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The Collectors Newsletter #550 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #550 -- August 2007
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When I was a young child growing up in the late 50's and early 60's, one of my favorite places to be was my Grandma's kitchen. It was furnished with an old cookstove, Hoosier-style cabinet, oak rocking chair, and a round oak table. Gram had come to Iowa from Germany at age 19 with her younger brother, but not with much in the way of worldly goods. She "worked out" in local homes, and got married to my grandpa who she met through one of those families. Like everyone else, they had some tough times during the Depression, but managed to buy a modest home and raise a family of four children. Unfortunately, my grandpa died when I was a baby, so Gram was a relatively young widow then.
Sometime in the 60's, Gram was redoing her kitchen and got a modern stove, some kitchen cabinets, etc. Maybe word got around that she was doing that, I don't know. Anyway, someone showed up at her house and convinced her to sell them her beautiful round oak table; they must have told her that her new kitchen needed a "modern" one. So, she got a Formica-topped table with metal legs instead. I was too young to know all the details of the transaction, but from what I recall, no one in the family was happy with what had happened and felt Gram had been taken advantage of. Of course it was hers to sell, but even more than the value, it was all the memories around that table that somehow we felt had been "stolen". I know she would not have sought out someone to buy it, but probably when presented with more money than they had paid for it in the first place, she thought she was doing the right thing. I just know any of her grandkids would have loved having that table, but of course we never told her that, because she was such a sweetheart and would have felt bad knowing how we really felt about the situation.
I love antiques and like everyone else, enjoy a bargain, but it always makes me a little sad to see nice furniture pieces at an auction or in a shop--makes me wonder what happened to the family who should be enjoying these treasures themselves. --A faithful reader from the midwest.
I read with interest the article about thrift stores putting items up on Ebay in order to make more money. And first I would say I have no problem with that as it is for charity.
The thing that upsets me is that the items left in the store are being ridiculously overpriced. One item in particularly stands out. They had received a very large set of China and had it in the showcase for $1,200. When we inquired we were told that's what they are selling for and the book price.
We watched as it sat there for some weeks gathering dust and eventually they discounted it to $900. Still it sat. Finally after 2 months, it was gone. When we inquired we were told someone had come in and offered them $125 for the whole lot and they finally accepted that.
When I have items that don't sell on Ebay now I donate them to a local small church thrift store so I know they will do some real good. Pat in Ohio
I am still struggling to understand exactly what people's concern with how thrift shops dispose of their items amounts to. If you give something away - whether it is to a thrift shop, charity or another person - then you have given it away. Obviously with a thrift shop or charity, you are probably also taking it as a donation on your taxes. In any case, I think that once you have given it away, it's no longer yours and really not your concern as to how it is used. If a charity chooses to use it to make money for the charity in a different way than usual, that's their business. If a person chooses to return a gift which is a duplicate or for which they have no use, that's their business. I sell on eBay and take things which have not sold to Goodwill and certainly would not think of going in the store to see if they are there or what they have them priced at. Even if someone who volunteers for a charity gets first crack at something - well that's fine. They are at least volunteering. And if a no doubt underpaid employee gets first crack, that's fine too. If you don't want it to be disposed of as the charity or recipient chooses, then set it out with your trash and let whoever wants it take it.
I, too, am aggravated at thrift stores selling good items online. Many of my local thrift stores have chosen to do so. The chances of getting any deals or good items is now lost.
I live in Will Count IL and shop the thrift stores in Cook County IL. To add insult to injury, the thrift store I frequented daily not only sold good items on the Internet, they also rigged sales. Employees got first crack at what came through the store.
Two or three times a year, the charity thrift store I shopped would hold a sale on Saturday where everything was 50% off--the regular stuff and the good stuff which never went on sale. I was always there at 9:00 when they opened. At one sale, they opened 5 minutes early and one particular buyer got first dibs on a number of items I had been watching--in particular, an Atkinson Fox print. I noticed many of the customers grumbling about this. This had to have been rigged.
Additionally, at another one of their "Everything is 50% off" sales, I was patiently waiting at the jewelry counter. The clerk behind the counter was having a quiet talk with the manager. I managed to hear the whole conversation. All the gold jewelry was held back and sold to one particular customer. The words out of the clerk's mouth were, "He's been here and gone--he got it all."
I no longer donate to this thrift store. It doesn't hurt my feelings when they have a rush of NSF checks, nor do I feel bad when a shopper lifts an expensive item. What goes around, comes around. Claudia in Lockport IL
I agree with Irked in Irving about the thrift stores especially for those of us who have been thrift shopping since way back into the 60's and 70's this was before the big antiques collectibles buying and selling era was a national pastime.
