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The Collectors Newsletter #331 June 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #331 June 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Vacuum Cleaner
2. The "Hot List" of Antiques and Collectibles for June
3. Your Classifieds
4. Increase the value of 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

Today's Latest Antiques and Collectibles News
Stop by today and take a look at http://www.new-antique.com

Also, congrats to Ron McCoy for 10 years of his Antiques & Collecting
Newsletter: http://antiques-collecting-newsletter-id_116.news-antique.com/

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.
Vacuum Cleaner
Last Summer at the annual Portland, Oregon Antique Show my daughter,
granddaughter and I were strolling through the three humongous rooms of
antiques and collectibles. My 10 year old Granddaughter was stumped
each time I Ooo'ed, Ahh'ed and exclaimed over yet another amazing
Gadget from the long-ago past. She was becoming a bit sullen from her
inability to recognize ANYTHING, or it's purpose. At last she exclaimed:
"Nana, Nana I know what that is! Look it's an old fashioned vacuum
cleaner!" My daughter and I interrupted our browsing in hopes she had
indeed identified 'an old fashioned vacuum cleaner'. Without being rude
I cautiously glanced at the ground, then followed the thin plastic cannula
from the 'vacuum cleaner' to the elderly woman's nose. I truly hated to
disapoint my Granddaughter, but as I quietly led her to the next Booth I
had to tell her it was an oxygen tank, not a vacuum cleaner, and was
actually quite new. She just furrowed her brow and asked: " What's an
oxygen tank?".... Scarlet
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) The "Hot List" of Antiques and Collectibles for June
These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by
people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the
month of May 2005.

Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not
necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for
items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that
they have in their possession.

Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.TIAS.com. This site
specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:

1. Cookie Jars (No movement)
2. Milk Glass (Up from #7)
3. Avon (Up from #8)
4. Dolls (Down from #3)
5. Depression Glass (Down from #4)
6. Teapots (Down from #5)
7. Carnival Glass (Not Listed Last Month)
8. Fenton (Up from #8)
9. McCoy (No movement)
10. Pyrex (Not listed last month)

"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the
previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped
on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates
that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published.
"Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top
10 list.

Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.AntiqueArts.com .
This site specialized in "high end" Antique and Art:

1. Chairs (no movement)
2. Sofa (Up from #6)
3. Mirrors (Up from #4
4. Staffordshire (Down from #3)
5. Limoges (Down from #2)
6. Tables (Up from #7)
7. Desks (Down from #5)
8. Tiffany (Up from #9)
9. Nippon (Up from #10)
10. Transferware (Down from #8)

Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.Kovels.com . This
site is a free online price guide to antiques and collectibles:

1. Bottles (No Movement)
2. Books (Up from #4)
3. Dolls (Down from #2)
4. Avon (Up from #5)
5. China (Down from #3)
6. Vase (Up from #10)
7. McCoy (No Movement)
8. Plates (Down from #6)
9. Roseville (No Movement)
10. Hummel (Down from #8)

Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter
archives, just search for "Hot List" at http://www.tias.com/newsletter

About TIAS
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750 merchants sell through the TIAS system, listing well over half a
million items for sale online. The company has been building
e-commerce systems for merchants since 1995.

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 235,000
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) Increase the value of 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 have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com

We accept two 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.

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 slave record book. This book lists the names of all the slaves on a
plantation in Hillsborough, North Carolina and in Henderson, Kentucky. It
also lists the births, deaths, marriages and sales. Do you have any idea
who would be interested in such a book? It is original, and is bound by
thread. Kathy Giovannetti .....kgiovan@charter.net
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 LostAndFound@tias.com

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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
June 7, 2005 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
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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.
My friend Tammy and I were antiquing one day with her two daughters,
ages 7 and 9. We always kept an eye on them in the antique stores but
couldn't find the 9 year old and we were in an extremely full and crowded
store. Finally, Tammy found her bending down in a corner and asked
what she was doing, her reply - "I'm not doing nothing, I'm just doing
something." Everyone in the store burst out laughing and we never did
find out what she wasn't doing!
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: Wisconsin Brewery/Tavern Pressback Chairs

Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers

WANTED: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl Figurines

WANTED: We buy antique/vintage fishing lures/reels/rods

Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
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 RuTuLu requested a recipe for "seven minute icing".
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.
As a baby boomer and original latchkey child, I learned to cook
entirely by consulting what I always called my mother's "green
cookbook," which is the be-all end-all source for any and all recipes.
In the two volumes of Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking,
J.G. Ferguson, 1959, with quaint forties and fifties "June
Cleaveresque" photos and drawings, there are yummy recipes for
every American standard dish/comfort food and culinary technique
on the planet, including

Basic Seven Minute Icing

1 egg white 3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
dash of salt 1-2 tsp. white corn syrup
3 T. cold water

Put first 5 ingredients in top of double boiler, then place over
boiling water--upper pan should not touch surface of water. Beat
with rotary beater 7 minutes, or with electric beater 4 min., or until
icing stands in pointed stiff peaks. Remove from heat. Change
hot water for cold and replace top of double boiler. Add vanilla and
syrup, then continue beating until icing stands in shiny peaks stiff
enough to hold shape. Spread on cake immediately. Enough for
top and sides of two 8-inch layers. Double recipe for three 8-inch
or two 9-inch layers.
NB: This recipe is the foundation for divinity candy.

Due to the many kind replies re my long-lost book search for an
children's illustrated undersea story, I thought it only fitting to
respond in kind. Still searching for my book, however. Ivy B.
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

-- Another Version --

This is in response to RuTuLu's request for the Seven Minute Frosting
recipe from the Sunbeam Mixmaster Cookbook. I have a 1962
version of the cookbook that came with my Sunbeam Vista Mixmaster
my mother gave to me as a bride in 1969. Though the cookbook
survived, the marriage did not, and was dissolved three years ago.
I will copy it exactly from the book, and I hope this is what she wanted.

Seven-Minute Frosting

2 egg whites
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
1 1/2 teas. light corn syrup
1/3 C cold water
1/8 teas. salt
1 teas. vanilla

Combine in top of double boiler. Beat on No. 2 speed until blended,
then cook over boiling water beating constantly on No. 11 speed (use
mixer portably) until mixture forms peaks when beater is raised--about
7 min. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat on No.11 speed until
spreading consistency, scraping sides--about 2 min. Fills and frosts
2--8" or 9" layers, large tube, 13x9x2, or 2 doz. cupcakes. Decorate
cake if desired with coconut; chopped maraschino cherries, drained;
chopped nuts; or shaved chocolate.

Sea Foam Frosting: Use 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed, instead of
granulated. Decorate cake with shaved chocolate or chopped nuts.

Peppermint Frosting: Tint frosting pink. Decorate cake with crushed
peppermint stick candy. Melt 1 oz. chocolate and 1/4 teas. shortening,
stir to blend. With teaspoon drip around edge of cake, letting it run down
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.
As a small child in W.Va. I loved a cookie that I called Ammonia
cookie. But it could be called an almond cookie. Two elderly ladies
lived next door and made them. They were a thin crispy cookie.
With just the edges tinged brown. Can anyone help me on this. I
would love to pass this down to my children. Laura
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.

Welcome to our new store! We offer a huge variety of antiques and
collectibles. We do hope you enjoy your visit and enjoy shopping.

Dougs Junktique
Doug's Junktique offers fine antique and collectable items at bargain
prices far below book value. Enjoy shopping at Doug's Junktique.
We also sell on eBay auctions under junkslayor where we have a
100% positive feedback rating.
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. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
as well. Sign up today at: http://tinyurl.com/c6oqc
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

4. 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)

5. The Latest News regarding Antiques & Collectibles
Take a look at http://www.news-antique.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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