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The Collectors Newsletter #538 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #538 -- July 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 Philatelic Society
With nearly 44,000+ members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, nonprofit society in the world for stamp collectors. For more information visit:

Are you interested in stamps? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Stamps/1.html

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

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:
We are going to start wrapping up this thread about the antiques and collectibles trade. This subject has had by far the largest number of responses of any topic we have covered over the years. From what we have read, the selling of antiques and collectibles appears to be in a major transition. On the other side, buyers appear to have more access to items than ever before. It will be quite interesting to see what happens over the coming months and years. I can guarantee the marketplace will look nothing like it once did.

In our next issue, I would enjoy reading stories about the last antique or collectible bargain you acquired. How did you find it? Why did you buy it? Why was it such a bargain? Send your stories to newsletter@tias.com Many thanks, Phil
I am not in the antique business. But I have many collections, many of which I began years ago when 'prices were so phenomenal'. As I read what dealers and consumers have written in your newsletter, I have come fully to the conclusion that the five-letter word, GREED, is the answer. It is NO FUN to collect anymore. Prices are varied, out-of-reach for many buyers. I guess I can dream if I were a dealer, I would have no fun EATING my merchandise! I would rather have a rapid turnover instead. DVD

--Another Opinion--

In response to the question about antique malls dying, much the same has happened in Seattle. There are very few antique malls or for that matter, shops, left. Many many have closed down. One owner who had been a fixture in one neighborhood said online antiquing had killed his business. I definitely believe access to antiques and collectibles on the Internet has led to the demise of the small antique shop and larger mall. Plus, here in Seattle, the rents are astronomically high, which is hard for business owners to assume. Michele

--Another Opinion--

First, I so enjoy your newsletter! My husband, Tom, and I have been antiquing for only 4 years but have found a hobby for life. We are grandparents and have recently retired. The thing we enjoy the most are the people we meet in our shops where we have "antique-collectible" booths. The "co-antiquers" are some of the most interesting and pleasant people that we have ever met.

As far as the activity of the businesses where we locate our booths, we must say that the business is 30 - 40% off what it was just two years ago. We are even located in Georgia and Alabama where we notice a decline in the amount of traffic and purchases. As we have traveled on vacations these past 2-3 years we have noticed that many antiques stores have declined in there quality and quantity of merchandise or have closed their doors.

We have wondered what you have found as far as the interest in antiques and collectibles? Also, could you please let the readers know what are the trends in purchases lately. We have no clue what the public wants.
I might add that my favorite items, glassware, has fallen out the bottom in sales. Papa and Gram - Rome, Georgia

Editors note: If you would like to see what categories of antiques and collectibles were SELLING online last year, take a look at:

--Another Opinion--

I think it is the Internet that killed the local antique business, especially the shows. Why go through all the trouble, not to mention the outrageous space fees the promoters charge, when you can sit home in your underwear and sell almost everything on the Internet. What most people fail to realize is the supply from these market sales and the like will soon disappear and most shops and markets will be out of business. Just look at the big spaces in some of the best old markets, even Brimfield is loosing dealers and customers. It is hard to pay retail on line and try to make a profit. We have promoted our own demise. G.E. Siburn, Stony Point, NY

--Another Opinion--

I am so glad I read that last newsletter. I also have a place at a mall in Kutztown, PA. I am one of the dealers that are leaving. 3 Saturdays and $18 in sale rent is $24 a week. I just moved in a year ago in March and I can't be spending my summer inside a building instead of at flee markets and yard sales, which we love to do. If I was making money, yes I can see it. The old timers who have been there for 20 years plus say its eBay. Here is my thinking. You drive to the mall to find something you collect, or want to replace a broken or lost item. You may get to the mall and not find it, you wasted time and GAS. My truck gets 16 miles to the gallon, so now I've wasted a day and money on gas for nothing. So at the end of June I will be packing up and moving the stuff home. I did sit down to see where I make my sales. Its a tie with the mall and the Internet, but when you think of cost of rent and gas to get there, the cost is $108 a month and the Internet is about 1/3 of that cost. I see malls going down hill fast. Only a few dealers from the mall are also on the net. We just had a dealer leave after 17 years there and 2 more left 2 weeks ago. So I do believe there are problems everywhere. I've been told that Lancaster, Pa is great for dealers and making money. Hey I'll try anything once. So in July I will try it on a Sunday and see what happens. Its seems to be better if you move around a lot because they don't know when or if you'll be back. Hey you are at the same spot every Saturday and they know that.... I hope this help you a little. Good luck with what ever your plans are... Mother & Daughters Attic, Sandra W.

--Another Opinion--

During the past two or three months I have seen a steady flow of letters from those in the antique business expressing concern about the slump in their business. Too many, there does not seem to be an adequate explanation for the economic downturn.

I can not say that I know about operating an antique business one iota, but I do like antiques since I was raised by a mother who appreciated and taught me about them. From a consumer’s standpoint, it appears to me, that many antique shop owners have basically priced themselves out of the market. Each time I enter an antique shop looking for something that catches my eye, I am always greeted by sticker shock of the prices dealers are asking. Consequently, I put the item down and walk away looking for a better deal elsewhere. I can usually afford the antiques I am looking for, but I can also afford to not buy them if I feel they are over priced.

>From my perspective, when considering other market conditions such as the price of gas, food, consumer debt and utility bills, the consumer has re-prioritized spending habits and can no longer afford to spend
money on items perceived to be excessively priced or not required. Also, there now seems to be a sizable disconnect between dealers and buyers. To many, dealers are perceived to be asking prices for antiques that are tantamount to their weight in gold and offer little if no wiggle room for negotiation. While the buyer is looking for fairly price item, if not a bargain. I think if dealers want to improve business, they must be willing to negotiate and price antiques more reasonably.