Nowadays not only is there a lot of junk in the thrift stores but the major thrift store chains are charging prices like the thrift store is a high end antique shop. I feel sorry for the new thrift store shoppers that have been caught up in the hype, like the television and radio advertising for one particular store that we have seen recently.
The major thrift stores are making a fortune off of things that are given to them from people who really feel that they are giving to a charitable organization to help people that could use a break on clothing and other household items.
Thrift stores get these items for nothing and then sell them for prices that you could get the item new for perhaps on sale in a regular retail store. They then compete with the same domestic seller online selling items that they got for free. We the sellers spend a great deal of time searching for collectible items to sell and this process is part of what makes it exciting, the 'search'. It can be to make ends meet, or to be able to sell a 'nice piece' to someone who is a collector; nobody gives us these items for free to sell. It doesn't seem fair that thrift stores would be allowed to compete with sellers online and also jack up their in store leftover junk prices. Thrift stores are supposed to be an oasis for the consumer instead they have turned the thrift store business into another greed based enterprise. I also feel that high end retail stores should not compete in the same online auction market with domestic online sellers because as retail businesses their inventory is more expansive and more easily acquired. If the major thrift stores are going to accept these charitable donations, then sort out all the good stuff to sell/auction at high prices online and then sell the leftover junk to their customers then I personally don't see that as continuing the act of charity because they are not helping the consumer they are just in it for themselves. Thanks, 10aseeAnn
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7) Funny Old Stuff
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My funny story: I was watching my four year old grandson playing with a Thomas Tank display at the toy store while my daughter, his mother, shopped. Another little boy about the same age came over and stood watching for a few minutes. He turned to me and said "hi". I smiled at him and said "Hi Sweetie". He gave me a rather strange look and sounding a little disgusted, said "my names not Sweetie" and walked away. I still have to chuckle everytime I remember that serious little face. Sallie C
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Michele. requested a recipe for "Peanut Butter Balls" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
I have two recipes that could be the "peanut Butter
Balls" the reader was looking for. The first is out
of a Betty Crocker Children's cookbook I had many
Peanut Butter Cremes
1 well beaten egg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
Then stir in:
1 more sup powdered sugar
(add more powdered sugar if needed to make firm enough
to handle). Shape into tiny balls and roll each ball
in chopped salted peanuts. Place on Wax paper and
refrigerate to set.
1 pound box of powdered sugar
2 cups peanut butter (crunchy)
1 stick margarine
4-5 tablespoons milk
4oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
6oz milk chocolate chips 1/4 bar parafin
Mix together with hands--powdered sugar, peanut
butter, margarine and milk. Roll into small balls.
Place them on a cookie sheet and stick them in a
freezer while preparing chocolate. Melt chocolate
ships and parafin in top of double boiler. Dip balls
into chocolate (leaving small amount of penut butter
ball exposed on top to resemble a "buckeye").
Here in Ohio we call them "Buckeyes".
Knead together - 3lbs. powdered sugar
1 lb soft butter
2 lbs. smooth peanut butter
With your hands roll them into balls about the
size of buckeyes. Lay on a cookie sheet to chill in
refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
While balls chill, melt in a double boiler-
1/4 slab of paraffin wax
2 12oz. packages of chocolate chips
With a toothpick, stab peanut butter ball and dip
into melted chocolate. Leave a "dime sized" spot of
the ball showing to make it look like a real buckeye.
Chill on waxed paper...Catherine
have been making this recipe for decades.It's from my 1976 edition of Betty Crocker........
Peanut Butter Creams
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine,softened
3/4 cup finely chopped salted peanuts
Beat egg slightly in a small mixer bowl.Beat in one cup of the dugar,the salt,vanilla,peanut butter and butter.Stir in remaining sugar.If necessary,add more sugar to make firm enough to handle.
Shape mixture into one inch balls;roll balls in peanuts.Refrigerate. 3 dozen candies....
I omit the nuts and roll mine in more confectioner's sugar. And over the years I have stopped adding the egg also. Still get terrific results and they are always a favorite! Samantha
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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.
Cannot locate a long time recipe that in a large pot cooked together . Starting with potatoes, cook several minutes, then add corn to boil, after it cooked, add shrimp and cook a few minutes. There may have been other ingredients. After cooking, dump entire contents onto picnic table that has been covered with newspaper. Everyone helps themselves. Would love to locate this. Jane G.
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