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The Collectors Newsletter #362 September 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #362 September 2005
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1. "Just One More BB Gun Story" & "Fake Items"
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
Fresh Antiques & Collectibles Just Added
Believe it or not, this is the time of year when TIAS merchants start to
load up on antiques and collectibles for the Holiday Shopping season.
For over 10 years TIAS has been serving online collectors with
quality merchandise at great prices.
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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.
Just one more BB gun story
When I was 8 or 9 years old, I used to look with great envy at my uncle's
Daisy silver pump BB gun which he kept above his bedroom door. You
cannot imagine my happiness when he informed me that when I reach
the age of 12 years old it would be mine. He did not tell me at that time
that it did not work. I really sweated through the years 9 - 10 - 11 of
age and finally turned 12. He kept his promise and handed the gun over
to me. I was elated beyond mention even after I found out that it did not
work. But in the years of waiting for it, I had accumulated hundreds of
copper BB shots. From the very first day that the gun was mine, I
always kept the shot feeding tube loaded to capacity.
I still clearly remember the day that I took my Daisy pump gun out into
the back yard to pick off any number of imaginary lions, elephants, deer,
elk, moose, etc. I was just really getting to the point where I was
knocking them off at extreme ranges when I noticed the town police car
had pulled up to the curb next to our home. It was one of neighbors, the
town chief of police. I do not need to tell you that he took my prize
weapon since it is illegal to own a BB gun and BB shot in the State of
I never really missed the gun itself; but was completely saddened by the
lost of all those copper BB shots in the feed tube of that broken gun!
Since I was such a big game hunter, I alway had the full collection of
hundreds of copper BBs with me One never knew when one would need
them! What a loss!
- Another Story -
Dear friends, I own a small antique shop in Colorado and a customer
brought in some pieces for me to look at. The were all fake McCoy.
Please make people aware that there are a number of fake McCoy
pieces showing up. The ones that were brought to my attention came
out of Missouri, but I have also seen some in Kansas. So far they are
the more odd ball pieces. A turtle water can in pink and a pale yellow,
a Shawnee bird on cornucopia wall pocket, a frog wall pocket and a
clock wall pocket. All pieces are marked McCoy and one is marked USA.
I hope you can add this to your letters and maybe we can put a stop
to this. Thank You, Cheryl K
Tell us about your experience with FAKE Antiques and collectibles.
Send your story to email@example.com
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
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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 200,000
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
can help contribute to the overall value of your collection. There are many
ways to do this. The easiest is to get yourself some collection management
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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.
I hope someone can help me find one of these things.
Back in the '50's these little gizmos were quite popular. My dad had one
and I was always fascinated by it and would like to have one but I have
never seen them in any antique shops and I don't know what they are
called to search for it on ebay. I will describe it as best I can. It was a
woodpecker, I think carved out of wood, brightly painted in black and
white; it may have had a few feathers on it someplace. It was attached
by a little clip to a glass or container filled with water and when the bird's
bill was tipped into the water a process of perpetual motion was set into
play and it would continue rocking back and forth dipping it's beak into
the water and then rock back and then back to the water again. This
went on into infinity. Rocking, drinking, rocking, drinking . . . When
the water from the glass had evaporated, the bird would stop drinking
until the glass was refilled d with water and the whole process was started
over again. Does anybody else remember these little birds or am I
hallucinating in my old age? Thanks for any help.~Bette send email to
BETTE, if you get any help, please let us know so that we can share your
story with all of our readers. Just drop us a note at:
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
KOVELS' TIPS FOR DEALING WITH DISASTER
The water has receded. Your family is safe; your home is intact; but your
antiques and collectibles are still at risk. What should you do next to salvage
your collection? The answers are in "Dealing with Disaster," a special
report by Ralph and Terry Kovel. To order "Kovels' Dealing with Disaster,"
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
September 27, 2005 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
Reading about the ballet class that was entranced by music coming from an
LP instead of from a CD reminded me of an incident many years ago.
We had returned to the States on furlough from missionary service in
Nigeria. Our older daughter was about three or four years old at the time.
We were visiting my wife's family in Iowa. Grandma Lola had an old
Victrola and Pam was fascinated by it.
Grandma wound it up and placed a record on it so Pam could hear it, and
then Pam came into the kitchen where we were visiting and said: "Mom,
mom, come see Grandma's stereo! You don't have to plug it in, and it
doesn't need batteries; all you have to do is wind it up." W. F. Winter
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:
WANTED: AUTHENTIC OLD TIFFANY LAMPS BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: Want Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States
WANTED: COLLECTOR BUYING SGD. AMER. PTNGS. 1850-1950
WANTED: STOLEN Goodrich Silvertowns sign
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
Nancy requested a recipe for "peach pie with thick brown sugar"
Here is one of the recipes that were sent in. 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.
Peach pie with thick brown sugar syrup with no top crust
3-1/2 cups sliced peaches (canned in heavy syrup)
1 pie shell
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. flour
dash of salt
1/4 cup syrup from peaches
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. lemon juice
Place peaches in 9" pie crust. Combine sugar, flour, salt and peach
syrup. Add butter and cook until thick. Remove from heat. Add
lemon juice. Pour over peaches. Bake in hot oven at 425 for 30
minutes. Carol- Cullman, Al
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.
In 1959 just before my first child was born, my mother came to stay
with us until the big event. While there she made a bar cookie for me
that was so good. I don't know the name or origination of them but
would love to have the recipe. She made a simple cookie type layer
and baked it for about 15 min. & when she took it out she spread Apricot
Preserves over the top and then a layer of a softer cookie on top, it was
either vanilla or lemon flavored, perhaps even almond. If anyone has a
copy of this I would love it for my holiday baking. Ann M.
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:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
Bug's Ear Food For The Soul
A nice selection of quality collectibles to bring you joy and feed your soul!
You will find American artware pottery, elegant glassware and hand
painted china, plus much more.You may just find something you cannot
Specializing in antique and vintage English and European china and
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
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
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