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The Collectors Newsletter #534 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #534 -- June 2007

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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New On line Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.

American Cut Glass Association
he American Cut Glass Association is a nonprofit, national organization devoted to the advancement of this unique American industrial art form. Generated by an increased interest in the antique specialty, the American Cut Glass Association (ACGA) was formed in the summer of 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a group of 39 charter members. ACGA has grown in size to over 2300 persons that participate in the educational and social activities of American Cut Glass fellowship through the national organization and regional chapter activities. It has been considered by some that ACGA members are not collectors, but rather they are preservers of a superb American antique glass product. ACGA dealers are not merchants, rather they are intermediaries in the continual quest of our preservation efforts. Whatever attributed to be, ACGA members must certainly be known as splendid enthusiasts of beauty, brilliance, and brotherhood. For more information see:
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If you are a member of a collectors club or you are looking for collectors with similar collecting interests, check out our new Collectors Club Directory at: http://cache.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi
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2) 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.

Editors Note:
I guess we hit a nerve with our last request. We have had a HUGE number of emails sent in. This is by far the largest number we have ever received to any topic. Here are some more responses to our request for opinions on what is happening to antique malls and shops......
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I am responding to the very timely letter about the changes in the antique malls. I have been a dealer of mid to low end priced antiques and new product for over 5 years. I predominately sell out of a mall, and do an occasional show, all in Texas. When I first got started, the business was very active, and well worth my time and effort. On weekends we had a constant line of customers waiting to check out. I am located in a small town, and 5 years ago there were just a handful of stores open. In the last 2 years our business has dropped off considerably, not only in the mall, but at the show as well. But, during this time, for reasons I don't understand, our little town has filled up with stores. I've always been told that there are women whose husbands "buy" them a place to go, or retirees looking for a hobby business. I guess this must be true because they are definitely not making enough profit. The out of town traffic has slowed, but this happened ahead of the higher gas prices. There are many more bargain shoppers, and most of the merchandise I sell are the newer items I have marked down. There seems to be little interest in the antiques. At this point, I am barely motivated to continue, and am thinking about selling remaining merchandise online. Sally in TX

--Another Story--

I live in a city of 85,000 people and have only one surviving antique store. I think there are multiple reasons. First, we have increased our number of low-priced recycling stores like Value Village and other recycling exchanges. Second, eBay has reduced the amount of gas necessary to find that elusive treasure and has therefore become more popular. Lastly, and I think most importantly, the trend in decorating now discourages collectibles. I read an article recently that condemned all collectibles and stated the goal in decorating was to "create an empty box". An ad for the show "How Not to Decorate" had the caption "Where is the Best Place to Display a Plate Collection?" the answer "NO WHERE!!!"
My two step daughters, about 30 yrs old, have embraced this minimalistic decorating concept and look upon my retro 50's displays with disdain. Until decorators tire of this bare-bones decorating style they preach endlessly on TV, in magazines, and newspapers, people will be living in their "empty boxes". Linda from Canada.

--Another Story--

I live in Clovis, New Mexico and the same soft market is here. One of the large antique auction houses in Carlsbad, NM has told me this as I was inquiring into the liquidation of my antiques.
Love to receive the email news from Tias! Sincerely, Anita

--Another Story--

I read and enjoy your newsletter and usually do not respond to inquiries from other readers. But your letter from Frank talking about the decline in the antique mall business hit home. I too am a dealer at the Charleston Antique Mall in Las Vegas. I have noticed in so many malls that I have visited across the country that a lot of the dealers are filling their booths with "junk" - items that should have been thrown out or sold at a garage sale for a quarter. True antiques are hard to find and yes Ebay has certainly driven down prices by making things more readily available. However, I know that when I bring in a unique piece or something that is old and hard to come by - it is gone almost immediately. And since our town attracts a lot of tourist we get buyers from all over, showing me that discriminate buyers are everywhere.The "vintage items" that we bought last year and got tired of this year do not sell at the malls and shouldn't be brought there. I believe if more dealers took the time to find real antiques and collectibles they would sell their merchandise. With all the interest generated by Antiques Roadshow, Ebay, etc. there are a lot of passionate collectors out there and they are looking for the real deal, not mom's hand me downs! Michelle

--Another Story--

Hi, We live here on long Island. I truly believe that e-bay has affected the antique business. What we used to think was so rare, is not. You can also find what you need on the Internet. I also think that the younger generation does not appreciate what the baby boomers do. Thanks Florence

--Another Story--

Dear Tias, Re: The letter from Frank (Newsletter #532) wanting to know what was going on with the Antique business dropping off.

