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The Collectors Newsletter #488 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #488 -- January 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Where do online antiques and collectibles buyers come from?
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
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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.
This isnít a Christmas story, but it is a holiday one. Years ago, we had
a family dinner on Halloween at the home of an aunt. She has a lovely
home with a fine, formal dining room. We were all dressed to the nines
and after we sat down to an elegant table, my aunt came in with a large
box filled with the most grotesque and complex Halloween masks you
can imagine. We each had to pick one and put it on. When we were all
masked, a friend of my aunt and uncle took pictures of the seated family.
There we sat, the men in suits and the women in their best gowns, all
facing the camera in our masks of devils, evil old men, gorillas, dragons
and more! I still have that picture and it reminds me of how much I have
enjoyed living in such a loving but completely nutty family! Diana C.
As I was working on restoring an old oak dresser recently, I hurt my
back. The morning after I did it, I decided Iíd get an appointment with
a local masseuse who gives really deep massages. I did, she did,
and my back felt better.
As she worked on my back, she asked how I hurt it. When I told her,
she said that both she and her mother are into restoring old pieces
of furniture. She'd just recently finished one. One thing led to another,
and she told me that in 1981she and her husband moved to a rental
house that was owned by a 90-something year old woman. She said
there was a huge armoire in the house, a "hope chest", and something
that looked like a buffet, but she didn't know the real name for it.
When she described the buffet, I thought to myself, "Grandma's buffet
looked exactly like she just described." The elderly lady told her not
to do anything to those three furniture pieces, that she herself couldn't
move them. The young lady and her family were welcome to use the
armoire and the buffet. They should not though, use the "hope chest"
which contained her children's baby clothes. She and her husband
and new baby lived in the house for 3 years. She said the elderly lady
was a real hoot! When she would come to check on the property, the
elderly woman would camp (in a tent) down by the tank on her property!
I asked if the house was in the country. She said it was, and named
the highway that leads to the house. Then she described to me where
it was located.
The masseuse stopped talking. Then after a minute or so of silence,
she said, "Her name was Ö..." I could hardly believe it! The lady that
she named was the wife of one of my Dad's brothers. The house that
she had been describing was my grandmother's house! The buffet and
armoire and round top trunk that she called the "hope chest" had
belonged to my grandmother!
We have always wondered what happened to my grandmother's
furniture...no one seemed to know. Now I suspect that the elderly
ladyís (my aunt) daughter probably has that furniture.
I found it really strange and unusual that the masseuse and I should
begin talking about refinishing furniture, and ending up sharing a
I too have a 'Betsy Wetsy' Christmas story. The Christmas the
Betsy Wetsy doll was so popular, my mother was expecting her
second child. A few days before Christmas she delivered a baby
girl and they both came home on Christmas eve. My folks had
named the baby Lucinda after my Dad's mother. That Christmas
eve is the first that I truly remember. I believed that I was a little
mother and she was mine. She looked just like the doll to me and
I would wake in the night when she cried and go to her crib to see
if her diapers were wet...I called her "Betsy" and even though
"Lucinda" is on her driver's license, checks, legal papers, etc.
everyone who knows her calls her Betsy and that is her name to
this day. Sincerely, Rebecca H. Guemes Island, WA.
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Where do online antiques and collectibles buyers come from?
This is an interesting list of the geographic locations where people
came from that bought antiques and collectibles online at TIAS.com
in 2006. The list s in descending order.
The list is based on the quantity of orders placed from each country.
2. Great Britain
9. New Zealand
Here is a list of the US states that placed the most orders for antiques
and collectibles in 2006 at online malls operated by TIAS.com.
2. New York
8. New Jersey
Side note: More antiques and collectibles were bought at TIAS
in 2006 by customers from the state of Michigan than buyers from
the entire country of Great Britain.
