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The Collectors Newsletter #535 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #535 -- June 2007
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Hatpin Society
A group of enthusiastic Hatpin and Hatpin Holder collectors met May 6th, 1989 and formed this club. The purpose of the club is to provide information about the history and value of Hatpins and Hatpin Holders. The club meets quarterly during the year. Meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of January, April, July and October. Programs consist of guest speakers who lecture on various types of Hatpins and related subjects.
Membership in the club includes a quarterly newsletter that includes full page color photos and descriptions of hatpins and hatpin holders, featured articles related to hatpins and collecting in general and interaction with other members that have the same interests as you. Quarterly luncheon meetings featuring professional guest lecturers are provided.
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that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Another round of stories regarding the state of the antique and collectibles trade.
Will be interested in the results of your informal poll. I'm in Southern California - Los Angeles and Orange County area. I'm not a dealer, just someone who visits antique stores.
In Tustin, in Orange County, CA, there used to be 6 or 7 antique dealers in independent shops all in one strip mall, some selling only furniture, others selling some smaller furniture and things like silver, art, china, etc. - they are all gone.
Nearer to where I live I think of the antiques shops maybe one or two have closed.
The appraiser who "de-accessioned" the collection in my mother's house a couple of years ago said that the market for antiques was down in the Southern California area. She didn't say why particularly.
She also said she couldn't put much of a price on things like crystal and glassware and some other things, because places like Ikea and Target and discount stores offer similar new items at low prices. Carolyn
As a consumer, I seldom go antiquing at the malls anymore because the prices kept getting so high, but most of all there were so many reproductions and new mixed in with the old. I love touching, feeling, and buying old things but if I have to sort through so many "made in China" things before I see a truly old piece, then it isn't worth it. I have bought some depression glass through Ebay but the hunt in the stores are a lot more fun. I will literally spend hours in a shop where there are truly old glass, quilts, tools, etc. and I'm willing to spend money there as well. Sandy in Northern California
I've seen a lot more turnover in antiques businesses and hear about lackluster sales. It does seem ebay has a hand in it, as prices in the stores are generally 4-10-fold what you can find on ebay in the convenience of your home in your jammies. Also, you don't have to deal with the stores' personnel, who VERY oftentimes, around here, are quite snooty and unfriendly/hostile (unless you're looking at a high-dollar item with money hanging out your pockets) - combine that with a 10" Wilton cast iron pan for $85-$100 "firm" and why would anyone bother with the stores.
Out here there's a trend for people being laid off to run to the auction houses (needless to say those prices are getting very inflated) to buy things to open an ebay business; a lot that used to sell for $30 now gets over $100, even the "junk lots" go high now. But then stuff doesn't move on ebay and the stuff ends up in garage sales and flea markets eventually.
I think it's just a very greedy time, along with the insane gas prices out here (cheap gas is still around $3.49), partly out of necessity, partly out of the Roadshow Syndrome.
I'm a generalist and am finding contemporary utilitarian, or luxury items, and only those VERY high-quality, high-end "vintage" items are selling on ebay, and often for a relative pittance. So, although ebay's made a dent, even those sellers are seeing a change in the market. Everyone wants the Ritz Carlton at the Ritz Cracker price!
I am a partner in an estate liquidation business based in northwest Florida. Last week my partner and I decided to take a road trip to Alabama and Mississippi to see some of the antique dealers that we knew were in business along the tourist routes. We found that most of the malls have had a really slow period and have been cutting their prices to boost sales. Several of the shops that have been around for a very long time are going out of business. We thought it might be a hang over from the bad hurricane season of two years ago. The dealers we talked to said that they are just not getting traffic like they did in the past.
Karen B. - Ft Walton Beach, Florida
The Antique business in this area has slowed a lot, with many shops closing or moving in together to save on rent. The very high end collectors market seems to still be okay, but the market for primitives, and ordinary smalls has slowed way down. Many people have changed the kind of things that they collect. The boomer generation are too busy traveling and down sizing to collect very much, and things from their childhood were the beginnings of the throw away society so there isn't as much available to go around. I think ebay has contributed because I can now buy things there for much less than I used to pay at the local shops and shows. In this area garage sales are even dropping off. I live in the northwest part of Oregon, just south west of Portland. I was an active dealer for nearly twenty years. I quit about 5 years ago. I am sure that there are others here who would disagree with my assessment, but I have noticed that most of my fellow dealers have slowed down their buying too. I do still collect some of my favorite things when I find a good deal. Around here the wine tasting industry is the big draw now not the quaint little shops. I love your news letter and read it first when I see it in my mail. Jan VanDeWalle, Yamhill Oregon
Sales certainly seem to be down in S. Mississippi, but every day is a new day.
