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The Collectors Newsletter #355 August 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #355 August 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Sellers Side" & "Don't Touch" & "The Trunk"
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 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.
The Sellers Side
I have read all of the stories and enjoyed them all. I am on the other side
of the dealer vs customer discussion.
I meet the costumer with a "hello" or "can I help you". You see I work in
a antique and collectable store. We work hard to have a clean store, with
wide isles so wheel chairs can see all of the merchandise. We enjoy our
costumers and the pleasure they get from looking at and buying our
Trash and Treasures. We were hit by a unpleasant costumer last week
and several times before. They cut the locks off cases and took what
they wanted while one of them kept the saleslady busy elsewhere. Our
problem is we can't look at our costumers and tell which are bad and which
are good. There are more good ones. But a few bad ones can really hurt.
Please forgive us if you think we watch to closely. Laura of Cave City
- Another Story -
OK, OK ... I can't stand it.
Here is my 'Antique store, story'.
My mother and I enjoy going to antique stores together.
One day we went to a really 'high end' store and I noticed she was
following after me pretty close. It all became clear when I picked up
a fine piece of pottery to look at the bottom.
She quickly took the piece from my hand and sharply slapped my fingers
saying,"Don't pick things up! If you break it, I'll have to pay for it!".
It wouldn't have been so funny, but I was 48 years old and she was 76!
- Another Story -
My friend just returned from her family reunion in Wisconsin. Among the
pictures she had taken were some of her grandparents' house. She told
me that the current owner saw her and her sister and niece out front
taking pictures and invited them inside when he found out their family link
to the house. As they toured the house some things had changed, and
of course the furniture was different. When the trio went upstairs their
jaws dropped because the same antique trunk that their grandparents
had owned was sitting exactly where it had years ago. The current
owners said they had bought it at a local yard sale for $20. My friend
showed me a picture of the beautiful wood trunk that was most probably
one of a kind and definitely worth much more than $20. Once again an
item finds its way back to its original home. Donna, F. in CA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
to your email inbox. Sign up at:
Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
- Sotheby's to offer Crowns, Coronets -
- Annual horror & sci-fi exhibit -
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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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1977 Laszlo Ispanky "Nude W/Iris" Figurine #27/100
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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
can help contribute to the overall value of your collection. There are many
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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 Book
After reading all the success stories in your lost and found column I decided
to write. Many years ago my husband and I took our children on a trip to
Florida. While we were touring around the state we decided to look up a little
town called Waldo, located in Alachua Co. My grandfather's family (Tillis /
Wainwright) lived there in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He grew up
there. We visited the tiny library in town and the librarian could not have
been sweeter or more helpful. She told us that there was a book that gave
a really good account of the people who lived and worked in Waldo during
that period of time. The book was out on loan at the time of our visit, so I
never got to see it. I think this might have been a "vanity press" type book.
I have lost the name of both the book and the author over the years. My
husband and I have recently retired (YEA!) and I have started working on
my genealogy again. I would love to find a copy of this book. I know that this
if quite a "long shot" but if anyone knows of a copy and is willing to sell it or
even look up some information in it for me I would really appreciate it. You
can reach me by email; email@example.com Thanks so much, Merideth
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
A few days ago, at one of our family gatherings, my niece Dorothy, who
is now eighty two, remembered an episode that happened when she was a
child. She was raised with three mischievous brothers and they were always
playing tricks on each other.
One day brother Ralph (about ten) was sitting in a chair, examining a very,
very old and rusted antique hand gun he found out in the mud. It was so
rusty the trigger was frozen fast. but he still tried his best to make it work.
As he was looking down the barrel full of rust, Dorothy seized the opportunity
of a lifetime, blew up a paper bag, sneaked up and popped it.right behind him.
The gun flew up in the air, Ralph fell off the chair, and his mother nearly
fainted. Dorothy is not sure what ever happened to that old antique gun,
but she was sure her mother found it another home... Iola
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
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 Lisa T. requested a recipe for "peach pie with a layer
of custard on the bottom". 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.
Peach Custard Pie
1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
4 well beaten eggs
3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
2 tsp. vanilla
5 fresh peaches halved, skins removed and halved
Place peaches in boiling water for 1 minute. Skins will slip off easily.
Place 8 halves of the peaches around the outside edge of pie crust
and place one half in the center.
Mix eggs, sugar, milk, salt and vanilla together.
Pour custard filling over the peaches. Bake 30 minutes in a preheated
400 degree oven. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 15
minutes more or until custard tests done when a knife comes out clean
at the center of pie. Cool. Canned peaches will work but fresh are best.
If you live in Georgia you know what I mean..Alley
- Another Version -
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe for a Peach Custard Pie that she
made for my father- in-law and my husband. I have made it for my family
and they love it. It sounds like the pie that Lori T. is requesting. I hope
this is what she is looking for. We are from the Philadelphia, Pa. area.
PEACH CUSTARD PIE
1 1/4 c. sifted all-purpose flour
7 tbsp. Spry
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. cold water
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. milk
1/2 c, peach juice (juice from peaches)
3-4 c. sliced, pared fresh peaches
1 tsp. vanilla
Nutmeg and cinnamon for topping
Pie Crust: Mix 1 1/4c. sifted flour and 1/2 tsp. salt. Measure 7 tbsp.
Spry and divide into two equal parts. Cut in first half of Spry until mixture
is as fine as meal. Cut in remaining Spry until particles are size of large
peas. Add 3 tbsp. cold water (no more or no less) mixing thoroughly into
a dough. Roll 1/8 inch thick and prick with fork. Place dough in oblong
pan 7x12x1-1/2 inches. Let relax 5 minutes. Pat to fit pan. Trim pastry
1-inch larger than pan and turn back edge. flute rim. Bake in very hot,
450 degree oven until lightly brown.
Custard mixture: Line baked shell with peaches in rows. Beat eggs
slightly and add sugar and salt. Add milk and peach juice and vanilla.
Pour custard mixture over peaches - enough to cover peaches and then
sprinkle generously with nutmeg and cinnamon. Bake in hot, 425
degree oven 30 minutes, then reduce heat and continue baking for 30
more minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm.
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.
Hello, I enjoy your newsletters so much and try many of the old recipes
and most are very tasty . The idea that they are "vintage" recipes makes
them fun to prepare too.
Since two ladies Jan Z and Joann answered the request for a recipe from
the Woolworth's lunch counter and the Harvest House Restaurant I hope
they will know how to make the dessert that was served at the Harvest
House. It was a fluffy lemon dessert that had graham cracker bottom and
top on it. It was so delicious and refreshing and was as light as air.
Please help me as my husband loves this and I would like to make it at
home. Thank You very much. Louanne N.
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
Turtle Bay Trading Post
We carry a wide selection of vintage looks ranging from the 1890s to the
1970s, including vintage & antique jewelry, fine vintage clothing, hats,
purses, shoes and delightful vintage sewing articles photographed against
a backdrop of our beautiful Turtle Bay.
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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3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
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