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The Collectors Newsletter #481 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
Your last chance for ordering Holiday gifts!
Get your last minute gifts from a TIAS merchant.
We've set-up a special page, just so that you can view all of the sales
that are currently running. Take a look at:
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.
Last Christmas found my sister and I wondering what to get our sister who
has everything. This particular sister always brought up how much she
missed her Patsy Ann book that was burned up in a house fire in the 70s.
Besides the book being lost she also lost the picture of our father reading
the book to her. You see her name is Patricia Ann and she was always called
"Patsy Ann". When I searched for the book online I discovered that the book
came with the Effanbee doll PATSY ANN. We were able to get the book from a
person in Colorado and then I found a reproduction PATSY ANN doll to give
her for Christmas. To make the gift last longer we wrapped several
graduated sized boxes with clues in each one. When put together the clues
revealed a poem which described the book and doll. She was ecstatic and she
now has the Patsy Ann book proudly displayed on a stand in her family room.
Merry Christmas Everyone! Lois from Florida
I love reading your newsletter – and getting new recipes too. I’d like to share
this Christmas story. Back in the late 40’s and early 50’s my parents would
always hide our “big” Christmas gift somewhere in the house or barn and leave
a note under the tree. What a scavenger hunt we would have. We would be
chasing from one note to another until we were led to the gift. One Christmas
morning my sister went to her dresser drawers for a clean pair of sox to wear.
Imagine her surprise when there, tucked in with her sox was her very first
camera. My mother was really upset that her scavenger hunt had been ruined.
We still laugh about that one. Ilona S., Payson, AZ
Christmas has always held a special place in my heart I just love the season.
My mom's mom lived in Denver, Co and we lived in Fort Worth, Tx. Every year
my sister would wait for our grandmother's package to arrive with our Christmas
presents. Two presents stand out the most in my memory it was the year that
Chatty Cathy came out and grandmother had gotten both my sister and I one,
plus every year she would send us silver dollars. Of course she meant for us to
save the silver dollars but I had a huge sweet tooth and as soon as we'd get
our silver dollars I'd head up the street to Mott's that was two blocks from us. I
think the ladies at mott's looked forward to my spending the silver dollars as
much as I did. I would watch them take a dollar out of their purse and exchange
it for the silver dollar. After I grew up I wished I had saved those silver dollars
but it was the start of me later saving coins. Barbara in Texas
I guess most of us "girls" had a favorite doll. Mine is a Tiny Tears doll that
came in a little red suitcase with a blanket and bottle, and even wet her pants
(that sounds so odd compared to modern dolls). She wears a top and red
skirt with straps on it. However, she was stored in the attic and her arms and
legs turned all gooey, melted and had to be amputated. But her face has
tanned nicely over the years and her body is still strong, and I still love her.
Wish I could have her whole again. Maybe she is like "us older folks", we
kind of fall apart a little. Carolyn
I had to do a lot of thinking about what was my favorite Christmas gift, being
raised with all male cousins, I was quite a tom boy, and I remember the horrified
look on my mothers face when I told Santa that I wanted Roy Rogers guns, for
Christmas when I was about 5. I got the guns that year, and still have the photo
of myself (with my pink dress & my Roy Rogers Guns) with all the Boy cousins.
But then I thought, even thought, I loved those guns, but my favorite gift came
several years later. I had married and we moved about 300 miles away, and at
the last minute, decided to go home for Christmas, and surprise everyone. We
stopped to visit all our relatives, including my Great Grandparents house.
Grandma always had a little something extra under the tree for the little ones
(our son was 1 yr old). In a few minutes she came with a box, and a tear in her
eye. She said, honey I wasn't expecting you to come home this year, so I
hope you will take this box, and have as many wonderful years as Grandpa and
I had. In the box were some ornaments that were on their tree, one especially
caught my eye, I had never seen anything like it. It was silver and circular, with
many curls and sequins on it. I asked Grandma, where did you ever find this?
She then explained to me that when she and Grandpa were married there
wasn't a lot of money, so she made this particular one out of a Crisco can lid.
