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The Collectors Newsletter #317 April 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #317 April 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Ugly Gift" and "Quilt"
2. Flow Blue
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 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.
Several of our friends and relatives have an "ugly gift" exchange every
Christmas. The rules are simple: The item can not cost more than $5.00,
must be from a garage sale, flea market or auction. A gift must be kept or
passed on to some one else. Some of the gifts have caused a great deal of
merriment. Several years ago we received a porcelain bonbon dish shaped
like rhubarb stalks put together. Our friend bought it for $0.10 and
thought it was really ugly. I looked at the stamps on the bottom and
thought it might be good. It was, I sold it at an antiques fair for $50.00.
Thus it was "passed" on. I bought her a jolly lunch that day. My friend
now looks at the marks on the bottoms at garage sales.... Ron
-- Another Story --
Hi. Just wanted to share a story with you. Several years back I dropped
by a garage sale in Longmont, CO. In an old paper sack I found a quilt top.
I didn't spend much time examining it but paid my $.75, yes 75 cents, and
took it home. It stayed in the sack for several years and survived our latest
move across the country. I joined a quilt guild and decided to show it at
'show and tell' to see if anyone would recognize the pattern and vintage of
the fabrics. A friend said she would take to an appraiser in Salt Lake City
to see if he knew anything. Well, he did. The quilt is contains fabrics
from the 20's and 30's. It is a 'summer' quilt top meant for outdoor use
and only survived because it was not yet quilted and finished. The "coffin"
pattern and condition helped to give the quilt top, originally from
Appalachia, a value, of @$900.00. More importantly, the work of some
dear woman and the fabrics from old dresses and shirts will be preserved.
The curator told me how to finish the quilt and preserve it. You can bet I
will be on the lookout for others. Best regards, Shirley, North
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) Flow Blue
The distinctive blue glazes used to produce "Flow Blue" porcelain and
pottery are quite beautiful and unique. Take a look at some of the wonderful
pieces offered by TIAS merchants 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:
Generous Grab Bag Of Collectibles
Generous Grab Bag Of Collectibles
SPRING FAIRE AT TIAS!
Mary's Porcelain and Pottery
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.
I have a number of items pertaining to Media F. Rice and David C. Clark
who married in 1874 (I have their wedding certificate). They had several
children, Nellie William, George, & Ruth. This was a second marriage for
David and there are some children from first marriage. George became
sheriff of Clary County, MO in 1937 and upon his death his wife Lillie M.
Clark stepped into the job. The majority of the items pertain to George,
but have some for Ruth - such as her will. From Nellie I have a quantity
of items that she had acquired covering her family. There are
scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, wills, marriage licenses, etc. etc.
I do genealogy and Clark happens to be one of my lines and it is very
frustrating because it is a very common name. I have posted queries in
Genealogy magazines, on the internet and rootsweb for Clark. Nothing
at all. I did have one offer from Clay Co. to turn all this over to the library
which is fine, but would still love to find a member of the Clark family.
The one main problem is that Ruth never married, Nellie had no children
and from the clipping assume George did not have children. But William
had two sons. Whether they had children I cannot say. Would love to
find a home for all this stuff. Hope that someone will read this and give
me some leads. Carol Murphy Ulrey firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
The April issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter reports that
German and French character dolls, early chinas, parians and papier-mâché
dolls with unusual hairstyles sell well. But German baby dolls, "dolly face"
German and French children, Bye-Lo, Dream Baby, and composition doll
prices are dropping. There is a large supply of these dolls because collectors
who bought during the 1940s and '50s are now getting rid of their collections.
Dropping prices mean good buys for new collectors.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
April 12, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Hi. I don't know how funny other people would think this is, but my friend
sure got a laugh out of it. I must say, I have learned to laugh at myself, so
I found it quite amusing after I got over the embarrassment. We were out
for the day roaming around antique stores and having lunch. We had been
in several stores and were in the last one of the day and were heading
home when done. I was a bit tired. I saw a hand-written sign on a table -
"Woo Den Eggs" - written and spaced out like this. I thought I'd found
something exotic, but didn't see what the sign was referring to, so I found
my friend and asked her what she thought this "treasure" was. She just
stood there laughing like crazy. Off to the left of the sign was a basket filled
with plain wooden eggs! Chrissy E.
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 email@example.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: 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 Sharon in Florida requested a recipe for "angel food 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
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
MOM'S ANGEL FOOD CAKE
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups egg whites (11-13 eggs)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond
Sift flour, 1/2 cup sugar and salt 3 times. Beat egg whites until foamy,
add cream of tartar, continue beating until stiff points form as beaters are
removed. Gently fold in 1 cup sugar, sprinkling a little sugar at a time
and fold in gently after each sprinkle. Then gently fold in sifted flour
mixture, a little at a time. Pour into 10" ungreased tube pan. Cut through
batter to remove air pockets. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 1 1/2
hours, OR 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Invert on funnel to cool. Remove
and frost, if desired.
Recipe from Easy Chef's One Million Recipes
Submitted from Linda Webb
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.
In the 1880's, our maternal Grandmother came from Sweden to the USA
on a ship. She relocated to Western Washington within the next few years.
Here she met our Grandfather, also from Sweden, but from an area quite
a distance away from where she was from. They raised their family in
Tacoma, Washington and then in farming country where they
homesteaded in Graham, Washington. This is also where we grew up.
Besides her Lutefisk, she was known for her "Best in the World Raisin
Bread". Anyway, that's what we grandchildren thought! We'd sneak
the delicious raw dough until she "shooed" us from the kitchen. We
suffered from "tummy aches later......but that didn't stop us the next time.
The finished bread, warmed up, was so yummy!
My younger brother (61 yrs old) emailed me this morning asking if I have
the recipe. This bread is one of his favorite memories from our childhood.
I don't....I can't find it among the recipes our Mother gave me. (She is
88 years old.....but has lost her memory.....and is living in an assisted
living facility). Her siblings have all passed on.
The bread contained molasses, raisins, cinnamon, yeast, and only
'white' flour (I think). She would always make about 5 or 6 big loaves at
a time. Could anyone help us with this recipe? Thank you, Jean D.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
email@example.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
We list some of the best items in a variety of categories. Look around and
we are certain that you will find something to like.
Wants Upon a Time Antiques & Collectibles
Wants Upon A Time offers collectible books, record albums, fine art, casino
memorabilia, toys, postcards, and a large variety of other collectibles.
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
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