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The Collectors Newsletter #393 January 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #393 January 2006
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9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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.
As I was growing up my mom and several of us kids liked to go to garage
sales, My dad, however, did not think we should be seen "mauling through
others things" as he put it. His mumbling on Saturday mornings went on
for a summer or two and one Sat. morning he asked us where we were
going and my mom popped up with, "we're going sale ing". Note the
spelling......He never bothered us again as he thought we were going
Sailing and that was fine with him. It wasn't until 25 years later we
confessed that we had been "garage sale ing". He wasn't very happy ..
but...for us it was a great memory. He's gone now and I often think of him
"mumbling up there" as we "sale" along on Saturday morning.Pat,
This is sort of the opposite of the "Sleepy Eye" question. The day before
Thanksgiving, I attended an estate sale at an auction house I like to go to.
When an early decorated fiddle back plank seat settee came up for sale,
the bidding was not high. A matching plank seat chair had sold earlier in
the sale for over $100. I thought the settee a good value and bid $325.
My bid ended up being the final bid. As I loaded the settee in my van,
the chair purchaser was parked next to me. A relative of the previous
owner, he gave me some history of the settee. With that information I
used the internet to develop a family history and provenance of the settee.
Dating it to the early 1800's.
About a week ago, the auction house forwarded to me a letter they
received from a person inquiring about the settee and if it would be
available for purchase. The auction house does not release buyer/seller
identities. I'm debating should I sell the settee if this person is a relative
looking to retrieve a family heirloom and what would be a fair price or
should I keep the settee. I believe the settee could be worth many times
what I paid for it. The reason for the low purchase price was the usual
group of antique furniture dealers were not in attendance that night
because of the holiday. What do your readers think?
Thirteen years ago, when we were just first entering into the fascinating
world of antiques and collectibles,we had a sale on our porch. One of the
things we had, bought for a pittance, was a Winchester Rifle Box. We
thought it would make a good coffee table, put the top on the bottom and
priced it at $25.00. One of the local dealers, whom we had just met that
morning, laughingly told us that she should buy the box at that price, but
would never be able to look us in the eye again.
She had us change the price to $150.00, and it sold that afternoon. Later,
she would come, look over what we had, and sweetly and honestly tell us
what was too cheap, and also, what was too high. We have since
"played it forward", and tried to help others when we could, as she did for
However, if you go to a sale, see something that you just like, with no
knowledge in the world of what it is, or what it might be worth, I see nothing
wrong with making a profit. We never try to get the seller to come down on
their price, but pay the asking amount. This paid off at a sale where we
purchased what looked to be a lunch pail. We paid $25.00 for it, which is
higher than we normally pay at garage sales, but it was very interesting.
It turned out to be a tackle box from 1872, and brought over $500.00 on
ebay. We had no idea of its value.
We know dealers who would do things that we thought were unethical.
One man was bragging about buying a jar of marbles. that included several
sulphides. from an elderly woman down on her luck, living in one room with
a wood fire. She was asking $20.00, and this man offered her $10, which
she took. One of the marbles brought $300.00.
Now, that's just wrong, no matter how you look at it. Carla M.
I must reply to the "Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Stein" story. I have been going
to garage sales for 40+ years. When a price is given to me and I know the
item may be worth more, I do not tell them it's worth nor do I asked them to
go down on price. I find it insulting to ask for a price reduction when the price
is low. It is not the responsibility of the buyer to inform the seller that a price
is too low. Do you go to Sears, Lowes, or an auto dealer and tell them their
price is too low? My opinion, Betty B, Nashville, Tn
In keeping with the "Should the buyer tell all" - Several years ago my sister
had taken me to one of her favorite antique shops on Coronado Island.
The owner always had a basket on the counter with "junk jewelery" and a
sign $2.00 each. I spied a necklace with blue beads and being partial to
blue, I purchased it. When we got home, I noticed a gold tag near the clasp
and with a magnifying glass we discovered it was a "Hattie Carnegie".
When my sister visited the shop again, she told the owner about my
"purchase". The owner said "I guess that will teach me to check on all of
the merchandise being brought into the shop". I still have my Hattie
necklace and am sure it is worth a lot more than $2.00. RA-New Orleans
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4) 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 owners
I work for Goodwill Industries. I have two class rings Iím trying to find
owners for. One is from Troy, Michigan (Troy High). The name inscribed
is Lauren Henderson. She graduated in 2001. The second ring is from
Jackson, Michigan (Jackson High). The initials inscribed inside are SKH.
He/she graduated in 1976. Thanks to all who could help. K. VanLuven.
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let us know if the owner is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAnd Found@tias.com
Do you have some old yearbooks? Are you looking for an old yearbook?
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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) 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.
When my grandson was small, he was eating a hotdog. When he finished
he said,"I want another fire puppy" It took a second or two to realize what
he wanted. Another time he was looking at an older grandson's roller blades
and ask me to get him some "shoe cars" too.
He would be embarrassed if I told this to his friends now that he is almost 15.
Do you have a funny family story 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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Donna was looking for a recipe for "Pear honey".
Several suggestions came in. See below....
If you have a variation of either 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.
3 lbs ripe pears, peeled and cored
1 cup diced pineapples or crushed pineapple
1 grated lemon, juice and rind of
5 cups sugar
4 pints (approx)
1. Run the pears through a food chopper using fine blades.
2. Combine all ingredients.
3. Cook on low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and clear.
4. Pack in hot jars and seal.
5. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes.
If you like a thicker jam consistency, cook it to the gel point (about 220
degrees), stirring constantly. This produces a darker, thicker jam.
I found this recipe in an old hand-written "Reship Book" I found at a garage
sale a couple years ago. I hope this is what you are looking for. Melonie
In response to Donna from Houston, Tx., originally from Oklahoma, here is
the recipe for pear honey that my mother made.
5 lbs. pears
10 cups sugar
2 - 8 1/2 oz. cans crushed pineapple
Peel and core pears. Coarsely grind pears. Add sugar and pineapple.
Cook on high, stirring often until transparent. Mom used to freeze it in
containers so we could enjoy it year round.
I just finished the last container that Mom made. Since she is gone
now, I'll have to make it myself because my children enjoy it. Thanks,
Donna for the memory, Mom has been gone two years today.
Terry, Rochester, New York
My mother made this recipe when I was a child (Iam 65 now). It was
lost for several years when I found it in one of her old cookbooks. I
make it for Christmas gifts and everyone enjoys it.
6 large pears
2 tart apples
1 1/2 pounds of sugar
Peel apples and pears; remove cores. Either chop or grind fruit and
put in large pot. Add sugar, bring to boil, and then simmer, stirring
frequently, until it thickens. Put into sterilized jars, cap, and put upside
down to cool.
Recipe can be doubled or tripled with good results...Linda
(also from Houston)
5 lbs Kieffer pears
10 cups auger
2 81/2 oz. (2 cups) cans crushed pineapple
Peal pears, remove hard core and discard, put pears through food c
hopper or food processor, using coarse blade.
Combine pears, sugar and pineapple; cook until mixture is thick and
pears are clear. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal or cover with
paraffin. Makes 7 pints.
Variations: At beginning of the cooking period, add l cup lemon juice,
or 2 lemons, thinly sliced. OR use oranges, ground, instead of lemon.
From Clare S., Cordova, TN
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10) 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.
My grandmother used to make a cake she called her
"Lazy Daisy Cake". I have been looking for the recipe and haven't been
able to get it as yet. I remember the cake was an off-white color and it
had a topping on it with coconut, nuts, etc.
My grandmother was German and I am wondering if anyone might have
this recipe!... Delores
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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