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The Collectors Newsletter #340 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #340 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Pricing" & "Wildlife"
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.
My sister had a garage sale on a weekend when I was visiting her, so our
nephew and I decided to help her out.
She had a picture in the sale, priced at $15.00. A husband and wife
offered her $7.50, my sister said she really liked the picture and only had
it in the sale because her husband had bought a new one. If she couldít
get the $15.00 she would just keep it. The couple left without the picture.
My nephew and I were talking and came up with this solution. We suggested
that she raise the price, then she could come down to the $15.00. We
kidded her about this and finally convinced her to do it. So she raised the
price to $35.00.
The husband came back later without his wife, and was all set to pick it
up, when he noticed the price change. He dropped his hands and turned
around with a grin on his face, and you could just see him thinking, wait
till I tell my wife about this. He left chuckling to himself.
Now my sister wasnít too sure she should have listened to us, and said Iíll
probably get stuck with this at that price. The next morning a different lady
came in, and paid the $35.00. Moral: never lower prices at garage sale,
raise them. Lillian
-- Another Story --
All those stories about animal trap incidents have inspired me to add one
of my own. A good-hearted neighbor, a devoted cat lover, adopted a cat
from a veterinarian for whom she worked, bringing it home in a cat
carrier. Unfortunately, as soon as she opened the carrier, the cat jumped
out through the barely opened front door and ran away. My husband spotted
the cat in some bushes in our front yard, reached for the cat, but it
latched on with extended claws and he was forced to drop it. Our neighbor
obtained a humane trap and we set it up in our yard hoping the cat would
return. The first night we caught a cat-but the wrong one-a well known
"stray" who is fed by many; the next night we got a young raccoon whose
agitation seemed new to indicate he was new to the trap experience; the
third night we got another raccoon, who seemed perfectly content to have
gotten a free meal while doing his time in the trap. We then gave up and
the lost cat's whereabouts remain unknown. And, I should mention-we live
in NYC! Emily
-- Another Story --
A few years ago I went to a yard sale and saw what I knew instantly to be
a straight jacket. I asked the woman how much and she told me three
dollars. As I paid for an older gentleman gave me a disapproving look. So
I said to him with a smile on my face "Hey, I've got teenagers."
A week later it sold on ebay for over 100 dollars. Later I told a Doctor
friend about my purchase and sale, she was amused. A few months down
the road she brought me another straight jacket. This one was marked
USM I gave $25.00 for it and listed. A week later that one sold for $325.00
I guess you can sell anything on ebay! Mary
HEY! Send us your "Yard Sale-ing" story. We've got some great ones
but we want to hear yours too!
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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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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.
Looking for a date
My father, Noel Hollingshead, was pictured in a Life magazine in late 1948.
He was 18, in the National Guard in Missouri, and the article is about the
funeral of three brothers who fought in World War II from Missouri. The
funeral was in Marionville, Mo., and they were buried in the nearby town
of Crane. He doesn't recall the brothers' surname. The Life magazine Web
site only shows the covers of the magazine, not the details inside. He thinks
the cover is a picture of a flag-draped coffin, or something with a flag, but
the covers I've seen for 1948 don't have a flag. I've sought help from some
eBay sellers who offer Life magazines, but to no avail. Locating an issue
for purchase isn't a problem, once I know the date. I hope you can help
me. Send any information to email@example.com. Thanks!
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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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.
When I was approximately 5 with a sister 7 and brother 3 1/2 my family went
to Grandmother's house as we did every Sunday for a family gathering and
big Italian dinner. Grandma had two favorite things we kids were always
interested in. One was a clear light blue glass candy dish with a top to match
and the other was a candy drawer where her dish towels were also kept. No
one was ever able to snitch a piece of candy from the candy dish without
everyone knowing it because no matter what you did the lid made a noise
when the glass pieces were either separated or when the lid was put back
on that everyone could and did hear. And, most of the time someone would
yell from the kitchen or other rooms, "Who's in the candy dish?" so we knew
we would be caught every time we did that but perhaps that was half the fun
of it. But, with the candy drawer (where she typically always kept packs of
her favorite J uicy Fruit Gum), you could sneak out a pack or two and not
get caught until you had eaten it all if you were lucky.
On one Sunday gathering, my brother could not be found at around 3 pm.
We looked everywhere and grew very worried. After an hour or so of
frantically searching for him we were just about ready to call the police
when I found him. Sound asleep behind the couch (which was at an angle
to a corner of the room) with Juicy Fruit Gum wrappers all around him and
a package still in his hand. We cried with tears of joy and laughter! Karen
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:
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Lisa T. requested a recipe for "sour cream and
cucumbers". 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.
I thought my grandmother was the only one who would make this dish
because every time I mention it to friends they look at me like I'm crazy.
The only difference is mine used regular cream and my Aunt uses real
mayo and I use Miracle Whip. You slice your cucumbers fairly thin
and soak in salt water for about an hour. Drain water off and slosh
apple cider vinegar over them ( just enough to wet them not float) Then
proceed with sour cream or mayo or Miracle Whip. I also sprinkle
some black pepper on them. If you let it chill for awhile in the fridge it
will thicken and taste better. I hope this is what you are looking for.
Nancy in Indiana.
My grandmothers family was from England so I don't know if you would
really consider it an ethnic dish or not.
-- Another Version --
I hope this is the same recipe Lisa T. remembers.
This is my grandmother Lillian Graulty Archibald's recipe. This recipe
isn't Austrian - Grandma was born in 1898 in Cleveland, Ohio to
Clevelanders of Irish ancestry. It may be a Midwestern American dish.
My grandma also used to say that soaking the cucumbers in salt
water took out the burp! - Maureen M.
Sour Cream Cucumbers
1 - 16 oz. container of sour cream
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 onion, sliced or chopped
Slice the cucumbers thin; soak in salt water for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain.
Mix sour cream, onion and vinegar together; mix with cucumbers.
Sprinkle top with seasoned salt. Chill 1 hour before serving.
(Serves 8 to 10)
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.
Boiled Apple Dumplings
I remember Dearly the days my grandmother came and stayed at our
home in western New York. She was a strong German women
"Pennsylvania Dutch. We sadly lost her in the early 1980s But we
cherished many of her delightful treats, but never did she follow
recipes. My mother and I have searched for years for a similar recipe.
She made a pastry and cleaned and cored apples and sweetened
them with sugar then wrapped them in the pastry. And they were not
baked they were boiled But We have no Idea what or how she went
about it. I was just wondering if anyone out there had ever heard or
experienced this delightful desert? Sincerely, Erica 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:
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My store is a treasure trove of "goodies" for you to browse. I have dealt
with antiques and collectibles for over 35 years. Come and shop with me!
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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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