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The Collectors Newsletter #476 November 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #476 November 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.
I have always enjoyed reading the stories of people collecting items, and
for various reasons...Mine began in 1970, when my Mother-in-law died,
leaving us with all her possessions..In one cabinet ,found on beautiful
little glass shoe...That one sat until a couple of years later, my husband
and I were at an estate sale, and found one more..He asked if I wanted
it,I told him nothing needs to be all along,and yes, I would like to have it
so I'd have a pair...Seems like that started the ever "collecting" bug for
us..When ever we'd go to a yard sale, estate sale,or flea market, which
we always enjoyed, the first item we'd always look for , was little glass
shoes.....Now, 36 years later, we have a running total of 1732 ''little shoes"..
We've had to stop our searches for awhile, as my husband suffered a
stroke this year, but he says as soon as he's able, he knows there is at
least one more out there we haven't found....We just haven't found an
ugly shoe,so can't turn them down even if they are not glass...Some are
pewter, wood, brass,& silver, but none the less, little shoes..We keep
them in large glassed curio cabinets and look at them almost daily....
Each one has a story to tell....
Enjoy your newsletter so much...Sue in Mississippi
I didn't realize I was a Major collector until I moved to a neighborhood near
a cousin that I hadn"t seen in over twenty years. At a reunion in a local
restaurant, he casually remarked. " You know I collected stamps, you
collected everything else". I realized he was right. He was a major stamp
dealer at an early age. In the "Sunday New York Times" he had a regular
ad for Stamps on Approval. I ,of course, never threw anything away. To
make things more off-beat, my sister collected chicken bones. That's
correct. After a chicken dinner, she would carefully wash and scrub her
dinner leavings, and wrap them in cellophane. These she preserved in her
private drawer. I never asked her the reason for her choice, but when I
think back, it must have been because I collected "everything else".
I enjoy reading about the collections your readers have. So far, no one
else has mentioned collecting what I collect accordion player figurines,
jewelry, salt and pepper shakers, decorated items - you name it,
anything with an accordion. This collection started only a few years ago
when I decided to learn how to play the accordion. A friend and I were
shopping the antique stores one day after I had begun accordion lessons.
She collects lots of interesting things, and I did not collect anything. I
saw a dusty accordion playing figurine and declared that I would collect
accordion players. At first they were few and far between and hard to find.
The first year I think I found two. But then friends and relatives learned
of my new collection and those accordion players started to multiply
geometrically! I now have well over 700 little (and not so little) accordion
players all different. They are made of porcelain, wood, pewter, metal,
even paper and pine cones. Some are serene and others are comical
an accordion player for every mood! They range in value from a few cents
to several hundred dollars. Now when friends visit, the first reaction to
my display cases filled with accordion players is often This is bizarre!
but then they start to look closely and are soon pointing out one or
another of players with the same (almost) fascination I have for this
unusual collection. Karen
My collecting started in an odd way as a teenage girl. My friend had
vacationed on an island and since he had no money to get me a souvenir,
he brought me back some sand. I now have sand and dirt from ALL 50
states and many foreign countries. I have dirt from Cape Canaveral,
Graceland, Rock of Gibraltar, Saint Lucia and many other interesting
places. Each is stored in it's own glass spice jar labeled with the date,
place and who brought it to me.
So I guess you could say my collection is dirty? ~Amy
When I first met my significant other, Fran, she came with a wealth
of Christmas decorations. The most prized of these, however, was a box
of items, each labeled with her age and the year each was lovingly given
to her by her parents. Angels, a horn, a Christmas mouse, Santa and his
sled, figurines. Each Christmas, the collection would be unwrapped and
displayed, and each year remembered. Her parents passed away early in
Fran's life, so for the past 27 years, I have continued the tradition.
Each year another item is hidden among the ornaments to be discovered
and displayed, her age and the year marked on the bottom for future
memories. The box has become a big barrel!
This year, we have our first grandson! We already bought the first
year item, a small musical bear, for his collection...Phillis
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
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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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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 210,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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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 am looking for a white ceramic coffee cup that after you drank the contents
there was a small ceramic green frog in the bottom of it. My son, now age
34, remembers the times his grandmother let him drink milk from it. I would
love to find one for him since he has such fond memories of the cup.
Send email to : OKWCF@aol.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
Don't throw out that Bratz doll! In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel report that a USA Today
article suggests Bratz dolls, Spider-Man and Superman items related to the
latest movies, and the "Most Wanted" deck of cards given to soldiers after
the invasion of Iraq may become "hot collectibles"-tomorrow's antiques.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
Nov. 21, 2006 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
When I was young, my brothers and I always tried to sneak a peak at the
Christmas presents my parents had hidden away for us. So trying to hide the
presents I had bought for my parents and brothers was not easy. I hid them
under my bed one year, only to find my brother lying on the floor, with his
entire top half submerged under my bed one day. When confronted, he told
me he had not been looking for his presents but had actually seen a wonderful
dog passing by in front of our house and upon racing into my bedroom to get
a better look out my bedroom window, had slipped and fallen and slid under
my bed right into the presents! That was over 40 years ago and we still
tease him about that! Sue G
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
WANTED: Bellewood Park
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200,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Pattiann requested a recipe for " cookies made from mashed potatoes".
Here are some responses. 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.
I think this may be the recipe you are looking for, but I think it is more of a
candy than a cookie. The recipe is in the Y.W.C.A. of Lima, Ohio Cook Book.
Chocolate Covered Mashed Potato Balls
3/4 cup mashed potatoes
1 Lb. cocoanut
1 Lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
Mix and form into small balls. Refridgerate for 1/2 hour to 1 hour. Dip in
melted chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate bits melted in a double boiler).
Place on wax paper to cool.
I do hope this is the recipe that you are looking for. Betty E.
I hope this is what you are looking for. It sounds like it .
Mashed Potato Cookies
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled
1/2 c. mashed potato
3/4 c. buttermilk
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix. Add chocolate
and mashed potato and mix well. Add dry ingredients alternately with
buttermilk , mixing just enough after each addition to combine ingredients.
Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for
12 to 13 minutes. Frost immediately with chocolate icing.
Nancy in Owasso OK
My mother used to make these also when we were little and lived out on
the farm...I had forgotten about them and then I found this recipe ...hope
this is the recipe Mr.Silky remembers.....
MASHED POTATO CANDY
4 c. coconut
3/4 c. cooked, cold mashed potatoes
1 lb. powdered sugar
6 oz. chocolate chips
A small piece of paraffin
Mix the first 3 ingredients together. Shape into balls the size of a walnut.
Let dry on wax paper. Melt chips and paraffin on low heat. Dip balls into
chocolate. Taste like Mounds candy bars. Ela Mae
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
A dear friend of mine, who recently passed away, always made
mincemeat for pies each holiday season. Unfortunately she did not
share the recipe with anyone. The mincemeat was made with apples
and other fruits and did not contain any meat or suet, yet tasted
almost the same, if not better. Does anyone have a similar recipe
they would share with me? My holiday dinners will not be the same
without her wonderful mincemeat pies. Thank you. Joanne B.
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 fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
Kaitlyn's Antiques & More
Welcome to our store. We carry glass, porcelain, pottery, vintage
sewing, kitchen collectibles and much more. Some old and some not
so old. Please check with us daily to see what we have added.
Ann's Old and Sold Shoppe
We love antiques and love to hunt for them even more. So check back
often to see what we have found.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
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
12) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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