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The Collectors Newsletter #555 -- September 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #555 -- September 2007

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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors

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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.

Antique Poison Bottle Collectors Association
The purpose of the APBCA is to socially unite all poison bottle collectors and to promote, foster, and encourage the betterment of their collection. We encourage the exchange of information about our hobby and the exhibiting, displaying, promoting and researching of poison bottles. For more information, Click Here: http://tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=1748&listByKey=1748&groupKey=1

Are you interested in vintage bottles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Glass/Bottles/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
If you own or have owned an antiques or collectibles business in Minnesota or would just like to talk about the state of the antiques and collectibles business in Minnesota, Kevin Giles, a reporter with the Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota - Star Tribune would like to hear what you have to say. Drop him an email at: kgiles@startribune.com and introduce yourself. He's working on a story and needs to talk to antiques and collectibles dealers from Minnesota.

On another note, if you have a business or organization related to antiques & collectibles and you have news about your business/organization that you would like to share with our 276,153 readers, we would be happy to include your news in our "Antique News" section of this newsletter. It will cost you nothing, but the time it takes for you to write and post a press release. To submit your press release, go to http://www.news-antique.com/?go=signup to open an account. Instructions for how to write a press release can be found here http://www.news-antique.com/?go=terms The press releases you submit may also appear on Google news. We look forward to hearing from you.... Phil
We have the same problem with charity shops here in the UK. The donated goods are set aside so that a local auctioneer can value them and put them in his sale if they are worth anything – or they go on ebay! Now – I don’t have a problem with charities trying to get a fair price for goods that are donated BUT they are now big businesses! They still have armies of volunteers but pushing them to meet targets are well paid managers and area managers etc! The spirit of ‘bring and buy’ which was the foundation of shops such as OXFAM has gone and the prices they charge are astronomic! They are operating as large corporate businesses with all the advantages of having charitable status. I don’t know if it is the same in the States as here in England but many of these large charities employ people to go around the streets collecting money in their containers – they are paid over £8 an hour!!!! That’s an awful lot of money collected that is not going to where the donors think it is destined (many think these people are volunteers!!)! It’s all wrong!

I used to visit up to 6 charity shops everyday – we have many in my home town of Portsmouth and surrounding area - now the only one I have any time for is the Salvation Army, where I know that goods that I donate will be put to good use and the prices are reasonable! They do fantastic work and will kit out for free any destitute person with a full set of clean clothing and shoes (of their choice) from their shops. I give all my sale able unwanted goods to them - or to jumble sales - where ‘treasure’ can still be found occasionally and an awful lot of fun can always be had. Sheena Brown

--Another Story--

If you don't want an item and are tired of donating to local charities and thrift shops you can make sure you item goes to someone who needs it and appreciates it by joining your local Free Cycle group. Just go to your Internet browser and type in free cycle, it will give you a list of all of the groups nationwide. Just pick the group or groups closest to you and sign up. This is a program of people helping people. If you need something you ask for it, if you have something to get rid of post it. You get to pick who receives the item and you get to help someone in need. It's a great program, I have helped people find things they wanted by looking thru my cupboards,closets and house and in turn received items I needed. Give them a try. Marie, Alachua, FL

--Another Story--

If you don't want an item and are tired of donating to local charities and thrift shops you can make sure you item goes to someone who needs it and appreciates it by joining your local Free Cycle group. Just go to your Internet browser and type in free cycle, it will give you a list of all of the groups nationwide. Just pick the group or groups closest to you and sign up. This is a program of people helping people. If you need something you ask for it, if you have something to get rid of post it. You get to pick who receives the item and you get to help someone in need. It's a great program, I have helped people find things they wanted by looking thru my cupboards,closets and house and in turn received items I needed. Give them a try. Marie, Alachua, FL

--Another Story--

I went to a local Denver area auction last winter because of two huge Vienna clocks that I wanted. When they came up for bid it was your choice of the two. I ended up high bidder at $800.00 which I was going to take both as they were well worth twice that amount each. Well the auctioneer kept trying to get another bid but couldn't and finally he hollered out $850.00 and at the same instant said "SOLD" which of course was a air bid. He did it so fast so I could not get in another bid........ They still have some very nice old clocks listed in their wed site each week but they will never get me back there again. I know several people who have also said they will never attend one of their auction again...Lynn