Here in Nova Scotia, CANADA we are experiencing a very similar reaction. Auctions and Antique stores here are finding that sales have dropped drastically … no real answers why! The people are there, either not bidding or buying.

The market here has become saturated with so many new stores advertising “Antiques” and what they are selling is truly “Junk”. Perhaps some of the people have become afraid of being ‘ripped off’.

I too have wondered if eBay might have been the answer, but I think not. Not everyone is connected to the Internet, at least not here yet!

Thanks for allowing me to vent. Yours truly, Jean Pulley - Stewiacke, N.S. Canada

--Another Story--

Hello,
What I have to say may not be palatable but it is sincere and not meant to be mean. First impressions are important. Often, I enter a business where the proprietor is doing something other that being there for the customer--on the phone, talking with a colleague, doing the books, cleaning out the back room, whatever. I feel as if I'm interrupting. I'm sure that there are long stretches where this time can be used productively (no customers) but what I see is someone in the midst of a project not really willing to stop. I'll be with you in a moment can be just as disconcerting as someone hanging over your shoulder.

Next, although I'm not a paragon of housekeeping, I don't want to have an allergy attack while browsing a store. Too many are not up to my standard of cleanliness and my standards are quite lax.

Third, an argumentative shopkeeper is no asset to his/her business. I've taken the trouble to learn everything I can about what I collect (duh!) and I don't take to being told things that are just not true. I do not wish to have an argument with a stranger who thinks that a higher level of knowledge is his right because of a sign on the door. There is far too much dishonesty in the antique and collectible business to be explained by the vastness of the field. I see reproductions sold as old-- even mingled in with the genuine. Caveat emptor is not a free hand to deceive. That is dishonesty and disrespect for the customer. It seems to me that there is a pervasive attitude that the run-of-the-mill customer is a sucker. Why is it assumed that this is so? An antique dealer is a generalist in most areas and perhaps an expert in some. A collector is very likely to have deep knowledge in the area of his/her collection but this doesn't stop a shopkeeper from dueling or assuming an air of superiority on the subject.

I don't think the slowdown is due to gas prices, a depressed economy or any other broad and nebulous reason. I think it is due to poor customer interface and an inability to adjust to the ease of getting information in the electronic age. My advice, get off the high horse and hit the books or be more open to the slight possibility that the person who walks in your door is an not an easy mark who'll buy anything you have to say whether or not you know what you're talking about.

If you think this is harsh, perhaps putting yourself in the buyer's place might shed some light. If I've devoted the day to antiquing and by the time I've hit the third shop I've heard too much malarkey and been given too little respect, I'm very likely to go home and sit peacefully in front of my computer and browse.

Finally, not everyone is cut out to be a dealer of antiques and collectibles or capable of good customer relations not to mention viable business models. This is true of all ventures and failure rates reflect this. No sense nor purpose in blaming factors other than the business owner's ability to run a business. Your failure is not eBay's fault. Sincerely, Alice V.