E-bay and the Internet as a whole has certainly affected on site sales, but they are a two edged sword. There are some things that sell higher online and some things that sell lower online. Example: a customer may come in and state that a $50.00 in the store can be had for $20.00 or less online, but there have been many times an item that I might price only $20.00 will bring $50.00 or more online. Ebay has caused common items to be much less and rare items to be much more.
Yes, sales are down and I think this can be attributed to the Internet, high gas prices, increased competition, and dealers who are not willing to change with the market such as not staying informed as to what buyers want and how much they are willing to pay. Claude Leaman, The Antique Mall - Hattiesburg, Ms.
As an ex-partner in an Antique Mall, with 23 dealers, my opinion is that serious antique customers are still out there and buying good quality stuff. As an owner of a private collectable's shop now, I have found that, other than as decorative items, there isn't a strong market for general collectable's. It seems that the younger crowd are frequently more interested in particular "looks" than collectable items themselves. But, even in depressed times (a while back) quality furniture and serious collectable items continued to sell very well. "Smalls" were purchased less frequently.
Also, I have observed that a number of Antique Malls have allowed sellers who are not doing their background checks on items in their booths and are miss-identifying many of item, thus turning off serious buyers and building a miss-trust among less knowledgeable buyers.. They also seem to be allowing more "junk" to be displayed along with actual antiques and/or collectable's. Harry K. Smith "Bottom of the Barrel" Kirkland, WA
I live in upstate new york and as far as I'm concerned the antique business died completely about a year ago; the only place people spend money is at auctions. What killed it was a combination of things, NAFTA, GAS PRICES, PROPERTY TAXES, AND AN AGING POPULATION. Will it come back? I've being dealing antiques close to 40 years not and I doubt it will in my life time. James
I've read the responses to this question with great interest as a friend recently closed her shop and started listing a lot of her inventory on eBay. In her case, our downtown's shopping area is going much the way of other small to mid-size American towns - the "downtown" or Main Street area is dying. Buildings are standing empty and deteriorating because the trend is, and has been, to move the larger department stores into shopping centers and malls. Variety stores and Five and Dimes (showing my age) have been replaced with mega-sized WalMarts and KMarts. The corner drug store has become a thing of the past, replaced by a drug section in those large retail outlets or by a chain store such as Walgreens or Eckerds. Generally the rent in shopping centers is triple that in the downtown area, and as a part of the lease agreement, a portion of each lessee's sales goes to the landlord. High overhead just to put your business where the traffic is, and that's still no guarantee that the sales will be there.
I know that I'm going to catch a lot of flak for this one, but as a shopper I've noticed that the majority of antique stores that I've visited are over-crowded (to the point of looking junky) and over-priced. The items are not well-displayed and are visually buried by the sheer weight of the other goods in the shop. I've literally had to clasp my elbows to my body and walk side-ways through many stores - forget seeing what's on the bottom shelves. And the over-pricing - I think that these items were appraised by the before mentioned PBS experts. Buyers are more savvy about the prices of their particular collectibles than they were in the past thanks to ease of research. Where I would have been happy to purchase a found treasure (and I've blown a fortune recreating my childhood), I absolutely refuse to pay double and triple what an item is actually worth. Make your monthly rent payment, but not from breaking the pocketbooks of your customers. If you give good value, they'll be repeat buyers.
As far as "styles" changing - we've become a disposable society, but I do see hope. My grandchildren love to hear stories about the family "heirlooms," and want to know "who used to own what." I think that they'll keep it alive, but we have to educate this generation to cherish the past as well as anticipate the future. My mother used to shake her head and say she didn't know what I wanted with that old stuff - understandable when her generation and the one before had to repair and reuse until there was nothing left to use. But then she'd get that "look" that told me she was remembering, and I think that answered her question better than any explanation of mine ever could. I'm building those memories with my children and grandchildren - the family history as well as the sense of place - and I know that they'll carry it forward after me. Even if that means mixing in some 70's harvest gold with the Art Deco bedroom furniture. Pam Phillips, Scotland County, NC
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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.
I have a book written by Richard Sibbes in old english it was owned by louis walker in 1722 and was passed down to family members the last name i have owning the book was emma walker in 1907 she was the great great great great grand daughter of louis walker can you help find descendants and when the book about passages in the bible was written i believe it was some time in 1600s. Send email to email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
After 3 months of marriage, my husband & I moved into my parent's house while we were building ours. My brother, his wife & daughter also moved in while they were preparing a lot for a mobile home. As everyone but me (and my 5 yr. old niece) worked, I was the chef, and not a very experienced one at that! I was trying a new recipe one night & it called for tarragon. I hunted through my mother's cupboards & at the back of one I found tarragon. As I measured it, I was somewhat surprised to see that it was "seeds". As I'd never used it before, this didn't set off any alarms. Later, we all sat down to eat & everyone loved the casserole.
