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The Collectors Newsletter #302 February 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #302 February 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Box
2. Fabulous Forties & Fifties
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

The Worlds Largest Indoor Antique Fair
Atlantique City 2 for 1 ticket offer. It is almost here, so call for your tickets.
As a subscriber to this newsletter, you can get 2 tickets to the worlds largest
indoor antique and Collectible show (March 18, 19 and 20), for the price of
just one. You can get more info and buy advance tickets from their Web site
at: http://www.atlantiquecity.com be sure to mention TIAS.com and ask for
the "TIAS buy one get one free ticket deal". This offer is for advance ticket
purchases only, so time is running out. Call 1-800-526-2724

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.
I have spent my entire life in the antique business. I was born to second
generation antique dealers and I continued to operate the business my
grandfather started in 1906 for forty years after the passing of my parents.
So I have endless stories to tell. I am a laid back people person always
ready to kibitz with any one I meet any time anywhere and I have dealt with
movie stars, dignitaries, ceo's of fortune 100 companies and European
royalty in addition to the everyday kind of folk who were my bread and
butter. I am retired now. But it was the most wonderful means of earning a
living and a little more that I could of even imagined.

So let me tell you a little story that comes to me now. My wife and I were
attending an outdoor antique market where we came upon a lady merchant
who was offering a sterling silver over leather box which was glued shut. A
very beautiful pcs. with the silver cut through to reveal the leather below
creating a pattern of floral arrangements and angels.

I asked the merchant what was in the box because I heard thinks rattling
around inside the sealed box when I shook the box. She replied that she
did not know. I said how can you sell this box without knowing what is inside;
you have to be trying to entice someone with the idea that there is some
thing of value inside! She was aghast that i would insinuate the she was
trying to pull a fast one on someone and insisted , quit convincingly, that
she was simply fearful of destroying the value of the box by attempting to
open it, I was astonished by her lack of curiosity, but believed that was a
truth she spoke. So I negotiated a price with her and paid for the box, When
she handed the box to me I held it to my forehead Karnack style, and closed
my eyes and pretended to concentrate on what was in the box at the same
time saying out loud " In this box there is gold silver, and precious jewels".
The merchant looked at me with bulging eyes and a shocked expression on
her face asking "how do you know that?" I answered " oh my Father was
psychic and I am too."

My wife and I could barely get out of the woman's space before bursting with
laughter. I said to my wife " Boy that woman really fell for my blarney hook
line and sinker didn't she?"

When we got home I carefully unsealed the box. Inside I found gold and
silver coins and an 18K watch fob with a gargoyle head with a real diamond
in it's mouth and a 14K yellow gold chain! .....Sidney
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) Fabulous Forties & Fifties
If you caught the buzz and wondered what the skinny was, you're in the
right place! A group of swell guys and gals have set up a special category
in their shops just for you. We think you'll agree that this sale is the most!
Stop by and take a look at: http://www.geocities.com/poetswares/fffebsale

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

Sampler with House, Trees & verse, Caroline Trask 1849



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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
get a huge discount off the regular retail price. For more info, take a look at:

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.
Looking for someone
Every time i get your wonderful letter i consider writing, and this time i'm
just going to go for it.

Back in 1968 i worked at the Brevard Hospital in Melbourne Florida. One
day we had a new nurse assigned to our floor, Nancy Carol Ziegler.Her
husband Wayne was in the Air Force and had been assigned to Patrick
AFB. Nancy was cute and fun and a wonderful nurse, and as we both
had young and growing families we quickly became friends.After a
couple of years Wayne fulfilled his military duty and they moved to
Virginia Beach area. The last time i talked to Nancy, she called me while
i was in the Hospital just having had my 6th child, so it was August 27,
1973.I wanted to call her back when i got home, but the day i took my
new daughter home, my 2 year old son was struck by a car and critically
injured. Weeks later I tried to find her number to give her a call and it
was missing, and apparently unlisted. The phone Co said they couldn't
trace it,and so i gave up. She never called again tho i prayed she would
do so.A few years later i tried calling all the hospitals in Virginia Beach
area to no avail, nor was the state board of nursing able to help, so i gave
up. I hope one of your readers will know her, or what became of her.
When she called last she had 4 or 5 children, all daughters i believe.
Wayne had been employed in the furniture industry as i recall. Alas time
has dimmed many of the details i once knew, but hope she can be located.
I always liked her so much, as did everyone she worked with.There are
other old coworkers who miss her still. Thank you for any assistance you
can give me. You may email me at cuzncarm@msn.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

CELLULOID BOXES-At the Atlantique City Holiday Megafair, the Kovels
found celluloid boxes in good condition were selling for surprisingly high
prices. In the February issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel report a good box is $345 and up, and
they offer these tips. Heat ruins celluloid, so never store it in hot rooms,
attics, or car trunks. Never keep celluloid in the bathroom (too wet) or
a sunny window (too hot).

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
February 18, 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.
Reading about the thimble in this edition of the newsletter reminds me of a
time when my husband and I had gone on a trip. We usually tried to find
something to bring home to our 5 nephews when we traveled. I found a
very cute little wooden thimble with a picture on it and the name of the
location we were in that I thought our 5 year old nephew, Eric, would like.
I thought it would be small enough to put with his 'collections' and it would
let him know where we had been. When we returned and gave each boy
their souvenirs, Eric asked what it was that we gave him. I told him it was
a thimble and explained what it was used for. Some time later that
evening, Eric came to me and said, "Ugh, Auntie, I don't do much sewing".
We're still chuckling! and he is now 16. Auntie
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 Ann requested a recipe for a "flaky cheesecake".
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 am thinking it was less creamy than flaky because it
was made with cornstarch, like this:

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Filling
bullet 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese (the regular
variety not light Neufchatel cream cheese), at room
bullet 1 2/3 cups sugar
bullet 1/4 cup cornstarch
bullet 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
bullet 2 extra-large eggs
bullet 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions for the Cream Cheese Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and generously butter a
9-inch springform pan. Make the batter for the sponge
cake as the recipe directs Evenly spread the batter on
the bottom of the pan, and bake just until set and
golden, about 10 minutes. Place the cake on a wire
rack to cool (do not remove it from the pan).

2. While the cake cools, make the cream cheese
filling: Place one 8-ounce package of the cream
cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a
large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low until
creamy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the remaining 3
packages of cream cheese.

3. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the
remaining 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, then beat in the
vanilla and heavy cream. Blend in the eggs, one at a
time, beating the bating only until completely blended
(just like they do at Junior's). Be careful not to
overmix the batter.

4. Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the baked
sponge cake layer. Place the springform pan in a large
shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1
inch up the sides of the pan. Bake the cheesecake
until the center barely jiggles when you shake the
pan, about 1 hour.

5. Cool the cake on a wire rack for 1 hour. Then cover
the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's
completely cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove
the sides of the springform pan.

6. Slide the cake off of the bottom of the pan onto a
serving plate. Or if you wish, simply leave the cake
on the removable bottom of the pan and place it on a
serving plate. If any cake is left over, cover it with
plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Makes Enough for One 8-Inch Cake, About 2 1/2 Inches

(traditionally made with a "sponge layer" crust).....Janet
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 great-grandmother made a "breakfast cake" or "morning cake" and
it contained apples and sausage. Does anyone remember this; I would
love to make it on her favorite holiday, St. Paddy's day, as she was a
McDuffy. Thanks!....Sandra
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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