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The Collectors Newsletter #447 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #447 August 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
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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.
In this issue we are featuring just one story, but it's a good one. Enjoy!
I just had to write after reading some of the stories you've published over
the past several months.
A few years ago, I was visiting my older sister in a small beach town in
Florida. Her grandsons - ages 11 and 13 were visiting for several weeks
as they do every summer from upstate NY. My sister and brother-in-law
like to plan things for them to do each time they visit, and this year they
set up a Treasure Hunt for the boys. Before their arrival, my sister had
run to just about all garage sales she could find trying to buy up some
cheap jewelry for the treasure box my brother-in-law was building from
old pieces of wood he had in his workshop. Before long, she had an
abundance and the treasure box was soon full of bracelets, necklaces,
earrings, old watches, etc. My sister stated that she had paid at most
$15-17 for all of it and she laughed at the "junk" she could acquire for
With permission from the local police department, my brother-in-law
buried the treasure In a nearby park in an area that would not disturb
any of the wildlife or vegetation growing there. He being a retired police
officer himself enlisted some of the other officers to help him come up
with clues the boys could follow in their hunt for the treasure, and the
search was on. In about an hour and a half, the boys found the treasure
buried about 6-7" in the sand. Everyone had a good laugh and some
great pictures of them while on the hunt.
I arrived about 2 weeks later and heard all the details from my sister and
her grandsons. They brought the treasure chest out for me to see and
told me they had sent a few pieces to their mom for which my sister got
a call in return from her saying - "Oh gee, thanks a lot mom. What am
I going to do with all this junk now? I can't throw it out cause the boys
think it's just something soooo special." I admit, my family loves a good
laugh, and we were getting our share with this. But, the best laugh was
yet to come.
That same evening, the boys wanted to go to the nearby ice cream shop
and buy ice cream cones for all of us.. BUT, they had no money and
needed to come up with a way to earn some fast. So, enter poor old
Aunt Sam (me). They decided to sell me some of their junk and being
the sap I am, I went along with it. They put necklaces and bracelets on
me to see what looked good and before long they decided on a very
chunky golden colored necklace and bracelet to match. They thought I
looked just fine wearing these. Again, my sister and I laughed so hard I
had tears in my eyes because these had to be THE most ugliest pieces
of jewelry I had ever worn. They were very heavy, and very gaudy. I was
offered the pieces for $25, and I got them down to $17 before agreeing to
the sale. They told me they had sent the matching earrings to their
mother, and I said I couldn't have part of the set and if they could get
mom to send the earrings, I would give them another $5. when I got them.
The earrings arrived three days later. My niece was thrilled to get rid of
them and told me I could buy the rest of her "junk" anytime. My sister
and I laughed because as she reminded me, I had just spent more on
this set than she had spent on the whole lot of junk she bought. Hey,
the boys wanted to buy us ice cream, and what was I to do. Besides,
it afforded us a good time with the bargaining and trying on jewelry.
I took the pieces home with me, put them in a box and there they sat for
the next 5 years. Last year, as I was attempting to get rid of the excess
clutter in my house, I found that box. I opened it and had another good
laugh remembering the day I bought them. For some reason, I happened
to look at the back of the necklace and there was an inscription telling
me this piece was 14k gold. Needless to say it never made it into my
own garage sale. I took it to a jeweler and learned the pieces were worth
about $5,000. They were unpolished gold which he told me was very
popular in the island countries several years ago. I'm not a rich person by
any means, but I no longer have children to support or colleges to pay for.
I brought them to my niece's house one evening, reminded her of the
pieces, had another great laugh with her before I told her what they were
and gave them to her to help her pay college costs for the boys who are
now in/ready to go to college. She cried and hugged me. It really made
me feel good to do this. Then, of course for another good laugh, I told
her I wanted my $22 bucks back. Mary (aka Sam)
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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.
The lost contact lens story reminded me of my
husband's mishap one summer during our week at the
Jersey shore. He was standing about knee-deep with his
glasses on, and was knocked over by a wave. This is
unusual at Ocean City - usually the waves are more
gentle. Anyway, his glasses fell into the water and
were whisked away. We checked with lost and found and
the life guard stands daily, but no luck. Finally on
our last day there, we walked along the beach asking
at several life guard stands. We decided "just one
more," and lo and behold someone had just turned them
in! In spite of three days rolling around in the surf,
they were in perfect condition - and so clean!
Susan Grotyohann in New Jersey
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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Clipper beer can from the 1940s can sell for more than $19,000?