Just because an item is old does not mean it is worth a lot of money. To me, some dealers excessively price their antiques just because they are old without giving a lot of thought to what an individual is willing to pay for an item. With this in mind, it is no wonder why so many shops experienced a downturn in business and have inventory that is doing nothing but collecting dust. Sincerely, John A. El Paso, TX
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: newsletter@tias.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 newsletter@tias.com

3) Antique News
The latest news about antiques and collectibles can be read online at http://www.news-antique.com

1. WIW2U Group releases eBay Authenticity Statistics. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782674&keys=eBay-fake-forgery

2. Hemingway's typewriter hits $2,750 at Four Seasons. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782673&keys=ernest-hemingway-typewriter

3. THIRTY YEAR PETROLIANA COLLECTION TO MOTOR ACROSS THE BLOCK AT FRANK’S. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782672&keys=petroliana-jukebox-globes

4. Strong international participation pushed Noel Barrett's June sale total to $1.2 million. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782671&keys=toys-Marklin-Carette

5. Kingdom of Atlantis 2007 coin issue by World Proof Numismatic Association. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782670&keys=Kingdom-of-Atlantis

6. Tiny, Early American Coin Brings Big Price: $1.5 Million. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782669&keys=coins-coin

7. Study Trip: Winterthur- 18th-Century Mid-Atlantic Furniture, Portraits, & Works on Paper. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782668&keys=Winterthur-Appraiser-Trip

8. Making Your Dollar Work Harder In Britain. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782667&keys=British-English-Tours

9. Kid Collector a Big Hit at Chicago Antique Market. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782666&keys=collectible-NASCAR-webkinz

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782665&keys=Christies-raphael-portrait-sells-pictures-british

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782664&keys=Sotheby-golf-club-collection-Antique

12. The Latest News in the July 2007 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782662&keys=kovels-newsletter-antiques-collectibles-July-issue

13. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for June 2007. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782661&keys=kovels-price-guide-antiques-collectibles-June

14. AuctionBytes Report on eBay Data Hits Nerve with Sellers. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782660&keys=auctionbytes-ebay-data-sellers-report-buyer

15. Noted doll/toy experts Becky and Andy Ourant join Morphy Auctions, will co-head Doll department. Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782659&keys=doll-antique-Ourant

MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at http://www.news-antique.com
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4) Your Classifieds...


Jumbo Peanut Butter elephant Circus Mirror Pinback

Coke Coca Cola Chewing Gum Pepsin ink blotter

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 270,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

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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.
My husband served in Vietnam in ’67 and ’68 in the First Battalion Ninth Marines known as the “Walking Dead”. He was very proud to own a full-sized 1/9 Battalion flag which he often displayed in ceremonies, events, and parades where he appeared wearing his Marine Corps Dress Blues. Unfortunately, after one such event, the flag was left with other flags and there was a fire in the building and it was destroyed. The veterans organization has offered to replace it but we have been unable to find another one. I have attached a picture of my husband and another Marine displaying the flag after one local parade.

It would mean so much to him, as well as, the VFW and American Legion, local school districts, and holiday parade organizers if the 1/9 battalion flag could be replaced. He said it was such an honor to display the flag and hear the cheers and applause knowing that it was for the all the veterans who served in that Battalion. Becky Kenner - hueleen@oregoncoast.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


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- Lists of designers and manufacturers with locations, marks and dates
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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.
As a new cook for her first holiday meal, I had invited all the family over. I ran into a problem with the turkey though and didn't have the little skewers to "Lace" up the cavity and hold the feet together so, using my ingenuity, I used the one skewer I had on the cavity and sort of "pinned" it close then put a rubber band around the feet ! You can imagine the rest. after hours of cooking my whole house smelled of burnt rubber. I have never lived that one down - Joanne
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.

9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?

Get your wanted ad in this space ----
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 270,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

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.

Here is a thank you that came in..
Hello - 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
Sernik Babci...Polish Cheesecake from Paula
Dough Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 cup Butter
1 whole Egg
3 Tbs. Sour Cream
1/3 cup Confectioners' Sugar

Filling Ingredients:
6 whole Eggs (1 separated)
2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 lb. Farmers or Ricotta Cheese
2/3 cup Butter, melted
1 1/2 cups plain Mashed Potatoes
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 cup Orange or Lemon Peel, grated

To prepare the dough, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl, then cut in the butter with a fork.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the egg and sour cream. Stir the mixture into the flour. Add the confectioner's sugar and blend again. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until well mixed and smooth.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough into the shape of a rectangle. Line a 9-inch by 13-inch pan with the dough, bringing the dough part-way up both sides of the pan.

To prepare the filling, separate 1 egg and reserve the single egg white; beat the remaining yolk and five whole eggs with an electric mixer in a small mixing bowl, gradually adding the confectioners' sugar as you go. Beat for about 5 minutes at high speed. Add the vanilla and continue to beat at a high speed until the mixture is soft.

In a separate mixing bowl, press the cheese through a sieve and blend with the melted butter. Add the potatoes, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in the orange or lemon peel.

Thoroughly blend all the ingredients and fold them into the egg mixture, then turn the filling into the center core of the prepared sweet bread crust in the baking pan.

Wrap the excess dough over the top of the filling and pinch to close the gap as you go. Brush the top with the remaining egg white, and bake in a pre-heated 350-F degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until set. Let cool before cutting. Refrigerate to store, but serve at room temperature. Serves 8 to 10
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

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.
Hello to everyone out there! I am a Puerto Rican that loves American pecan pie. Who can provide a really delicious recipe for this? Thanks a lot. María Sánchez, Carolina, Puerto Rico
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

12) New Online Merchants
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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

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

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