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The Collectors Newsletter #400 February 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #400 February 2006
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7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New Online Merchants
12. 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.
We were flooded with complaints about charity stores and thrift shops
following the last issue. I do want to point out that many of these
establishments are quite legitimate and are an important source of income
for many not for profit organizations.
A lot of donations to thrift stores never see the light of day inside the
stores because those charities have realized they can make more
money by selling the items on eBay - they now evaluate all they receive
and the lesser stuff goes to the store. Wise up people, they aren't going
to feed our eBay habit with cheap, convenient pieces when they can
make (very conservatively) ten times what you would have paid them!
Cheers, Ted R.
After reading about the unethical practice of hiring antique appraisers in
thrift stores, I have to agree. I would also like to add that most of the
thrift stores in my area gladly accept volunteers who get the good stuff.
With all the people working there taking everything home, there is
nothing left but junk. I stopped going to them when I realized you could
find nothing BUT junk, and that even Goodwill is selling the best stuff on
ebay now. An avid reader in Florida
The stories regarding thrift shops hiring appraisers, and then allowing
those companies to purchase the items they appraise, is truly sad.
Sadder yet, I think, is the "custom" so many charity-based thrift shops
have of allowing their employees and then their volunteers purchase items
as they are brought in.
During the Flood of '93, while displaced from my home, I volunteered to
help at a major (nationwide)charity's drop-off facility (after having been
on the sandbagging crews until the river pretty much washed us away),
which sorts, prices, and then normally sends the merchandise to their
retail facility. The first thing that gave me a clue something not-quite
ethical was going on was when I asked the manager what price to put
on a lovely old writing desk that had just been unloaded from a truck.
She informed me that it was sold. As I worked and watched, I was
dismayed to see that pretty much anything of any value, old or new,
was "purchased" before it even got off the trucks. These items were
"earmarked" to put all the income from them into helping the flood victims.
Later, in speaking with a friend in another state who volunteered at a
hospital's charity shop, she informed me it was common practice for
employees and volunteers to choose their items before they ever made
it to the shop floor, and that usually the prices were much lower than
they would have been if they'd been presented to the public.
No wonder we mainly see mostly worn out junk in the thrift shops.
These unethical practices are depriving the poor, whom the proceeds
are meant to help. Mary
I would like to comment on charity clothing and household donations.
I am a person who has no luck organizing rummage sales, so I prefer
to donate my items to the local Salvation Army or Goodwill Store. Most
of these items are nearly new, and as in the case of our recent family
room remodeling, quite usable. It distresses me however, when I go
into these stores soon after my donation, and find none of my good
items. I look around, and all that seem to be on hangers or on shelves,
or dirty, outdated and in rough shape. I know they sometimes receive
entire estates, with wonderfully usable items.
I had an inside look into how these places operate when my
mother-in-law worked for the Salvation Army several years ago. She
said the helpers who took the items in often put the nicer things aside
for themselves or their friends. Then antique dealers and appraisers
would have them look out for pieces that were valuable. One vintage
clothing dealer would make the several hour trip from a metropolitan
area every week when they had their 25 cent bag days (you could
stuff whatever would fit in a grocery bag and it would cost you a
quarter.) She would collect old ladies hats and take them back to her
store where she would mark them up to $50-$100 or more.
I think what distresses me the most is that the people these donations
are intended for, who truly don't have the money to purchase many of
these items new, never get a chance to see or purchase them. For
dealers to snatch them up and resell them seems not only unethical,
but also terribly greedy. What do others have to say? Meg K.
I always read the stories with interest and usually with the wry smile of
someone who has seen it all having been a professional antiques dealer
for over 25 years. I can relate to the NJ readers story but from the
other side of the fence.
We used to appraise items for a local church charity shop for some
years, and yes, we did it for nothing and kept nothing that they showed
us. One day they produced a Russian silver Icon (a depiction of Christ
or a saint in an ornate precious metal frame) which we knew
immediately to be valuable. As it was outside our normal field we spent
some time researching it and eventually made them an offer which we
knew to be fair value. They would not give an immediate answer.