--Another Story--

I had to laugh when reading the story about Jean from Grants Pass, Oregon, wanting her mother to add another column of "will kill sibling to get" when asking for their "wish lists" as that sounds like something I would say. I have been after my mother for several years to make up a list of some sort dividing the different collections and items that she and my late dad accumulated over the years. I told her that I won't fight my brother and his family for anything but I will be very upset if I don't get the items I want. Fortunately, she is only 65 so I have quite a few years left to “nag her” but I am definitely going to pass on that idea and who knows maybe she will even add the “kill” column! Thank you for a wonderful newsletter. I look forward to the information and the smiles it brings to my face. Teri - Gridley, Illinois

--Another Story--

Back in Newsletter #551, We received the following request...
Back in the late 30's to 1945 my father owned a John Deere implement business in Plymouth Indiana. During fair time he would take a tractor to the LaPorte County fair in Indiana, which at that time was the largest fair around. I don't know what model it was but it was either right before the war or when you could still buy tractors. I was probably maybe 5 years old then. They would place a plank under the back wheels and a board under the front wheels, jack it up and lower it down on top of 3 coke bottles to show the balance of a John Deere tractor. They then would rope off the area to keep people from touching it. I wonder if anybody out there has heard of this, seen this or has access to pictures of this.... Jim Roush

We got a response from Marilin & Randy Grahan which said " This photo was labeled 'They run on Coke too' It's from a farm magazine from the 1940's." The email included a black and white photo of a John Deere tractor raised up on 3 coke bottles. It's quite an impressive image, so I put it up online so that everyone can see it. Take a look at:

--Another Story--

After reading the stories of "shill" and "ghost" bidders at some auctions, I thought I would add my two cents. I've long been aware that there is a possibility that someone may artificially drive up the price of the item I want. When bidding on something I REALLY want, I leave my chair and stand at the back of the room where I can keep my eye on everyone and see exactly who is bidding against me. I've gotten pretty good at keeping within the price that I had set as reasonable anyway, but I think that the auction house finds it harder to follow through on shady practices if everyone can see exactly who is bidding. I hate it if I'm bidding against someone who is placed behind me! If I notice that anything is shady, I just stop. If enough people leave them holding the bag (merchandise) often enough, they might leave these unethical tactics behind. You can't make a commission on something you can't sell. Although we love our antiques and collectables, most of these things are not something we really NEED, especially at that price!

--Another Story--

HI... I love your newsletter and always read it first when I get the email. I have a suggestion to antique shops, that will help them as well. A few of my favorite shops have a ''locker" that I can put my purse in, lock it up, and only take a key with me to shop the store. My purse gets pretty heavy carrying it around, and I love that I can securely leave it until I am done shopping. The shopkeeper likes that purses aren't knocking over the small things set on tables or shelves, and of course they always worry that someone will steal something as well. I think this is a win win situation, because it leaves me two hands to look at things, and not have to carry a heavy purse through the store! I hope other shops will consider this method of ''purse control''. thanks! Linda
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
Here is the news for today.....

1. John Deere Tractor Runs on Coca Cola
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782845&keys=John-Deere-coca-cola-collectors-newsletter

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782844&keys=investment-opportunity-antique

3. Silver enthusiasts who purchase the new book “All About Antique Silver” will receive $486 in bonuses
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782843&keys=Antique-Silver-book-offer-bonus-about

4. A new special report on how antique collectors and others should prepare for a disaster or robbery
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782842&keys=Kovels-disaster-report-antiques-collectibles-robbery

5. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for August 2007
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782841&keys=kovels-price-top-antiques-collectibles-August

6. Fostoria Elegant Glass – Coronet and Pioneer
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782840&keys=Fostoria-Glass-Coronet-Pioneer

7. Name-brand dealers remain the backbone of the York Toy Show
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782839&keys=toy-auction-tins

8. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights The Beatles in its Weekly Free Article
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782838&keys=Beatles-Music-Auctions

9. Kaminski Auctions Announces West Coast Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782836&keys=Kaminski-Auctions-Antiques

10. Kaminski Auction Presents American and Continental Estates, Saturday, September 15, 2007
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782835&keys=Kaminski-Auction-Antique

11. 20th Century Art & Design Auction - September 9
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782832&keys=Stickley-Newcomb-Tiffany

12. RARE Vintage Bakelite jewelry.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782831&keys=Bakelite-Deco-Jewelry

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...

