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The Collectors Newsletter #489 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #489 -- January 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Antique News
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 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.
As we enter the new year, I thought it would be appropriate to solicit
some stories about the vintage/ antique item that you most prize and
the story behind why it is so special. Send your stories to
email@example.com and we may publish it in our next issue...Phil
Growing up as an only child, I was responsible for keeping my room
clean. My parent's worked 40 hours a week and Saturday morning was
cleaning day. I was supposed to do the usual chores, change the bed
sheets, dust, pick up my toys, papers, etc., and dry mop the floor.
After all these things were done, I could go out and play. Needless to
say, I skimped on some things and thought that I had gotten away with
Fast forward many years later when sitting around talking to my Mother.
She told me that she knew for years, that I never dry mopped under my
bed because she always hid my Christmas and birthday gifts under the
bed and I never found them. She would clean under my bed when I
wasn't home so that she always had a secure place to hide my gifts.
I think of that every time I vacuum or mop under a bed and tried to be as
wily raising my children. Pat C in NH
Some 15 years ago I was going out with my boyfriend of a few months
and we were over at his parents for Christmas. As the gifts were handed
out I was handed one from his parents. Not really expecting anything I
slowly unwrapped it only to find a clear plastic serviette holder....
My boyfriend was so embarrassed!! I didn't quite know what to say other
than smile and thank them..he was in the air force at the time and lived
on base so when it came to his present he found he was given a box of
cereal, a bottle of jam ( jelly ) and some salt and pepper - didn't make
mine look so bad after that!
Although our relationship didn't last we're still friends and to this day still
have a chuckle about it :) - Marina, Melbourne, Australia
Hi -- I love to shop at the Thrift Shops and Salvation Army and Goodwill. I
bought a very small jewelry box covered in Oriental brocade -- it had a top
lid and and a place to put small items and a little drawer at the bottom for
other items. It was so pretty and I put it on my what not shelf in the dining
room. One morning as I was eating my breakfast, I heard the faint sound
of a music box playing. It almost sounded like a cell phone ring. The home
health aide who helps my husband in the morning's, leaves her pocketbook
on a chair in the living room and I thought it might be her phone. It
sounded louder in the dining room so I tried to trace the sound and finally
figured out it was coming from my little Oriental jewelry chest. I looked the
box all over and could find no signs of a music box -- no wind up stem,
nothing. There was a little round plastic piece in the top part. The little box
was playing "You are My Sunshine". I put it back on the shelf and heard no
more until the next day when again I heard "You are my Sunshine". I finally
solved the mystery when I realized that the little box was sitting in the
sunshine and as it came through the window and heated the jewelry box
somehow it activates the little music box to play. Mighty clever of that little
jewelry box and most delightful, too. Sallie Cauchon
I recently put a "record" on my turntable while I was with my friend's
daughters age 7 & 10. They were fascinated and when the album was
about over, the older one told her sister to come here and watch - the
needle was going to pick up and move over and the turntable would shut
down and they stared at it. . Then I said that there were 2 sides to the
album. Whoa! The next day the older one went to the turntable, knew
exactly what to do. They wanted to hear Shirley Temple again. They
now know all of the words to "Animal Crackers in My Soup".
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your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The latest news from News-Antique.com
1. JOHN MORAN AUCTIONEERS STARTS 2007 WITH A TWO-
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4. 'Gone With the Wind' museum to be sold February 11
5. Antiques in American History - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collectible
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6. New Year's Auction tops 2.25Million in Stamford
7. Sands-o-Time Estates Appraisals & Antiques
8. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Cane Collecting in its Weekly Free
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 210,000
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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.
Just wanted to let you know that because of the posting (Lost and Found
section, newsletter #189 Oct. 2003 ) on your site, contact with the Simms'
descendent's was made & I was able to return all of the items to them.
They were very surprised & THRILLED to receive them! Thank you! Barbra
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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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
This story is a joke on myself! Many years ago, when I was in 8th grade, it
was discovered (to my dismay) that I needed to wear glasses. I was very
self-conscious, and convinced that no boy would ever want to look at me or
talk to me again. So, I tended not to wear the glasses even when I should
have. One day, in class, my teacher sent me on an errand to get something
from the first floor storage area. As I got close to the stairs, I happened to
look down and see "Bill" the cutest boy in the 8th grade, coming up the stairs.
My plan was to walk past him on my way down the stairs, give him a flirty
smile, and say "Hi". So, I whipped off my glasses and started sashaying
down the staircase…until I missed a step, and tumbled down a short way to
the landing. Bill rushed up from downstairs to see if I was ok, but I was just
dying of embarrassment and couldn't say a word. So much for my career as
a femme fatale! Kathleen
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
Priscilla requested a recipe for "starter for buck wheat pancakes". 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 email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Old Fashion Buckwheat Pancake Starter
1½ cups flour
½ cup pure buckwheat flour
1 package dry yeast (softened in lukewarm water)
1/3 cup sugar
Mix the above ingredients with enough water to make a thick sponge.
Cover tightly and set in a warm place four or five days, stirring sponge
down once or twice daily.
TO MAKE PANCAKES WITH STARTER:
To the starter add 1 cup white flour and 1/3 cup pure buckwheat flour the
night before you plan to have the pancakes. Cover lightly with cloth. Next
morning, combine ¼ teaspoon soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons of
sugar in a cup and fill with lukewarm water. Stir into batter. Bake
pancakes on hot griddle. Always have approximately two cups batter left
from one day to the next for the starter. Using this as the starter, repeat
the above directions. Can be used as long as two weeks.
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.
About 30 years ago the wife and I tried a recipe for stuffed pork chops
that came out in the local paper. We have researched the paper and
are unable to find it. The only part I remember is that it was either
cooked or served on a bed of frozen spinach (cooked) and had a gravy
made of yogurt. Sure would like to find the recipe. Maybe someone
out there would have one. thanks John
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.
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Our Internet store features eclectic mix of period furniture, Victorian
Majolica, primitives, Stoneware, Art Pottery, antique dolls,
American Folk Art; period brass, pewter, iron accessories; and fine
art. Inventory is updated at least weekly. Visit our shop in Williamsburg.
I carry only Quality Vintage Jewelry and have just launched a line of
High Quality, Designer pieces using Swarovski Rhinestones. We hand
set and solder each setting, then prong-set each stone! Designed to
River Street Antiques
We offer a wide variety of quality antiques and vintage collectibles,
including sterling silver, depression and elegant glass, fine china,
custom matted and/or framed prints, collectible adult books, and
dearest to our hearts, vintage and collectible children's books.
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