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The Collectors Newsletter #552 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #552 -- August 2007
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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.
After seeing the hurt feelings of family members following the death of their Mother/Father, I decided I did not want this to happen in my family. I am a COLLECTOR !!!! My will states that I have a separate hand written list specifying certain items that are to go to the person who asked for it. Each of my 3 children, their spouses and my 5 grandchildren have always been encouraged to tell me if they see something in my home they would like to have. If it is something I have enjoyed for a while and am ready to part with, it goes home with them then. If not, I write their name and the item on my list. The administrator of my estate is my attorney. I did not want to put either of my children in a position that may cause hard feelings. My administrator has been instructed to meet with my 3 children at my home. Three pieces of paper will be put in a bowl with each one drawing out a number. Number one will have the opportunity to pick any item he/she wants. Number 2, the same and then number 3. This process will continue until they all agree that the remaining items can be donated to my favorite church thrift store. Each person has the same opportunity as the others with no one being favored. My children have all been told of this arrangement are agree that it is the fair way to be handled. This plan may not work for every family but it is certainly worth thinking about. B. H. Gordon
I come from a family with five girls and our mother was always concerned that there would be trouble when it came time to divide up the estate as there were several key items that everyone wanted. She finally resolved that we would draw straws and then take things in turn until everything everyone wanted was chosen. After my parents passed away, my sisters and I gathered together. My mother had written us a letter to be opened upon her passing and we read that aloud. In it she explained how important it was to her that this process be conducted without bad feelings and her reasons for choosing the method she did. She then suggested several items we might consider that were favorites of hers. After we read this lovely letter (the best kind of love letter there is!) we drew straws. I got the first pick and, since I am the youngest, the next turn went to our oldest sister and then down in age. The wonderful thing was that as time had gone on and we had established our own households, the things we thought we would want as children were no longer important to us. For my first pick, I chose my mother’s college ring because our parents were both the first in their families to graduate from college and they were very proud that all their daughters had college degrees as well. Miraculously, everyone on the first round got the thing they wanted the most. We all agreed that my sister Pat, who is the only one who never married, should get Mom’s engagement ring since she did not have one of her own. We all felt her wedding ring was too personal and my niece was delighted when we told her we were giving it to her. The one thing I thought I would never get was a really nice quality geishaware cocoa set in perfect condition that my grandparents had received as a wedding gift. One of my sisters already had it in her home but no one wanted it but me so I paid her to have it professionally packed and sent from New York to California. It arrived in tact and occupies a place of honor in my home. Our grandmother and mother instilled in all of us a love of beautiful things, but the best thing about Mon’s plan was how it showed that they had also instilled in us the greater value of peace and love in the family. Denise in Alameda, CA
I went to an estate auction in my neighborhood. The lady was a spinster school teacher who died with no will. I had been in her house while she was alive a couple of times because my children liked to interview her for school papers about the "Olden Days". She had MANY beautiful antiques. One in particular was a dining room set with lovely chairs with glass ball feet. When I went to the auction preview I was shocked to see that the chairs had been replaced by plainer ones with no glass ball feet. I asked one of the assistants what had become of Miss Marys lovely chairs. He looked at me blankly like I had no idea what I was talking about. I SAT in one of those chairs not to long ago. There were other things that I also found to be missing. Since she had no heirs the auction company had been in charge of preparing the whole sale. I think they brazenly stole from the estate. I was very upset. Marys things did go for very high prices and I passed on those items. I did get to buy a few junk drawers and got some nice memories from a great lady. There was just no way to get justice from the auction company. To bad. I believe she had a great great niece on the west coast that received the proceeds. Vicki
I live in Maryland, and as with most of the readers submitting comments, I used to donate all my unwanted items to Purple Heart, Goodwill, etc. until I caught wind of the "goings on" within those organizations. As many have mentioned, these organizations allow "dealers" to pick over the high-end items first, and then before the left-overs get placed on the floor for the general public, the organization's employees get to go through the items. I realize that these organization are supposed to be "charitable" in nature, but I don't believe that most donors realize what is actually going on when they give up their treasured items thinking they will be going to "the unfortunate" who could not acquire such items elsewhere.
The past two years, I have boycotted these types of organizations. Anything I donate, I list on the "Freecycle" site. This is a national organization that tries to keep items out of the landfills while helping others who may have a need acquire the items free of charge. That is one of the rules, it has to be free! You cannot list anything for sale, barter for trade, or list contraband items and/or items that are dangerous.
