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The Collectors Newsletter #432 June 2006

The Collectors Newsletter #432 June 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 On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors

Send us your stories about Lost items that have been found
We are looking for stories about items from your past that have been lost but
then show up months or years later.

Some examples:
1) A reader lost his high school class ring on a fishing trip. Five years later he
gets a phone call from someone who tracks him down claiming that his dad found
it inside a fish 4 years ago.

2) A family bible with 100 years of family history is inadvertently given away in a
pile of books that is donated to a local charity organization in Chicago. Two years
later while on a trip to a flea market in North Carolina, a family member finds the
Bible in a stack of books.

Have you got a story like this?

Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish them here.

1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to newsletter@tias.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.

Editors note...
While at eBay live last week, my laptop had a bit of a hissy fit and as a
result, I lost about 3 weeks worth of story submissions. If you have sent us a
story for publication within the past 3 weeks and it was not published, please
send it to me again at newsletter@tias.com

My apologies and many thanks...

A report from eBay Live

Last week I was at the "eBay Live" convention in Las Vegas. This was my second
year attending. You can see the photos that I took from this year's event on the
Auctionbytes Web site at: http://auctionbytes.com/ebaylive2006/gallery.html

Auctionbytes did some great reporting, including video coverage of the event as
well. See: http://auctionbytes.tv/
This was the largest event ever hosted by eBay and over 15,000 people attended.
Next year, eBay Live will be in Boston.

On the last day of the show, I was approached by a woman named Susie Craft
who was rather upset at the reporting about eBay Live that she was seeing in
the papers and on TV.

Her comment was that the media seems to fixate on the image of eBay sellers
as people with a quirky hobby, that wear funny eBay hats and sell odd little trinkets

For Mrs Craft and her husband who are "baby boomers", online selling is a lifeline
that allows them to maintain their standard of living in retirement. "For us, this is
a serious business. It's not a hobby. The media needs to get it through their heads
that there are a large number of baby boomers like us that depend on eBay and
other online sales venues for our income."

As sellers like Mr and Mrs Craft have become more sophisticated, they are
looking for better ways to grow their businesses online. To support this demand,
there are now a huge number of software tools available for online sellers. Highly
sophisticated marketing and inventory control programs that in the past were only
available to large retailers like Wal-Mart, are now affordable and accessible to
small independant online businesses.

The general feeling that I took away from this year's eBay live was that online
selling is maturing. Many people who started on eBay are now opeing up their
own Web sites outside of eBay. Sellers are marketing their wares on multiple
Internet venues and are becoming much more sophisticated when it comes to
online marketing and building their business.

In the online antiques and collectibles trade, it's all about getting more eyeballs
on your inventory. The days of eBay being "the" place to sell online are gone.
Today it is normal for a merchant selling antiques and collectibles to have 2-3
online stores. Online antique malls like TIAS.com, GoAntiques and Rubylane
share many of the same merchants, because each site attracts a different group
of buyers and offers a different set of tools to sellers.

It's an exciting time to be opening a business online. E-commerce has matured
since eBay first came online in 1995. The media image of the quirky eBay
hobbyist does need to be updated to reflect the new, sophisticated, Internet
savvy, online retailer.

Phil Davies
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to newsletter@tias.com

2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
to your email inbox. Sign up at: http://www.news-antique.com

Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from http://News-Antique.com

Antique Advertising and Country Store Auction
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/qels8

Discovering Juliana (D&E) Jewelry
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/pnvhy

Yellowware Hunting: No License Required
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BLOCK IN JULY. Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/okfu8

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Antique and Vintage Glassware Dept. expanded at Intrinsic Collectibles
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RM Auctions Monterey Kustoms Night - Aug. 18
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/rskg6

Andre Van Pier Futuristic Couture Madonna disco ball spaceship Alien Rock
new book. South Beach Ball. Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/peczs

Gadgets, Gadgets, & More Gadgets At Mama’s Treasures
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/lbe8b

ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Beatles Licensing History Lesson
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Chickering's Heirloom New Baby Gifts
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/o78k6

ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Auction Preview at Licensing Show in New York
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/racmq

Footbridge Cove's Fourth of July Sale
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AntiqueWeek visits Las Vegas with eBay Live
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/lo6gu

13th Annual Summer Poster Show at International Poster GAllery
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/qqw2b

Manion’s International Auction House Goes Hollywood
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/lvg7m

New Edition of Free PSE Stamp Grading Guide Available
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/rjgjg

Smythe’s July Auction Is Jam-Packed With Exciting Obsoletes
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/quke7

MALLERIES.com Antique Mall
Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/l8mwe

LiveAuctionTalk.com Focuses on Collecting "Lalique" Glass in its Weekly
Free Article. Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/p7wv2

DOLLS –OH MY! Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/mc5j7

Click here-- http://tinyurl.com/ptt3b
There are MANY more fresh news stories online at:

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It's easy to do. Go to http://javafeed.news-antique.com/ to get the code.

