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The Collectors Newsletter #314 April 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #314 April 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Chairs" and "The Doll"
2. Animal Antiques
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.
Two amazing events occurred on the same day, one very modern and
one very old. I went to the grocery store and at the checkout I glanced
at the covers of the current magazines. One jumped out at me and I
picked it up. It was a home and garden magazine showing the front
porch of a home with two wicker chairs and a two-seat rustic woven
seat with bent wooden arms. It had been painted white to match the

Now my grandmother was married in the early 1900's and my
grandfather built her a beautiful log cabin that is now in the National
Registry of Historic Places. On her front porch were three beautiful
bent wooden pieces...the two-seater, a rocker and an arm chair. I
spent every summer peacefully under the oaks sitting by my
grandmother. I was married on that same front porch. Eventually I
was the lucky recipient of that furniture and the two seater is on my
farmhouse style ranch front porch. The twin to the one on the magazine
cover, it was made by the Hickory Furniture Co., is still being made
today, and decorates many rustic lodges all over the country.

That same evening I was at home reading another issue of the same
magazine. I opened it in the middle and was engrossed in an article
about a home owned by Tricia...I worked my way back to the beginning
of the article to find that it was about my cousin, an interior designer in
Atlanta, and her personal style...cottage and antique English design.

It was truly an amazing day of discovery. I treasure my memories and
value my belongings all the more for them. Thanks for being my
audience. Clara D.

-- Another Story --

The Doll
I had an Aunt who was a great one for yard sales and buying things,
fixing them up, and re-selling them in her own yard sales. I was in PA
on vacation and she came to my Grandmother's where I was staying.
I had been crocheting when she came in and she said she was one of
the few in the family who couldn't crochet and asked me to show her
a few simple stitches. I gave her a ball of yarn and a hook and she
was making rows of stitches in no time. She could hardly wait to get
home she said, because she had bought a little ratty looking no-name
Barbie type doll for 25 cents who had no clothes on and she was going
to make her a dress. She said it would have to be a gown because the
doll had no shoes. My aunt was not a novice and knew the value of the
things she bought.

I talked to her the next day and she said she'd managed to brush the
tangled hair of the doll.....but had to cut some patches out and the doll
had bald spots so she wrapped the hair into a sort of up-swept style
and used glue to secure it to her head.....and sprayed it really good
with hair spray to hold it in place. When she washed the doll, some of
it's detail washed off it's face so she touched it up....painting on new
eyebrows and lip color. She said she'd finished the hand crocheted
dress and put in on the doll and it looked really cute. Unfortunately, I
didn't get to see it before my vacation was over and I had to go back

The next time I talked to her, she said that after fixing the doll up she
sold it in her yard sale for $1.50. She was satisfied with that because
it didn't take much time or effort to fix it up....and she enjoyed doing
that sort of thing. A few weeks later, she was out doing her yard sale
shopping and she saw the doll up for sale! There was a sign on it that
presented it as a rare collectible early 50's pre-Barbie doll with a hand
crocheted dress and a sophisticated hairstyle and the asking price was
$25.00! While she was reading the sign, another woman came up and
bought it! She told Aunt Marie that the current owner had bought it right
out from under her the week before at another yard sale for $20.00....so
she figured she could sell it for $30.00. My aunt tried to tell her she was
the one who had made the dress and fixed the hair and the woman got
huffy and said "Some people will just say anything to get what they want!"
and walked off in a huff. We often laughed about that story and
speculated on how much that doll may be selling for now! Milli
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) Animal Collectibles
Elephants, cats, dogs, birds of all sorts. People love antique or
collectible representations of animals. We've got thousands of them
and they are fun to find. Here are some dogs for you
Looking for other types of animal antiques? go to http://www.tias.com
and just enter the type of animal you are looking for.

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

Mary's Porcelain and Pottery


Wedgwood Fine Bone China - Hathaway Rose - Dinner Set

Art Nouveau Lady Butterfly Pin,Brooch,Vintage
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
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.
Items looking for a home...
Sometime last year, my son went to a storage facility auction here in
Atlanta. He won a bid that contained a box full of old letters, pageant
information and newspaper clippings belonging to a Miss Marilee Rae
Gugeler of Jacksonville, FL. I'd love to return these items to her or her
family. I haven't read through the letters at all except for one really
pretty card from her grandmother Bryant.

Looks like her last known address was 1905 Brush Hill Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32211. If anyone can assist, I'd appreciate it.
Lynita King at lynitaking@hotmail.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

Here's a 21st-century collectible: MOUSE PADS! Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles newsletter reports that the world's largest collection of mouse
pads belongs to a 10-year-old English boy who owns more that 2,600 pads.
The "mouse mats," as they are called in England, can be hung as pictures
or displayed on a tabletop.

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
April 1, 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.
When my son was in the seventh grade I asked him to help me turn over the
dirt in a little vegetable patch I had. I threw down some egg shells that I
had been saving and told him to turn them over too. Well he proceeded to
bend down and turn each egg shell over. I said no turn them over in the
dirt with the pitch fork. He turned beet red and we both had a good laugh.
He will never forget that day and neither will I. Joanne
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: Pre-1950s Quality Costume Jewelry


WANTED: Round Milk Bottles From All 50 States - All Sizes
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 Jill from Rochester, NY requested a recipe for
"Hungarian Roll " 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.
Hungarian Nut Roll Recipe

6 to 6 cups sifted flour
teaspoon salt
6 tablespoon sugar
2 yeast cakes or 2 packages dry yeast
cup warm milk
1 cup sour cream
2 sticks butter or margarine, melted or very soft
3 eggs, beaten

Dissolve yeast in milk. Combine the rest of the ingredients; add yeast
and milk mixture, blending very well. Divide dough into four or six
parts depending on length of nut roll wanted. Roll about inch thick,
spread with nit filling (recipe below) and roll up jelly roll fashion. Let
rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Bake in 350 degree oven for
30 to 40 minutes. Makes four large or six medium rolls. They freeze

Nut Filling
1 to 2 pounds ground nuts
(about 1 pounds walnuts or pounds pecans)
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter or margarine melted
2 eggs
1 large apple grated
teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients except the butter. Now that you have done
that,Add the melted butter and mix well. Heat in large saucepan until
the ingredients blend well and thicken slightly. Spread on rolled
dough after the mixture has cooled. This makes more filling than
enough filling for the above nut rolls. You can freeze any extra and
use as a topping for an apple pie or top baked sweet potatoes or
use in a coffee cake recipe.
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 was growing up in Oregon my grandmother was still alive and
I would occasionally get to spend the night with her. We had a good
time together, except her house was always so hot and she piled a
mountain of blankets on my bed. In the morning she always made
us biscuits, eggs, fried potatoes, bacon (bring on the calories!) and
the best gravy! She called it red gravy. Not to be confused with red
eye gravy. It was a red color and I think she used chili powder in it
but it wasnt hot. It just tasted so good. I would love to make some for
my husband, so if there might be someone out there who has an idea
of what Im talking about, I would love their recipe. Thanks so much.
Ill be watching the newsletter. Jan B.
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.

Our store will contain an ever changing stock of merchandise from A to
Z. Vintage collectibles, postcards, glassware, ceramics, fabrics, patterns,
ephemera, advertising.

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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