--Another Story--

Frank - you aren't the only one. as far as I can tell ebay sales of antiques have fallen too. I get kind of discouraged, you don't have the overhead, but you have time and fees invested. I'm aftaid everyone is tightening their belt over this fuel crunch. Joanne

--Another Story--

I've never shopped much locally, except for books and magazines. Usually I get what I'm looking for from specialist dealers or eBay, or at big antique shows like Don Wirf's. I used to do fast walk-throughs at antique malls, sometimes finding the 2 or 3 categories I was looking for, but usually finding nothing more than a couple of old VHS tapes. In general it wasn't worth the effort - like hunting through 100 haystacks to find 1 needle. Thomas

--Another Story--

IMHO I think online auctions do have a bit to do with business dying in local markets. Even regarding flea markets, unfortunately. I remember when folks were three deep at the tables to see what was there....nowadays indoor flea markets are like ghost towns. Outdoor ones are a bit better....but still leave a lot to be desired. I think part of this has to do with the fact locally that they don't accept credit cards....around here folks seem to live on them! I could have something at the flea market for way less than the mall, yet folks will pay more at the mall because they can put it on the credit card. Sad, but true, I think. I'm from the NE part of the US.
I'm one of the Boomer generation, but one who longs for the "good old days" *sigh*. Dolores

--Another Story--

In follow up to your request to find out what's happening in the world of antiques, I agree with all the reasons Frank stated for the decline of business, Ebay, gas prices, a glut of seniors downsizing etc, all of this adds to the situation. I worked in an antique store in Visalia CA for 14 years, the store closed last Oct because the owner was ready to retire but I have long watched the downward spiral of antique stores and here is some of my observations. Ebay has certainly hurt the antique stores, Ebay auctions have taken the rarity out of almost everything, it used to be a person had to be lucky and find what they were looking for by searching store after store, but no more, one quick trip to the Internet or Ebay will usually locate the item for you and usually for alot less than it would have been priced in a store where the owner had the overhead of running the store tacked onto the price. The store I worked at was a high end store and we specialized in silver, depression glass, elegant glass, good furniture, toys, dolls, art etc, 99 percent of the so called antique stores I go into now are selling mainly items from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and even 70s. In my opinion too many stores are trying to hit pay dirt with racks vintage clothes, 60s and 70s kitchen wares, 60s to 80s dolls, 60s to 80s anything, you name it, it is stuff from our childhoods, not our parents or grandparent's childhoods, but our own and quite frankly, it does not even resemble antiques to me, yet the prices being asked are as if these are top of the line items. I grew up in antique stores and have spent most of my adult life in them one way or another, and quite frankly, most stores are a disappointment to me now, too much garbage, I am actually let down when I leave a store and have bought nothing, sometimes this is because they had nothing that interested me or sometimes it was that their prices were too high. I have found a few good stores that I like to visit in CA and Oregon, with a good mix of old (really old) and newer items but those are far and few between now but when I get the chance, once a year, I go back to the same stores over and over because I know they will have what I want and friendly service too. Which reminds me, let me add this, a friendly salesperson would make a world of difference in alot of these stores, I have been to some stores where, because of rising electric prices etc, the owner will have most of the lights out and not even bother to turn them on for customers, I cannot tell you how many stores I have gone into that the person at the counter could not be bothered to even say hi or ask if I needed their help, I know with sales being slow, alot of dealers have taken on the attitude that you are not going to buy anything anyways, so why look up from their magazine or TV show or crossword puzzle, but let me say, whether you have good merchandise or not, good customer service will make the sale for you, take time to treat your customers like they matter, be available for questions, Ebay has changed the antique world to a large extent, but there are still those who, for whatever reason, will not deal on Ebay and so when gas prices permit people to travel, when good merchandise is available, when good customer service is gladly given, people will still shop the stores. Thanks for the opportunity to given my thoughts on this. Patty K.
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3) Antique News
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3. Claude Monet’s Nymphéas of 1904 sells for £18.5 million at Sotheby’s London. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782612&keys=sotheby-claude-monet-matisse-London-sale

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5) 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 newsletter.

