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The Collectors Newsletter #300 February 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #300 February 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Old Magazines & Money
2. The "Hot List" of antiques & collectibles
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

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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.
Old Magazines and Money
A few year ago, a good friends mother-in-law had passed away. For
many, many years she had subscribed to magazines and after reading
them, would pile them in the garage. She would not let anyone read
them after they had been piled in the garage and everyone always
wondered about them. When we finally attempted to clean out the
garage, we tossed magazine after magazine until out of one fell a $20
bill. This led us to looking into the pile of mags that were in the corner.
In each of the magazines, we found a $20 bill. Well, you guessed it,
all the magazines that we had tossed came back in a pile and sure
enough, there were many $20 bills in each and every one of them.
Many magazines later, and several thousands of dollars later we
discovered from her husband of 55 years why she had done this. He
said he did not give her extra spending money and only money for
groceries. Apparently, she decided she needed a nest egg for a rainy
day and saved$20 each time he gave her money. She put the bills in
the magazines knowing he would never look in her woman's magazines.
Pat G. Santa Barbara, CA

-- Another Story --

Several decades ago, I knew a bachelor farmer in the State of
Washington that was farming the old homestead farm after his parents
had died. Every year he invited his siblings and their children to come
and help with the farm chores - plowing and planting in the spring,
harvesting in the fall, and thinning the pine trees during the winter.
But they never came to help him, even when he was sick. His
neighbors helped him harvest one year because no one came. He
was a great collector of magazines and papers and had them stacked
all over the house (both stories of the house and sometimes to the
ceiling in each room). In fact, after his parents died, he moved
everything he used into the living room which he then used as a
bedroom. That along with the back porch, bathroom and kitchen
were the only open rooms in the house of eight bedrooms. When he
died, the whole family gathered for the funeral and afterwards they
gathered at the ho use to divide all of the money he was supposed
to have and to take anything else they wanted from the old house.
But they found very little money in the checkbook nor did they find
anything else valuable around the house. But they had to clean
out the house so they could sell the farm. So they began to carry
out all of the magazines and papers and throwing them on a fire in
the yard - that is until someone noticed a $20 bill flutter out of a
magazine they were about to throw onto the fire. They then found
that most every magazine and paper had money stuffed in between
the pages. The old farmer made his family earn every bit of their
inheritance by fixing it so they had to go through every magazine
and paper in the house. The old farmer was a hard worker and a
very frugal man (his bed was an army cot) and he used this method
to save all of the income from the farm's operation. Kn owing him,
he was rolling around on a cloud just laughing so hard that his ribs
were hurting. Don L.
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) The "Hot list" of Antiques & Collectibles for January 2005.
Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.TIAS.com . This
site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:

Avon -- http://tinyurl.com/dw9q
Depression Glass -- http://tinyurl.com/g9ti
Milk Glass -- http://tinyurl.com/46oao
Carnival Glass -- http://tinyurl.com/dw9v
Cookie Jars -- http://tinyurl.com/dw9e
Bakelite -- http://tinyurl.com/4xjht
Fenton -- http://tinyurl.com/dwau
Pyrex -- http://tinyurl.com/dw9z
Dolls -- http://tinyurl.com/dwa6
Teapots -- http://tinyurl.com/2ea8w

Bakelite is a new member of the list with a very strong first
appearance at #6

Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.AntiqueArts.com .
This site specializes in "high end" Antiques and Art:

Chairs -- http://tinyurl.com/dwbc
Limoges -- http://tinyurl.com/dwb1
Mirrors -- http://tinyurl.com/dwba
Staffordshire -- http://tinyurl.com/dwbj
Sofas -- http://tinyurl.com/dwbh
Desks -- http://tinyurl.com/dwb0
Tables -- http://tinyurl.com/dwb6
Transferware -- http://tinyurl.com/dwbn
Tiffany -- http://tinyurl.com/dwbe
Nippon -- http://tinyurl.com/dwbg

The list is fairly stable from what we published in Dec.

Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.Kovels.com .
This site is a free online price guide to antiques and collectibles:

1. Dolls
2. Books
3. Bottles
4. Vase
5. Hummel
6. Lamps
7. China (dinnerware)
8. Avon
9. Clocks
10. McCoy

Again, this list is on par with the Dec 2004 list, with only minor
shuffling in positions

Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter
archives, just search for "Hot List" at http://www.tias.com/newsletter

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)
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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
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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.
Lost item finds home
About three weeks ago (Collectors Newsletter #292) I was reading the lost
and found section of your newsletter. A woman had written in that her husband
had purchased an old photo album from a sale. She said there was a wedding
certificate for a Charles Livenspire and CA Kellogg. Well, I answered her back
because those people are my great great grandparents. She sent me the
wedding certificate and album with tin types and old postcards. My mother
was thrilled to get the album and other items. We were both amazed that it
happened because we are from Ohio and the items came from Oregon.
The woman was very helpful and extremely cordial. Thanks again,
Mary Ella
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

Looking for a perfect valentine's gift? How about an elegant antique perfume
bottle? In the February issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter,
Ralph and Terry Kovel report vintage perfume bottles and presentations are
beginning to be considered art objects-with prices to match. At a recent
auction, a rare Baccarat perfume bottle with a sphinx-head stopper sold for
$35,250. Ornate Czechoslovakian bottles from the 1920s and 1930s were far
more affordable. Most sold in the $100 to $500 range.

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
February 11, 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.
About 13 years ago my wife, daughter and grand daughter attended a
Catholic wedding out of State. We had a great evening and enjoyed the
pre-nuptial dinner and visited with many relatives that we had not seen for
years and most had never seen our grand daughter.

The next day at the services we were seated about 5 rows back and our
2 year old was coloring in her color book on the pew. She had made
some new friends both in front and back of us.

During the service there was absolute silence in the sanctuary when the
Priest rang a bell as part of the wedding rites.

Our grand daughter, in a very loud voice, said "TELEPHONE RINGING
MOMMIE". Laughter broke out across the church.

To this day the happy couple still recalls Amanda’s addition to the
service. Bob C., Crete NE
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 Sandra H. requested a recipe for a "Cowboy
Coffeecake". 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.
Here is a recipe that is sure to please:
Cowboy Coffee Cake

2-1/2 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sour milk
2 well-beaten eggs

Combine flour, brown sugar, salt, and shortening; mix until crumbly.
Reserve 1/2 cup of crumbly mixture to sprinkle over top of cake.

To remaining crumbs, add baking powder, baking soda, and spices;
mix well. Add milk and eggs and stir until smooth.

Place in 2 greased pie pans or 8-inch layer cake pans and sprinkle
with reserved crumbs.

An additional 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup chopped nuts may
be sprinkled over the crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

This is an "old favorite." Our mother started making this in the 1940's.
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 made a type of fry bread with raisins the she called
krofers. Now, I know just enough German to realize that the spelling
isn't correct- it is pronounced crow-fers. Since we have a family
reunion scheduled for June, I started trying to find a recipe and then
realized that I couldn't find anything similar in either German, Bohemian
or Belgian archives, especially when I can even spell it. I do know it
was a sweet bread type recipe, usually including raisins, that was
made into balls, allowed to raise, and then stretched to the size of a
saucer and deep fried. I would appreciate any help I can get. Sally
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.

I love Vintage
Eames era, vintage pottery, depression glass , vintage kitchen items,
vintage artwork and art glass.

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Treasures Past is a family business operated by long-time antique
collectors who wanted to share our finds with others. Antique and vintage
toys, glassware, pottery, stoneware and advertising are our specialties!
Visit our store and see our treasures!

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and pottery.

Links To Our Past Books
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Vintage ads from the early 1950's up through the 1970's. A large collection
of ads for you to select from, Classic Cars to Beer, Whiskey, Soda,
Household Appliances and much more

For more new online shops, take a look at:
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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
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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 ©1995-2005 TIAS.com Inc.

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