She cut it with tin snips, and curled the lines she made with the tin snips too,
and then sprinkled pink sequins on them. I still have that Ornament nearly 30
years later, and it is always the first ornament I put on the tree, and always the
last one I take down. I know that Grandma is up there smiling every year when
I decorate my tree, because her tearful box of "old ornaments" was the best
thing I have ever received. Thank you Grandma, for not having a "gift for us that
year". Kim in Wisconsin
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to email@example.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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:
Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
Dee Dee RAMONES AutoBio Manuscript in ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com
Auction Dec. 16. Click here--
eBay Public Speaker Turns Mainstream Author With Howto eBay Book
The Shops At Malleries carries a unique collection of European and
American Antiques. Click here--
Seems Like Old Times Ornaments Featured on Cover of Gourmet Magazine
TIAS Antique Dealer Has Second Holiday Sale For Charity.
MICHAEL JACKSON AND PRINCE Rock Couture by Andre Van Pier
Turned high priced Rock'N'Roll Collectibles.
'Clown Conjurer' fetches $30,240 at Theriault's sale
Toronto GRATEFUL DEAD 1967 Concert Poster at ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com
Auction. Click here--
New Website Launches Community for Collectors.
Internet bidders drop a cool $445,000 in Dec. 5-6 auction of Dick Clark’s
music memorabilia. Click here--
There are MANY more fresh news stories online at:
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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 decoration my mother used at Christmas but don't know
what it is called. It is a set of 4 bronze angel flying in a circle that moves due
to the heat of some small candle below. I think it also chimed some little
bells. I can remember going into our dining room when that was lit, and the
shadows of the angels would be on the ceiling. Hers is long gone, and I can't
remember the name of it. Leslie S. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Ralph and Terry Kovel, America’s antiques and collectibles experts, have
selected their “Top 10” holiday gift ideas—all specially chosen for the
collectors—or anyone else— on your holiday list.
Every year, antiques and collectibles experts Ralph and Terry Kovel jot
down gift ideas specially selected for the collectors on your holiday
shopping list. Here’s the Kovels’ 2006 “Top 10” gift list. Check it out to
find the perfect gift for collectors—or anyone else—on your holiday list.
10) Glass candlesticks, single or pairs, clear or in mixed colors.
Candlesticks dress up a table, help out in a power outage (use candles)
and can decorate a mantel for the holidays.
9) Small silver serving pieces like a cake server, jelly spoons or pickle
forks. They’re always needed for a fancy dinner party.
8) Tall cut glass vase for the bouquet of flowers that arrives unexpectedly.
7) A set of 6 or 8 salad-size plates that can be used for hors d’oeuvres.
Look for sets with designs that would appeal to your friend—perhaps
flowers or horses.
6) A vintage link bracelet—then add a vintage charm each year.
5) Bookends for a friend who has books stacked in every corner. Since
the 1930s, iron, brass, bronze and pottery bookends have been made in
every imaginable shape.
4) Covered glass compotes, clear or milk glass. Fill with candy or guest
soaps or flower bulbs to be forced.
3) An antique iron trivet to use under hot casseroles or to hang on the wall.
2) Printed kitchen towels from the 1950s. And these towels can be used, too.
And along with a collectible, the best thing to give the collectors on your
gift list …
1) The brand new Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price List 2007, filled
with more than 45,000 up-to-date and accurate retail prices.
For more information on Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price List 2007,
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
Dec. 12, 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.
Recently my dad (age 80) started telling me funny things I said as a young child.
Here are a few:
1. When we moved to California, my Uncle Jack came to our new house to visit.
Apparently we had a cage for our cat to travel in. I ran up to Uncle Jack and
said "Hey Uncle Jack! We have a cat house in our garage!" His comment to
my parents was "I hope the neighbors don't find out."
2. While visiting my grand parents I once asked my dad "How many litters did
3. I have always loved cats and would frequently bring home strays. I always
told my parents that they followed me home. Dad said more than once I made
this statement to them while standing there all big eyed with hair all over the
front of my dress.
I hope these little tid bits will bring back memories for other readers. Judy
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: OLD GUITARS
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
Bill requested a recipe for "Egg Nog".