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.
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bought some amazing 3-D slides taken from April 1955 through April 1962 and would love to find the family pictured in these slides. The problem is that I have no names at all, only clues I could garner from the pictures themselves. The family has a girl (about 6 or 7 in 1955) and a boy (about 4 or 5 in 1955) and later another sister is added in late ‘59 or early ‘60. The girls are dark haired, dark eyed and the boy is lighter, with blue eyes. I believe there are pictures of both sets of grandparents. The family is maybe Italian or Greek or they seem to live in a brick apartment building in some city. The apartment has dark green walls and long narrow hallways. They are musical - the girl is shown playing the piano and the flute and the boy playing the violin and the clarinet. They vacation in Florida (Crandon Park and Parrot Jungle) and celebrated a birthday there on June 17th. There are pictures of them at a park with rides (right in the city) - the sign is only partially visible: ______LOUGHS ________IELAND (maybe Kiddieland?). They visited a wading pool with fountains (again in a city park) and made a visit to a big, old, red house out in the country. For Christmas 1955 the older sister and brother have on brand new “cowboy” and “cowgirl” outfits. They visit a petting zoo (______RLAND FARM ZOO). I bought these slides at an estate sale in Albany, New York, but they told me they weren’t from that house but brought in to be put out at the sale. The apartment does appear to be in a climate with cold Springs and Falls (heavy coats, etc.). Sure wish I could get these back to those “kids.” Contact me at jilly122@aol.com if you recognize this family or for more info.
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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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8) 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.
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Reading about the gal who finally made the apple pie, "Just like Mom made," made me think about my wife's apple pie recipe. She found a recipe for a sour cream apple pie that we really enjoyed. She made it frequently. She loves making pies, would rather bake pies than bake a cake.

One time her parents were over and she served the apple pie that we so loved. Dad took a couple of bites then turned to Mom and said, "THIS is the apple pie that my mom used to make. This is the pie I have been trying to get you to make. This is just like my mother's."

The funny part is, my wife gave the recipe to Mom but every time she made it, Dad always said it still was not the same as his mom's or Linea, my wife, his daughter. Mom finally quit trying to make it and it was a special treat for Dad when they came over. Lee Walkowski - Midland MI
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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.
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9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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10) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

Elizabeth requested some recipes for "fermented fruit pot" We received these responses....
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For the reader making the rumptof...you need to use a liquor to give it a jump start. I always used a brandy with a fruit flavor (apricot, peach, etc.) It also works with fresh fruit. Jim B. in CT

--Another Recipe--

I'm pretty sure that the start contained rum, but I have no idea how much. My friend used to make it and everything sounds like her's except the rum. Mary Lou

--Another Recipe--

Fermented Fruit -- Care and Feeding
By: Journeyman Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios

Basic Recipes
* Rumtopf: Add equal amounts of fresh fruit and sugar in a loose lidded jar and add enough rum, wine, or brandy to cover the fruit. Stir often until sugar dissolves.
* Fermented Fruit (canned fruit): Add equal amounts of drained, canned fruit and sugar in a loose lidded jar. Add one package of baking yeast and stir until sugar dissolves.
* Fermented Fruit (fresh fruit): Start the syrup first: Mix 1 cup sugar, 2 cups water, and 1 package baking yeast in a loose lidded jar; stir often until sugar dissolves. When foam appears on top of the liquid, fermentation has started; let the mixture ferment for three or four days and then add equal amounts of fresh fruit and sugar.

Fermentation
Several years ago, I decided to make fermented fruit as a Christmas gift for a few friends. I found three somewhat similar recipes in my research. After consulting my local Brewmaster on how the recipes worked ("Yeast and Its Eating Habits: Lecture #503"), I selected the Los Angeles Times Book of Christmas Entertaining recipe as the base; the recipe given here reflects all three sources. I've entered it in both Caid's A&S Pentathlon and Estrella War's A&S competition, it took 1st place in both competitions.

Yeast changes sugar into alcohol and, in the process, produces carbon dioxide gas. The gas bubbles to the top of the liquid and escapes into the air.
The Fermented Fruit recipes will have the most active fermentation. Bubbles on top of your fermenting fruit mean the yeast is alive and active.
Rumtopfs are started with alcohol and will show little or no fermentation. Small bubbles trapped under the fruit and a few on top mean that fermentation is taking place. Introduction of yeast into a Rumtopf will cause more active fermentation.
Yeast does not like extreme heat or cold. Heat will kill the yeast and cold will cause it to go dormant. This means ... store in a cool place — if the room temperature is OK for you, it's OK for the fruit.