Imagine our surprise and disgust when we came across the same Icon
in a local auction room where they had dispatched it no doubt hoping
for more money. On the day of the auction we were impressed to see
the Icon get exactly the figure we had offered them and then we realized
that after paying the auctioneer's commission they ended up with less
than they could have had from us. I like to think that God punished them
for being greedy.
From then on they were asked to take their appraisals elsewhere.
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2) The Latest Antique News
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International Society of Appraisers Conference on Personal Property
Asselmeier & May "Griffen" Antique Estate Auction
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A Blizzard of New Acquisitions! - Hard to Find Posters at International
Manion’s Auction to Host Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient During
2006 Show of Shows
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Mickey Mouse Ingersoll vintage pocket watch 1933
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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.
Hello--I picked up a large family pictorial Bible from 1895, with extensive
records of a family named Bennet. Please write if you would like more
information. Thank you, Jennifer Lyrica@comcast.net
Please let us know if the item is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Not everyone has a wedding dress and a spare in case a replacement
dress is needed, but Princess Di apparently did. In KOVELS ON
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel report
that the "other" dress, not the one she wore on her wedding day, was
auctioned in December for charity. It sold for $173,500.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family 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.
Many years ago when my son was about 2 1/2 we were discussing
antiques and he joined in the conversation. My husband asked him if he
knew what "antiques" were. He said "sure, they are things that are very
old, like Mom". I was 25 at the time. Enjoy your news letter. Pat
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.
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you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Katie was looking for a recipe for "German Dumplings"
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.
Hello, This recipe request had me intrigued. I found this recipe that
fits the reader's description of her father's dumplings exactly:
1 kg (2.2 lb.) raw potatoes 250 g (9 oz.) cooked potatoes (boiled) 350 g
(12 oz.) flour 250 ml (1 cup) boiling milk 1 egg 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
Browned croutons Salt, pepper and nutmeg Butter
1. Peel the raw potatoes and grate them; place in a bowl and pour the
boiling milk over them; drain; place in a bowl;
2. grate the cooked potatoes;
3. combine the two kinds of potato with the flour and egg until smooth;
season with salt, pepper and nutmeg;
4. form into small balls around a crouton; poach in water or broth for
about 20 minutes;
5. in a small saucepan, brown some butter with the breadcrumbs; pour
over the kn del and serve hot.
The recipe that Katie is looking for is actually Knôdel. It is German and
is a wonderful dumpling. Here is one variation.
Knödel or Bread Dumpling
1/2 lb. (10 slices) stale white bread
1 cup milk, warmed
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
Break bread into small pieces; place in a medium bowl. Pour warm milk
over bread. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add onion;saute' until golden
brown. Add saute'ed onion, eggs, salt, white pepper, nutmeg and parsley
to bread mixture; blend well. Mixture should be stiff. Add more milk or
bread to adjust consistency. Working with floured hands, form smooth
paste into a roll about 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Cut roll in 8 pieces.
Form each piece into a dumpling. Bring a large saucepan of salted
water to a boil. Add dumplings, one at a time, to boiling water, making
sure they are not overcrowded. Do not cover. Simmer over low heat
about 15 minutes. Dumplings are done when they float. Carefully remove
dumplings using a slotted spoon. Drain well. Serve immediately with
roast meat and gravy or sauce and cooked kale. Dumplings are excellent
with roast goose or duck. Makes 8 servings.Carol Q. Paragould, Arkansas
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
I'm looking for a recipe called "Featherbeds". My grandmother used to
make them with leftover mashed potatoes, and they were like a light and
fluffy dinner roll. She could whip them up in a flash and made them in
an oval shape with an indent down the center -- just the way those
refrigerated dinner rolls are made now. But, oh, the difference in taste!
I've found and tried many different featherbed recipes, but I just can't
find one that even comes close. This may have been a traditional Irish
recipe, as my grandfather was an Irish immigrant and, though she was
of German background, my grandmother made many Irish recipes.
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:
11) New Online Merchants
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Items offered are signed and unsigned vintage costume jewelry and,
where possible, I quote from various books and experts verifying
authenticity. Watches have been cleaned and are in working order.
All pieces are in perfect condition unless otherwise noted.
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We offer a wide variety of glass and antiques. And will add new
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In my store you will find something for every every type of collection
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12) 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
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