30 minutes or until thickened,
stirring frequently. Spoon into hot jars to 1/4" from top. Remove
air bubbles, wipe rims. Cover with lid and process in boiling water
10 minutes.
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.
I'm looking for a refrigerator rolls recipe. I had one that I really loved
and I have lost it. You can make the dough up and put in the
refrigerator and take out what you need as needed. Becky G.
Black Rock, AR
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:

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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

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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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