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The Collectors Newsletter #487 -- January 2007

The Collectors Newsletter #487 -- January 2007

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1. Holiday stories from our readers
2. What were the top selling Antiques & Collectibles of 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

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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.
The year was 1988. I lived in Florida and I was in Pennsylvania visiting
my parents during the summer and noticed that the milkcan my
grandma had given me from her farm wasn't in my parent's garage.
Mom told me someone was sandblasting it to get the rust off. I forgot
about the milkcan when I was home for Christmas that year. My gift
was a little one and when I opened it, it was essentially nothing one
would want as a gift (I can't remember now what it was!). I was
disappointed, but at least I got to be home for Christmas, right? All
the gifts were distributed except for a very large one that was marked
"Charlie" (my dad) from my mother. I watched as the gift was picked
up and...given to ME! Inside was the milkcan with a covered bridge
painted on it. My mom had it sandblasted and painted. Needless to
say, I cried. That milkcan is one of my most prized possessions!
Joyce, Pensacola, FL

--Another Story--

After reading stories about the worst Christmas gifts that others had
received, I had to send you mine. My mother, Harriette, who is
actually my biological mother even though others find this very hard
to believe, came to our house on Christmas several years ago to
exchange gifts. (She has earned the name "mommie dearest".) This
woman was quite well off and spent money like there was no
tomorrow on herself. For as long as I can remember, I had taken
great pains each and every year to find her beautiful antiques and
gifts that were so nice that it was hard to part with them. Many of the
antique items I have never seen again in my travels! This particular
Christmas, we were opening our gifts and it came time for me to
open the gift she had given me. It was a very small package. Some
things come in small packages, right? Wrong! Not in this case!
It was a trial sized tube of foot cream! The kind that you get free
with a purchase. Needless to say, everyone else including myself
was floored! Lanie in Illinois

--Another Story--

I just got through reading a story about the lady who had gotten a
Betsy Wetsy doll at age four. That was so funny and it reminded
me of when I got mine. I think I was age 6 and could not talk plain.
I proceeded to tell everyone of my new doll, and how "it wets in its
britches" and everyone would just laugh. My dad got me on tape
saying it and had fun making my boyfriends listen to it. When
my daughter was around 10 he played it for her. I never lived it
down. I am 54 now and we have that tape! Carolyn Wilson in

--Another Story--

I laughed out loud reading the story about the "Swinger" camera.
Reading the story brought back such happy childhood memories.
I also was a teenager when the swinger camera came out. I
owned a Brownie camera and really had no need for a swinger.
But my younger sister was crazy about the swinger. That is all
she wanted for Christmas. She put notes in the coffee can "I
want a swinger", in the ice box, in the sugar bowl, on my parents
night stand. Where she could put a note she wrote the words "I
want a swinger". She drove my parents crazy with her notes.
They never said anything just read notes for weeks on end. Finally
Christmas morning arrived, and yes like the other young lady she
received her swinger camera. She took pictures for years with that
camera, including pictures at such concerts of Bobby Sherman.
Of course that is telling our age. I am so glad the other lady
wrote about the swinger as it did bring a warm smile to my face.
Deborah A, Alabama
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 Best Selling Antique & Collectibles of 2006
In our last issue, we ran a list of the most searched for antiques and
collectibles of 2006. In this issue we are giving you our frequently
purchased antiques and collectibles online in 2006.

Here are the top 20 categories of antiques and collectibles purchased
online by customers visiting antique and collectible related Web sites
that are hosted by TIAS.com Inc. in 2006. This first list ranks popular
categories based on the volume of items purchased within each category.
As an example, more pieces of collectible jewelry were sold online than
collectible glass, in 2006.

Note that the list also compares 2006 rank data to the previous year.

1) Jewelry - Same as 2005
2) China and Dinnerware - Up from #3 in 2005
3) Glass - Down from #2 in 2005
4) Coins and Currency - Not listed last year in 2005
5) Advertising - Down from #4 in 2005
6) Holiday & Seasonal - Up from #13 in 2005
7) Comics - Down from #5 in 2005
8) Paper and Ephemera - Up from #14 in 2005
9) Miscellaneous - Down from #6 in 2005
10) Vintage Sewing - Up from #11 in 2005
11) Kitchen Collectibles - Down from #8 in 2005
12) Porcelain & Pottery - Down from #9 in 2005
13) Vintage Clothing - Down from #12 in 2005
14) Resources and Supplies - Down from #10 in 2005
15) Figurines - Up from #16 in 2005
16) Hobbies - Up from #20 in 2005
17) Toys - Down from #15 in 2005
18) Textiles - Up from #19 in 2005
19) Books - Down from #7 in 2005
20) Dolls - Down from #18 in 2005

To view items in these categories, go to:

To view last year list, go to:

Here are the top 20 categories of antiques and collectibles sold online
in 2006, based on dollar volume. The following list is based on how much
money was spent by customers who bought antiques and collectibles over
the past year. As an example, more money was spent by customers buying
collectible comics than jewelry in 2006.

Note that the list also compares 2006 rank data to the previous year.

