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The Collectors Newsletter #367 October 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #367 October 2005
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1. More Haunted Stories - Part 3
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.
Here come the "Haunted" stories. Send yours to email@example.com
Hello: My story is about a strange happening in my place of employment.
My sister and I both worked in an automobile auction office in
Pennsylvania. There were four desks lined up against a wall facing the
front of the building. My sister sat at the second desk and I sat directly
behind her with her back to the front of my desk. Behind the desks was
an opening that led into a break room.
One afternoon I heard my mother call my sisters name: Christine. I
quickly swung my head around to the back of the room but not before
noticing that my sister had heard the same thing and was swinging her
head around also. Of course, our mother was not standing in the break
room door. She had passed away 22 years before that day. We both
realized that we had heard the same thing at the exact same time. We
knew our mother had been trying to tell us something but we don't know
what it was - but it surely brought us both closer together.
-- Another Story --
When I was about 9 years old we lived in a haunted house in W.Va.Our
house had a screened in back porch.We would be in the living room
and we would hear the screen door open and footsteps walk across the
porch.When we went to check who was there,no one would be there.My
sister-in-law even saw a man come up the wooden walk beside the house
and go in the outside toilet.She watched,and he never came out.Needless
to say,we didn't stay there long. Zella
-- Another Story --
My wife, son and I traveled from the UK to stay with my Sister, Bunty
and her family in Williamsville Vermont, some years ago. They had a
wonderful big 1870's house which they were renovating, it was full of the
previous families treasures and memories. In the dirt floor cellar was a
Headstone, no lettering on it, we were told it had been left by previous
owner. Needless to say, the teenagers had all sorts of stories about the
headstone. Thursday night Brother-in-Law, my two nephews and my son
and I went to an auction, we arrived back to find my Sister and Wife near
hysterical. They were sitting watching a pretty gory film when a terrible
banging and crashing started in a large cupboard. Fortunately we arrived
just afterwards and Herb was able to solve it quickly. He was being
troubled by something gnawing at papers and books and anything that
could be chewed and had set a trap, it had caught a squirrel, which was
knocking seven bells out of that trap. Bill P., Trentham,
-- Another Story --
We moved into an old, very large farmhouse in a mountain ranching
community. The house was livable but needed alot of work. It had quite
a history behind it of the ranching family that had owned it until the death
of the last family member. After that, the house and property were sold to
a small church which they used it for living quarters and services until its
demise. They had a small graveyard designated on the property which
included 3 graves. My husband and I were not bothered by that when we
moved in. We cleaned the place up, made repairs, etc.
Then the activity started. Sometimes we would come home from work to
find all the kitchen cupboard doors and drawers standing open. Lights
would be on that we knew were not on when we left that morning. We
were quite unnerved by this and thought perhaps one of the landlords
kids was getting into the house while we were gone. After talking to him,
he agreed to let us change the locks on the house so he did not have any
keys. The incidents continued to occur and there were new ones. There
was a wooden deck that wrapped all the way around the back of the
house and one day I could clearly hear someone walking on it. I went
out the sliding glass door to look but no one was there. When I went back
inside the steps continued, if I went back out on the deck they stopped.
Another evening, my husband and I were sitting in the living room and
dining room light came on by itself. If I turned the stereo up loud an
overwhelming "feeling" that I should turn it down would come over me.
Apparently the ghost(s) did not care for loud music. The scariest was
when we would be upstairs in bed and we would clearly hear footstep
coming up the staircase. Even the dogs heard them so we knew we were
not going crazy. A couple of times a nearby neighbor stopped by and in
conversation he would ask if we had company. We would answer "no,
why?" He would say "Oh, I saw an older woman standing in the front
bedroom window when I went by yesterday so I thought maybe you had
- We Want Your Haunted Story -
Send us your story about haunted building, antiques and collectibles.
Readers have been sending in some great ones for Halloween and we'll
keep publishing them for as long as they keep coming in. Send them
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
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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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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.
I found a lady's class ring from Green Briar High School, 1974(?). Inside is
the name Diana Holland. I've tried contacting the school, but they don't have
current addresses. Maybe the owner has married since then, but I'd like to
re-unite the ring and owner.
Contact email@example.com. I'll let you know if successful.
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
Old painted country furniture might look rather shabby to the uninitiated.
But to many collectors, it's far more desirable-and valuable-than pieces
with unblemished surfaces and perfect polish. KOVELS ON ANTIQUES
AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter reports that buyers at a recent auction
bid $21,850 for a blue-painted dry sink, $19,550 for a gray-blue
chair-table, $10,925 for an oval stretcher-base tavern table, and $9,200
for a Shaker pine cupboard with original pumpkin wash.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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.
When I was a teenager, back in the 60's, I helped my Dad with his second
job. Dad was a master carpenter. After leaving his "day job" Dad would
make extra money taking on carpentry work. At the time, Dad was working
in an old Victorian mansion that had been vacant for years. We were
renovating it for the new owners and cutting it up into apartments.
This particular night was "trick-or-treat" and the kids were out in force. Of
course, we had lights on in the old house but had nothing to give the kids.
Most gave the house a wide berth. Because it had been vacant for so long,
I'm sure ghost stories abounded.
At one point, however, we noticed that a group of about five boys had
screwed up their courage and were cautiously approaching the porch.
By this time we had decided to ignore them and just go on with our work.
As the fates would have it, however, just as they got to the door we were
ready to rip a 4X8 sheet of quarter-inch thick plywood. I can't really
convey the sound made by a vibrating sheet of wood that size as it feeds
through the saw; but, it's something like BWAAAA. In any event we looked
back out the window in time to see all our Trick-or-Treaters scattering to
the four winds. I could only imagine what was going through their minds.
Do you have a funny family story 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: COLLECTOR BUYING SIGNED. AMER. PAINTINGS 1850-1945
WANTED: *AUTHENTIC* OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTORS
Wanted To Buy: Vintage Les Pauls and Stratocasters
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
Bubbles request a recipe for "floating devils"
Here is a recipe 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.
My Aunt made this wonderful dessert for us when I was growing up.
Sounds similar to the one requested.....Kay
Baked Devils Float
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. water
2 T. shortening
1 t. vanilla
1 t. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
3 T. cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. chopped nuts
Cook 1/2 c. sugar and water 5 min. Pour into casserole. Top with
marshmallows Cream shortening and remaining sugar: add vanilla.
Add flour sifted with salt, baking powder and cocoa. Alternate with milk.
Add nut meats. Drop from spoon over marshmallows Cover and bake
at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serves 6.
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.
The most unusual way to cook turkey.
With Thanksgiving on the way here in the U.S. Every year we see stories
about how to cook the turkey for the Thanksgiving meal. Some folks swear
that deep frying is the way to go, some say in a bag. I'd be interested in
seeing some actual recipes that you know of for cooking turkey that you
would consider to be unusual and interesting.
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
offering collectibles and antiques: lamps, small furniture accessories,
vintage clothing and accessories, ads, jewelry, books, collectible
magazines, kitchen items, primitives, glassware, sewing items, prints and
photographs, pottery and china, linens, and vintage and antique dolls, doll
clothes, and toys.
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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