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The Collectors Newsletter #470 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #470 October 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
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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.
My husband and I are in our 40s, and we married a few years ago. It is a
second marriage for both of us, and we'd already gone through the
registering for china patterns and all the things you do when you marry
much younger. We decided as "older" newlyweds that instead of buying
china, we would buy something suitably old. We settled on Depression
glass. We now have an extensive collection of three patterns in pink,
green and monax -- enough to set a table for 22 -- along with a growing
collection of Imperial Cape Cod glassware and many other forms of old
glass. We also have a collection of flamingo pink Pyrex casseroles that
we love to cook with. From that one idea of buying old dishes, we've
grown together in a hobby we both love--scouring garage sales & antique
stores, and generally buying a bunch of things we really don't need but
enjoy having anyway! Toni
My collection started just shortly after I was invited to a Tea Shop Cafe.
They had all kinds of tea cups and saucers, miss matched, and that is
how they served the tea and mini sandwiches. Now, I do not like tea at
all, and never have. But, after that visit, I started to look at teacups and
saucers at thrift stores and garage sales. If it jumped out at me, I would
buy it. I don't have alot of regular sized teacups and saucers, but, the
first time I ever saw a miniature teacup set, oh my, I thought, how cute
is that, and that started a passion for them. they are hard to find, and i
don't have alot of them, maybe about 20 or so. I would buy them and
find out they were missing pieces. I sold the ones that were missing
pieces at a garage sale that I had. For mothers day, several years ago,
I bought myself a little curio cabinet, and proudly display them in there.
Carol in Washington St.
I had to laugh when I read about the teacup collection in New England.
The woman who wrote in about the teacups did not collect teacups, but
her family thought she did. The same thing has happened to my sister,
but it was Elvis paraphernalia and collectibles she has ended up with.
My sister, Darla mentioned to my mother one day that she wanted a
vintage velvet Elvis for her vacation trailer. Mom obviously determined
that Darla was collecting Elvis, and began buying assorted Elvis stuff
for every occasion possible. Darla ended up over the years with Elvis
purses, bags, pens, calendars, cups, and many other Elvis items.
Darla has explained to Mom over and over again that she was not
collecting Elvis and that she had merely wanted a velvet Elvis for her
trailer. Thinking the whole Elvis thing was funny, I bought my sister
a velvet Elvis and made a big production about the print to Mom. Mom
asked me if Darla needed more Elvis things for the trailer and of course
I said "yes." I even offered to help Mom find some really cool Elvis
sunglasses. Mom is still buying Elvis anything for the trailer and I am
still laughing. Marsha
Like the lady who wrote about the Tree Ornaments that remind her each
year of happy time I too have special Christmas Ornaments for the Tree.
Mine are Angels - each one different and each one represents a person no
longer with us. Some years we have been fortunate enough to have no
additions to our collection but other years have seen several join the tree.
When the tree comes down each is packed into it's individual box which
has the Name, date of birth, date of death and relationship on the tag
inside the lid. Each angel has been picked solely for the person who it
represents. When my parents both died in the same year we looked a
many angels but none seemed "right" for either of them - I was beginning
to doubt that we would ever find the right angels in time - but then in a
small collectors shop we found two totally different but truly beautiful
angels. My (then) 5 year old son pointed to them each and said that one
for Nana (who passed away on Mother Day) and that one for Grandad
(who passed away 10 days before Christmas that year). So they joined
We started this 16 years ago with the first Angel being for our unborn child
who died as a result of a drunk driver crossing the center line and the
Angels have grown from there . As the Angels have multiplied and the
visitors who see for the tree for the first time ask about them we have
added a special cloth that goes on the table each Christmas. It consists
of cross stitch Angels, each with the name of the person underneath. This
collection and cloth are special heirlooms which will pass on to our son,
they remind us all of the joy and happy times spent with these people,
family & friends, over the years and in this fast paced world it serves to
remind us that nothing is forever so treasure the people you share your life
with - you never know when they may no longer be there to share it with
you. Trish from New Zealand
Reading Deborah's story about her collection of Xmas ornaments reminded
me of mine! When I was little in the 1950's, my mum had a small artificial
green Xmas tree with a red wooden base. I always wanted a big 'real' tree
but it really wasn't feasible to cart one up all the stairs to our
maisonette. However when the little tree came out a few days before Xmas, I
was always excited about decorating it. A friend had given mum a box of
pretty ornaments - they were a variety of rings of plastic with stars,
bells, angels and (my favorite) Art Deco style deer and slot together
stars. They were in transparent crystally green, pink, clear and yellow. To
hang with them were some white glow in the dark toys. Lastly came the tinsel
and lights! This meant Xmas was almost here and it was always so very
special! Our house was full from Xmas Eve for about 4 days when My aunty
Margaret, uncle John and cousin Mary together with aunty Betty and uncle
Frank came to stay. Xmas day would come and the women would be in the
kitchen cooking the turkey and dad and my uncles would be talking old naval
war stories in the living room! I always preferred to stay with the men
enthralled by these tales of ships and submarines!!!! In the evening we
played paper games, sat round a blazing coal fire till late - all fun and
laughter - no telly except for the Queen's speech on Xmas day!