1) Comics - Same as 2005
2) Furniture and Accessories - Up from #6 in 2005
3) Jewelry - Down from #2 in 2005
4) Porcelain and Pottery - Same as 2005
5) Glass - Down from #3 in 2005
6) Vintage Clothing - Up from #8 in 2005
7) China and Dinnerware - Down from #5 in 2005
8) Music Related - Not listed in 2005
9) Militaria - Up from #11 in 2005
10) Miscellaneous - Down from #7 in 2005
11) Textiles - Up from #14 in 2005
12) Resources and Supplies - Down from #9 in 2005
13) Advertising - Same as 2005
14) Kitchen Collectibles - Down from #12 in 2005
15) Memorabilia - Up from #16 in 2005
16) Figurines - Up from #18 in 2005
17) Dolls - Down from #15 in 2005
18) Holiday and Seasonal - Down from #17 in 2005
19) Paper and Ephemera - Same as 2005
20) Vintage Sewing - Not listed in 2005

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To view last year list, go to:
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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.
I've just found in a box lot at auction a whole bunch of memo books written in
mostly by Harry Cardwell of Norwich CT. Most of the dates are in the early
1900's. One of them is a mile-by-mile account of his driving a 1930 Marmon
car, also, later, an Oldsmobile. I'd love to find out if any of his family are
still around anywhere. You can get me at carolnorth@usa.net. Thanks!
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

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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
We are antique dealers here in Virginia. In 1999, our precious granddaughter
, Andrea (age 8 at that time), watched us play a 33 1/3 LP and when it
reached the end, she asked innocently,"How do you rewind it?"
We had a good laugh and explained she didn't need to do that!
Fast forward to Christmas 2006.
Andrea (age 15 now) is explaining to grandparents how to operate a
DVD player. (Those new-fangled devices do discombobulate a feller!)
When the movie was over, Grandma inquired innocently."How do you
rewind this?" Andrea explains patiently that you do not need to rewind a
DVD! Kinda makes a person wonder what is in store for us farther on
down the road. LOVE your newsletter! Janine Stone
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
Patti in Oregon requested a recipe for "Cheese cake with vanilla
pudding and lemon flavor". 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.
Here's a recipe I use for a no-bake lemon flavored cheesecake.
While the recipe calls for a 9" x 13" pan, I'm sure a spring-form
pan would work okay...might just not have to use entire results - I
never tried it in my 10" spring-form. Also, ingredients are not
exactly what was mentioned in the request, but it's certainly worth
a try. Enjoy! .....Mary in Ohio


1 large can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 small (3 oz) package lemon gelatin
1 C boiling water
1 large (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 C sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Graham cracker crust on bottom
of 9" x 13" pan.

* Place can of evaporated milk in refrigerator for about
2 hours - until very cold
* Dissolve lemon gelatin with the boiling water; let cool
to room temperature - do not refrigerate or let it "set"
* In small bowl, add sugar to softened cream cheese and
beat well
* Beat in vanilla extract
* Add the cooled gelatin to cheese mixture; beat until
well blended
* In large bowl, beat evaporated milk until whipped thick
like whipping cream
* Add cheese mixture to whipped milk and mix well.
* Pour over graham cracker crust; refrigerate until set

--Another Recipe--

Although it does not contain vanilla pudding, it may be
the recipe Patti in Oregon is looking for. This recipe
comes from the Nabisco 'Honey Maid Graham Pie
Crust' package.

1 (3-ounce) package ROYAL Lemon Gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1 (8-ounce) package light cream cheese, softened
2 cups prepared light whipped topping
1 HONEY MAID Honey Graham Pie Crust
1 can Cherry pie filling

In small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; set aside.
In medium bowl, with electric mixer, beat cream cheese
until smooth; gradually beat in dissolved gelatin. Fold
whipped topping into cheese mixture; spoon into crust.
Chill 4 hours or until firm. Serve topped with cherry pie
filling. (Try replacing whipped topping with vanilla
pudding, it might work.) Jaci B. (Oregon gal in Virginia)

--Another recipe--

The Best No-Bake Cheesecake
1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1/3 C packed brown sugar
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/3 C butter, melted
2 (8 oz) cream cheese
2 t lemon juice
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/3 C white sugar
1 (21 oz) cherry pie filling
In a small bowl, mix crumbs, brown sugar &d cinnamon.
Add melted butter,mix well. Press into bottom of 8 or 10
inch spring form pan. Chill until firm.
In a med bowl, beat together cream cheese & lemon
juice until soft. Add whipping cream, beat with electric
mixer until thick. Add sugar, beat until stiff. Pour into
chilled crust, and top with pie filling. Chill several hours
or overnight. Just before
serving, remove the sides of the spring form pan. Karen P.
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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.
My grandmother and aunt used to make this at Thanksgiving and
Christmas. It was creamed corn made from dried corn. I think it was
from Somerset County, PA which is where my aunt lived. I dearly
loved it and have no idea how to make it or where to get the dried
corn to make it with. Any suggestions? Peg Murphy Arcadia, FL
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.
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Our inventory currently includes antique clocks, books, stoneware,
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hope you enjoy your visit.

Erica's collectibles
Erica's Collectibles is a primary Doll shoppe. However we also have
been selling vintage/Contemporary Jewelry. Toys modern and
Vintage and a little of everything,
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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