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The Collectors Newsletter #413 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #413 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 is May 14th. Find Great Gift Ideas at TIAS.com
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.
A couple of years ago, I stopped by an antique dealer's booth in our
local flea market. The dealer looked really upset, so I asked him what
had happened. He said he had purchased a print at an auction for a
small price a month before. He had intended to take it out of the
frame to clean the glass, but he procrastinated and it stayed in the
frame. Another dealer came by and said he had wanted the print but
had stepped out of the room just before it came up for auction--would
the first dealer sell it to him? The first dealer jumped on it, thinking it
would be a fast profit, and they settled on a price that was about
double the auction price. Well, the second dealer didn't procrastinate
and took the back off to clean the glass and found five silver certificate
$20 bills between the print and the backing. And, of course, he went
by to tell the first dealer about the one that got away from him.
Needless to say, the first dealer takes the back off every picture
immediately now. Betsy
At a yard sale, I bought a nice walnut high chair for $5, which was a
super find. At the time, I sold at a monthly flea market, and I decided
to take the high chair to sell. When I got to the market and started to
unpack, the high chair was nowhere to be found. I was certain I had
packed it, tying it securely (I thought) in the bed of my truck. It's
disappearance was a mystery until about a year later I stopped at
another yard sale, and there sat the same high chair that had vanished!
I approached the woman having the sale and asked her where she
had gotten the chair. She looked at me and said, Oh my. it's yours,
isn't it? Where did you lose it?" I told her the story of its
disappearance, as she smiled and told me she had found it along the
interstate, the exact route I had driven to the flea market! Without
hesitation, she told me to take the chair s ince I had originally owned it.
I was so pleased to find a sincere and honest person that I bought
about $20 worth of stuff from her that I didn't need. Honesty is not only
the best policy; it's the only policy.
My new wife and I attended a yard sale in our neighborhood. I had
dabbled in antiques for about 15 years and she knew nothing about
antiques. At the same time we were looking, a lady was there and each
item I'd pick up to buy, the lady would say "oh, I want that." I ignored
her requests and the last item I picked up was a walking stick priced
at 50 cents. I told my wife I would buy it. The aforementioned lady said
"oh I want that, there are lots more canes you can buy." My wife told
me to let the lady have it. I replied, "No, this one fits me just right and I
want IT." She proceeded to tell me that I was rude and should let the
lady have it, but I did not budge. When we got home, she again told
me how rude she thought I was. I explained to her that the lady was an
antiques dealer and showed her that the dirty part of the 50 cent walking
stick was sterling silver and I eventually sold it for $75.00. A tin pie dish
I wouldn't let the lady have for 10 cents went for $15.00. Don M
One weekend my neighbor and I went to a community garage sale. My
neighbor and I went our separate ways, agreeing to meet later. It was
getting hot outside, I had bought a bunch of stuff I was carting around,
and I was tired. I decided to stop in a driveway to wait for my neighbor
to show up. A lady stopped and asked a man, "How much is that?"
The man said, "It's $10.00." She walked away. I looked for the first
time. It was an iron bed lying on the ground. I hadn't even seen it! If
she hadn't asked, I would have never seen it. I already had a nice iron
and brass bed at home, a newer one, and I had no idea what I was
going to do with the old bed, but for some reason, I wanted it. It
reminded me of the beds little girls slept in when I was a girl in the
1950's. I had spent all my money so what was I going to do? I thought
about asking the seller if he would take a check, but before I did that,
I decided to check in my purse. Maybe I had something left. I found
an old cash register receipt at the bottom of my purse, and wrapped
inside that receipt was a $10.00 bill. It was a miracle! I was able to
buy the bed! After I got it home, I couldn't decide what to do with it,
so I set it up in my living room for a few days. Well, to make a long
story short, I sold my newer, very nice brass and iron bed, and set up
the antique iron bed in my bedroom where it remains to this day. I
learned later from a dealer that my double bed is a rarity, that they
were usually 3/4 beds. Not only that, when I saw the movie, The Color
Purple, I saw a bed just like mine in that movie! And all for only $10.00!
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
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2) The Latest Antique News
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
Arts & Crafts period designer Archibald Knox (1864-1933) has a new
Web site. Click here--
Sachets, Nosegays, and Shawls
MURANO JEWELRY COLLECTION
1954 Mantle jersey; Wilt's car in Grey Flannel sale May 10
$50 Gold Certificate That “Cannot Exist” to be Offered by Heritage!