I can't tell you how many items I have given to those in need, as well as receiving quite a few nice items myself (to include a riding lawnmower, beautiful pictures, sectional sofa, etc.). I'd advise anyone who wants to get out of the "rat race" of donating their items to these types of organizations only to find they have been acquired by dealers and/or sold on eBay to gain a higher profit (rather than be sold at a "thrifty" price), to log onto freecycle.org and register. It's FREE and you know your items are going to people who really need them. Karen
I've been reading the comments about thrift stores selling the best items on ebay for higher profits. No mention is being made of how the profits are being used. When I donate things to the Salvation Army or GoodWill stores (and I have donated truckloads of good items), my only hope is that the proceeds from the sale of those items helps someone in need. If those stores are able to get a higher price for the items I donate by selling them on ebay or through consignment sales, more power to them....as long as those higher profits are still going back to the charity. To everyone who donates their time, money or household items to charity, keep up the great work!
Teresa in Mesa
The latest trend and the newest buzz words are "living green". I was reminded by the letter from Diane in your last newsletter that we collectors have been reclaiming old barns and houses, reusing and repurposing old furniture and recycling old dishes and fabric for years. I look around my home and my only new purchases are two sofas and three mattresses. Everything else has had a previous life. My extended family and some friends don't quite understand my fascination with peeling paint, my love of worn rugs or my affection for mended textiles. I'm proud that my lamps are electrified kerosene or converted crocks. I'm pleased that my bedspreads were lovingly quilted by a previous generation. I couldn't cook without my well seasoned cast iron skillet or yellow ware bowls. In this era of disposable everything I say; hats off to all of us who having been living green long before it was popular or even had a name. Keep collecting!
Lenna in TN
I absolutely live for your newsletters, I even save them on my computer! I have been reading about the people who die and their stuff being given to thrift stores, etc. It is very sad to me.
When I lived in California, I was at a swap meet and was inquiring about a box with correspondence in it, and a couple of other items. I bought the other items and the dealer said, "You can have that box over there" So, I took it home. After my move to Kentucky, I found it again, and went through it. It has letters from Italy, and postcards from Spain; a piece of paper with American words and Italian translations. The letters are addressed to: Louise Kane, c/o Berg, Lawrence Farms, Mt Kisco, NY. She also lived in Rome for a time, as there are letters addressed to her there. They are dated in the early to mid 50's. If anyone can help, please do.
A lot of things like this are purchased from Storage facilities, abandoned units belonging to people who die, or just cant afford to pay for them any longer. Some things are personal and sentimental, and should be returned to the owners, but often aren't.
I try to follow the golden rule where things like this are concerned. I would want to know that letters my mother wrote me when I was in Girl Scout Camp, etc, would be returned if such a thing happened to me.
L. Johnson, KY send email to HIPPIEMAMALU@aol.com
Many years ago I found a charming little item at a yard sale for next-to-nothing. It's a glass Christmas candy jar with lid, obviously hand-painted by a very inexperience person (probably a small child), and looks like a little fat-bellied Santa Claus. It's "as cute as a bug's ear," and how could I go wrong for 5 cents? A year or so later I had this little Santa jar out at Christmas time when one of our son's best friends, Joshua, came by. His eyes lit upon the little Santa Claus, and with a stunned voice he asked where I'd gotten it. I told him, to which he responded "I painted that for my Grandma when I was five years old!" He was a little hurt that his Grandma had gotten rid of it (and for only five cents!), but I told him it was now one of MY treasures. I told him I'd be glad to keep it for him, or he could have it for his own future children. Currently, I'm still holding this little Santa jar, until Joshie has a family of his own and wants it back. It's still one of my treasures! ~ Dixie in Northern California
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7) Funny Old Stuff
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When I was young we lived next door to my grandmother and her parents, my great grandparents. What a delight it was for me to live next to these dear folk. My great grandfather always had a supply of "krogers" in his little desk next to his large overstuffed chair. Every time I happened over to their place, grandpa Voepel would open his desk and give to me a "kroger". Now if I ventured over to my great grandmother's desk, she would always have a supply of "chicklets" in her bottom drawer! Years later I married and there was a time I just had a craving for a "krogers", and my poor husband was at a loss as to what I meant. We were at the store and I found them...but the package was labeled "buttermints"!..did my husband ever get a laugh out of this....after discussing this with my parents they recalled that grandpa Voepel always purchased his buttermints at Krogers and that is just what he happened to call his buttermints and no one ever questioned him! I now have great grandpa's desk in my home...still has the green ink stain on the bottom where he held great grandma's supply of green ink bottles..every time I open that desk I can still "smell" the "krogers"!.....Nancy , Colorado Springs
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue, Lesia. requested a recipe for "peanut butter fudge" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
Makes about 5-6 pounds
4 ½ cups sugar
3 packages peanut butter chips -12 oz each
½ pound butter or margarine - melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can evaporated milk
1 jar marshmallow cream 7 ounce
2 cups nuts if desired
Mix the sugar and evaporated milk. Bring to a rolling boil for 7-9 minutes. Stir often, it can easily boil over.
