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The Collectors Newsletter #351 August 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #351 August 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Kids in Stores" "Store Owners" "Dealers and Children"
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 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.

Kids in Stores
My husband died unexpectedly and we had a six month old grandson. As
soon as he could walk we went to Antique stores together. The rule was
that Grandma and Jacob couldn't touch. Should I want to buy something,
I would explain why I was touching etc. He was always so good the
owners couldn't believe it and he was always welcome. I kept him with me
all of the time in the store. When he was about three, he totally surprised
me by telling me the different ages of things by saying that was during his
Great Grandfather's time, then something was during my time and his

We went to antique stores and he helped me pick things out till he was
about ten. He is now 14 and getting interested again.

I have another grandson my husband (I remarried) and I started taking
with us at the age of three months. He too has always been good. He
knows the rules and at 9 1/2 still abides by them. We've only had one
person say anything to him and since he wasn't doing anything we left
and have never gone back. When he was two, we were at a flea market.
Devon found a box on the floor and started handing me things out of a
$1.00 box. It was full of wonderful things and I bought almost everything
he handed be. I called him my little antique hound.

I understand how some children can be; however, it is the parents who
are the problem. Don't go after the child. As one letter said, you may
loose a lot more customers by being unreasonable with one child and he
just might be a current customer as well as a future one. Ms Langdo

- Another Story -

Store Owners
I had left an Antique Store because the owner was rude. It was in
Wickenburg, AZ. In my travels to Phoenix several times a year, I like
to stop there if the stores are open at that time.

Several years ago, I stopped at a store, that had a new owner. When
I went in the door, he ask me to leave my purse with him behind the
counter. I refused, so he told me that I would have to leave the store.
He said that he had to many shop lifters putting things in their purses,
and walking out. I told him that I didn't trust him either, as he could take
out my money or CC while my purse was in his possession. I went next
door, and that owner said that he was very rude to everyone, even the
other store owners. I don't know if he is still in business or not, I
haven't been thru there for over a year.

I have a small antique store in Golden Valley AZ, but I haven't
experienced any shoplifters. If I do, I figure that is the cost of being in
business. I welcome all customers. Jeri

- Another Story-

Dealers and Children
I read with interest the story about the 11 year old boy who was treated
badly by the shop owner because he was young. I started collecting
antiques (especially glassware) at about the same age as this boy and
would always go out with my Grandmother Mary searching for treasures
in the early 1980s. I am fortunate that I was never treated as badly as
the boy in the story was by dealers. I was always a thoughtful and
very careful child and was especially careful with things that did not
belong to me. The way I learned about antiques was by handling them,
picking them up, looking at the marks on the bottom of china, porcelain,
etc. I remember many times after picking up something very carefully
the dealer would rush by in fear that I would mishandle their
merchandise. I would politely explain that I just wanted to see the item
and would be very careful with it. Once they saw that I was not a
careless child, they would soften and begin to speak to me as they
would speak to another adult. If it were not for these nice dealers who
let me handle their wares, I would not have added to my collection or
learned about antiques much as I have over the years. A person can
only learn so much by looking at things in books. True, it seems that
many people, adults included, are very careless with handling items at
flea markets, antiques shows, and shops. But consider the young
person who picks up an item: watch their face and see and how they
handle it. If they appear to be careful and engrossed with the item,
chances are you are dealing with a young person who will treat the item
with respect. The only proper thing to do is treat them with respect as
well. It is very apparent that the boy in the last story respected the
antiques AND the dealer much more than the dealer respected him.
Many times adults have a lot to learn from young people.
HEY! Send us your "Antique Shop" story. We've had 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 newsletter@tias.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
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.
Item finds home.
Collectors Newsletter #177 http://tinyurl.com/dfp6n

Hello! This is really a great day!! Back in 2003, I submitted a Lost &
Found article referencing Mitchell Items Found in Attic.

After following up all of the info I received, to no avail, I put the box away
and for the most part, forgot about it.

I received an e-mail this week from Pat Mitchell-Smith who is a subscriber
to your newsletter. She had, somehow, missed reading this particular
issue. While doing some research on her area came across the
newsletter and my article.

We have talked on the phone and I am shipping the box to her tomorrow.
She and her family are so excited as it contains material regarding her

I never would have thought that finding something like this and re-uniting
it with the actual family has done my heart good. Like Pat said, it has
now changed the way she will look at things she may find in the future
because of how she feels now about getting the things my family found
about 25 to 30 years ago.

It is my family's hope and prayer that the Mitchell family will be drawn
closer together when they read the letters and papers in the lost but now
found box.

Thank you, Tias Newsletter, for printing the original article that has lead
to new friends. Linda Boles email linda2201st@aol.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

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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
One day we took my 23 month-old grandson to play putt-putt golf. He did
really well until he came to a pond with fish swimming around in it. Then,
he wouldn't leave it. I asked him what he was doing and he turned around
with wonder in his eyes and said,"Look, Grandma, I found Nemo."
I'll never forget that moment! Bobbi
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: Old Guitars and Amplifiers

WANTED: Vintage Clothing Late 60's and Older

Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
230,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue "Tired of Dunkin" requested a recipe for "Fluffy Donuts".
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.
Perfect Doughnuts can be tricky as you'll find all the doughnut shops have
automatic fryers that are temperature controlled and are automated to be
perfect each time.
I recommend next time you go to a doughnut shop is have a look at their
equipment and how its done - brings a lot of important things to light and
they often display them as the wonders of the machine. Any website recipe
works well, providing its not one that involves rolling them out like a
bagel - they don't work as well. The oil is also very important to the
success - see point 2.
I can offer a good few hints here as a trained cook, but you can make many
really good doughnuts at home with a few tricks:

