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The Collectors Newsletter #494 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #494 -- 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.
In the 60's, my family lived right next door to our aunt, uncle & cousins.
This was in east Texas. Memories of playing tag football in the vacant lot,
catching tadpoles, climbing trees, slip & slide, ah the good life! After many
years, and beloved family members passed on, one cousin still lived in the
same house and raised his family there. I had moved to Florida when I
married. I went back to Texas for a visit one year, we were all in our mid
40's in age then. I had flown into the larger town nearby, gotten a rental car,
and drove on two hours to the old homestead. No one was sure when I
was arriving, but a general idea of which week. Anyway, when I arrived, a
garage sale was in full throe. I saw carted off the red & chrome dining set
that I had many a Sunday chicken dinner at (my cousin David only ate the
gizzards!). Then there goes the original, Sears Silvertone electric guitar,
and the Lionel train set was gone, too. Barbies & Kens were also gone, as
well as the Singer Featherweight sewing machine, Poor Pitiful Pearl doll,
Roseville pottery, sterling flatware, etc.! Evidently, my cousins had no clue
as to the potential value, and that night we laughed about it. They said when
they first saw me that morning they thought I was a garage sale customer
(they didnt recognize me) since it had been 15 years since I last saw them!!.
They kind of knew I was into antiques, but didnt give it a thought about what
they had may be valuable. The next day we went shopping, and in one of
the antique stores saw the red table set priced at 450.00 and the guitar at
1000.00. Barbie doll collection priced at 2000.00, We tried to buy them
back, but to no avail! IF you know me, you know I may have been slightly
perturbed at all that, but really, I had to just let it go & enjoy my trip.
Ouch, but, I did end up buying some nice items on that trip!! PS
Suzanne from Lake Placid, Florida
I just read about the woman whos late mother's music box began to play
by itself. The same thing happened to me a week after my mother died.
Her music clock from the 1940's, which played "Lavender Blue" started
playing one evening - and then just stopped. This was while I was
thinking about her whilst looking at her beloved clock. It was like an
answer to my question. There were many other such incidents, but
this one relates to your reader's story. Interesting. Best regards, LV
Several years ago my mother downsized and moved into a condo. She just
had her 80th birthday! After settling in to her condo, Mom had my
brother-in-law hang some of her pictures on the wall and put the rest in the
spare room. Among these pictures was an ugly oil painting that had hung
on the hall wall for about 35 years. I never liked the painting and never paid
much attention to it. Last week I was over at Mom's rummaging around
looking for a small picture to fill a space in my house when I happened
upon the ugly oil painting thrown in a box underneath a pile of prints. When
I pulled the painting from beneath the rubble, I happened to notice the
painting was signed. So, I decided to take it home and look it up on
Google. Well, it turned out that the artist was Gordon Coutts, a well
known painter who studied in Paris and painted all over the world. I could
not believe how beautiful some of his work was. I also could not believe
how many of his paintings had been auctioned at reputable auction
houses, and how many were hanging in museums. Of course, Mom's
painting didn't compare with some of this artist's other work. I went on
to read that Coutts had lived in Morocco where this painting was obviously
painted and that Mom's painting is probably worth at least $1,500.00. I
was shocked because I easily could have sold it at a garage sale for five
dollars!!!!! Now, I look at the painting in a different light. It is growing on
When my mom died I had a hard time getting rid of anything. But among
all her old china was what I considered an ugly serving platter. I had
never seen it before. It was white & looked like some child had drawn
circles around the edge & had "Arabia" written on the bottom.
Since I had no idea if it might have any value I decided to put it on Ebay
for the starting bid of 99 cents. About a half hour before the auction
was over 2 people started bidding (this was before you could place a
maximum bid). It ended up with $21.25.
The man who won it was besides himself with joy & wanting to know if
I had anything else to go with it. That he would gladly pay me that much
for every other piece I had or negotiate with me for a total. That if I
should ever come across more he would pay whatever the price, plus
$20. per each for my troubles.
As much as I searched I couldn't find any info on this dinnerware. But
for months he continued to e-mail me to ask if I had found any other.
Here it is years later & I still don't know anymore than I did then. Nor
have I seen another even similar. But it just goes to show one man's
trash is another man's treasure. Sylvia
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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
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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.
Dear Tias Readers:
In the 70's, when I was pregnant with my first daughter, instead of having
a tummy that grew OUT, I seemed to be pregnant from my armpits down.
I grew SIDEWAYS. I told people I looked like a "Weeble". I think these
dolls were made by Fischer-Price, but I'm not positive. The tagline for
these pear-shaped, bottomed-weighted dolls was: "Weebles wobble,
but they don't fall down." I have not seen any Weebles since the early
70's. I've searched on the Internet for them, to no avail. Has anyone out
there seen any of these dolls? I would appreciate any information.
I love the newsletter, and look forward to reading every issue.
Meg Gooch send email to: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
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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.
My daughter-in-law's grandmother, Chris passed away and I took my two year
old granddaughter, Rhianna to the funeral. As a hymn began to play on the
loudspeaker, Rhianna began to sing in a loud pretty voice. I started to get up
and take her out but several people around me signaled me not to. She sang
through the whole song. After the funeral I apologized to my daughter-in-law,
Stacie and she told me not to be silly, that Chris would have loved it. Terry
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Nance requested a recipe for "Swedish coffee cake with a crumbly crust".
We had no responses, so here are some recipes for hot drinks.
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I have a wonderful friend whose mother makes this powdered drink mix
as gifts for the holidays.
Since it is powdered, it can easily be shuffled through other drink ideas
to really spice up the husband's thermos. Enjoy!
1/2 cup instant tea powder
2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
3 ounces lemonade-flavor drink powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
In a large bowl, mix together powdered drink mixes, sugar, and spices.
Place in jars.
Instructions to include with gift:
1. Place 2 to 3 rounded teaspoonfuls in a cup.
2. Add boiling water and serve.
In wintertime I make ginger tea. Take a large chunk of fresh ginger
(you don't have to peel it unless the outside looks nasty) and smash
it or chop it up. Put 5 c. water in a non-reactive saucepan and add
the ginger. Bring to a boil, turn down and simmer until you can
really smell the ginger. The fumes should be quite strong! Strain
and add honey or brown sugar to taste. You can also add a stick of
cinnamon and a clove or two while the tea is cooking, if those don't
irritate your throat. Note: you can make this in advance, but don't
strain out the ginger until you are ready to put it in the Thermos or
serve it to someone.
This is wonderful for clearing out your sinuses and chest after a cold
or a bout of the flu, but we drink it any time in cold weather. Ann
When we were kids, Mom would make hot Jello for us to drink on those
frosty winter mornings. Just make all the water hot and serve. Any
leftovers (or saved-overs) can be placed in the fridge and saved for an
after school snack. Nothing ever went to waste at our house. My kids
loved it too. Vickie
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.
During the late 50's early 60's my family vacationed in Buzzard's Bay,
MA. Just up the road in Wareham, MA. Ocean Spray had a factory,
at the front of the factory was a bakery/ breakfast shop. On
Sunday's Mom used to get a box of Cranberry Squares/bars that
were delicious. She would go very early as they sold out quickly.
They had a cookie like bottom crust, a crumbly topping with a
cranberry filling. If anyone from that area remembers them or has
the recipe we would love to have it as it is a very fond memory
of our past.
Thanks for this great part of your newsletters. We enjoy it very much.
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:
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We offer unique country collectibles at affordable prices. Our inventory
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