Serious Antiquing trip to Europe for cheapskates

DeLizza~Elster JULIANA Givre Glass~Peridot Demi Parure

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 272,000 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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- Lists of designers and manufacturers with locations, marks and dates
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday, September 7, 2007 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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7) 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.
After reading about carbon credits, I realize as an antique collector, I've been earning credits for years at antique stores, thrift stores, and yard sales. So, I'm happy to make my services available to the general public. Here's my ad. Jeanie
Feeling guilty about your carbon footprint? Need carbon credits?
For every dollar you send, I’ll make a purchase of a used/recycled item at an antique store, thrift store or
yard sale. I keep the item, of course, but you earn a certificate for one carbon credit for each dollar spent.
$10 – 10 credits. $50 – 50 credits.
Contact idodishes@wilby.us for payment instructions.
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.

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

If you are looking for something, let us help you find it! Our wanted ads are affordable and they work! go to: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 276,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

9) 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.

In the last issue, Cheryl C. requested a recipe for "dead man's bones" one recipe was mailed in by a reader...
Dead Man's Bones Cookies
These are taditional Italian cookies that are made for All soul's Day each year and were given their name due to their white color and crisp texture.

Makes 2 Dozen
1 Cup Cake Flour
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
4 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Ground Hazelnuts
1 Cup Ground Almonds
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two baking sheets, or alternatively, cover the sheets with silicon baking sheets. Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks. Sift together the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Fold in the egg whites. Fold in the almonds, hazelnuts and extract and stir until well mixed. Roll into a loaf shape about 1 inch wide. Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch lengths. Place on the prepared baking sheets at least 1 inch apart. Bake until lightly golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. The cookies will puff up as they cook, resembling bones. Cool on wire racks, and store in airtight containers. These cookies should keep well for two to three weeks. Carol -- Cullman,AL

--Another Story--

Ossa dei Morti
Bones of the Dead Men
1/2 pound slivered almonds
2 cups sugar
2 Tbs butter, room temperature
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg white
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
flour and butter for the cookie sheet

1. Mix all the ingredients together, except the egg yolk.
2. If you need to add moisture a small amount of liqueur or Marsala wine works well. Don't use Amaretto.
3. Pinch off small pieces, the size of a fava or lima bean. Form them into bean shapes and place on a greased and floured cookie sheet.
4. Lightly whisk the egg yolk. Brush the cookies with the egg yolk.
5. Cook at 350F for 15 minutes.

Note: All Souls Day is one those great feast days that has been overlooked in the United States. In Italy families visit cemeteries and will even have picnics near the graves of their loved ones. The first thought of many Americans is, "How morbid!" The Feast of All Souls is a celebration of life and not death. It is a feast day that recalls all the Christian faithful who have transitioned from an earthly life to an eternal one.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy an old cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

10) 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 the 70's my husbands aunt used to save the good peach peelings when freezing peaches an cook them to can, an later were used as filling for fried pies......were as good in pies as the dried peaches....would love to have the recipe to do this...I remember it had sugar and some vinegar cooked in them ...This was in Ky.....thanks....Mildred
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

11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Extensive inventory of vintage tobacco tins, advertising signs, soda advertising, thermometers, match safes, pocket mirrors, talc tins vintage toys and banks

Collectibles For You
Collectibles For You offers a variety of items including pottery, porcelain, china and glassware.
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

12) Helpful Resources:
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5. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?" http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

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Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at newsletter@TIAS.com ©1995-2007 TIAS.com Inc.

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