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The Collectors Newsletter #546 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #546 -- August 2007
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Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Yo-Yo Association
Association for yo-yo players and collectors; source for information and two publications: 'AYYA News' (twice yearly) and 'The Yo-Yo Times' (quarterly); Mr. Stangle is also a professional yo-yo entertainer! For more information, Click Here:
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2) 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.
Linda's story from Illinois of 'family auctions" sadly reminded me of what happened to my sister and I at a state auction of our mother's things back East. Our mother passed away unexpectedly while in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. Unknown to us, that state's law allows seizure of EVERYTHING, including personal effects, upon a person's death if bankruptcy has not been settled. It is then placed for auction and the state then gets the proceeds of the sale for disbursement. Our family had no issue with that requirement. Since all of us live in various western states, travel for all of us to the East Coast was not easily feasible, hence my going and then driving back with what furniture and items could be recovered by Hertz truck.
When the time for the auction arrived, I flew East, but my sister was unable to attend and an old friend of hers attended in proxy. She and I had had many emails and phone conversations about what items we would like to recover, and had our lists ready for the sale. Upon our arrival at the auction, we of course checked out everything, noted lot numbers etc, so we were pretty prepared. Attendance was average, I'd say, maybe 100 or so people, as it was rather cold, wet and windy that day.
For the first 20-30 minutes or so the auction went smoothly and once it was discovered by attendees that family was there to try to recover family heirlooms an amazing thing happened. Each time Richard or I bid on an item, people stopped bidding, so we could recover an item we wanted to stay in the family at a low price (but still fair) since we had limited funds anyway. We were feeling very encouraged that we'd be able to recover a number of special items that had belonged to our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Then a very disturbing trend began.
About 45 minutes into the auction, I noticed that although the general attendees still refrained from bidding on our "specials" there was always one or two people who continued to bid driving prices higher than we were comfortable with, then withdrawing, never winning an item. I realized then they were employees (saw them later, after the sale, with smocks on) of the auction house, acting as schills, increasing purchase prices, and therefore the percentage the auction house would gain from the sales. Within an hour, I was so distressed (and funds exhausted) that we finally had to withdraw from the sale leaving items we particularly had hoped to recover. To give an idea of the kind of prices we were faced with in the end...my great-grandmothers' dry sink off of the dairy farm, I ended up paying $1200. for when in any other market it was worth maybe $400. The attendees also knew what was happening and you should have heard the under breath comments. Alot of them left the auction that day early, I would like to think out of disgust, even though there were some really nice things available.
When I inquired later about specific items of jewelry, my mother's and grandmother's table silver (sterling), my stepfather's guitars (he was a professional musician), and why weren't they at the sale, I was informed that those items were being reserved for a several months' later sale of high end items. To say our disappointment was great is an understatement. Those items, most especially, the instruments and men's jewelry I had hoped to recover for our stepbrothers who were also unable to attend but were also musicians. We were not informed of any of this before the sale.
To add insult to injury...when I went to load up what we had managed to recover, I discovered that the auction house had allowed my grandmother's bedroom furniture to be taken by another antiques dealer two towns away. They tried to pass off other furniture that was NOT my grandmother's to me, claiming it was hers. It finally took threatening to have my mother's estate lawyer to be contacted before they conceded and told me where the furniture was taken. Very interesting thing was, although it took only three hours to resolve, when I went to the store the furniture was in, my grandmother's things were hidden waaaay in the back of the store with ALOT of furniture piled up around it. Even those people denied the furniture was mine despite having the lot list with me, my receipts and lot stickers still on the furniture!
I generally love attending auctions, but now with my experience, I really try to be aware if family is in attendance especially if it is an estate/bankruptcy sale. I hope that our experience was not normal in auctions of that type, but it really makes me wonder. Rather spoils the fun of it for people when dishonest practices occur and it sure taints the honest ones. Lois Anne, Montana
In answer to the letter about thrift stores selling on Ebay:
I work for Wagging Tails in Rockville, MD which is owned and operated by the Montgomery County Humane Society. I am their "jeweler" but I am not a professional; just an amateur who has quite a bit of knowledge and experience. I have taken some classes, and gotten plenty of help and advice from knowledgeable people including a wonderful professional appraiser who has her GG and donates her time to us every few months.
Last time I took a batch of jewelry to her, she identified the watch I brought as real Art Deco. I suspected the stones were diamonds, which she confirmed and pointed out that the watch case was probably platinum, which I was able to test at home with chemicals. It was a pretty piece and I know it would have been a hard sell at the store for what I thought it was worth. One of our employees at the Animal Shelter has set up an Ebay store for us and I gave it to her to list. It eventually sold for $457.00! Even with costs deducted that was one nice profit for the animals.