1 - Since I privately don't make a big batch like I used to in bakeries, I
like a good thick based milk saucepan to heat the oil - I don't use a frying
pan as they can stick and fry like an egg, a deep fryer uses a lot of oil so
a milk pan is much more economical. Use a larger vessel over time as older
oil foams up more. Woks make them crisper (really!)
**Don't fill the pan any higher than half of oil in case it overflows - keep
a lid handy as well**
In a small pan you can only do one at a time, so although it takes longer,
you won't get distracted and let them burn and the oil won't alternatively
cool and ruin the doughnut. If you want perfect, time is irrelevant!

2 - Use very light oil - canola is favorite and preferably, the oil should
be saved and isolated as they don't taste truly doughnutty until at least
the third fry in oil - much like fish and chips, you can always tell when
the oil is new or old and the shops use the oil for about a week - we used
to go only on Wednesdays as its right in the middle of the week and they
change them Sunday night. You should also skim the oil after each batch and
before storing.
Shortening is OK, but is not as healthy and does not last as long. Olive
oils except the extremely light ones are no good as they will flavor your
doughnuts badly. They will also be prone to going crisp and slightly rubbery
with big air bubbles (can be good if savory - tuna & mayonnaise or chicken
Aussies produce a lot of the really good, more robust flavored oils, so the
better ones come from North Italy. Prefer canola though. Use the good olive
oil if you put some sundried tomato & parmesan cheese in a non sweetened
batter. Savory doughnuts are hardly new.

3 - 160 - 175C is a good temperature range, any higher, they will go
beautifully golden but still be raw and gooey on the inside, hardly fluffy.
Any lower they will sink, and take on oil - they will also be pale and
flabby. The old trick of using chopsticks or a piece of bread to see how
quickly it browns is sufficient if you don't have a thermometer.

4 - I actually avoid using anything like those hand-held droppers or a
piping bag as you lose a lot of air bubbles you need for a fluffy doughnut
and they don't puff up as nicely - Use a large spoon. Try not to stir the
batter too much after its mixed and proved as it will become more rubbery.
Use the spoon to scoop them like meringues and drop them lightly in the oil
(keeping the spoon out of the oil)
The batter should be like light waffle batter - I have not had good success
with thin or very thick ones - consistency is everything and it should be
light and soft, also like the perfect waffle. I let the batch prove in a
warmed (37.5C) large bowl (china or stoneware favorite - stainless steel
takes to much warmth out of the dough and you can end up with a flat
pancake batter.

5 - Try to make the doughnuts as even as possible - prevents too much
crisping. Only turn them once as too many times this soaks up fat - you'll
see the automated ones do not turn them too many times.

6 - Sift all your dry ingredients and use fresh yeast or a new sachet (not
the packet that's been lurking in the pantry for years), Use melted butter
that is no cooler than at body temp - soft makes a firm textured doughnut,
cold makes a pastry like texture.
All ingredients, egg, flour, sugar(castor or superfine - not ordinary as it
makes it heavy), butter and milk etc should be no cooler than room

7 - Whip the egg whites and fold those into the batch and let prove for
around 15 minutes, any longer it will taste like bread.
Like pancakes and crepes, the first two are usually duds, they always work
better the more you do.

8 - If you want to add cinnamon and sugar (castor or superfine) - have it
ready when you fry them, so when they come out you can sift it straight on,
a 2-1 batch of sugar to cinnamon works well. You can see on the automatic
machines, the moment its stopped frying its dumped onto a sugar and
cinnamon bed.

9 - Put adequate sweetener in the batter (not too much as it will go cakey)
but the point is it won't taste like a savoury. So about a tablespoon is
adequate if there is none in the recipe already.

10 - Have not had a lot of need to put other raising agents like baking
powder, biker etc as they affect taste as don't work as well for me. You
can experiment but I have not needed to.

Well I hope these help to make you perfect doughnut. Thanks
Andrew Fenn. W. Australia
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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.
Greetings from Tennessee!
A dear friend of mine has shared with me many times about a special
dessert his grandmother used to make. While the name, Vinegar Pie,
doesnít sound very enticing, he promises it was especially delicious. In
fact, I think it was more like a cobbler than an actual pie. Mammie was
the type of cook who didnít write her recipes down, so after she passed
away, I suppose the recipe was lost. I am assuming this pie would be
something that country folk made with simple ingredients they had on
hand as the family was from very rural Tennessee in the early to mid
1900ís. He remembers that it included vinegar, sugar, and possibly flour
or cornstarch. The liquid was cooked and simmered and when it was
thick, Mammie would drop something like dumplings into it. I would love
to surprise my friend with this recipe as a special memory from his
childhood. He does many special things for others and I would like to
return the favor. If anyone has a recipe for anything called Vinegar Pie,
I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, Jan S.
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.

Look for china, Elegant glassware, ironstone, 40's, 50's, and 60's
collectibles and many other assorted treasures in our Tias Shop. Visit
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I specialize in vintage costume jewelry, with an emphasis on signed
pieces. I also have pottery, china, art glass and collector plates.

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