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The Collectors Newsletter #412 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #412 April 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
Mother's Day Gift Ideas
TIAS merchants have been adding many fresh new items to their shops that
would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts.
How about a beautiful vintage vase for her Mother's Day flowers?
Maybe an antique locket for family photos?
Perhaps some vintage costume jewelry?
A Mother's Day gift of an antique or collectible will make a wonderful present
she will remember for years to come. Stop by today at
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.
This unfortunately is not about a valuable find at an auction or a dumpster.
We live in the country and my husband had passed this box of stuff
someone had "lost" along side the road for several days. Finally he stopped
and picked it up. He looked in the box and it was full of plastic toys just
right for the ages of our grandchildren. So he brought it home and set it in
the utility room. He called me in to see his treasures. I opened the box and
started to move things around and all of a sudden a mouse jumped out of
the box. I started screaming that there was a mouse, which he saw run
across the room. He finally, after much dancing caught the mouse. I
"ordered" the box to be taken outside immediately. He set it out on the lawn
and dumped it. Five mice started running everywhere. Thank goodness our
two dogs were there and started to chase them. My husband also chased
them and caught them all, with the help of the dogs. It was really funny
watching him and the dogs chase those mice around the yard...Marian
One of the best finds that I ever scored at an auction was a full set of
brand new Fire King azurite swirl with the labels still on the pieces. There
was 8 place settings and a number of serving pieces. This is how I got it.
My husband and I often go to a very large 2-day antique and collectible
auction that is held 4 times a year here. Sometimes it is very difficult to
get any good deals as there are so many people and bidding can get
outrageous on desirable items. Saturday is "junktique" day and is the
most fun and Sunday is the high end merchandise.
On this particular Saturday there was quite a bit of junk and not a great
deal of good stuff. One thing that I had learned about going to these
auctions was that it was important to go early and spend the time to look
carefully through every box and container. I noticed an old trunk and
thought I would take a look to see what was inside. It was packed with old
ratty clothes but in the bottom was a large box. I moved the clothing aside
enough to inspect the contents of the box and saw the Fire King.
I put the clothes back and closed the trunk. As the auction started and the
day went along I kept a very keen eye on the trunk. The trunk itself was
a basket case and not a very good candidate for restoration. Everyone
that stopped to look at it opened the lid, saw the pile of ratty clothes and
closed the lid. A time or two someone inspected one of the pieces of
clothing but never went far enough to notice the box.
It was near the end of the day and things were starting to sell cheap as
the crowd had thinned out to maybe 50 people. The trunk came up for
bidding and I won it for $20. Everyone was looking at me like I was nuts,
even the auctioneer. The spotters moved the trunk over by me and one
of them said "good luck fixing that heap." I said "It's not the trunk I wanted.
I wanted the set of brand new Fire King that was in the bottom. Now
everyone was curious so I opened the trunk, pulled the clothes out and
exposed the box in the bottom that everyone else had missed. There was
a large collective gasp and a few "shoots" and "darn its" out of the other
bidders but I was a happy camper....Shanna D.
On Sunday evenings we put out garbage for the early morning pickup,and
if something will be of use to others,we set it next to the container and hope
that someone takes it (in our alley)
However,Once a month a truck comes by the front of our house to collect
items for charity.We mark it with the name of the charity place. I consider
it stealing when people take from that stuff...Phyllis
Just wanted to let you know that when I was 10 years old, I went to an
auction at the school I was attending. My first auction! I looked all
around and saw 3 old, white kitchen, wooden chairs., that were covered
with dried paint splatters. I bid a whole quarter. Now, we are talking the
year of 1960. I saw a neighbor and asked if she could take them home
for me, as I had no way of taking them home by walking. I got them home,
and my Dad asked me what I was going to do with them. My comment
was with all the family that visits for the holidays, we can always use more
chairs. My Dad gave his usual chuckle. My Dad sanded them down, to
the wood finish, used a wood burning tool, and burnt the wood in the
chairs, to make them look old., then he varnished them. After years of
using them, we retired them to the basement. When I moved into my 1st
house in 1981, they went with me. To this day, I still have them, and use
them. Every time I look at them, I think of my Dad whom has since
passed away. All the love that he put into them for his daughter. I did
have them appraised at one time, and was offered $ 100.00 apiece, but
decided to keep them. Did I mention that the chairs were put together
with no nails, but pieced together to lock into place. My first bargain, and
I haven't stopped! ..Linda
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Viva Italia! A Decade of Italian Poster Discoveries at IPG
Public auction Vintage Collectible Pottery Glass Furniture Indian
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Saxonville Sells Antique & Collectible Toys April 15
Stir Up Some Fun with Vintage Cocktail Shakers and Barware
James Bond Submarine goes under the gavel at Heritage Auctions
Sotheby's New York April - June 2006 Auction Highlights
Sotheby's expands worldwide team in the area of Indian and Suutheast
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Superior Galleries Realizes Strong Coin Prices At Santa Clara Elite
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ANTIQUE GIBSON and EPIPHONE BANJOS are now available at Betty
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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.
