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The Collectors Newsletter #310 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #310 March 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The White Elephant" and "Doll in the Outhouse"
2. Collectible Clothing
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 email@example.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 White Elephant
In 1961, I was a fifth-grader at Lawton Elementary School in San
Francisco. One day the school held a "bazaar" (a fancy name for a
rummage sale), and my mom gave me a dollar to spend. I have always
been a cat lover, and was pleased to find a cat cookie jar in mint
condition for fifty cents. My mother was never fond of knick-knacks,
which she referred to as "dust-catchers", and when I proudly brought
home my find, she good-naturedly scolded me for wasting money on
"someone's old white elephant". I still remember replying "It's not a white
elephant; It's a white cat!" I protested that it had a practical use since we
could keep cookies in it, which we did. When I left home for college in
1969, the cat cookie jar went with me and I continued to use it as my
everyday cookie jar over the years. I occasionally commented to my
mom that I had gotten my "fifty cents'-worth" out of it because it had
gotten so much use. In spite of dropping the lid (the cat's head) several
times, it miraculously survived without so much as a chip. I now know
the jar to be a Shawnee Puss 'n' Boots made in the early 1940s, not a
rare piece but usually sold in antique stores for $200-$300. Since I
found out that it is collectible, I no longer use the jar to hold cookies; It is
proudly displayed in my china cabinet alongside several other pieces
from the Shawnee Puss 'n' Boots collection that I have acquired over
the years. Yes, I definitely got my fifty cents'-worth!...Nancy Z., Squaw
-- Another Story --
Doll in the Outhouse
I have been digging for old bottles for about twenty years now and have
seen some funny, strange and exciting things come up out of the
ground! I think the story of the old doll has to be the best.
About ten years ago I decided to go down to the coastal town of Ilwaco
Washington to dig for some bottles. I had my eyes on an old boarding
house that dated back to the late 1860's I had get permission from the
owner who was a little old lady of about 90 years old. She gave me
quite a history on the old place and said that it had been used for storage
With permission in hand I went over and it was not long before I had
found where one of the old outhouses had sat. I started to dig and pretty
soon I had a rather large pile of old bottles. To my surprise, right on the
bottom was an old doll! Arms, leggs, head and body one part, the hair
was gone from all the years being buried, but not bad condition! You
hardly ever dig dolls that have not been damaged, but this was was all
there! I layed her right down next to the hole when I hear foot steps next
to me, I turned to find the little old lady who came over to see what I had
found. I started to show her some of the old whiskey's and cone inks
when she inquired about the doll. "That my old doll! My sisters took that
doll from me and hid it somewhere and I could never find it!" It was her
old doll she had got from her dad on her birthday in 1903 and the day
I dug it back up was on her birthday! She had been missing that doll for
almost 93 years! She even still had the old clipping of the catalog her
father ordered it from!
I took the doll in and had her restored and gave it to her as a birthday
present! She said it was the best birthday present she had ever received!
I now look at the things I dig up out of old outhouses in a whole other light!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
2) Collectible Clothing
Looking for a nice vintage hat or a perhaps a nice old shirt with a bold
print? Take a look at some of the great clothing bargain we offer online
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
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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
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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
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 had a couple of favorite bedtime books when I was a kid in the mid- to
late-50s. I was able to find one, "Getting Ready for Roddy", but the other
has been elusive, probably because I'm remembering the name incorrectly.
I think it was called "Benjie Goes To The Zoo". It's about a little boy named
Benjie (?) who goes to the zoo and starts yawning. And at every animal's
cage he visits, once Benjie yawns, the animal yawns. By the time my parents
were finished reading the book, my sister and I were yawning like crazy, too!
I may have the little boy's name wrong. Maybe it's Benny? I've done
numerous searches online; the only things that pop up are about Benjie the
dog. Does this yawning zoo story sound familiar to anyone?
