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The Collectors Newsletter #313 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #313 March 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
2. Cards Cards and More Cards
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 stumbled upon this newsletter and have really enjoyed reading personal
stories of family lineage as told through the objects that outlast our
physical presence on this earth. I am not particularly knowledgeable
about antiques, but from time to time I pick up objects that touch me for
One of my most valued possessions was given to me on one of the last
visits I had with my grandmother. It was especially wonderful and always
memorable because of the tenderness with which she gave me this gift.
It was a locket. Enclosed was a picture of my grandfather and herself
taken years ago when love was first on the bloom. I carefully put it away
in a safe place afraid of losing or damaging this rare treasure.
Years later, for some reason, I took it with me on a rare visit to my mother.
(We had been estranged for some time due to her complicated battle with
mental illness). I lovingly related to my mother the story of how my
Grandmother had given to me this wonderful gift before having
succumbed to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
As my mother held the locket, she admitted, that as a child, she had
always wanted this particular piece. An awkward silence ensued as I
briefly weighed my emotions. This was the only material possession I
had left as evidence of my grandmother's life. She had since passed
and all memorabilia had been doled out amounts the mourners present.
Fortunately, at that moment, my heart opened and I gave the locket to
my mother. I realized that the gift I'd received was not the locket, but the
love with which my Grandmother passed on this momento. I knew I
would carry this memory with me weightlessly without the need for
insurance, worry or possessiveness.
Due to her mental illness, my mother has since sold this piece in a garage
sale, providing me with an invaluable life lesson I hope to share with you.
Our experiences, carried in our hearts, are infinitely more valuable than
the possessions we carry in our pockets.
To all the collector's out there. Remember the joy of discovery and let the
material objects become part of the next collector's treasured memory.
With LOVE to all, Michelle C.
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 email@example.com .
2) Cards Cards and More Cards
Have you sent one lately? We've got hundreds of them and you can
send them to friends and relatives for free. 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:
Mary's Porcelain and Pottery
OAK HOOSIER KITCHEN
Wedgwood Fine Bone China - Hathaway Rose - Dinner Set
Art Nouveau Lady Butterfly Pin,Brooch,Vintage
Mary Gaston 3rd R.S. Prussia Guide Book
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 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
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
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 want to give a big thanks to the nearly 30 people who responded to my
Lost & Found request about my favorite childhood book. I now know the
book is "Ho-Hum", a Whitman Tell-a-Tale book published in 1957. As luck
would have it, a couple of copies were being auctioned off on eBay. I
won one, and received it the other day. What a trip down memory lane!
Thanks, again, Sheila
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) A NEW BOOK FROM THE KOVELS
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local bookstore after April 12, features thousands of collectibles from the
last 150 years of American advertising, packaging, and product promotions.
This comprehensive price guide, listing current prices for more than 10,000
items, goes beyond the classic signs we have come to think of as antique
advertising and includes a wide variety of memorabilia from tin boxes and
ashtrays to beer cans and toys.
Special features include:
· Actual prices of more than 10,000 collectibles.
· More than 200 searchable categories, organized by brand name
(Burger King, Wheaties), company name (Gillette, Wrigley), product
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· Informative company histories detailing how a company was
founded, how a product developed, how an ad campaign began, and more.
· More than 250 photographs, plus over 100 logos and trademarks.
· 16-page full-color insert showcasing a variety of unusual collectibles.
· Lists of clubs, publications, and museums, plus a bibliography.
· Comprehensive index with extensive cross-references.
SPECIAL OFFER-Order your copy online and the Kovels will send you an
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
March 29, 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.
the all purpose purple flowers reminded me of our son who was about 6 at
the time. (He's 32 now.) We were on the road and had stopped at a
restaurant for lunch. Our son ordered a burger and fries (what else in the
world was there)..........His dinner arrived at the table and was garnished
with a sprig of green parsley. He looked up at the waitress and stated: I
DON'T EAT FLOWERS............thanks for the great newsletter.......Tim
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: OLD GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS
WANTED: Round Milk Bottles From All 50 States - All Sizes
WANTED: Metlox Animal Keepers
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue JoAnne requested a recipe for "yellow bread"
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.
The reader who wanted the yellow bread with brown top? Don't
know about the color combination, but if the fragrance was pungent
and wonderful, it sounds like German Pfeffer Nuesse Rolls (Pepper
Spice Rolls) to me.
5 to 6 cups flour
2 pkgs. yeast dissolved in about 1 1/2 cups warm water, milk or potato
water. (Some cooks put mashed potatoes through a sieve and use.)
Add 1 cup sugar 1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt 1 cup nuts (opt)
(Some cooks add 1 tsp. Anise flavoring and 1 Tbsp. Anise seed.)
1 cup sour cream or 3 Tbsp. shortening
1 cup molasses
Flour enough to make a soft dough.
Let rise once, knead down.
Let rise once more. Then make into rolls.
Let rise until light.
Bake 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
2 lbs. dark brown sugar
6 eggs beaten 1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. cinnamon 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cloves 4 Tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. allspice Flour about 1 qt.
1 tsp. nutmeg 2 lbs. walnuts
Gradually add sugar to beaten eggs.
Add molasses, spices sifted with flour and baking powder.
Knead and add more flour until dough is hard.
Cut off in squares and place 1/2 nut in center.
Form dough around nut (size of small walnut).
Put on cookie sheet in cool place over night.
Bake at 375 degrees about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Store in crock for about 2 weeks before eating.
Note: If it is Anise Bread that she is thinking of, I can give a
recipe for that, also.
There were 10 of us kids in our big German family, and Pfeffer
Miesse Brot was one of my favorite things with real butter and a
cup of cold milk or a cup of tea!
Florence B. St. Helens, Oregon
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.
When I was a kid in the 1970's I spent summers with my grandparents
in Oil City, PA. We took weekly trips into town and stopped at
Woolworths where they had a bakery. They sold the most delicious
dessert called Hungarian Roll. It was similar to a cinammon roll flavor
only shaped like a bundt cake. It has awesome icing drizzeled down the
side. If anyone has this recipe I would love to have it. Thank you.
Jill from Rochester, NY
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
Antiques by Juliana
Antiques Fine Art Lamps China Settings Porcelain's Vase's Crystal and
Glass Stemware End Tables all personally Collected by Me, and if you
don't see it here ask me, You might be surprised at what I find.
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.
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
If you have more than a few items to sell,
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visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
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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