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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
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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 sent to you a story about my little doll with "amputated" arms and legs
wishing that I could replace them. After reading another story sent to you
I realized that my little doll that came in a red suitcase was a Tiny Tears
Doll. I had just forgotten her name. Her entire head is vinyl with a little
molded curl on top. A hole punched in the curl held a red ribbon tied into
a bow. I wonder if someone might have a damaged body that would share
the legs and arms. email@example.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) A TIP FROM THE KOVELS
Old color slides have a life expectancy of 20 to 25 years if cared for
properly. According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES
AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, low heat, low light, low humidity, and
vertical storage is best. Do not store slides in the cardboard boxes they
came in. Get acid-free storage containers. Consider transferring them to
a digital format.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
While listening to my granddaughter Alayna, sing the songs they had learned
at school, I was totally amused by how she was singing her song. She is 7
years old and was singing Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and when she got to
the part "ho ho, the mistletoe", she said "ho ho the MISSING TOE." She was
singing what she thought it said. When we told her what it was suppose to
be, she said, really, I was wondering whose toe was missing? ha ha We just
love your newsletters. Keep up the good work. Margaret
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: Canadian postcards + stamped envelopes wanted pre 1940
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
Peg requested a recipe for "creamed corn made from dried corn". 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
A Thank You!
To all the wonderful readers that responded to my request for the No
Bake Cherry Topped Cheesecake...Thank you so much for your efforts.
While none of these were the "one", we are going to give a couple of
them a try anyway. Thank you again, Patti in Oregon
--One More try--
Deluxe Vanilla Cheesecake--
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 small pkg. vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg whites
Mix crumbs, 1 tbsp. sugar, and the butter. Grease sides of 9-inch
spring-form pan to one inch from top; coat with about 2 tbsp. crumb
mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture firmly on bottom of pan.
Combine pudding mix, 1/2 cup sugar, and the milk in a saucepan.
Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil.
Remove from heat, cover surface with wax paper, and set aside.
In large bowl, beat cream cheese slowly with electric mixer until
fluffy. Add egg yolks; beat well. Blend in vanilla, lemon juice, salt
and pudding. Beat egg whites until soft rounded peaks form; fold into
cheese mixture. Pour into pan. Bake on lowest rack at 425 degrees
for 30 minutes, or until center is set when lightly touched and top in
golden brown. ( cake becomes firmer when cool.) Cool or chill; remove
from refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. Nancy K
This old family recipe is based on dried sweet corn, a Pennsylvania Dutch
staple, essential to the culture.
4 cups dried corn (see Note)
4 cups milk
3 cups heavy cream
3 tsp. sugar
3 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Place dried corn in a large bowl and cover with milk and heavy
cream. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
2. Transfer corn mixture to a large saucepan. Add sugar, salt, and
butter. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30
minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper just before
Finding Dried Corn -- Pennsylvania Dutch-style dried sweet corn is
available in many markets in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and
through specialty mail-order sources.
Yield - serves 8
The corn Peg Murphy is looking for is John Cope's
Toasted Dried Sweet Corn, a Pennsylvania Dutch Food
from Lancaster Co. (John Cope's Food Products, Inc.
Rheems. PA17570) We always have it for Thanksgiving
and Christmas. There are two ways to prepare it...
Stewed Corn...Add 3 cups of boiling water to one cup
of John Cope's Dried Corn and soak 2 hours or longer.
Add 2 teaspoons of sugar, salt and butter to taste.
Let simmer a half hour or longer. Add 1/2 cup of milk
or cream and cook 5 minutes. Serves 4 to 5. OR..
Baked Corn Supreme is the recipe our family prefers
and the one I believe she is looking for...Grind 1 cup
(5 oz) of John Cope's Dried Corn in a blender or food
chopper. Add 3 cups of cold milk, 2 tablespoons of
melted butter, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of
sugar, and 2 well beaten eggs. Mix thoroughly and pour
into a buttered casserole. Bake for 50 minutes in an
oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees. Of
course, when our large family gets together for the
holidays we multiply the recipe four or five times.
When we serve it to guest the always rave about it.
Hope this helps... Dione from MD
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.
anyone out there know how to start the starter for buck wheat
pancakes? my, Dad used to make them and I have never been
able to find the recipe. Thanks, Priscilla
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.
Emerald Pointe Emporium
Our inventory currently includes antique clocks, books, stoneware,
and Pfaltzgraff, just to name a few items. Stop by and browse, we
hope you enjoy your visit.
Erica's Collectibles is a primary Doll shope. 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:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000
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