Thanks in advance!...Sheila send email to: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter reports that lamps by
American's "big three" - Tiffany, Pairpoint, and Handel-recently sold at
auction for a range of prices, depending on quality, condition, and the
design of the glass shade. A Pairpoint Puffy Rose Bouquet lamp with a
severely damaged shade sold for just $1,093, while a Tiffany Turtleback
lamp brought $97,750.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
March 18, 2005 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
First off, THANK YOU for all the great humor stories. Keep them coming!
Back in my college days...1974....I babysat for my Aunt one night knowing
we were going to have a pot luck at my office the next day. I was to bring
dessert so I decided to make one of my Aunt's special pudding cakes.
Simple enough....one box of chocolate cake mix, made per box instructions
except you add in one regular box of pudding mix....if I recall this correctly
...and then some semi-sweet bits of chocolate on top....bake and then be
taken over by the pleasant aroma of warm chocolate...but the recipe is not
the point...My Aunt and Uncle returned...I left with cake in hand....went to
work the next day...it was time for the pot luck....but, where was the cake?
I thought it was in the back seat of the car. So I went out to get it but it was
not there. It wasn't on the front passenger side either nor in the trunk. So,
I looked at home to no avail, called my Aunt to report the missing treasure
who confirmed it was not at her home; so, where could it be?
I traced my steps back to her home approx. 10 miles away and...there...
approximately one block from her home around a corner was my wonderful
cake in her cake pan all layed out in the middle of the road flat as a pancake!
I apparently set it on top of the car the evening before and forgot about it..
Such a shame to have wasted such a treasure! Thanks for letting me share
this! Karen C. Mountain View, CA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Marcel requested a recipe for "apple knobby 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.
Here is my recipe for the Knobby Apple Cake. It has been in our
family for years. Maybe 50-60 years.
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 cups apples
6 tbl. butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp soda
1 cup nuts
Combine butter and sugar and cream well Add flour, soda, cinnamon,
and cream till smooth. Add the 6 cups of cut up apple pieces and stir
until well coated. Put in 9 X13 in. GLASS baking dish that has been
well buttered and floured or spray with non stick cooking spray. Bake
40-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Please use glass as the other pans turn
the apples black. ..Kaye S.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
As a child living in the city of Chicago, there was a German bakery
nearby called "Maguerite's" or "Margaret's" on Montrose and Spaulding.
They had something they called a "Boston Cheesecake". This was no
ordinary average cheesecake! It was cut in a square about 5 x 5" [have
no idea how large it was when initially baked] but it was about 6 inches
high, very light, fluffy and moist. This was even lighter than an angel food
cake. The interior of the cake was very white and the top was browned
and dusted heavily with powdered sugar. I was often sent there to bring
one home, wrapped in that white cube box with string. I have never found
this delicacy at any other bakery and would love to be able to recreate it.
I know the bakery is no longer in Chicago and I no longer live there
myself. I'm drooling already just at the thought... Toni H., St. Peters, MO
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Aunt Arties Antique Mall
This Antique Mall located in downtown Historic New Albany,has three
floors of antiques and Collectibles. Aunt Artie's building was built in 1852,
One of the first Opera Houses in Indiana, also a Civil War Hospital(#9)
during the Civil War.
Olde & In The Way
My offerings are eclectic in nature & vary from old pottery & porcelain,
memorabilia of all kinds, vintage books and jewelry and my main love-old
glass. I am constantly adding to my offerings. Be sure and check back
Abbie's Treasures Antiques, collectibles and glassware.
From grandma’s attic to grandpa’s shed we leave no nook nor cranny
unexplored, eager to offer you the unique and often times rare merchandise
you’ll find at Abbie’s Treasures.
Treasures from "Tecumseh Terrace"
China, glass, smoking and bar collectibles, jewelry, memorabilia, vintage
clothing from days gone by. Lighting, pottery and just about anything that
will look great in your home and remind you of the "good old days" We're
just a click away!
Ol' Century Place
Silver, glass, pottery, World War II stuff, dolls and cookie jars just to
name a few. Come on in and look around...you will be glad you did.
Rug Pillows & More
I will be adding at least 10 items weekly to my online inventory. Stop by
often and peruse my latest finds and creations!
For more new online shops, take a look at:
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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
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