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The Collectors Newsletter #480 December 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #480 December 2006
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1. Holiday 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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Thousands of newly listed items are being offered at huge discounts.
This is a perfect time to get your Holiday shopping done and get
some amazing deals as well.
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.
Saturday was allowance day in our house. Every weekend, my mom
would give each of us kids (nine of us) a quarter to spend or save. My
sister and I would make a bee line for the dime store to spend the
money on candy or toys. Walking home we would pass by the window
of a kid's clothing store and check out any new things in the window.
One Saturday we saw the most beautiful dolls and we each picked out
our favorite. They were both Madame Alexander dolls, a Cissy
bridesmaid doll, my choice, and an Elise ballerina, my sister's. We
couldn't wait to get home and tell my mom about the dolls. Every
Saturday for several weeks we gazed longingly at them, wishing we
could have them for Christmas. Then one Saturday the dolls were gone!
We were so sad. We told my mom that someone must have bought
the dolls. My mom didn't say much. We knew that the dolls were
expensive and with a large family it wasn't likely we would have gotten
them for Christmas. You can imagine our surprise to find the dolls
under the Christmas tree that year! I still have my doll, the first in my
collection. When I got married, my mom made my wedding gown and
made a replica of my gown for Cissy. "Always a bridesmaid, never a
bride" - not true for my Cissy doll! Happy Holidays to all!
Celia, Davisburg, Michigan
As a first generation American growing up in a German family, I look
back seventy three years! My memory takes me back to the age of six.
Every Christmas my mother would lovingly prepare a gourmet basket
of all the delicacies my father enjoyed, imported caviar, Greek olives,
pickled pigs feet, smoked herring, several kinds of cheese, fancy
crackers, chocolates, fruit and nuts. At the beginning it was during
the depression and I'm certain she had saved money from her
household allowance all year long. On Christmas morning we opened
our gifts and father received his basket wrapped in cellophane with a
big red ribbon. As long as I lived at home, until I married, he always
oooed and ahhhd and would act very surprised to the delight of us all.
I still smile when I think of him and his wonderful gift. Alice in Texas
I read your newsletter all the time and never thought that I would have
a story to tell but being it is Christmas I decided to write a short story.
In the 1950's I received for Christmas a "Toni" doll. She was the most
beautiful doll that I had ever seen with blond hair that you could wash
and set in curlers. It has always been my favorite present that I found
under the Christmas tree. My Mother passed away a couple years ago
and I moved back into the house where I was born and raised and
where I found "Toni" under the tree. I still have my doll with her original
dress and I wash and comb her hair styling it in different ways. She
sits in her chair in my living room. But at Christmas time when I put
the tree up, I move "Toni" to her very special place..under the
Christmas tree. It is a wonderful feeling in that we are both truly "home".
Diana VR Piladelphia, PA
My story goes back to a December about 1960. I had been sick with
a sore throat,etc. The doc said I needed my tonsils out. It was just a
few weeks before Christmas. I remember being afraid, not only of the
surgery, but of missing out on sitting on Santa's lap and telling him
what I wanted. Mom said she would mail my letter to him. I had
especially wanted Gaylord, a plastic basset hound, that walked when
his leash was pulled.
I packed my new little red and white metal suitcase and brought it to
As Christmas neared, I became sicker. I had caught whooping cough
and something else while I had been in the hospital. I came home
instead of staying at the hospital. Then the doc made numerous house
calls, trying every medicine to no avail.
Mom said she has mailed the letter to Santa. I was happy she did,
despite feeling miserable. But my mom looked so sad. I couldn't
On Christmas day, there was no Gaylord under my tree, but there
was a letter from Santa with money inside to try and find this dog
when I got better. Beautiful writing!! I could actually read it.
I was sick from Dec - Mar. Sometime during that time, I did get
Gaylord. and the smile came back to my mother's face.
I treasured that letter from Santa and kept it for years. Not till I was
much older did I learn that my mom wrote the letter with her left hand .
I treasured that letter even more. My Christmas!!
Lois , formerly of Lawrence,MA but now from Bradford, MA
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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Holiday Special offered by Fred Taylor on his book and video
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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.
Old Bible cover has name in gold GRACE ROBBSON inside family register
has Wedding of Albert Norvin Robson and Grace Maude Kittams June 16
1909 Prescott,Iowa Will mail to any family members. Bill Jankins
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
Prices for 20th-century English ceramics are going up according to
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter. Susie Cooper
designs for her own factory and Wedgwood pieces designed by Norman
Wilson, Keith Murray, and Eric Ravilious are in demand. Moorcroft pottery
is selling high-ginger jars from the 1990s are going for $1,000 each.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
Dec. 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Flip flops versus rubber thongs. When we were growing up, everyone called
them thongs. Gradually we started calling them flip flops and that what our
kids call them. This a 'generation gap' story and happened about 10 years
ago. It involved my Dad, my sister and her three children. My sister's family
(from Wisconsin) were visiting my Dad in Sun City, AZ. The kids, ages 10
through 14, were particularly anxious to go swimming. They kept pleading
with their mom and grandfather to take them to the pool. My sister finally
relented and told them to go get ready. My sister and my dad were in the
kitchen talking about what to wear to the pool. My father said he was
wearing thongs. My sister was concerned because he was missing several
toes on his left foot and asked, "Dad, how do you keep your thong on?"
Dad replied that he used a big rubber band. That satisfied my sister.
They gathered the pool stuff and waited by the front door for the kids. And
they waited and waited. Finally my sister decided to see what was taking
them so long. She found them in the bedroom having a serious discussion.
When she asked about their problem, they looked at her with huge eyes
and told her they weren't sure if they wanted to see Grandpa in a thong,....
much less go to the community pool with him. It took my sister a minute,
but when she realized what they were envisioning, she laughed until she
cried. She still warns them about eavesdropping and hearing only part of
the conversation. Susan
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
WANTED: Pre-1950s Vintage Costume Jewelry, Piece or Collection
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Susan requested a recipe for " Chicken Pilaf".
Here is one response. If you have a variation of this recipes that you
would like to share with our readers, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
CHICKEN & RICE WITH A SHERRIED
1 c. long grain rice...or rice pilaf
1 env. dry Lipton's onion soup
2 chickens, cut up
3/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. sherry
1 can golden mushroom soup, undiluted
Fresh or canned mushrooms as desired
Butter a large baking dish or pan (13 x 9 inches or larger). Put rice over
bottom of the pan and shake to coat evenly. Arrange chicken skin side
up, along the whole pan on top of rice. Mix orange juice, sherry and
soup; pour over chicken and rice. Add mushrooms. Sprinkle with
package of dry onion soup over the top. Cover with lid or foil. Bake at
325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Will be moist. If desired uncover and
bake last 15 to 20 minutes until rice is dry and chicken browned. If
using pork chops, brown chops first.
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.
I need a good recipe for Egg Nog. So if you have one that your family
has been using for years, that's the one I want to try out. I'm tired
of the store bought stuff :-) Bill
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Play Thing Of Fashion
You will find an ever changing display of vintage clothing, accessories:
purses, shoes, scarves, gloves, hats,jewelry, perfume bottles and
compacts, old ads, books, sewing dress patterns and who knows what
else you'll find here!
We offer diverse vintage collectible and antique items, including china,
jewelry, art, pottery, porcelain, silver and other metals items, and more!
Look for unusual, rare, and fun-filled items in our store. Check out our
"pretties" category too!
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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