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The Collectors Newsletter #333 June 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #333 June 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Old Razor" and "Having Fun"
2. Search Engine For Collectors
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 Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- Record Sales at Christie's --
-- Staffordshire Conference 2005 --
-- Autograph Collecting Q&A --
-- An Estate Liquidation in GA --
For latest news, take a look at:
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 have been selling at flea markets and antique malls for years now. A
couple of years ago I was at an outside flea market and had many
items on my tables to sell. A young girl about 12 years old stopped and
look at an old razor that I had for sale. It was the old metal adjustable
type that by moving the handle you opened and closed the place you
put the razor blade. She had never seen one before.( only ever seen
the throw aways) When I explained what it was she said WOW! when
did they start making them? Amused by her reaction I gave it to her as
a gift. Things we take for granted can still be new to someone else.
-- Another Story --
In light of the many letters sent regarding "finding a real bargain" I
thought I would add a story of my yard sale from two years ago. I love
going yard sale-ing, finding things I never knew existed, so I found
myself with way too much "stuff" and decided to have a yard sale.
Since I am retired and have a disease that causes me to tire easily,
my main purpose was to get rid of things, make it easier for me to clean
and make some others happy, so I priced everything really low. I mean
really, really low! Since I frequently spend less than a dollar or two on
any item I buy, I felt I could sell low and still make it worth my time and
make some others happy. About the highest priced item I had was $15
for an old gum dispensing machine (the price I had originally paid)
and it went to friends of my friend, so it found a good home (no dealer!).
My collection of salt and pepper shakers were priced at $1 a set. One
young woman came up to me with a set of wooden shakers and told me
her grandmother had had a set just like it and she wanted one but an
antique shop was asking $20 for them. I told her I knew the price was
low, but I had only paid 50 cents for them so use them in good health.
The smile she gave me was worth more than any amount I could have
asked. The same with a young woman who had just moved into our
state and bought indoor plants, a three foot ficus tree and about 15
other plants for $30, then spent 20 minutes asking me how to care for
each one. I know I had a couple of "dealers", but what the heck, they
have to make money too. I still had things left over so sent them to a
lady who was collecting for a future cancer benefit sale. What I am
getting at, I guess, is that yard sale-ing is what you make of it. Some
are making a living (dealers) others are treasure hunting and making
a "find" (either for their personal pleasure or to "make a killing"), and
other various reasons, and some are just to have fun. I got rid of things,
had a lot of fun, and was shocked to realize I had made over $400 at
my sale! Wow, more room and money for more sale-ing!! One of the
circles of life! Elaine
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) Search Engine for Collectors
Have you been to Curioscape.com Lately? It is one of the first and one
of the oldest search engines dedicated to just antiques and collectibles.
Stop by and 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 235,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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4) Increase the value of your collection. (Sponsors message)
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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records
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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
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.
My grandfather was a Presbyterian Minister and I have the marriage
certificate of Leonora Margaret Schroeder of Marshfield, Wis. And Gustav
Herman Bulgrin who were married by my grandfather in Kentland Ind on
Nov. 17, 1924. If anyone knows a family member who would like this I will
be glad to send it. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Thank you.
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
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
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SPECIAL OFFER-Order online and the Kovels will send you this year's
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
Did you hear about the frog who wanted to purchase a condominium unit?
He went to his local bank to determine his credit worthiness and was greeted
by the loan officer Miss. Patty Whack. After much consideration Miss. Patty
Whack informed Mr. Frog that he simply didn't have enough credit
established so he would need to provide some collateral. Mr. Frog departed
sadly and spent several days determining what he could possibly provide
as collateral. He suddenly remembered his prized pink porcelain pig and
quickly hopped back over to the bank with his prized possession. Once
again he is greeted by Miss. Patty Whack who frowned when she saw the
pink porcelain pig. She called for the bank President Mr. Polywog to get
his opinion about what Mr. Frog brought in for collateral. Mr. Frog began
to beam with pride and joy as Mr. Polywog gazed at his prized pink
porcelain pig. Mr. Polywog carefully examined the pig as he turned it over
and inspected the bottom where he read, 'Made in Japan'. Suddenly he
exclaims, "Why it's a knick knack Miss. Patty Whack! Give the frog the
loan!" Tammara N.
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: Wisconsin Brewery/Tavern Pressback Chairs
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:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Bill requested a recipe for "Penuche Fudge ".
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.
This recipe came from Germany with my grandmother in, the
early 1900s. It is simply the best candy I've ever tasted, and of
course I've never been able to replicate my grandmother's results.
Beat it, beat it, and beat it some more for best results.
It gets better after setting in a tightly sealed TIN -- the candy
mellows and becomes even creamier.
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 cup light cream
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
In large saucepan, combine sugars, salt, corn syrup and cream.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.
Over medium heat, bring to a boil stirring occasionally. (Hint:
when the mixture starts to bubble, put the lid on momentarily to
allow the steam to get any sugars off the sides of the pan). Cook
to 234 degrees, or until a soft ball forms in cold water.
Add butter, and allow it to melt over the candy. Add vanilla and
beat until very creamy. Add 1 cup of chopped nuts if desired, and
pour into a buttered pan. Jennifer W. - Warren, OH
-- Another Version --
This recipe is from a 1940's candy recipe book and is very good.
The secret to creamy fudge is to use a candy thermometer, and
not to stir too much while cooking or it will crystallize when it cools.
Do not beat the fudge until it has cooled to lukewarm.
2 cups light brown sugar
2/3 cup milk or light cream (cream is preferable)
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Put sugar, milk (or cream), and butter in a heavy saucepan, bring
just to the boil, lower heat to medium (just slowly bubbling),and cook,
stirring occasionally, to 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, or
to the soft-ball stage (a few drops of the mixture in a cup of cold water
form a soft ball which flattens when you try to pick it up). Remove
from heat, add vanilla (do not stir yet), and cool, without stirring, until
lukewarm. Beat until thick and creamy and pour into a buttered 8"
square pan. Cut into squares and enjoy! Lois D. Ontario, Canada
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.
A Thank You !
I would like to thank the reader(s) who took the time to copy the Seven
Minute Frosting recipe from her Sunbeam Mixmaster cookbook.
They has no idea how long I have looked for it and how much having
the recipe means to me. I got the mixmaster (and recipe book) at
Christmas in 1963. It was a gift from my parents. The icing was the
one my mother made all of my growing up years and, of course,
the one I continued to make. To have a little bit of my mother and
for my children to have a little bit of their childhood and memories is
wonderful. Twenty-five years ago the mixer began to make a terrible
screeching noise. I took it to our local fix-it shop and was told that I
should have been oiling the bushings. I was told that I could
continue to use it, but that I should prepare myself for the poof that
would mean its demise and I should buy another. The Mixmaster is
still being used. Every time it makes that screeching noise, someone
will haul out the oil can, put a drop or two in the proper place, tell it
what a trooper it is and continue to do whatever is being done.
When folks declare that "they don't make 'em the way they used to"
this is one outstanding example that proves at least SunBeam
Mixmasters fall under that adage. RuTuLu
-- Recipe request --
I remember someone a long time ago in rural Ohio making baked
cheese - I think it was from the old-style government issued block
of cheese but am not sure. I would love to find how how to get that
golden crust on the outside like I remember it. Any help out there?
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:
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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