After my niece & sister-in-law ate & left for the laundromat, my mother asked me what the casserole ingredients were. She hadn't eaten much & was scrutinizing the food. When I mentioned tarragon, she asked me where I'd found it as she didn't think she had any. I told her & she asked if it was in powder form. I said, "No, seeds." She said, "These aren't seeds, they're bugs!" Sure enough, on closer examination, they were indeed bugs. We all quit eating, except for my husband who said he loved the casserole & the bugs were cooked anyhow. We never told my sister-in-law or niece what they had eaten but my husband & I still laugh about the tarragon "seeds"! Mary
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Doris requested some recipes for "starter to make coffee cake" We received these responses....
A Thank You!
Please thank everyone who gave me information on the "fermented fruit pot" I appreciate your help and I am starting to work on several of them now. I will keep you posted on how it works. Great newsletter and great readers. Thanks to all. Elizabeth
This might be the recipe for starter coffee cake Doris is looking for. It not the same, this one is terrific too. Crystal
Do not use a metal spoon or bowl for mixing
Do not refrigerate
Do not use egg substitute
If air gets in the bag, release it
It is normal for the batter to thicken, bubble and ferment.
1/3 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Milk
Put into plastic ziplock bag and mix. Let it ferment for about 2 weeks. Then start the 10-day process.
10 Day Process:
* Day 1 – Receive bag
* Day 2 – Squeeze bag
* Day 3 – Squeeze bag
* Day 4 – Squeeze bag
* Day 5 – Squeeze bag
* Day 6 – Add 1 Cup each of flour, sugar and milk. Squeeze bag.
* Day 7 – Squeeze bag
* Day 8 – Squeeze bag
* Day 9 – Squeeze bag
* Day 10 – In a large bowl (non-metal), combine batter and 1 Cup each of Flour, Sugar and Milk. Mix with wooden spoon or spatula. Pour 1 Cup starters into 4 ziplock storage bags. Keep on for yourself and give the others to your friends with a copy of the instructions.
To the remaining batter in the bowl add:
1 Cup Oil
1 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 large Eggs
˝ teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Cup Flour
˝ Cup Milk
˝ teaspoon Baking Soda
˝ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Large box Instant Vanilla pudding (6 oz)
1 Cup Nuts (optional)
˝ Cup Raisins (optional)
Grease two large loaf pans. Sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar mixture on the greased surfaces. Pour in batter. Sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar mixture on top if desired. Bake at 325o for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
"Herman" sour Dough Starter
1 pkg dry yeast
2 c lukewarm water
2 c flour
Dissolve yeast in water and add flour; beat smooth. Cover with plastic
wrap and leave at room temperature 48 hours. This will produce 2 c dough.
Friendship Bread (made using "Herman")
Use 1 c starter - Do not use metal bowls or utensils - Do not refrigerate
Day 1 - let starter sit
Day 2-4 - stir with wooden spoon
Day 5 - add 1 c flour, 1 c sugar, 1 c milk and stir
Day 6-9 - stir with wooden spoon
Day 10 - repeat day 5, then pour 1 c batter into 3 containers (2 to
share, 1 to keep)
To the rest of the batter, add:
2/3 c oil 1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 c flour 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c sugar 1/2 tsp salt
Hello, from cool and cloudy Vancouver, Washington! The weather is
perfect for Coffee Cake and a hot beverage.
Here is the recipe and instructions:
1 gallon size zip-lock bag
1 pkg Yeast
1 1/2 cups Pastry Flour (works better for
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
Add everything together in the bag, seal and kneed the bag until
everything is well mixed. Keep bag at room temperature for 4-5 days,
burping and kneading it once everyday.
Preheat oven to 325* F.
Grease 2 glass loaf pans, set aside.
3 Eggs, beaten
1 cup Oil or melted Butter
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 cups Pastry Flour
1 large box Instant Pudding, Vanilla or Banana
Mix dry ingredients together in a large "non-metal" bowl (metal effects
the flavor). Add beaten eggs, milk and the oil or melted butter, and
the bag of Starter. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Divide batter
between the loaf pans.
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Butter, soft
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Mace (opt)
Mix brown sugar, flour and spices well, then cut into butter until
crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over top of batter.
Bake in center of oven for 1 hour, or until golden brown and a toothpick
inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on racks, or eat hot out
of the oven!
Happy Baking, Doris.
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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
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My neighbor told me about a cookie her mother made. I can't find it anywhere. It was thin and crisp and contained anise. She said the name was pincell, but she didn't know how it was spelled. Please help.
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