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The Collectors Newsletter #298 February 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #298 February 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Found Money
2. Hawaiian Shirts
3. Your Classifieds
4. Improve your collection. (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

NEW series on PBS (sponsors message)
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1) After you read this story, 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.
Here is my tale of found money in about 1972.

I had just graduated college and my brother was now in college. My
grandmother on my dad's side passed away. Mom and dad didn't
really have much money so they wanted to clear out her apartment in
the week and half before the end of the month as they had already
given notice to the landlord.

The whole family was enlisted to clear out years of stuff. Grandma
had come over from Poland as a girl and she would send quilts she
made to the homeland to help out. She had bundles and bundles
of what mom and dad called rags but they were actually pieces of
material she had bought over the years to make these quilts. As she
reached 80 years old she could no longer see to make the quilts but
the material stay in her apartment still in bundles. They porch and
dining room and part of the living room and bedroom were stacked to
the ceiling with bundles.

My brother, sister and I were enlisted to remove the bundles from the
rooms they were in and cart them to the back store and down the flight
of stairs and out to the car parked a block away. Well this got really
boring so we started to throw the bundles to each other across the
rooms and down the stairs. We were pretty good at catching them but
then I missed big time and the bundle hit the stove and crashed to the
floor busting open and boy did the money fly. There was about $200
in that one bundle alone. Well mom went to the car and started sorting
through the bundles there and we sorted through the ones still left in
the house. When we were all done we had just under $5,000 in ones,
tens and fives and almost 1/2 tons of material to take to the rag man.
Mom and dad made about 5 trips to the rag man were the car was
loaded to the gills and driven on to the scale then un loaded by mom
and dad and weighted empty and more money was paid out. Mom
always complained about all grandma's rag bundles but she wasn't
complaining anymore as she drove home and I got to count the
stashed cash.

Grandma in her life gave us all lots of good times, fun and memories
but this one at her death was one of the crazier memories We used to
talk for years about what would have happened if Pete hadn't throw the
bundle crooked so I missed it and it broke open sending money all over..
bye, Dolly A.
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 .

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2) Vintage Hawaiian Shirts
This was a popular item for men, but women are even wearing them. The
shirts from the 50's are especially desirable. Get retro and take a look at
some of these interesting items.

Vintage Hawaii Hawaiian Shirt - Dark Dramatic Colors

Maggie Lawrence Hawaiian Shirt

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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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4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
In many cases you can actually increase the value of your collection, by
keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many way to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
is the only collection management software recommended by Sotheby's to
their clients. It works with EVERY type of antique or collectible.

Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
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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.
I am in search of a Dole Banilly Goat. In the 80's Dole had a promotion
where you could collect the stickers off of their bananas and send in for a
stuffed animal that had bananas incorporated into it's anatomy. My
grandmother sent in many stickers and procured animals for her younger
grandchildren, which included my youngest brother. He received the
Banilly Goat, it was orange with yellow banana shaped horns. This
"bananagoat" as he called it, was his prize possession for many years
and my mother even had to recreate it in icing for his birthday cake one
year. Unfortunately, overtime it was lost and all but forgotten. My brother
and his wife are expecting there first child later this year and I would love
to be able to surprise him with one for his own child. If anyone has
suggestions on locating a Dole Banilly Goat I would love to hear from them
at bananagoat@bellsouth.net Thanks, Tiffany
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

Some giftware catalogs are marketing "exacting reproductions" of Roseville
pottery. In the February issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel alert readers, saying buyers shouldn't
be fooled. The glaze is thick and solid-colored, not the see-through colors
used by Roseville. For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click...

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
February 4, 2005 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.
When my son was about 6, we had occasion to attend a Catholic
wedding. It seemed long even to me and my son was becoming more
and more restless. The bride and groom and all the attendants took
Communion along with the Priest and the alter boys. After each part of
the Communion the Priest wiped the Chalise. Finally the ceremony was
over and as we left the church my son said "That could have taken less
time if they hadn't had to stop and wash dishes."
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: Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States

Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
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 JJ - Greenville,S.C. requested a recipe for "coffee
candy ". 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 also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Coffee Bean Fudge Recipe

3 C. sugar
2 T. instant coffee powder
1/8 t. salt
1/2 C. light cream or Bailey's Irish Cream
2 T. light corn syrup
1 C. milk
3 T. butter
1/2 t. rum extract (omit if using Irish Cream)
Whole coffee beans (optional)

Mix sugar, coffee powder, salt, light cream, corn syrup and milk in a
saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking
without stirring to 234 F. on a candy thermometer. Remove from
heat. Add butter and rum extract, but do not stir.

Cool to lukewarm. Beat until mixture begins to thicken and loses its
gloss. Spread in buttered 8-inch square pan. While still warm, mark
in 1-inch squares and press a coffee bean into center of each
square. When cold, cut into pieces. Makes 1 1/2 pounds (64 pieces).
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 geographical region where
you had this recipe.
My grandmother used to make a cookie called lemon crackers that
uses baking ammonia. She kept them in home made muslin sacks
in the closet. Can anyone help me? Greg B.
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.

Someone's Heirloom
Welcome. We specialize in merchandise purchased from estates. Find
vintage, depression, collectibles, and antiques, including glass, porcelain,
china, jewelry, books, kitchen items, advertisement, figurines, and more.
Shop for Lladro, Delft, Boehm, McCoy, or simple everyday household items.

The Irish Lady
Welcome to The Irish Lady! My site will offer you quality Glass, Porcelain
and Pottery. I guarantee your satisfaction as I enjoy repeat customers.
Please browse and buy with confidence. I make every effort to research
what I sell so it will be properly described.

Deco-Rations offers a wide range of Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern
collectibles including chrome giftware, barware, clocks, and price guides.
Sheet music and records are also offered. Hundreds of interesting design
patents are available both matted and framed.

Annie's Pockets
A blend of Vintage and New collectibles, Fine Jewelry, Kitchen Glass and
Gadgets. You never know what I have in my Pockets unless you peek!

PJ's Antiques
Welcome you to P J's Antiques! My husband and I have a Antiques store
in San Diego, and we love it! We especially love French antiques, and
we have lovely examples within our shop! Our inventory is unique,
distinctive, and elegant! Please visit again!

For more new online shops, take a look at:
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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 200,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
look at: http://www.makeashop.com

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
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

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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