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The Collectors Newsletter #486 -- January 2007

The Collectors Newsletter #486 -- January 2007

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1. Holiday stories from our readers
2. The "Hot List" of Antiques and Collectibles in 2006
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

Welcome to 2007!

This year how about turning your collecting hobby into an online

For over 11 years TIAS.com has been helping merchants sell their
antiques and collectibles online. It's easy to get started and there
are no setup fees or upfront costs.

Interested? We have more info online at: http://www.MakeAShop.com

We look forward to serving you!

1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to newsletter@tias.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.
Just have to share this.... my sisters and I (4 of us) grew up in the great
doll age of the 50's (pre-Barbie) We lived in a small town in the Midwest
and pored laboriously over the "wish books' before Christmas and thought
long and hard as to the doll we wanted - Effanbee, Toni, Horsman. And
we all still have those lovely ladies (my daughter has mine). Anyway,
last Christmas one of my sisters and I were reminiscing about the wish
books and all that fun. I happened to mention that it would be fun to get
a doll from a wish book one more time. Well, lo and behold, she found
little dollies at the dollar store and each one of us got a "wish book doll.'
for Christmas. Those funny little memories are the best!
BJ Thomas - now in Oregon

--Another Story--

I lived in the country on a farm. there were six children including me.
My Grandparents lived on another farm near us and on Christmas eve
when we had gone to bed my grandmother would put on her heavy boots
and walk up the road making tracks around our house and ringing
sleigh bells. We knew that Santa was coming. We still have those old
sleigh bells. Barb from Illinois

--Another story--

The strangest and funniest Christmas gift in our family was given to
my 12 year-old grandson by his uncle who thought it would be neat to
give him one of those “surprise” grab bags from a novelty store. You
hope for the best but you know the merchandise is probably stuff that
didn’t sell under normal circumstances. So when the package arrived,
my grandson opened it up eagerly and found it filled with odd bits like
Las Vegas playing cards, pictures of Bollywood movie stars, posters
from an obscure Japanese rock band, pink goggles, whistles, plastic
cars, but the coupe de grace was a blue vinyl wig that resembled the
hairstyle of the Oompa-Loompas from the first movie of “Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory”. The rubber bangs and the long flipped-up curls
formed a stiff cap that rode low on his forehead and hung to his
shoulders. “What in the world?” we thought, hoping my grandson
wasn’t too disappointed but undaunted, he donned the wig and
cavorted around the room. Our laughter increased as each of us tried
it on until we were all in tears. When my grandson returned to school,
he took the blue wig with him. One teacher laughed so hard when he
walked into class with it on, she put her head down and pounded her
fist on the desk trying to catch her breath. The blue wig made its
rounds of several classrooms that day. One teacher even wore it while
teaching a whole session. So the “surprise bag” turned out to be a
lot of fun even if it was an odd assortment for Christmas.
Bonnie in Bend, Oregon
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: newsletter@tias.com
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 newsletter@tias.com

2) The "Hot List' of Antiques and collectibles in 2006
Garden City - NY, Jan 01, 2006 - TIAS.com ( http://www.tias.com)
the Webs largest online antique & collectible mall, today released their
annual report on the most requested search terms used by people
looking for for antiques and collectibles online in 2006.

The top 30 list is based on millions of online searches that were
conducted by customers visiting antique and collectible related Web
sites that are hosted by TIAS.com Inc. This year's list also includes a
comparison with the 2005 searches.

Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for,
not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will
search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a
specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the 30 most requested online search terms for 2006.

1. Cookie jars - Up from #2 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y79wh2
2. Teapots - Up from #6 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y3wznn
3. Avon - Down from #1 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/wxeh5
4. Milk Glass - No change since 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/yx3u3v
5. Fenton - Up from #7 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/vpx66
6. Roseville - Up from #12 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y7p8ha
7. Carnival glass - Up from #8 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y2tpml
8. Dolls - Down from #3 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y3pvzm
9. McCoy - No change since 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ucdmn
10. Depression glass - Down from #5 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/yxxvaq
11. Nippon - Up from #15 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y2zrkx
12. Limoges - Down from #10 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/v4v6s
13. Fire King - up from #30 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y8hqyf
14. Pyrex - Down from #13 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/u2roh
15. Lamps - Up from #18 in 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y4js79
16. Rings - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/v6aba
17. Salt & Pepper Shakers - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y4r4vy
18. Noritake - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y6y8tn
19. Halloween (related collectibles) - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ylgt9o
20. Perfume (bottles &related) - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ynyvby
21. Lefton - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ynghpz
22. Alaska (related collectibles) - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/yck9ag
23. Crocks - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/yb2796
24. Cat (related collectibles) - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ylevbm
25. Hull - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ykf43p
26. Buttons - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/ygy7nk
27. Pitchers - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y2aw2l
28. Clocks - No change since 2005
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/t7f6b
29. Blenko - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/yyhhfh
30. Steuben - New to list
See examples here: http://tinyurl.com/y85c28

To view last year's top 30 list, please go to:
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Visit - http://News-Antique.com/

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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: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

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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
or family.

