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The Collectors Newsletter #353 August 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #353 August 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Access" & "Never Too old" & "Never Too Young"
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 have used a wheelchair for 35 years. My husband and I started visiting
antique stores over 15 years ago. Many times I've had to wait near the
front of the store while my husband explored because the aisles were too
cluttered for me to navigate without possibly damaging some dealer's
merchandise. Yes, it was/is frustrating to travel to a store only to have to
wait in the car or to see only a small portion of a store, but I choose to
do that rather than risk causing damage to other people's goods.
Many times I, too, have noticed antique store personnel keeping a close
eye on me. I try not to be bothered by it, as I understand their concern.
Wheelchairs can knock things off shelves, etc., as they turn or roll.
Nobody's perfect and we all make mistakes. However, I'll never forget
how demeaned and disrespected I felt in one particular antique store.
I had just entered it with my husband pushing me. He left me to go look
for pocket watches and I was cruising an aisle looking at glass when the
proprietor came up and asked me to leave as "wheelchairs cause a lot
of damage." I told her I was very careful and had never caused damage,
but I could see by the expression on her face she was not convinced.
My husband and I left and never went back to her shop in that antique
mall, which has over twenty steps up to the entrance and no wheelchair
access. We were not casual lookers. Had that shop owner looked past
my wheelchair and politely asked me to take extra care, she might still
have our business today. While it is her loss, her undeserved criticism
still stings 12 years later. Gail in Washington
- Another Story -
Never Too Old
I agree totally with everything the 26 yr. old says about being discriminated
against because she is young (and looks even younger than she is). It is
not fair and respect all around is what should be practiced. Lets also
look at the flip side of this (and to the 26 yr. old, this is not directed at you).
I am tired of being discriminated against because I am old. Please do
not assume the older generation is senile. Please don't treat us like we are
stupid. Please don't roll your eyes when we speak. Please don't assume
what we have to say is not important or worth listening to or act like you
don't have time for us. Try to remember that (if your lucky) you will be
old one day too and treat others the way you would like to be treated.
I could go on but I think you get the point. Wendy
- Another Story-
Never Too Young
In response to the question posed in the last newsletter, I am 28 (everyone
likes to guess I'm 16-17 years old) and have similar problems when I go to
antique stores and the like. As a child my dad participated in a weekly
flea market at the fairgrounds near our home and always jumped on a
chance to rummage through an attic or basement in his free time. I
remember carefully handling Betsy McCall paperdoll sheets, learning how
to properly hold an early camera and the excitement I felt at the thrill of a
sell. Those lessons and feelings never left me as I grew up. I always
picked up knick knacks that appealed to me and at 19, realized I too could
make this my business and began selling on E-Bay.
When this began I had pink hair a nose ring and tattoos. As I'm sure you
can imagine, I was followed and questioned at every turn, when I would
begin my "pile" on a hold table, it always seemed to surprise the workers.
By 21 my hair was blond again and I was sans nose ring, on one trip I
was asked to leave because children 16 and under must be accompanied
by an adult, upon presenting my drivers license I received a red faced
apology, but that day I made no purchase and left.
A few years later I rented my first space in an Antique Mall. I work once
a week at the current mall I'm in and always keep my experiences in mind
when dealing with customers, a guy with black hair and wearing eyeliner
is not necessarily a thief, most likely he's just unique and likes things that
aren't sold at WalMart. Tiffany in Atlanta
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 email@example.com
2) The Latest Antique News
If you have news about an upcoming Antique Show, Auction, Event for
Collectors or any other news related to antiques and collectibles, please
post it online at:
If need help, just drop us a
Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
- The HOT Antiques & Collectibles On eBay -
- TOOLS! At Michigan Estate Sale -
- Vintage Jewelry - 6 year anniversary -
- Vintage Fashion At Christie's -
- $3,535,000 Paid for Vintage Automobile -
- Estate and Consignment Items Just Listed -
- Competition Between Sotheby's and Christie's -
Put the latest DAILY news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site.
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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 226,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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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.
Wow!! The response to my inquiry about the book containing some history
relating to my family called "Isca on the Ionian Sea" brought so many
responses that I spent over an hour going through all of them. Thanks to all
the readers, I got some very good leads and now am the proud owner of a
copy of this out-of-print book. Needless to say, I am delighted and just want
to thank everyone who took the time to make a difference. You'll never know
just how much this means to me and my family. Stephanie
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Love your newsletter. Always find interesting and informative. Your fax
machine funny in the last issue reminded me of a similar experience some
years ago. Even though touch tone phones had become the norm for MOST
people- and my father had embraced technology by replacing the other
phones in the house, my mother had put her foot down and held a death
grip on her old harvest gold kitchen rotary phone. One day while visiting my
parents, my mother asked one of my sons- then about 6 or 7 yrs of age-
to call their father and ask him to join us for dinner- he walked over and
picked up the receiver and stared blankly at this wall mounted monster.
Finally, after hearing no conversation- my mother asked jokingly "Did you
forget your own phone number?" "No" he replied "I'm just trying to figure
out how to get the numbers into this thing!" Kathy
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: SIGNED AMERICAN PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: AUTHENTIC OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
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:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue "R.T. and Ina" requested a recipe for "3 layer
pineapple yellow cake with cooked icing". If you have a variation of
this recipe that you would like to share with our readers, please post
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
YELLOW CAKE WITH PINEAPPLE ICING
2/3 c. butter, softened
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13 x 9 x 2 inch cake
pan; two 9 inch or three 8 inch round layer pans. In large mixer bowl,
mix butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Beat 5 minutes on high
speed, scraping bowl occasionally. On low speed mix in flour, baking
powder and salt alternately with milk. Pour into pans. Bake oblong
45-50 minutes; layers 30-35 minutes; until toothpick inserted in
center comes out clean. Ice with pineapple icing.
1 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cans crushed pineapple, drained
1 1/2 c. pineapple juice
2 tbsp. butter
8 tbsp. flour
Mix sugar, flour and salt. Add beaten eggs, pineapple and juice. Cook
in double boiler over boiling water until thick, stirring constantly. Remove
from heat and add butter and mix well. Cool and spread between layers,
on top and sides of cake.
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 grew up in West Tennessee and remember getting (in the 60's and 70's)
a loose ground beef sandwich with cole slaw at Woolworth's grill. It was so
greasy and good! Has anyone seen a recipe for this? I have looked for
some time and have not been successful. Thanks - Lysa
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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Dealers and collectors of Staffordshire and an assemblage of other
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scenic route 169 (ONE OF AMERICA'S TOP TEN SCENIC ROADS)-
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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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