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The Collectors Newsletter #345 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #345 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Radio" and "Too Cheap"
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 these stories, 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 enjoy reading this newsletter and had to send you the story of just one
of my Fantastic yard sale finds..
I was at this yard sale just down the road from my home in this small
Southern Missouri town.. I saw a radio sitting on top of a refrigerator that
was for sale. No price was on the radio so I asked how much.. The lady
said it worked a little bit and there was no back on this old plastic case
- tube radio and she was going to throw it away.. She said if I wanted it,
I could have it for FREE... Yes, I thanked her very much and went on to
buy a lot of things I had no use for at her sale..
I put the Free radio on an on-line auction and that BAKELITE radio
brought $1,500.... Not bad for something for free...
I go to her yard sale every time she has one and always buy lots of stuff
that are truly throw away items..( Hopefully this is a way to give back
some... I even paid her $100 for a new cast iron toy she said was old but
it was a reproduction .. I knew this at the time I bought it as well..)..
I have never told her the outcome of her "trash" radio...Janice
-- Another Story --
I have been an avid Yard-Saler since I was young, both hosting and
shopping. Many years ago, my sister Janice had a covered pedestal
carnival candy dish that she though she would sell so she put it on our
"expensive items" table. She marked it $1.25 and thought it would sell
quickly. The early-bird dealers that routinely hit the sales swarmed in at
opening based on our ad in the paper listing antiques of which we had
many reasonably priced. Just about every dealer picked up the dish,
examined it carefully and put it back down. Later in the morning, Janice
said that she couldn't believe that it hadn't sold yet. I told her that she
had it marked to cheap and that everyone thought there was something
wrong with it that they couldn't detect. I told her to put $8.00 on it. She
argued that it didn't sell at $1.25 so why would it sell at $8.00, but she
finally did as I asked. The very next person to stop in walked right over
to the candy dish, picked it up and looked it over and bought it and left.
I learned that sometimes you hurt you sales by not knowing the true value
of things and marking them accordingly. Dennis S.
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 email@example.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.
Just wanted to let all your readers know that I received an astounding number
of responses to my request for information on the Hamil family from Childress,
Texas, whose box of family pictures and memorabilia I had found among my
mother's things. Thanks to all of your hard work and interest, the photos have
been returned to the widow of the son, Gilbert Hamil, Jr. She is quite elderly,
and her husband passed away 40 years ago, so imagine her delight at seeing
pictures of him as a baby and small boy that she had never seen before. The
items will go to her children, and I am still working on a list of "lost" relatives to
give her, so that some of the pictures can be shared with other family members,
especially her husband's mother's family. Mrs. Hamil, Sr. had 6 younger sisters
(the ones I thought were many daughters)! It felt so great to be able to return
those treasures to their family. Thank you and God bless. Jeannie
Another Thank You!
I am amazed at the number of replies I have received about the Yingling
family and Lucile Marty. I thank the readers so much for all the help they have
been and will let you know if and when I locate the rightful owners of these family
treasures. Sandi McBride
Looking for a Family
Hi! I am the owner of an antique mall in Lincoln City, Oregon. We had a dealer
bring in a nicely framed Certificate of Service Dated 1917. It was given to
Gunner G. F. Kearns, 69th Battery, C.F.A., Enlisted Feb. 18th 1917. This is
a large certificate with a picture of Gunner Kearns. Written on the back of
the frame is "To: G. F. Kearns, Strathmore, Alberta - From: HBR Dryden, 391
Yonge St., Toronto. If anyone knows of this family I will try to arrange a
way to get this certificate to them. Thanks, Ann E. firstname.lastname@example.org
ANN ! If you get any responses, please be sure to let us know, so that we can
share your story with all of our readers. Many 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
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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.
When I was very small and living in San Diego, CA, my father was in the
Navy. We would meet the launch boat as it came in to shore from his ship
which was anchored out in the bay. Since all the sailors looked alike in
their uniforms, as my father's launch arrived and the sailors came onto the
dock, I remarked to my mother "look at all the Daddys". Being that young,
I presumed they were all Daddys. Norma T.
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:
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Bill requested a recipe for "falling off the bone,
barbecued chicken". 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.
Tips on Tender Chicken Barbecue
1. Yes, I cook all the meat I am going to bbq in boiling water, first.
Then chill and when ready, put on grill, heat thru and then slather
on the bbq sauce and grill a little longer. Wonderful!! Laurie
2. Try pressure cooking your chicken before putting it on the grill .
Don't add sauce until chicken is very done.The recipe should come
with a pressure cooker. Sandy
3. I have not tried chicken this way but I put pork in my crock pot with
barbecue sauce and cook it all day. By dinnertime it is falling off the
bone tender and nicely flavored. Should work with chicken as well.
Clare S., Tennessee
4. I can still remember my dad saying, "See how the meat comes off the
bone? (As he turned a leg bone.) The chicken is ready." His chicken
I think the secret is not to cook too fast or with too hot a fire. Patience is a
virtue in the art of barbecue.
Dad would start his coals from scratch by putting short pieces of pecan
wood or mesquite wood in the side open pit. He lit it early in the morning
and let it burn till it was burned down into nice fairly large chunks of burning
embers, It was not a roaring fire. While waiting for the coals to burn down
he would prepare the chickens, seasoning them with salt, pepper, garlic
powder. Then he shoveled several shovel fulls of hot coals into the main pit.
Neither pit was large but he built them himself by pouring a ready-mix
concrete slab and laying bricks on it. Each pit was about 3" X 5" in size but
the main pit was about three ft, tall and the fire pit about 1' tall. There were
two levels for him to put the grate on. He had a friend who did tin work
make a lid for the barbecue pit for when he wanted to use it more like a
smoker and keep the heat in.
Then the mop sauce...an old German and Czech tradition here in Texas.
Keep it warm on the pit. Dad would wrap a clean, lint-free dish towel or piece
of old sheet. round and round a narrow dowel or board and tack it on. You
can use other brushes, etc. made for the purpose but dad was a thrifty German.
Sauce for Mopping:
Melt a stick of margarine in a pan. (You could also use 1/2 cup vegetable oil.)
Add a cup of water and cup of white vinegar. Then cut up a lemon and after
removing as many seeds as possible and squeezing out some of the juice, add
to the pot. He would heat it all up in the house and then keep it on the pit to
keep it warm. When you first put the chicken halves on, mop both sides.
Watch closely and continue to mop as needed. Dad also kept a detergent bottle
(rinsed clean and free of detergent) full of water nearby in case grease dripping
on the fire made it flare up. You don't want to put out the fire, just stop the
flare-up with a squirt.
When chickens are about done, you can baste them with real barbecue sauce
made from scratch. We usually served it on the side but it's your choice.
Good luck and God bless from a sixth generation Texan. Happy trails! Judy O.
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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 hoping to find a recipe my Granny used to make. She called it
Picalilli. It was a mixture of chopped garden stuff (green tomatoes,
peppers, cabbage, etc.) and it was sour, like dill pickles. It was
preserved, like pickles are. Most of the recipes for this I have seen,
have sugar in it and her's did not. My Dad thought it may have been
sauerkraut instead of Piccalilli but I don't know since I was pretty young
when she died. But I do remember it and loved it!!! She lived in
Oklahoma at the time but she was originally from Kentucky. Any help
would be greatly appreciated!!! Judy in Oklahoma
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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