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The Collectors Newsletter #301 February 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #301 February 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Thimble
2. Interesting items
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.
The Thimble
My grandmother was from a town in the thumb area of Michigan. Summer
after summer, I enjoyed staying with my grandparents as a young child. I
was from the city and loved the small town they lived in. People knew
everyone, their kids, their pets, their ancestors.

The bond with them continued to grow as I grew and they got older. Grandma
was always using her hands for something exciting. She would make little
sandwiches and we'd have tea parties, plant flowers and carefully tend them.
She'd knit afghans for her grandchildren as well as make beautiful quilts for
each one.

I remember the small thimble she would use while doing her needle work.
Placing her thimble on her finger she'd remark, "I wouldn't want to sew
without one."

A few years ago, when Grandma left this earth for her new residence in
heaven, I bid farewell to a loving Grandmother. How quickly our lives can
change. We had tea together a couple of months earlier, on her 91st

I missed her very much, but I noticed it most on my birthday, because
there was no card from Grandma. She'd never forgotten my birthday!

On one particular birthday, when I was feeling a little low and a lot older,
something happened to make me feel like she was sharing that special day
with me.

I was arranging some colorful pillows that she had made, and suddenly I
felt something inside one pillow, it was small and hard. I moved the object
to a seam that I carefully opened, and to my delight out came a tiny silver

How happy I was to find something that had been a part of her. Not
realizing it had fallen off her finger, I pictured her sewing it in that little
pillow that I just "happened" to fluff, to place on my bedspread that day. I
carefully laid the thimble along side the others I've collected over the years,
where I could continue to see the gift God chose to reveal to me.

What a precious memory of a very special lady who somehow, I knew,
was laughing in delight at sewing her thimble inside my pillow.

I heated the tea kettle and made some tea, using my best china, as
Grandma always did, and enjoyed my tea and Grandma's thimble. What
a wonderful birthday that was! © Diane D.
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 .

(sponsors message)
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2) Interesting items
Here is a list of some interesting items that were sold online by TIAS
merchants in 2004. TIAS provides online "storefronts" to almost 800
independent merchants who sell antiques and collectibles on the Internet.
Some of the more interesting items that TIAS merchants sold in 2004

Mid 19th century Etagere attributed to J. H. Belter, New York City, circa
1850. Sold for $78,000 online

FANTASTIC FOUR comic book. Tied for the 2nd highest graded copy in
the CGC census, this comic features the 1st Silver Age appearance of
Sub-Mariner. Sold for $22,500 online

Superman #5 comic book, cgc graded with "off-white" pages. Sold for
$29,000 online

19th century American Victorian laminated rosewood side chairs
attributed to the work of John Henry Belter, New York City, circa 1850.
Sold for $25,000 online

A 2pc Mahogany Carved Victorian Bedroom Set attributed to R. J.
Horner, NY circa 1890. Sold for $25,000 online

Other interesting items sold online by TIAS merchants in 2004 include
a Belter Rosewood dressing Mirror - $19,000, Tiffany Studios Copper
Tea/Coffee Set - $18,000, Large Willard seconds beating banjo
clock - $13,500, 2nd Maryland Infantry CONFEDERATE KEPI (U.S.
Civil war Hat) - $12,750

Try your own search at: http://www.tias.com

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
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
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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.
In going through my mother’s things I have found photos of the following
family [unknown to me]: A Don & Jessie Ruth Schooler and their son,
Mark Drake Schooler. One photo of the parents and three photos of a
cute little boy c. 18 mos – 3 years and all dated May 1936. These were
probably taken in or near Elk City, OK.

Also dated at the same time is a photo ID’d as Raymond & Lorena Padgett
also dated May 1936, probably also Elk City, OK

I would be willing to share these photos to a family member and have
questions if that family had a record of being friends with Earl or Neville
Grant in Elk City – they taught there in 1936.....Sandi, Send email to:
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

Did you find that 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 Tuesday
February 15, 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.
This is a story about my daughter Teddy when she was about 4.When
we would drive downtown and I would have to park the car by a meter she
would scoot out of the back seat of the car very quickly. I always thought
it was because she wanted to feed the meter herself, for fun, and I would
give her my change to do so.She did this probably a dozen times or so...
then one afternoon she really scared me because she tried to get out of
the car on the traffic side.

I managed to stop her and told her to get out on the curb side side only,
she got out as usual but was frowning. I thought she was mad at me for
scolding her; but as we stood by the meter I tried to hand her a quarter
and she refused it waving her hand in the air. She said "Mom don't put
your money in that "money-waste-r" you never get a gum ball out of it

Of course now that she is a teenager we all still laugh at this story and
you guessed it, we still use the term "money-waste-r" when reffering to
a parking meter. MF.
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: Wanted to Buy

WANTED: Vintage Costume Jewelry - One Piece or a Collection

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 Sally requested a recipe for a "Grophens".
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.
I hope this helps.

I have a recipe for Grophens, that comes from the Highholders of

2 oz of yeast (pkg.or cake) 2 Tbs. butter
3 c. baking flour
1 c. cooled mashed potatoes
1/2 c. warm water Raisins (if desired) soak in water
1 tsp. sugar 2 eggs slightly beaten
1 c. milk
2 tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. honey

Add sugar to lukewarm water, dissolve yeast in water. Set aside.
Heat milk,dont boil, to this add remaining sugar,honey,and butter,
mix well.
Sift measure flour, salt and mashed potatoes. Add milk mixture ,
yeast, and Raisins. Then add
Eggs, and Knead dough slightly. Let rise until double in size.
Shape dough into balls, flatten,
then pull dough out from the center, until you can almost see thru
the center of the grophen,
let rise again, in warm place. Deep fry in fryer, taste best if you
use real Lard,but for
Health purposes, any melted shortening will do.
After frying drain on paper towel, to drain excess grease. They
are also good, if you put them in a bread bag with regular or
powered sugar, put one in, shake bag, voila, coated Grophen.
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.
Years ago when I was little we lived in a poor section of Boston. Every
once in awhile my Mother would buy a cheesecake slice in the bakery.
It was so good and must have been expensive on our limited budget
and I always felt it was a special treat. It was very flaky and had a
wonderful texture and a tart but sweet flavor. All I find now are very
creamy cheesecakes but that is not the some. I realize it was a bought
cake but I hope someone out there remembers a somewhat dry and
flaky among their family recipes. I would love to have a copy.
Thank you Ann
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.

Philadelphia's Moment In Time
We've been in business for over 15 years and have many satisfied
customers. Our inventory consists of collectible artist dolls as well as
fashion and play dolls. We also carry doll clothing, paper dolls, tea sets a
nd bears.

Catchntime Collectibles
My first love is older linens; bedspreads, tablecloths, lace and embroidery
items. Vintage jewelry, clothing, sewing notions and patterns, kitchen
wares, glass and holiday decorations are also on my list. The variety
will vary every week, come explore with me!

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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