While we also do silent auctions at the store for choice pieces including collectibles and jewelry, I think Ebay will add a nice extra profit for the business. Don't forget, we are a charity, but we have to earn a good profit to do what we do. We have many volunteers but some paid employees and all the expenses of a bricks and mortar store. Our great advantage is the merchandise is donated but we have to sift through a lot of "stuff'" to find the good merchandise. It's hard work and we have a really great group of people working there. Sometimes we get first crack at things too, that's just one of the perks, but we have plenty to share with our loyal customers. Dottie in Bethesda
I too have to agree with the writer "Bonnie in Bend" about the pickings or gleanings from the so called thrift stores. Lately, all I have seen in most of the local Charity /thrift stores are leftovers from garage sales, lot sales, and junk. The better items are being sold online in the back room before the public even sees anything. My philosophy has always been to donate to these shops so that someone has an opportunity to work, and purchase items at a good price. I believe I may have to do a rethink, since I am donating items to be sold at a discount, not at a LARGE profit online. I have furnished an entire house after 5 years of searching, checking, comparing, and just downright luck. If I had to do it again, there is no way I would be able to accomplish this with the dealers being allowed into the showroom area to make their purchases PRIOR to the general public.I will not donate any more items to these so called charities that I know allow this to be done. If you have some of the smaller Mom and Pop stores in your areas, donate your used items to them, and give them a chance to help someone truly needy with a job, and a decent chance to buy items at a good price. Irked in Irving
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5) Lost and Found
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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.
Hi I love your newsletter! Wonder if I can get some help - I don't see any category that helps me here. I have an old trophy - my dad was the 1937 Canadian soap box derby champion. after sitting on a shelf for years some rambunctious grandkids knocked the trophy over and it landed on a fireplace skirt and has sustained a serious dent and fell off of the base. I cannot seem to find anyone who could repair something like this.
Also I have a number of artifacts from WWI including my grandfathers uniform and flags that are moldering away- any idea of who could treat them properly - possibly restore them? I am in Toronto Canada
Thanks! Bridgid Wilson - send email to -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Well, my interest in culinary doings began when I was about to turn 4 and my older 7-year old sister, already accomplished in clay cakes promised to make me a birthday cake. I went along with her to the lakeside where she meticulously dug up some beautiful red clay, then some lavender/blue clay and brought it back to our backyard. I watched as she molded it and made it into a two-layered cake. It was sooooo beautiful! Then get got some of the washing power (I believe it was DUZ, back in the 40s). She added water to the soap powder and whipped it up to a gorgeous thick, white frosting. She decorated the cake. Then she took real candy sprinkles and put them on the cake. I was absolutely salivating and could hardly contain my excitement over my birthday cake. Finally, after singing me the obligatory "Happy Birthday" song, she sliced the beautiful cake and gave me a slice. I took a huge bite and I am sure my disappointment registered on my face as I spat and cried, "Eeeeyew!" She eventually became a wonderful cook, though I never trusted her cakes again. liz wright
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, a reader requested a recipe for "Green Apple Pie made with Tomatoes" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
From Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook 1965
Pastry for 2-crust pie
4 cups peeled, thinly sliced green tomatoes
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Blend all ingredients except tomatoes in large bowl. Add tomatoes and toss to coat.
Place in pastry lined 9 inch pie pan. Adjust top crust, flute edges, cut vents.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes at 425F, until tomatoes are soft and crust is lightly brown.
This really is a good recipe that I have made a number of times. Linda
Green Tomato Pie
6 to 8 medium green tomatoes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
¾ - 1 cup granulated sugar (for diabetics, use Spenda or Equal)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
pastry to 9-inch 2-crust pie
Wash the green tomatoes well; peel and slice. In a saucepan, combine tomatoes with lemon juice, peel, salt, and cinnamon. Cook tomato mixture over low heat, stirring frequently. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into tomato mixture.
Cook mixture until clear, stirring constantly. Add butter, remove from heat, and let stand until slightly cooled. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry; pour in tomato mixture. Cover with top pastry, seal edges, crimp, and cut several small slits in crust to allow steam to escape. Bake at 435° for 35 to 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Serve warm or cooled. Betty
* 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
* 2 cups sliced green tomatoes
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Sprinkle over sliced tomatoes, coating them. Pour into pastry lined dish. Dot with butter or margarine. Cover with second crust, fluting edges. Cut three or four slits in top to allow steam to escape.
2. Bake at 375 degree F (190 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes.
hope this helps
JB in CT
Green Tomato Pie
55 min 10 min prep
pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 grated lemon, rind of
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups peeled and sliced green tomatoes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1. line a pie pan with pie dough or use a ready-made crust.
2. Mix the sugar, flour, lemon rind, allspice and salt together.
3. Sprinkle just a little of this at the bottom of the pie shell.
4. Arrange the tomato slices, a layer at a time as you cover each layer with the sugar mixture, lemon juice and a dot of butter on each slice.
5. Keep layering until you reach the top of the pie tin.
6. Cover with latticed top and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
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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.
In Junior High school in the early 70s, we had home economics class and the teacher taught us how to make a deep fried Japanese dish called Tempura. I remember making it for my parents the next weekend. I made shrimp, chicken, yams and other veggies. It was great. The trick was getting everything just right with the batter, the type of oil and the oil temperature. I'd love to try and make this for my kids. Any assistance would be appreciated. Steve in Santa Barbara
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