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The Collectors Newsletter #309 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #309 March 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Cross" & "The Postcard"
2. Antique Pens and Pencils
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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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.
The Cross
I have a good eye for jewelry and frequently I haunt the few thrift stores in
my community, looking for that special something. Our local museum was
having an "antiques road show" fund raiser with appraisers and I drove down
to the community hall only to find I'd circled the wrong weekend. Undeterred,
I slipped into the local thrift store and was nosing about when I spied a cross
set with rhinestones inside the glass display case. A closer look assured me
that although there were no hallmarks, it was gold and I suspected a pre-1800
date as the stones were encased at the bottom. The rhinestones looked like
rose cut diamonds to me and I bought the piece--for $4. At home I cleaned
it and the 6, 4mm round rhinestones and 6mm centre stone really sparkled.
The cross measured almost 2 inches in length and for reasons unclear to me
I thought it might be Russian. Now, I was more convinced than ever that I
had a real gem. My daughter and I took it to the antiques road show the next
weekend. Sure enough, they were rose-cut diamonds and the appraiser
estimated the cross was European--made in 1780--and worth $2,000!

-- Another Story --

The Postcard
Several years ago, I was collecting vintage Postcards. In my search, I came
upon a postcard from Westfield, N.J. It pictured a beautiful house circa 1903.
Since my son and his wife live in Westfield, I purchased it to give to them.

When I gave it to them, my daughter-in-law said, "I know that house." "It is
right near here."

One day, they took the card to the house and gave it to the owner. He was
thrilled. He told them that years ago, the house had been a wedding gift to
one of the Nabisco daughters. He has since, painted the house the same color
as the postcard. He keeps it prominately displayed in his living room.

This past weekend, while in Westfield, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner.
He graciously thanked me for the postcard, and said that it will remain in his

I am happy that the postcard is home where it belongs. Joyce W.
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) Antique Pens and Pencils
This is like a trip down memory lane. Blotters, fountain pens and
mechanical pencils. These are fun and affordable to collect. Stop
by and take a look at:

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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Heritage Decorative Arts Auction

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OysterPlates.com : Antique and vintage oyster plates

Mary's Porcelain and Pottery Restoration
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:

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 ways 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.
One Christmas when I was a little girl I received a mama doll for Christmas.
It was during the depression days in Ohio and I know my mother sacrificed
to buy her. When I was sixteen years old I gave the doll and some doll
furniture to a little girl who did not have many toys. She lived around the
corner from us. I still think of my doll after 61 years! I would love to have
her or one like her again. I believe she was a Sayco composition doll. If
anyone has one or knows of one at a reasonable price, this grandma would
be so grateful. Thank you and God bless. Alice - abluegown07@yahoo.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

A TIP FROM THE KOVELS -- In the March issue of Kovels on Antiques
and Collectibles newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel warn that reproductions
of Mason's Patent 1858 fruit jars are everywhere. Buy from a reputable
dealer. The latest copies they've seen are 5 3/4 inches tall and come in
clear, light blue, or light green glass.

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
March 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 comments 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.
We are getting thin on the humor stories, send yours in today !
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: Metlox Animal Keepers

WANTED: Cracked or Broken Roseville and Hummels

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 P. Geurink requested a recipe for "Goofy Cake"
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.
Hi, In our part of the country we call it Crazy Cake, I think this is
what your reader may be looking for. It is nice and moist.

Crazy Cake
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mix the dry ingredients together then add:
3/4 cup cooking oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. vinegar
2 cups cold water
Mix until well blended. Pour into a greased 13x9 baking pan, bake
in a preheated 350 degree oven 25-30 min. Cool and top with a
butter cream frosting of your choice. Hope this is what you were
looking for. Sandy A.
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.
Hi, i've looked high an low for a apple knobby cake recipe. it is very
moist and has plenty of apples i had the recipe but lost it years ago.thank
you very much.i love your newsletter.it has alot of great stories and tips.
thanks again. Marcel
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.

The Plunder Room Antiques
Your source for quality antique furniture, porcelain, china, linens,
collectibles and glassware. What does your heart desire? Your
treasure might be right inside this store.

Century Twenty
We have a large inventory of McCoy, Hull, Bakelite bracelets and
bangles, planters, glassware, and collectibles. Our prices are fair
and we provide quality vintage ware and mid-century collectibles.

Great Lakes Treasure
Welcome to Great Lakes Treasure! We offer treasures of days past.
Beautiful vintage jewelry, signed and unsigned, plus an array of items
from around the world. Treasures chosen for beauty, uniqueness,
and collectibility. Changing inventory, caring experienced service.
Please visit!

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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