Hi TIAS - Thanks so much for running my query about the above. I haven't
yet located the right family, but got lots of helpful responses from other
readers out there. If the letters find a home, I will let you know. Thanks
again - Rae S.
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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel advise you to check every single box in your attic when you're
cleaning out. A box stored in a Maine home for years was marked "Lionel
trains." Inside was another box marked "old eagle." That box, it turned out,
held a John Bellamy carved wooden eagle that later auctioned for $101,750.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Now that it is Spring, "new life" seems to be the subject. My friend tells this
story about her very young granddaughter. Julie was watching the Nature
channel on TV one day while her mother was working in the next room.
The program was on Black Widow spiders. Julie watched as the female
spider and the male spider seemed to dance around each other and then
come together with much activity. She called out to her mom, "What are
they doing now?" Mom came in and watched a little and said to Julie, "Well,
it looks like they're mating." "Oh", Julie said. After a bit more watching,
Julie called to her mom again. "Now what they are doing?", she asked.
Mom, wanting to be as truthful as possible, answered, "The female is killing
the male". Julie seemed to think a bit and then said, "Guess he didn't get
that mating thing right, did he." Mom had to leave the room before she
exploded into laughter. "Out of the mouths of babes!"
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
Sharon was looking for a recipe for "German Chocolate Pie"
We had several responses 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've had this recipe since the late 60's, and it came from a box of
Baker's German Sweet Chocolate. I made it for my cousin Joel when
he came through Memphis while stationed at Jacksonville
Air Force Base in Arkansas. I found the note on my recipe card,
"Joel's favorite". I hope it's the recipe the reader is wanting.
Sherry, Memphis, TN.
German Sweet Chocolate Pie
1 pkg (4 oz) Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate
¼ C Butter
1 2/3 C. (14 ½ oz can) Evaporated milk
1 ½ C. Sugar
3 T Cornstarch
1/8 teas. Salt
1 teas. Vanilla
1 1/3 C. Coconut
½ C. Chopped pecans
1 large Unbaked pie shell
Melt chocolate with butter over low heat stirring, until blended. Remove
from heat, gradually blend in milk.
Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt thoroughly. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Gradually blend in chocolate mixture. Pour into pie shell.
Combine coconut and nuts; sprinkle over filling. Bake at 375 for 45
minutes. Filling will be soft, but will set while cooling. Cool at least 4
hours before cutting.
This is from a Church cookbook 20-25 years old.
German Chocolate Pie
3 c. Sugar
1 Stick Butter or margarine, melted
4 eggs, beaten
1 Can Evaporated Pet milk (13 oz)
7 tsp cocoa
Pinch of salt
1 Tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans
3 pie shells
Mix ingredients together. Use 3 regular pie shells (not deep dish).
Bake at 350 for 45 mins to 1 hr. Must watch until crust is browned.
German Chocolate Pie
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 1 (4 ounce) bar German sweet chocolate, chopped
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 egg yolks, beaten
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
* 1 egg
* 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/4 cup butter
* 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
* 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the 1/3 cup sugar and the
cornstarch. Stir in the milk, chocolate, and 1 tablespoon butter or
margarine. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat;
cook and stir 2 minutes more.
2. Gradually stir about 1 cup of mixture into egg yolks. Return
mixture to saucepan; bring to boiling. Cook and stir 2 minutes
more. Stir in vanilla.
3. Turn the hot pie filling into the baked pie shell.
4. In another saucepan, combine the beaten egg, evaporated
milk, the 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Cook
and stir over medium heat just till the mixture is thickened and
bubbly. Stir in the coconut and pecans.
5. Spread the pecan mixture evenly over the chocolate filling.
Cool the pie on a wire rack; chill thoroughly.
Hope this is the one your looking for. Carol from Cullman,Al
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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.
Could you persuade Chris from #411 or any of your other readers to
share her recipes for Cherry, Mandarin, Pumpkin and Butterscotch
cakes? Chocolate and lemon "pudding cakes" were part of my growing
-up experience while growing up, but I would love to try the other flavors
Chris mentioned. Thanks, Bill
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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