After my dad died just before Xmas 1973, these gatherings stopped. The box
of old ornaments were replaced over the years by modern ones - more sparkly
and more expensive but Xmas was never been quite the same. Whether mum
threw the old ones out or gave them away I don't know but when I used to think
about those memorable magic Xmas's I always remembered those ornaments
and wished we had kept them.
Two years ago I went to a jumble sale and found an old tin under the table
and imagine my surprise when I saw a collection of old '50's tree ornaments
- and yes - there were a set of exactly the same ones (they might even have
been ours!) - even some glow in the dark toys! I looked at the art deco deer
one and memories came flooding back! I had to have them and paid about 50p
for the lot! My daughter thought I was mad when I came home overjoyed about
a box of pretty, plastic ornaments! Sadly mum died three years ago - my
aunties and uncles having departed in the preceding years - but they are all
there at Xmas thanks to those ornaments. I just wish I could find the little
tree - and - get my family to turn the telly off and play games! Sheena B.
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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 am looking for a children's book entitled, Sparky the Firedog. I am a school
nurse in an elementary school and would like to use it for burn prevention.
It is about 2 children who start a pile of newspapers on fire in the garage with
a positive moral. My sister originally had our family copy, however, does
not have it anyone. Thank you. Please email me at SLG02152aol.com
Please let us know if the item is returned! 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
Happy Halloween! Halloween is second only to Christmas in the hearts of
collectors. In the October issue of their monthly newsletter, KOVELS ON
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, Ralph and Terry Kovel report on a
Pennsylvania auction of more than 100 Halloween collectibles. The most
expensive lot was a pair of rare, early 1900s watermelon-shaped
"jack-o'-lanterns" with glass noses and paper eyes and mouths. The pair
sold for $3,300. Other Halloween collectibles sold for a little ($28 for a pair
of devils, one a marionette and the other a lantern) or a lot ($2,200 for a
boxed set of rare pumpkin candleholders).
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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.
This happened when I was about 7. My dad was adopted at as a teenager, so
I grew up visiting many people we called Aunt, who were actually honorary
rather than blood. Dad pretty much did choose his own sisters.
My mom and I were staying with an aunt who had a small collection of
heirloom dolls arranged in an antique perambulator in the dining room. Of
course, I had never been allowed to touch any of it, which I understood and
respected. There were plenty of other toys, books, pianos, etc. to entertain.
The story began we went to visit this honorary aunt's sister about 20 miles
away. While my aunt had a daughter my age, her sister had no children.
This woman's house was completely filled with antique, heirloom, and hugely
expensive dolls and their accessories, arranged in little vignettes, like tiny
communities set wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling. White livingroom furniture
and carpet were also covered in dolls, with very few places for company to sit
or walk. My mother had seriously threatened, bribed, etc. me before we even
got to the house to DO-NOT-TOUCH, while she explained my aunt's sister
would be very, very distraught if I even appeared to touch one of these dolls.
That was a very miserable 2 hours for me, even with my cousin there. Kind
of creepy with all those beady eyes watching you!
Time came to leave, and all of us were standing by the front door, and I
spotted a cardboard box kind of behind the front door. In it were some dolls
I recognized. My aunt said I could touch those, as they were ones her
sister kept for company to play with (now she tells me!). I reached down,
picked up a doll that matched one I had, lifted up her arms like she was
reaching for me, and proceeded to move the arms out sideways, pumping
them back and forth. At that first move to push the doll's arms back, my
aunt and her sister nearly fainted. In all the time she'd had this doll,
neither knew that the doll could giggle. "Giggles" is still one of my favorite
dolls, but after that memorable visit 35 years ago, I've never ever had the
desire to collect dolls. Give me textiles any day of the week!
Chris, still roaming around as a military spouse
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9) A Vintage Recipe
We did not get any responses to the last request, so here is a recipe
for Ghoulish Gooey Bars for Halloween.....
If you have a variation of this recipes 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.
These ghoulish gooey bars are made with candy bars, marshmallows,
* 1/4 cup butter
* 2 (approx. 2 oz. each) Snickers candy bars, cut in pieces
* 40 marshmallows
* 2 cups Corn Chex cereal
* 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
* 2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
Butter a 9-inch square pan. In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter.
stir in one candy bar and marshmallows. Cook, stirring frequently, until
melted and smooth. Gradually add cereals, stirring until all pieces are
coated.Stir in remaining candy bar. Press into pan. Cool, cut into
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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.
Looking for a mini cheesecake recipe. I had these years ago, they
were easy to make in cupcake tins. Bill
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