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The Collectors Newsletter #316 April 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #316 April 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Iron Thingy" and "The $1 Table"
2. Collector's Corner: Bohemian/Bavarian Glass
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
TIAS Celebrates 10 years online!
The Internets' oldest and largest online antique and collectible mall is
celebrating our tenth year online. Merchants will be listing special
offers and great sales for the entire month of April. Be sure to stop
by and checkout the special spring event at:
The reputable merchants at TIAS offer quality merchandise at great
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 Iron Thingy
The letter about the lady who reacted so strongly to being told that her
prize garage sale find was really not the treasure she believed it to be,
reminds me of what happened many years ago at another garage sale.
I was much younger then, and thought that everyone was like me and
wanted to learn the true history of the items I saw. A man who was
having the garage sale had a cast iron "thingy" that looked like it came
from a farm machine, on a table with the notation that it was over 100
years old. He had it priced accordingly, if you get my meaning. Well,
I found an impressed date on the bottom of the piece that said "Pat.
July 6 1924". I showed it to the man and said, "Sir, this can not be as
old as you think, because of this date on the bottom." He looked at it
and fairly screamed "See, it IS a hundred years old!". Now this
happened about 1980, and if my math is correct, the item STILL is not
100 years old. But in his mind it was, and the really funny thing is a
lady standing there agreed with him, and paid his high price for the
treasure. I have often wondered where they learned to subtract.
-- Another Story --
The $1 Table
I love to set out on a Saturday morning with about $20 in ones and hit
the local yard sales and a big, old drive-in turned flea market in the
county in which I live. One Saturday about two months ago, I made it
to the flea market with a few dollars left and was breezing up and down
the rows and saw some vintage salt and pepper shakers. They had a
sticker on them for a couple of dollars so I set them back down. Two
little older ladies working their booth said "everything on that table is
one dollar, no matter what the price tag says". Playing along, I told
them that I'd better look harder then. I picked up the shakers and a
silver bowl with a plate attached on the bottom. Taking my two dollars,
one of the women said, you're getting a good deal, the bowl has a
$9.00 sticker on it.
After getting home I cleaned the silver bowl, which was fairly shiny
already, and decided that it was rather nice. I researched it on
replacements.com and discovered that my silver Gorham Strasbourg
gravy bowl with the underplate is worth $180.00! The vintage shakers
are nice too, but not nearly as nice as my gravy bowl! You never
know what you'll find at the flea market! Julia
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
2) Collector's Corner: Bohemian/Bavarian Glass
Barvarian Glass comes from southeastern Europe, with the most
commonly available glass coming primarily from the 1840s to the
present modern period. Orville Burg shares his vast knowledge and love
of this glass with readers in today's Collector's Corner.
For examples of this glass, 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:
Generous Grab Bag Of Collectibles
SPRING FAIRE AT TIAS!
Mary's Porcelain and Pottery
OAK HOOSIER KITCHEN
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
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.
A note from Phil (Your friendly publisher)
We get a huge number of request from people looking for friends and
relatives. We can't publish all of them. I'm amazed out how helpful our
readers are in helping people reconnect with people they have lost.
It turns out that quite often, a connection is made, but the end of the
story is never shared with us. PLEASE, if this newsletter has helped you
track down someone or something, let us know so we can publish the
I'm getting many questions from people who want to know the results
of the searches for lost people and things. When you don't tell us, it's
like only getting half of the story. Thanks...
Looking for someone
My friend, Judy Cleveland, and I were 6 years old and attended first grade
at Grovetown Elementary, near Augusta, Georgia in 1952. Judy's father
was in the army based at Camp (Fort) Gordon, Georgia. My father,
Garnette Tucker, cut hair on the base, as well.
In the first grade Judy and I shared the costume my mother, Ruby Tucker,
made us as hula girls for school talent show. By the way, I won for the girls
talent but was very shocked. Judy I had wonderful playtimes as next door
neighbors and my heart broke when my family moved to Rome, Georgia
in 1953. She sent me a "I miss you" card that I still have. Judy and I never
had an argument and had so much fun. I never had a sister but I always
felt that if Judy and I had grown up together, we would have become as
sisters. Judy has an older sister and brother or two. I remember a brother
that got a watermelon seed shot into his nose and had to go to the doctor.
I have two brothers, Henry and Herman Tucker who were 8 and 10 at
the time. I would be so appreciative if anyone would let me know if you
have information about the Clevelands.
Freida Tucker Seckinger, Rome, Georgia. 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
The Kovels have a new book out. The Kovel's Advertising Collectibles Price List.
Signs and other ads from the ’50s and even the ’60s are going up in price
and they’re not hard to find at flea markets. What about a 19th-century wooden
cobbler’s trade sign that set a record when it sold for more than $113,000?
Well … maybe you won’t come across one of those. But if you’re interested
in collecting, you can find great buys everywhere. Just keep your eyes open
and learn everything you can from the KOVELS.
SPECIAL INTERNET OFFER -- Get an autographed copy online at:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Saturday
April 9, 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.
When our oldest daughter was about 2 years old, we gave her a quarter to
give to Jesus at Sunday School one Sunday. She said she would give it to
him. After our Sunday School class was out, we went by her class to get
her. Mrs. Coley, her teacher, took us aside and told us this: When I
collected gifts for Jesus this morning, Dawn wouldn't give her quarter. I
asked her why and she replied "My mommy told me to give it to Jesus and
Jesus is not here so I will wait". I have never forgotten this. My daughter
is now 44. Thanks Linda
-- Another Story --
I was at an antique store and I noticed a beautiful old Symphonium. The
dealer turned on the music box and the large metal disc turned playing a
lovely tune. A boy of about 8 years walked over, watched for a while,9
turned to me and said: "That's the largest CD I have ever seen!"
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: WANTED: WANTED OLD FISHING LURES
WANTED: Pre-1950s Quality Costume Jewelry
Wanted: OLD GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS
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 Arnold requested a recipe for "oatmeal cookies that were
soft" 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
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
From Easy Chef's One Million Recipes
GRANDMA TERRY'S OATMEAL COOKIES
2 c. raisins
1 scant c. water
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/3 c. sugar
1 c. oatmeal
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. nuts
Boil raisins and water for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add
shortening and sugar; cool. Add other ingredients, beaten eggs, and
dry mixture. Drop on cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes at 300
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.
During the 50's my Mother made a very tall, very very moist bright yellow
cake. I know it was made in an angel food cake pan and usually rose
above the rim of the pan. All I know about the recipe was that it contained
a large number of eggs, 13, I think. I have tried many of the 7 egg chiffon
cake recipes and they are not what I am looking for. This cake was never
iced and when you cut it the piece was extremely moist and stayed
together very well. We lost this recipe when my Mother passed away and I
would love to make it again for my children..Sharon in Florida
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
The Cat's Meow
The Cat's Meow is the place to find unique vintage clothing and accessories.
We handpick and inspect all our items carefully and are extra particular
about quality and cleanliness. We pick only the best to sell in our 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,
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
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
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
3. Get an online appraisal
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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