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The Collectors Newsletter #312 March 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #312 March 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Saving Letter" and "Bottles"
2. Where are you from and what do you collect?
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

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.
Saving Letters
This isn't a lost and found story, or a humorous story. Just a note to
everyone with an extended family. Having transcribed hundreds of old
family letters which had been carefully saved from the late 1800s and
very early 1900s, we now can see the value of saving letters--and wish
we'd saved more from our own younger years. We've been able to
accurately date many long-ago family events through these letters and
have followed, entranced, my husband's parents' struggles to go through
seminary as a young married couple in the 1930s depression years,
through letters they wrote almost daily for years.

We all know that letter writing is, for the most part, a lost art, supplanted
chiefly by e-mail and cheap long-distance telephoning. About 7 years
ago I began printing up and saving in spiral binders e-mails from our
children about significant events in their lives, the exciting births of their
children and cute things their children are doing and saying, etc., as
well as significant e-mails from extended family members. I know that
these printed e-mails will be the "letters" of the future and will be as
avidly read as the old letters we treasure in our own family. I have two
ring binders now full of these "letters" and continue to save them
occasionally. My rule is that if I think future generations will be
interested in the messages, I print them.

I know that our children, after we're gone, will be fascinated to see what
they've said about their own family's lives when they were awfully busy,
and their children (our grandchildren) will be equally charmed to see
what their parents have written about them. Adele S. Idyllwild CA

-- Another Story --

This is in response to the woman who wrote the story stating that you
should call an archaeologist when you dig in something. This is from
someone who has dug in at least a hundred bottle piles herself. Why
is it that you would call an archaeologist to dig up bottles for you? First
of all there was a period of time in my life when I dug in two to three
bottle piles a day. Digging through layers of burnt trash and cans to
even get to the bottles in places off the side of rural roads (paved and
dirt) in places that used to be gullys that over time had been filled up
with trash and covered with leaves. Unless you dug in these places
you would never know there were bottles there. Some of these places
were obviously on someone's land, and if they had been contacted by
an archaeologist, the landowners would have almost most certainly not
give them permission to dig. Now what a shame it would have been
for those treasures to have never been found. I have hundreds of
bottles and jars in my bottle collection, ninety percent I dug up myself,
and then washed to display in my collection. I do have some old stuff
in my collection, the oldest probably being from around 1900. However,
I think that any archaeologist of any quality would have probably been
wasting their time seeing how it is these treasures to not accumulate
very much real value. Not to mention that ninety-nine percent of the joy
of collecting is the hunt or how you went about finding the treasure.
Before my daughter was born there was no joy to me greater than
digging a bottle pile or going through an old house, and finding an old
treasure. Calling an archaeologist would taken away so much joy from
me. And most of the places I dug were in or around my community so
historically they meant something to me to, so an archaeologist were
have definitely not had the same sentiment for the place or the treasure
that I did. I say if you a digger or a rambler, keep on digging and
rambling, and have a story to tell you grandkids about those treasures
on your shelves you had so much fun finding and wondering what that
piece had been through before you found it. That will mean more than
any archaeologist could ever make it worth.

Tips for digging and rambling:

* always were at least a pair of rubber gloves (old trash piles have
many germs). A pair of leather work gloves on top of them will prevent
you from possibly getting cut by broke glass.
* take a small plastic garden rake (a metal one could break glass)
* when walking through an old house be extra careful if the floor is
wood (many of these floors could give way and break through with any
amount of weight)
* in cold weather be careful of snakes that could be bedding up
* if there are glass bottles under an old house there will not be any
snakes under the house
* take a basket or box to hold your finds
* when cleaning jars and bottles use white vinegar. Vinegar is the
only thing that will take those frosty white stains off of glass. If the stain
does not wash off the first time let the glass soak in vinegar. 1 part
vinegar to 2 parts water is the best mix.

Good Luck and Happy Digging! Sincerely, Maleah G.
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) Where are you from and what do you collect?
In this issue a reader from Greece helped us out with a recipe. In a past
issue we even had a person stationed at Antarctica submit a story for

So tell us where you live and what you collect. Join us online 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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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 of your collection. 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
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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.
I was hoping that maybe you could help me find someone. Let me start by
telling you what I am trying to do. I have the cremated remains of Willie F.
Carr. I am trying to return these to a family member. I understand that he
was a prisoner in Ohio (inmate #377-335), upon his death ( age 64) he was
cremated and his ashes sent to his mother, Cora M. Carr here in
Chattanooga in 1999. Ms. Carr had rented a storage unit that had been
auctioned off for non payment. The remains were found inside and
returned to the property manager. The last known address for Ms. Carr
was 2108 Vance Avenue, Chattanooga, Tn. All attempts to find Ms. Carr
have failed. Any help would be appreciated. You may contact me at
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

Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter reports that retro designs of
the 1950s through the '70s, slightly updated to look a bit more modern, are
influencing new designs for the furniture and decorative accessory markets.
That means that original '50s to 70s pieces should be in demand at antiques
shops and shows.

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
March 25, 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.
I was babysitting my niece and nephew, ages 4 and 6, one summer and
my sister called to say that she would be late picking them up. I made
dinner and we all sat down and began our meal. We had fried chicken,
English peas (which they had always called little ball peas) and augratin
potatoes, and everyone dived right in. After several bites of potatoes,
Rose (the youngest) said this yummy, what is it? I had barely gotten the
words augratin potatoes out of my mouth when both youngsters cried out
ROTTEN POTATOES. After my husband and I stopped laughing, I
explained that they were cheese potatoes and they went back to their
meal. English peas and augratin potatoes were little ball peas and rotten
potatoes until they became much older. Lisa C.
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: Round Milk Bottles From All 50 States - All Sizes

WANTED: Metlox Animal Keepers

WANTED: Cracked or Broken Roseville and Hummels
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 Bill in CA requested a recipe for "Loukoumades"
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.
We are fortunate to actually LIVE on one of the Greek islands!
Loukoumades are a favorite snack to buy for a late summer
evening stroll through the fishing harbor.....M Metaxa - Paros,

Serves: 4

7g active dry yeast
75ml warm water
150ml warm milk
25g sugar
0.5 tsp salt
1 egg
50g melted butter
250g sifted flour
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Ground cinnamon

1. Mix the yeast with the warm water and stir until dissolved. Add
the sugar and salt to the warm milk along with the melted butter.
Beat in the egg.
2. Add the dissolved yeast to the milk mixture and pour into the
sifted flour. Beat well until it becomes a thick batter.
3. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 hour 30
minutes, or until it has risen and has bubbles under the surface.
4. Heat oil in a deep fat fryer and drop in spoonfuls of the batter
to form dough balls. Turn them over half-way through frying. When
golden brown, drain them from the oil with a strainer and place on
wire rack..
5. Serve the dough balls warm, drizzled with Greek honey. Sprinkle
with cinnamon before serving.
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.
When I went to grade school in the late 50's and early 60's at St. John's
Elementary in Mehlville, Missouri, our cooks would bake a heavy sweet
yellow bread with a golden brown top in large pans that turned out as
huge individual rolls. The aroma from this bread was unforgettable. I
would just love to have the recipe since the school in long-closed.
This area had a large German influence, if that helps. JoAnne
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.

Rose Hill Vintage
I have a passion for vintage linens and all things old and hope that you
will grab a cup of coffee and enjoy browsing my store.

Peppermints Collectibles
For your enjoyment we offer a wide array of eclectic antiques at
reasonable prices! We specialize in the best of collectible vintage
jewelry, clothing and accessories.

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
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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
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