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The Collectors Newsletter #407 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #407 March 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
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 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.
Let me start this off by saying that I am a 22 year old college student who
gets laughed at for waking up every Saturday and Sunday at 7 am to
make it to our local flea market. I usually respond to these jibes laughing
that someday I am going to find something great. Last weekend I did.
In one Saturday and Sunday trip I discovered a Meissen Golden Baroque
creamer sugar set (the sugar has some damage it's real, I sent pictures
to Meissen), a Mata Ortiz (i believe) black on black wedding vase, a two
strand Miriam Haskell baroque pearl necklace, and a ten carat vintage
sorority pin with 14 seed pearls. My total investment for all the above
items was 17.50. I brought them home showed them to my roommates
and explained the significance of my finds. Guess what? They wanted to
go to the flea market with me this weekend!! Goes to show you, it pays to
shop at the flea markets, especially when you are a broke college kid!
When I moved out of my parents house at 18 I had a lot of hand me down
stuff. Dishes, bed, tv. and such then moving in to a larger apartment I got
two dressers, night stand and end tables.
Then moving in with my now hubby I took every thing with me and still
have most of every thing. When I moved in with hubby he had this horrible
vinyl ugly couch when we moved from one apartment to another it came
but for only a month when we swapped it for a nicer couch from the
dumpster area of the apartment complex. Over the next few years we
swapped up for many things over the years the couch several times and
We have had over a dozen couches and not yet paid a penny for one.
We had a lot of fun over the dishwasher and dryer we did pick up from
the thrift store and had for about two years each. They made the rounds
in our town house community several times. We put them out on bulk
pick up the night before and by morning they were gone. The next week
they were down the road from us. Two weeks they were out again but in
another area I think they were picked up and taken back out for about
two months before I finally saw the trash guys get them! Diane
I recently put out in front of the house a very nice convection oven in
good condition. I stuck a hand-lettered cardboard sign on top of it marked
FRËË. I needed something to anchor the sign so took from my car a much
-loved old coffee cup holder with a weighted bottom. My car has no cup
holder, so this was invaluable to a coffee fiend like me. Well, the next day
I saw the convection oven was still there, the sign was lying on the ground
and someone had stolen my battered old cup holder! I have searched in
vain for a replacement. Diana in Santa Cruz
Hi... When I read about the ''dumpster diving'' that people wrote in about, I
had to write to tell about an experience that was dumpster diving going bad.
We own rental property, and when we went to do a final walk through on
the tenant's last day, we pulled up in front of our property to find a
dumpster FULL of the tenant's belongings. The dumpster was full, and the
over spill filled the driveway! I asked the tenant if she had paid for the
dumpster and all the extra garbage, because I knew if they didn't pay, we
would be responsible. She assured us that she had paid the hefty $600
that the garbage people charged for her huge pile of garbage. After she
left, we looked over the stuff, and found that she had thrown out her kids'
stuff, like boom boxes, clothes, toys etc....and also things like her vacuum,
toaster, end tables and all the basic things that most people take with them
when the y move. She told us that her mother had bought her all new
furniture to go with the new mobile home she purchased. We accepted
that explanation without any further thought.
While there, we noticed that the local people were stopping and picking
through the dumpster, taking things that looked like they were still good.
One couple even came to the door and asked if they could have have the
stuff. I said "sure, the previous tenant left it, and I am sure they wouldn't
mind". That is where the twist comes in.....
After we were at the house, cleaning, we noticed that there were roaches.
Not just a few, the house was INFESTED with them.... and since the
house was empty, there wasn't places for them to hide! Roaches on the
walls, the floors, the cracks of the windows, in the cabinets, in the stove
..... EVERYWHERE! Now I understood why she was getting rid of all her
stuff!!! She didn't want to take those roaches with her when she moved
to her OWN place! It took us two months of professional spray and
diligence to get rid of the roaches, but we thought how sad that they were
moved to so many houses in town by the people dumpster diving, bringing
them home with the items they took from the dumpster! So be careful
.... if someone is throwing it out, there might be a good reason why they
didn't want it anymore! Linda C...Sheridan, IL
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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.
I came across a letter in my mom's house when she passed away a few
years ago. I have no idea where it came from or how it ended up there,
however I do have two brothers who were in the service. The postmark on
the letter is 1955 and it is addressed to: SC1 E. David Lehto 909-66081,
USN C & B Schools Training Regiment Newport, Rhode Island. The return
address is: R. Bischoff 37-61-97th. Sreet Corona, L.I. N.Y. I am wondering
if this letter ever reached it's desination. If anyone Knows either one of these
people or if there is a relative out there somewhere please get in touch with
me and I will forward this letter to them. Contact me at:
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
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 family 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.
I have a short story.When my daughter was about 4 years old, we were
driving to the store and she was sitting next to me and asked "Mommy where
did I come from ? I said you came from my tummy....There was a long
pause and she gave me this god awful look and said "But why did you eat
me ?" I almost drove off the road I was laughing so hard. Terri
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
Kim D. was looking for a recipe for "yellow squash"
We had one response to this recipe request. See below....
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.
I sure hope this is what Kim is looking for...my family loves this at our annual
family reunion. Sandi
4 cups yellow crook neck or straight squash, sliced
16 fat-free saltines, crushed
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c onion, chopped
1/2 cup half and half
1 tbs butter
1/4 tsp dill
1 cup ricotta or small curd cottage cheese
Black pepper to taste
Preheat oven: 350°F
Cook slice squash in microwave with 1/4 c water until tender. Spray 9" square
baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Use half the precooked squash &
place over the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of onion, and half the shredded
cheese and ricotta or cottage cheese. Add the remaining squash & another
layer of onions & cheese.
In small bowl mix together cream, salt, melted butter, dill& black pepper. Pour
this mixture over casserole. Add cracker crumbs on top & bake at 350°F for
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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.
When I was growing up in the 50's my mother sometimes made a delicious
cheese pie. It was unlike the "cheese cakes" we find so often today. I know
for sure the crust was similar to a cookie dough that she pressed in place in
a rectangular glass baking pan. I think the filling had a cottage cheese base
that she put through a food mill before mixing with the eggs and other
ingredients. I live in NJ in case this was a regional recipe. Can anyone
help? Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Thanks, Patricia
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.
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