3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
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
to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

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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
or family.

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.
Items need home..
I have two class rings that I would love to get back to the original owners.
One is a man's ring from Northeastern State University with the initials "LHL"
from the year 1983, and the other is a ladies' ring. This one is a lot harder
because it only has initials of the school. On the left side is a "P", in the
middle is an "S" and on the right side is a "M", so I have no idea what school
is is from. It has the year 1961 or 1967, I'm not sure and has the initials "MIR"
inside. I had a third ring that I was able to find the owner and she was so
grateful that I would like to continue the warm and fuzzy feeling of reuniting
these two. Can anybody give me any information that would help in my search.
Thank you. Jackie--my e-mail is Jackiemat7@aol.com
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 Kovel's
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Chock-full of "must know" facts for everyone from the novice to the curious to
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with fresh information that focuses on how to recognize and evaluate items
made or used in America before 1900, many now valuable antiques.

This easy-to-use book features the most up-to-date, useful information on
important manufacturers and designers; dates, locations, and marks; exciting
new facts unearthed on Bennington Pottery, Rose Medallion china, Mary
Gregory glass, advertising bottles, and many other types of antiques. Plus
stories of discoveries, tips on care, and warnings about fakes and forgeries.

SPECIAL OFFER-Order your copy online and the Kovels will send you a
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for more information and to order- click here:

6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
June 20, 2006 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When I was quite young, we had a garden in our back yard. One of the plants
we grew were cherry tomatoes. They were wonderful. they tasted more like
a sweet fruit than a tomato. At dinner we would have a bowl of them in the middle
of the table and we would all just help ourselves. Most of them still had the little
green fringe attached, so you had to pull that off before you ate it.

One evening we were sitting down to dinner and the suject of spiders in the garden
came up for some reason. During the conversation, my brother had pulled the green
fringe off of the tomato he was eating and put it on my mothers sleeve when her
attention was elsewhere. It looked exactly like a spider. Well, you can imagine the
rest. All I remember was seeing my mother rapidly flapping her arm like a chicken
with one wing, as she tried to get the "spider" off of it. :-)
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.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?

WANTED: Crawford Cooking Ranges ~ Crawford Stoves ~ Advertising
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
250,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

9) A Vintage Recipe
Chris J. requested a recipe for "Pineapple pie "
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.
Here's a great easy no-bake recipe for pineapple pie. It may not be the one
Chris J. was looking for but it's definitely worth a try. And no meringue to bake!

1 large can crushed pineapple drained but still wet (reserve pineapple juice in
case you need to moisten the mix and then enjoy drinking the rest)
1 pint dairy sour cream
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 premade pie shell (I've used graham cracker as well as both Oreo & Keebler
chocolate pie crusts - use what you like)

Mix sour cream & pineapple. Sprinkle with pudding mix, a little at a time,
stirring so that it's well blended. Add back some juice if necessary. Refrigerate
for a few hours and enjoy! Pris Black

Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:

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.
It's getting hot again. Time for some favorite home made Ice Cream recipes.
If you have one, send it in and we'll publish it here....Phil
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.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 fresh inventory that new TIAS merchants have
been adding for your Mother's Day gift giving. http://www.tias.com
Collectible Suite Deals
Banks, clocks, collectible figures, head vases, Jim Shore, Kitchen Fairies,
kitchens, knives, lamps, licensed items, animals, pencil sharpeners, Pink
& Blue Willowware, safari animals, tin signs, vanity & perfumes, cast iron,
cookware, Pfaltzgraff dinnerware sets, bone china dinnerware

Sugar Magnolias
Welcome to Sugar Magnolias! I've been a dealer for almost 8 years. You never
know what I might have in inventory, I love the hunt for the perfect things for
my customers. It could include glass, china , vintage jewerly, vintage textiles,
my real weakness is vintage kitchen items.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
http://www.tiasexchange.com. If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 190,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
look at: http://www.makeashop.com

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 http://www.kovels.com

2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
free service at http://www.tias.com/stores/kovelsyellow/

3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
as well. Sign up today at: http://tinyurl.com/c6oqc
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

4. Get an online appraisal
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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5. The Latest News regarding Antiques & Collectibles
Take a look at http://www.news-antique.com

Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
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recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at
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