Mix together is a large heatproof bowl. Chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, melted butter.
Pour the hot syrup over the chocolate mixture and stir well. Add nuts and vanilla.
Pour into buttered pan and chill. Cut into squares before firm.
Variations-Add a ¼ cup brandy. This does tend to make the fudge a little softer.
This is the recipe that I have used for years for peanut butter fudge. I don't remember where I got it, but it may be close enough to what the reader wants.
One can of evaporated milk
4 1/2 cups of sugar
dash of salt
about 1/2 cup of peanut butter
boil milk and sugar together until a little past soft ball stage. Add salt and the peanutbutter and beat until it starts to thicken and lose it's gloss. Pour into square dish and cut into squares when it has cooled down.
In response to Lesia in Michigan---My mom made the absolute BEST peanut butter fudge. There were 7 of us kids and times were tight. The one thing we always had on hand was peanut butter. When we were begging for sweets, Mom always came through with this. It's a family tradition and still the BEST.
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
1 1/4 cups milk (whole or evaporated for richer fudge)
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (cheap works best)
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
In heavy saucepan mix first four ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium to prevent scorching and cook until medium to hard ball stage. Remove from heat and add margarine and vanilla. Beat until stiff.
(I use a mixer but Mom always had us line up and take turns beating it by hand). If you want nuts, STIR them in now.
Pour onto BUTTERED (not greased) plates and let cool. Slice and enjoy.
Notes: I use serving platters or large plates. The fudge should be nearly 'setting' before being put on plates. If for some reason it doesn't set--grab a spoon and dig in or pour it over ice cream or cake. No
refridgeration needed. Debbie in Michigan
Re: request for old peanut butter fudge recipe
My Nana, from Seneca Falls NY, was born in 1901, and she used to make peanut butter fudge for years, to give to friends and family. I have her recipe card and was a little surprised at the brevity of the instructions. It reads as follows:
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups milk
Cook, bring to soft boil stage.
Add 1 cup peanut butter
2 T marshmallow Fluff
The fudge was outstanding; one piece was usually enough. My recollection is that there were peanut bits, so she probably used crunchy style peanut butter. I'm only assuming it went into a square or oblong dish. Her squares were about 1/2" thick. Ann S
The best Fudge we ever ate is Paula Deen's Peanut Butter Cheese Fudge. Joan in Silver Springs
1/2 lb sliced easy-melt cheese (recommended Velveeta)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts (I prefer pecans)
2 (16 ounce) boxes of confectioners' sugar
Lightly spray bottom of 9 by 2 inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a saucepan over med. heat, melt cheese & butter together, then add peanut butter & stir until smooth. Remove from heat &
add vanilla & nuts. (I use a 9 by 11 inch pan)
Empty confect. sugar into a large bowl & pour cheese mixture over sugar. Stir till completely mixed. Candy will be very stiff. (I end up mixing with my hands.) Using your hands remove from bowl & press evenly & firmly into pan. Because of the amount of butter in this recipe, pat top of candy with a paper towel to remove excess oil. Place in the frig. until firm. Cut and serve.
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Years ago I had a recipe for a simple barbeque sauce made with Granma's Molasses. I am pretty sure there were only three ingredients like molasses, ketchup and mustard. I lost that recipe somehow. I tried the molasses company online, but they were no help. If anyone has it I would appreciate having it again. Not only was it easy to make, it was also good tasting. Karen
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