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The Collectors Newsletter #336 June 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #336 June 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. two "Yard Sale-ing" stories
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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
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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.
Here are some of the responses to our "Yard Sale-ing stories" request
Shortly after we married my wife and I walked down the street to a
neighborhood yard sale. I bought several items, each for less than a dollar,
and one particular vase for the princely sum of a quarter. It was about 12
inches tall, the top was fluted and the body and bottom terribly misshapen,
as though it had been the first attempt at a glass blower to blow a vase. It
really was horrible, but very interesting. I was quite proud of my purchase
and my wife promptly hid it in a china cabinet (no way was that thing going
to be seen in her home.)
Fast forward. I retired and we opened an antiques and collectibles shop
at a local flea market. I got out my prized twenty-five cent vase and took it
to the shop. I asked a lady who had an adjacent shop and specialized in
glassware what price I should put on it and she suggested $95. I told her
she was nuts, but she assured me I could come down on the price, but
not go up. So I said, O.K., why not?
After about three weekends, a lady comes into our little shop and very
carefully picks up the vase, which apparently as not a vase, but rather a
Vaas, sees the price tag, says, "I'll take it, but let me wrap it," and I thought
both my wife and I would both have a heart attack on the spot.
To this day, I still haven't a clue as to what it was, because the lady politely
declined to tell us. Don M.
-- Another Story --
I have a friend that is an avid yard sale fanatic. She was busy one Saturday
morning with her husband looking for the ultimate bargain when she saw an
animal trapping cage at one sale. She asked the man how much the trap
was and he said that it wasn't for sale because he had an possum in it. In
fact, he had just given this possum a bath with the hose, which didn't sit well
with the possum. She was really in need of the trap for the animals invading
her back yard so she pursued the issue. Finally the man agreed to sell her
the trap but only with the possum in it and a guarantee that she wouldn't kill
They made the deal, she and her husband went a few blocks away, let the
possum out in a field and had the trap they needed for a fraction of the price!
We still laugh about her buying a live possum at a garage sale! Donna
Hey! Send us your "Yard Sale-ing" story. We've got some great ones
but we want to hear yours too!
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) Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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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:
Shelley China From England Vintage For Your Tea Table
Clearance On Pottery and Glass
Generous Grab Bag Of Collectibles
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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
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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
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.
1880's new edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin, with illustrations.
There is a comment in the end of the book from the owner, the Rev. A.F.
Samuel's private library. It reads in his handwriting; Just finished this
book Apr 28, 1881 - have never read it before. I must bear my testimony
as one raised in the south that most of the characters might have been
taken from instances of real life - I have seen slavery in all its horror and
I never wish to see it again. AFS
Another owner D.E. Matthews was from Prairie Du Chien, WI. I wonder
if anyone knows these people. Wouldn't it be interesting to know what
kind of preacher Rev. Samuels was and if he has any folks still living!
A.K. Perkins. If you have info, send it to 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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
The June issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter reports that poor-quality reproductions of classic '50s battery
-operated robot toys are selling online for $25 or less. If you're shopping
for high-quality reproductions, look for robots made by Osaka, Billiken,
Metal House, and Masudaya.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
June 24, 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.
My husband is an avid outdoors man, and we've taken our kids with us since
before they could walk. One day when my youngest son was in preschool,
his teacher was telling about how god created the earth in seven days. She
got to the day when he created the oceans and then asked all the children
if they could guess what he did the next day. My son, who was never shy,
was bouncing up and down, and waving frantically. So the Teacher said
"Ok, Mark, what do you think he did the next day?" Without missing a beat
my son proudly proclaimed "He went fishing!" We'll never forget that story.
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: AUTHENTIC TIFFANY LAMPS & PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: Pre 1960 Sports Cards and Memorabilia
WANTED: QUALITY OLD SIGNED OIL PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: Wanted Antique/Vintage Knuckledusters
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 Abby requested a recipe for "Opera 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 is my Grandmother's recipe for Opera fudge...I make and divinity
every Christmas, it is a family tradition. Enjoy ...Sandi M.
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
Few grains salt
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 hershey chocolate bars
Put sugar, cream and few grains of salt into a saucepan. Cook and stir
over moderate heat. When at the boiling point, add the 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. Cook to the soft
ball stage (234 degrees F).
Remove from heat; add, without stirring in, the butter. Let stand until
almost cold. Beat until the fudge is no longer glossy and is thick and
creamy. Cover with a damp cloth and let stand 1/2 hour.
Sprinkle vanilla extract over the fudge. Work it into the fudge with your
hands. Press the fudge into a shallow pan lined with wax paper. When
firm, cut in squares. Makes about 1 pound.
-- Another Version --
I haven't seen Opera Fudge, but Opera Creams are a candy my mom
used to make at Christmas.
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, grated
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cream
Put sugar, cream and chocolate in a saucepan. Stir until all ingredients
are dissolved. Cook slowly, until temperature reaches 236 degrees F. or
until the mixture forms a soft ball when a little is dropped into cold water.
Add butter. When cooled to lukewarm, add vanilla. Beat until thick. Drop
from a spoon onto wax paper an chill. Carol Q., Paragould, AR
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.
I'm looking for a recipe for a cookie that was called a fruit bar. It was
4 inches or so by about 2 inches wide and about a half inch thick.
They were cut on a diagonal. Dark brown, I believe with a dusting of
powdered sugar. Made by a bakery in Northwest Ohio. Thanks, Dick
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
Please bare with us, still under construction! We are pleased to present fine
eclectic collectibles from the Great Pacific Northwest. We feature vintage
costume & estate jewelry, glasswares, many vintage ladies'costume
accessories, well as fine locally created artisan crafts!
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
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