Rare 1802 Half Dime to Appear at Auction!
Vince Young's Championship Season Longhorn Helmet to be Auctioned!
Exquisite Émile Gallé Marquetry Mural to be Offered at Auction!
1880’s Allen & Ginter, Duke’s Cigarettes Advertising Posters Hit the
Auction Block! Click here--
OLD MASTER RECORDS TUMBLE AT CHRISTIE’S IN NEW YORK
45TH ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW APRIL 8-10, 2006
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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 was visiting one of my favorite antique stores in Columbia, Missouri, and
came across a beautiful late 1800's very large, beautifully illustrated leather
family bible, with the name stamped in gilt letters: "Mrs. Lydia Rainsburg."
Inside on the page where the marriage certificate was documented, were
the names "Thomas Rainsburg", born June 25, 1829 in Brooklyn, Iowa,
married to: "Lydia Hott", born December 29, 1836, in Berlin, Ohio. They
were married on April 30, 1857 by "Rev. Philo Sample", and the witnesses
were: "George Hott", and "H.L. Dalby". There was also pages of births
and of deaths recorded. It is a very unique bible, and I can't imagine how
it was lost from the family. If anyone from either family is interested, I
will gladly found out the seller's name. The asking price is $159.00 which
is not cheap, but such an heirloom would be priceless for geneology
research and documentation. Inquiries can be made to my email:
email@example.com. Sincerely, Meg K. Gooch
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 offer these tips on caring for collectible posters:
Collectible posters should be mounted and framed professionally with
Household transparent adhesive tape should not be used for mounting
because it can damage the paper. Even tears should be repaired with
Use a lightweight frame and UV-protected Plexiglas.
Don't display posters in direct sunlight.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
"It was really funny
watching him and the dogs chase those mice around the yard"...Marian's
story reminded me of the field mouse who was determined to nest in my
antique silk clothes-ones I still wear to this day. My husband put sticky paper
on the floor under the dresses and a night later we had a field mouse. He was
so tiny, I begged my husband to put him in an old cage and release him in
the fields a few miles from home. Always willing to get out of killing something
hubby did just that. The story took a hilarious turn the next morning when
hubby put the cage in the car only to have the mouse wiggle out! My poor
husband drove up and down our street flapping the car's doors trying to get
the mouse out of the car. He drove up and down over 7 times flapping the
doors open and closed. The neighbors thought he was nuts.
Unhappily to say the small fellow was back the next night and went to that
great mouse heaven in the land of cheese and silk dresses (or so we told
our 4 year old daughter). That was the end of any 'quarter' given to rodents in
our household. Kat C.
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.
8) 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:
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Bill was looking for a recipe for "Lemon Pudding Cake"
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.
This recipe is also from the Fifties. I hope it's what you're looking for.
Lemon Pudding Cake
1 cup sugar
4 T. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. lemon juice, plus 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 cup milk
1 T. butter
First, mix the sugar, flour & salt. Add the lemon juice and rind.
Beat the egg yolks, milk and butter and add to the flour mixture.
Beat the egg whites until stiff, and fold them in..
Pour into an oven proof bowl, and place in a pan of hot water,(water
should come up the side of bowl about an inch and a half.)
Bake at 325 about 50 minutes. You know when it's done when you
insert a knife around the sides and there is no liquid left.
Can be served at room temp or chilled before serving. Mimi C.
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 am trying to find the recipe for a yellow chiffon or angel food cake
that my grandmother made in the late 1950's for by grandfather who
had parkison's disease. We think it called for a dozen eggs, she kept
this made as he could pick this up and hold in his hand and did not
have to use a fork. She must have always made from memory as we
have gone thru countless recipes and cannot find. I would appreciate
any help on this. This would be in the West Tennessee, West
Kentucky area. Thanks. Janis
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
Be sure to check out all of the new inventory that new TIAS merchants have
been adding for your Mother's Day gift giving.
We carry a variety of antiques and collectibles. Religious items, glass,
pottery, porcelain, primitives, jewelry, figurines as well as much more. We
bring the nicer and hard to find things from the past to your desktop.
We sell affordable antiques and collectibles found for your viewing pleasure.
Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need before you purchase.
Welcome, we are situated on the beautiful southern coast of Nova Scotia,
Canada. We specialize in depression glass, Fiesta pottery (post 1986),
pressed glass, early 20th Century china and porcelain, as well as linens,
silver, and small furniture pieces.
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12) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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