Care and Feeding
The lid of the jar should be loose enough to allow the gas to escape but firmly seated to keep insects out.
When starting, do not fill the jar over 3/4 full; the fermentation will cause the volume to expand -- all over your counter if the jar is too full!
Let the basic recipe mellow for a week and then adjust the amounts as your taste dictates. Add flavorings if desired.
Keep at room temperature, away from heat. If you think the yeast has died, add a cup or two of sugar and stir often until dissolved. If bubbles do not appear in two to three days add another package of yeast.
Store in refrigerator, if you wish, during heat spells or when you will not be using it for a while. BUT fermentation will not take place while in the fridge, so do not keep it there permanently. When you remove it from the fridge, watch it for a few days to see if the yeast becomes active again; if not, treat as above for dead yeast.
Add more fruit as needed. When you run low on syrup or the alcohol tastes too harsh, add more sugar. If the Rumptof (third recipe) tastes flat or stale, add 1/2 teaspoon yeast per gallon of mixture. Add new spices and flavorings as desired.
Always leave at least 1 1/2 cups of mixture in the jar.

Fruits
Berries: Any can be used, although blackberries have an overabundance of seeds and fresh strawberries and raspberries tend to bleach out. I've heard from someone who uses thawed, frozen strawberries, she says they hold their color and their shape well!
Cherries: Should be pitted for easier eating.
Peaches, apricots, plums: Should be peeled and sliced. They are easier to peel if you dip them in boiling water for one or two minutes and then dip them in cold water.
Grapes: Should be pierced with a needle or cut in half to allow the syrup to soak in. Seedless or not is your choice.
Apples: Will turn brown. Perhaps dipping the peeled, cut fruit in boiling water for one or two minutes will prevent this.
Bananas: Seem impractical, but I have not tried them -- They might work!
Citrus: I have not used these, but it seems you would want to keep the sections whole in their membranes, or, at most, cut in half, to prevent their disintegrating. Make sure you remove the white pith.
Pears: Peel and slice them.
Pineapple: Peel, remove eyes, chop.
Dried fruit: One recipe I have suggests using dried fruit in moderation and says to use 1/2 cup sugar for each cup of raisins used.
Experiment with different fruits. If you are unsure how well a fruit will work, put some of your mixture in another jar and add the new fruit to that. If you don't like the result, you can throw that away and still have your "mother" batch.
With all fruit: Use firm, ripe fruit, free from bruises and bad spots. Remove any blemishes.

Suggested Flavorings
Cinnamon sticks, fresh mint, vanilla beans, whole allspice, whole cloves, orange peel, almond extract ... what do you like?
Don't use powdered spices, they stick to the sides of your jar and look bad.
Test any liquid flavorings in a small jar of fruit before you use them in your full jar. I had some orange flavoring that just tasted nasty when added to the fruit.

Ready to Serve?
Your fruit is ready to serve after two?to?three weeks, although the longer you let it sit, the better it will be. As the fruit ages, it will shrivel, darken, and become infused with the syrup. This is the best type of fruit — if you can wait!

The fruit will keep for a year or more if you don't add more to it. If you are constantly removing and replacing fruit, it will last indefinitely. (My mother kept hers going for several years.)

Serving Suggestions
Serve over ice cream, angel or pound cake, meringue shells, pudding, custard, etc.
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11) 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.
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A recipe for starter to make coffee cake. It has yeast, milk suger and I can't remember the rest. If anyone knows how to make the starter I would greatly appreciate it... Doris
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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.
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Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen
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12) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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Everything Under the Sun
http://tias.com/stores/jmthrone
You've just arrived at the shop for enthusiasts of collectibles, jewelry and handcrafted items, Treasures in many categories, something for everyone.

Antique Dolls & Stuff
http://tias.com/stores/dollstuff
Unlike most dealers, I do not keep the finest accessories for myself, I find them and offer them to you! If you are looking for a special doll or wish to dress one, this is your site..
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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 225,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at: http://www.makeashop.com
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi

2. 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

3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to http://www.tias.com/affiliates/

4. 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)

5. 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)

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