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.
My friend was the youngest of 3 girls in her family and since money was
tight she got a lot of hand-me-downs. One toy she remembers loving was
a stuffed Dancing Bear toy from the Captain Kangaroo show. I have been
searching for one and have been unsuccessful in my quest. Her 41st
birthday is in February and I would love to be able to present her with
one! Thanks - Teresa Morales email: Yourbestavon@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

Packing up the Christmas Decorations
The Christmas tree and all the decorations should be packed and stored
for next year, but how should I handle my vintage Christmas things? Here
are some suggestions from antiques and collectibles experts Ralph and
Terry Kovel.

1) Remove ornaments from the tree, then dust with a feather duster or
soft cloth. Do not wash or use any kind of water. It will damage the
painted decoration or finish on some ornaments.

2)Wrap each ornament in tissue paper-no newspapers, the ink may stain.
Put each wrapped ornament in a box with sections. If some ornaments
break, keep the hangers to use on others next year. Old hangers are
different from those used today.

3) Remove lights. Do not wind the strings of light bulbs or tie them with a
twist tie or a tight rubber band, it may damage the wiring. Don't pack lights
in a cramped space, the bulbs may break. Special containers for lights
are available in stores.

For more tips on packing up holiday decorations go to the Kovels
website: http://www.kovels.com.

6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
Jan. 2, 2007 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
We need you to send us your humorous family stories. Send them to
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.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
someone out?

Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

9) A Vintage Recipe
janet requested a recipe for "Mushroom appetizers".
We had several responses.
If you have a variation of this recipe that you
would like to share with our readers, send them to us at recipes@tias.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I have many appetizer, hors d'oeuvre and tea sandwich recipes. While
this one does not call for "rolled" bread and is usually served on melba
rounds or crackers, it would also work on bread that has been compressed
("rolled"). Hope this one will satisfy you....especially if you don't find the
exact one you desire! ...Mary in Ohio


4 C thinly sliced mushrooms (about 12 oz)
1 medium-size onion, chopped
3 Tblsp oil
3/4 C dairy sour cream
2 Tblsp Dijon mustard

* Cook mushrooms and onions in oil in skillet over
medium-high heat until excess liquid has evaporated
and mushrooms are just beginning to brown
* Remove from heat
* Stir in sour cream and mustard
* Heat but do not boil
* Serve as a spread on melba rounds or crackers

--Another recipe--

I hope this might help with the mushroom recipe.

Mushroom Pate

1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup fresh button mushrooms - finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons dry sherry
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

In a fry pan, melt butter over med. heat, add mushrooms and onions.
Cook until mushrooms are browned (10-15 min.), stirring often. Mix
in sherry. Remove from heat, set aside.

In a bowl, beat cream cheese and parsley until blended, and then
add mushroom mixture. Blend. (Use a food processor if you want
the consistency of pate)

Refrigerate, and serve with breads or crackers. (This is where I would
assume your friend wrapped them in the bread if it is close to the

--Help for Last weeks Recipe--

Also it took me 2 weeks to find a recipe for just plain peanut butter
taffy but maybe this will help the person looking for it last week.

Peanut Butter Taffy

1 c. sugar
1 c. dark syrup
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 c. peanut butter

Combine sugar, syrup and vinegar in pan. Cook to firm ball stage.
Add peanut brittle, cook to hard boil stage. Pour in buttered pan,
let cool. Pull candy until satin like, light colored and elastic.
Makes 1 pound.

A different variation with chocolate that might be interesting or modified-
Chocolate Peanut Butter Taffy

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup sugar

Cook together on low heat: syrups, sugar, salt, and water.
Stir continuously until dissolved.
Cook to 288°F on thermometer or until soft-crack stage.
Add in melted chocolate.
Pour into greased pan.
When cool enough to pull, spread with peanut butter; fold over and
pull enough to mix peanut butter well with candy. Cut into pieces.

Patty in TN
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

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 first have to say that I so look forward to receiving the newsletter every
week. My favorite section is the Recipe Request's.

I just so happen to have a request this time. Back in the 1960's when
I was a small child growing up in Northwest Oregon my mother used
to make the absolute best, No Bake - Cherry Topped - Cheese Cake
you ever tasted!

Sadly she can't remember the recipe other than it had Vanilla Pudding,
Cream Cheese and some type of lemon flavor, whether it was flavoring
or fresh juice or lemon zest?. It had the best balance of cream cheese
and lemon flavor. She would make the crust from graham crackers,
butter and sugar and then bake the crust. I'm telling you there is not a
Cheesecake anywhere that comes close to it and I ought to know, I'm
a pastry chef that makes and sells baked Cheesecakes.

If your readers could bring this wonderful dessert back to my mother
and I we would be so grateful. She has decided she can't cook as well
as I and I want to show her once again that she was and still is the
most awesome cook. Thank you in advance, Patti in Oregon
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.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.
Welcome to our store. We have many items including sterling silver
souvenir spoons with subjects like Washington D.C., Lansing, Michigan
and the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. Bookmark us and check back
frequently… We add items weekly. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Judy's Mercantile
We love to hunt for the best things at the best prices and have a blast
doing this. We try to have a nice variety of vintage items, collectables,
and much more available in our shop.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
http://www.tiasexchange.com. 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
look at: http://www.makeashop.com

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 http://www.kovels.com

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 http://www.tias.com/stores/kovelsyellow/

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: http://tinyurl.com/c6oqc
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

4. Get an online appraisal
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

5. The Latest News regarding Antiques & Collectibles
Take a look at http://www.news-antique.com

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recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at
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