Gosh-you might find one of those in your Grandpa's garage!
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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.
Every summer my granddaughters visit for a week with us and I normally give
them a little history lesson about the antiques and collectables that are
scattered throughout our home. Since they were tiny their parents had warned
them to be careful of Grandma's "breakables" when they visited. Seven year
old Kamri was admiring all the colorful "breakable" glassware and I told her
that all of Grandma's pretty things would become Kamri and Taylor's some
day, and just what would she pick out first? Her immediate and excited reply
was "your make-up!!!" That certainly put things in perspective for me. Larae
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
Rebecca requested a recipe for a "marvelous fresh tomato salsa."
Here are several response that came in.
If you have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share with our readers,
send them to us at email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Mexican Salsa - from Marilu
8 cups chopped tomato
2 cups chopped onion
2 cup chopeed sweet pepper
1 cup chopped hot pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2-4 tbs. salt
1 cup cidar vinegar
mix all together and serve fresh or cook until onion is tender
You really don't need a recipe.
As many tomatoes as you have. (For as much salsa as you can
reasonably eat in about 3 days) After three days the tomatoes
begin to lose their texture.
1/2 or more sweet onion
1/2 bunch or more of fresh cilantro
equal amounts of sugar and regular white vinegar
jalapeño to spice it up as desired
salt and pepper to taste
cumin if desired
If you really want quantities:
8-10 Tomatoes diced
1/2 sweet onion finely diced
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro finely chopped (20 stalks?)
1/2 jalapeño finely chopped (use glove or plastic wrap to protect hand)
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper
You can also put half through the food processor to make it smoother.
Store leftovers covered in fridge.
Careful, a bitter onion can ruin the whole batch. If you are crying at the
first cut and wouldn't dream of putting a slice on your sandwich or into
your salad it's too sharp. Also, use a plastic or glass bowl not metal.
Seem to get an aftertaste with the metal bowl.
I plant cilantro all around my tomato plants. I say if you're going to have
"weeds" make them useful. I also try to plant my pepper plant nearby
too. One pepper plant that produces 6 peppers is enough to last me a
year. I cut the peppers in half, seed them and freeze them in a zip loc
baggie. When really desperate you can used canned chopped tomatoes.
l clove garlic
2 t. salt
Chop onions first and cover with lime juice. Add remaining ingredients and
simmer 1-1.5 hours. Nancy
I lived in Mexico for 10 years and this is authentic.
4 to 5 large tomatoes or 7 roma tomatoes chopped
1/2 med onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
one or two jalepano peppers or however hot you want it.chopped
half of a bunch of cilantro chopped
salt to taste
just a little water if it is too thick.
I put everything in a small chopper except the tomatoes,
I chop those by hand.
You can add a little orenago if you like it.
Every year I make a wonderful salsa that actually takes two days of
cooking but it is well worth the time. There is no cilantro in it but no where
is it written that it can not be added. I take a huge pot, usually my hot
water bath pot and in it I place all my tomatoes skinned and crushed. I
cut up and dice 4-6 large white onions, 5-7 stalks of celery diced very
small, and then add several different types of hot peppers and 4-6 sweet
ones both red, yellow and green for color. By this point the pot is close to
being full. I then add garlic powder and garlic salt about a tablespoon and
a half each, pepper, salt about 1/4 cup of Old Bay seasoning, and one half
cup of sugar. Once this cooks down for about 2 hours slowly under a low
heat I add about 1- 1 1/2 cups of vinegar to taste and cook for another day
and a half over a very low heat. Once it is reduced to about half way I can
this wonderful fragrant stuff for a winter of hot and spicy salsa. Everyone
raves about it but I must tell you that the degree of hotness depends upon
the types of hot peppers you grow in your garden or find at the grocery. I
use Chili peppers, banana peppers, habaneros and jalapeno for the
spiciest batches. Jane
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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.
My wife often recollects her Grandmother making a special cold drink
during the hot days of summer farm work. I have searched for years to
find out what and how it was made. The process (as told by wife) was
that a piece of a sponge like substance was cut up and placed in quart
canning jars and filled with water (and possibly sugar?) and placed in
the cool, dark basement for a period of time. My wife remembers her
grandma brining it up after working in the fields and tasting this cold
refreshing drink. I would very much like to find out what this was, and
recreate this wonderful childhood memory for her. Does anyone have
any information? Thank you. Sincerely, Mark Anderson- Wisconsin
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.
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