Here are several responses. If you have a variation of these 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.
A Thank You!
Thanks to all of you who responded to my request for a Meatless Mincemeat
Pie recipe. Thanks to you I will again have that wonderful pie on my Christmas
Dinner table. Happy Holidays to you all.
Joanne B., Ocean Park, Washington
6 eggs, separated
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons spiced Rum (optional)
¾ cup Brandy (optional
3 cups whipping cream
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
Freshly ground nutmeg
Beat yolk until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar, vanilla and
nutmeg. Beat well. Slowly stir in rum and brandy. Place in Ziploc and
Place chilled mixture in a punch bowl. Gradually stir in cream and milk.
Beat egg whites in medium bowl, until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar,
until stiff, but not dry. Fold beaten whites into chilled mixture. Sprinkle
with grated nutmeg. Serve chilled.
Makes about 2 ½ quarts
This Eggnog goes very quickly… but it is so rich I only make one batch.
My family has been making this for years. It's very simple and very good.
There are rarely any leftovers. I usually mix it directly in the punchbowl.
1 qt. whole milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 pt. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
nutmeg for top
Beat eggs with food whip or hand beater until a uniform yellow color. Add
sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, continuing to beat well, until
incorporated into eggs. Beat in milk until egg mixture is well distributed-the
eggnog will be a very pale yellow.
Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold into first mixture. Serve
immediately with nutmeg sprinkled on top if desired. Keeps well for 2-3
days, but needs to be mixed as the cream will separate from the rest of
¼ C Sugar
¼ tsp. Salt
4 C Milk (1 quart)
1 tsp. vanilla
* In large saucepan, beat together eggs, sugar & salt.
* Stir in 2 C milk.
* Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture
is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film
and reaches at least 160° (to kill any chance of
* Remove from heat.
* Stir in remaining 2 C milk and the vanilla.
* Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled
(several hours or overnight). Mary
MOM’S EGG NOG
6 eggs 1/2 c. sugar
1 pt. whiskey 6 oz. rum
1 qt. lt. cream 1 qt milk
Separate eggs. Beat each separately. Add 1/2 of the sugar
to the egg yolks and 1/2 to the egg whites. Fold together, then
add the whiskey and rum. Stir gently, don’t beat. Add milk and
cream and set aside to chill thoroughly. More milk may be added
if your taste is for lighter egg nog. Pour into punch bowl and
garnish with nutmeg. Serves 20 punch glasses. Ann
I have not tried this recipe for years, but remember that it was similar
to the one my family used. And, the story that it was "supposedly"
George Washington's makes it interesting! (And, you could use the
new pasteurized eggs as a safety precaution.) Jo Ann Sanderson
Temple Terrace, Florida
Supposedly, this recipe is George Washington’s favorite Eggnog. It’s
worth trying during the Holiday Season.
1 quart cream
1 quart milk
1 dozen eggs
1 dozen tablespoons sugar
1 pint brandy
1/2 pint rye whiskey
1/4 pint Jamaica or New England Rum
1/4 pint sherry
Mix the liquor first. Then separate the whites and yolks of the eggs
and add sugar to the beaten yolks. Mix well. Add the liquor mixture
drop by drop at first while slowly beating. Add the milk and cream and
continue slowly beating the mixture. Beat the whites of the eggs until
stiff and fold slowly into the mixture. Let set in a cool place for several
days and taste frequently.
If nothing else, the recipe is guaranteed to produce a genial host.
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.
Looking for a recipe for "Springerle"
I enjoyed these German cookies when I was young and have discovered
a recipie But I need to know the way to make them. The top is hard and
the bottom soft The ones I made are all hard. HELP! Nancy
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.
Peak & Dixon
Welcome to Peak & Dixon. One of the largest Antique & Collectibles
Consignment Stores in the Washington, DC area. We bring all the
greatest of the collection to you.
Uncle Sal's Attic
We have a wonderful array of Antique Sterling Silver, Glass and Art.
Our Collectibles include sports and non-sports collectible cards and
card art, comics, posters, vintage jewelry, handbags and unique gifts.
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
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
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:
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4. Get an online appraisal
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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