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The Collectors Newsletter #558 -- September 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #558 -- 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 Telephone Collectors Association
The Antique Telephone Collectors Association, or ATCA, is the largest telephone collectors organization in the world. Chartered in 1971 as a non-profit corporation by the state of Kansas, its over 1500 active members are located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in telephone related collectibles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Vintage_Electronics/Telephones/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:
While surfing the many items on TIAS, I recently came across an "Eye Massage Machine". I've never heard of such a thing and in my 12 year affiliation with TIAS, I thought I had seen just about everything in the way of antiques and collectibles. To see this rather bizarre machine, take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/showcase-item.cgi?itemKey=1922888153 . This made me wonder if there were other antique & collectible oddities on TIAS that people would enjoy seeing. With over 500,000 items in our database, I could use a little help searching.

If you ever find an unusual antique or collectible on TIAS and would like to share it with the group, drop me an email with a link to the item and the word "Gizmo" in the subject line. Send your email to newsletter@tias.com . If we get enough submission we'll run one in each upcoming issue. At the end of next month (October 2007) we'll go through all of the submission and pick one that we thought was the most unusual and send the person that submitted the item one of these nifty little gizmos. See: http://tinyurl.com/33ql27 which I'm sure will become a collectible one day. :-)
I collect all kinds of things but I really like old furniture. Because I live in a small town everyone knows that I collect. People will ask me to come and look at furniture the want to sell. I always ask how much they want and if it is a good buy I always add 20 or 25 dollars to the price and ask if they would be happy with that. They always are and because they get more than they asked are content. I don't want to pay more than I have to but do not want my neighbors to feel cheated. As to rummage sales, our church holds one twice a year and we get all kinds of stuff donated. When setting up we might find something we would like but we have a rule that no one can buy till 9 AM the next day. If I want something I am in the line up with everyone else. When Nine o-clock comes everyone rushes to their field of interest and sometimes I get what I want and other times some one beats me to it. The church makes some money and everyone goes home with a good feeling and often a treasure. Although it is a real money maker Mothers can outfit their children( with all kids clothing going for 25 cents each) and nothing is more than 5 dollars. We feel it is a service to the community. Margaret from Saskatchewan

--Another Story--

Hi, I love getting and reading your newsletter. In your "Lost and Found" section, I would really like to find family of Arthur D. Hart, to pass on a beautiful bronze medal awarded him by the Lawrence Institute of Technology. The year was 1973. Still in the original box it came in. Too valuable to sell to strangers--I hope his family steps up to identify and receive. Just send some information about the medal, and proof of relation to Mr. Hart to dbruch@tampabay.rr.com Thank you.

--Another Story--

When my mother passed away I was designated to divide the items in the estate. However mom had kept a legal pad in her desk that we had all used over the years to write things down that we would like to have. This list also was used by the grandchildren to request items. At the time of her passing the children looked over the list first and chose, then the grandchildren. Everything went along grand. We had the grandchildren come one weekend and they had a free for all with the remaining items. Some of the items they chose we not anything great but remembrances of their Grandmother. Months later we 3 girls did some swapping of our goods and everyone was happy because of the spirit in which we divided Mom's household . It's all in the sentiment of how you handle this delicate job. Thanks for your newsletter. Kathryn

--Another Story--

My story is similar to the lady who wrote in about a very rich eccentric lady who outbid everyone at an auction regardless of the amount. My parents attended the estate auction of a local man who had recently passed away. In attendance was a man who also outbid a lot of other bidders with no apparent spending limit. He was overheard telling a few of his competitors that he was there representing Cracker Barrel Restaurants and that it didn't matter what they bid because he had an unlimited expense account & was prepared to outbid them. Anyone who has eaten at Cracker Barrel knows that the antiques hanging on their walls have price tags hanging off of them. I'm sure that this information was intended to discourage competition when he entered a bid. I had looked forward to going to this auction but I'm glad that I missed it after all. The fun part of an auction is the possibility of getting a deal and to hear someone brag that he had the unlimited means of a large business backing him would surely kill the true spirit of an auction for the other participants. Ginny in South Carolina

--Another Story--

I too was annoyed at the high costs of clothing and other necessary items I saw at thrift shops. I felt that when I gave a donation of nice clothing or warm blankets that they would go to a family that couldn't afford to buy them new, and yet, some of the prices on things donated were almost as high as they were when new. I said as much to the women who worked in our local charity shop. She told me that when someone comes in and can prove a need for clothing, dishes or household items, they are given FREE to that person. She said the shop often helps young single mothers or families in dire straits set up housekeeping. Also, any money taken in by the thrift shop on the higher priced clothing is used to support their food bank and other community groups that they support. I now feel that if they can price a used jelly jar for $1.29 or a pair of old shoes for $6.00 and someone is willing to pay it, that's what it's all about.

--Another Story--

I am an Estate Liquidator in Texas and when I talk to family members in preparation for a sale I always encourage them to take everything they want, especially photos and items that have sentimental meaning. While most families do take all of the photos, I sometimes get the reply "We don't know any of those people, the pictures don't mean anything to any of us. Just throw them away." I haven't quite been able to do that yet, especially with the wonderful turn of the century photos. I try to sell them first, hoping that they will find a home with someone who appreciates their historical value & then, if they don't sell I donate to the local historical society or museum.

So many times I hear the comment, "Isn't it sad that the family didn't take more" or "Isn't this depressing work, knowing these lovely things were unwanted?" or "Think of all the memories & history going out the door with these things". My reply? I know that the family got everything that was important to them. I know that everything that goes out the door during one of my sales is going home with someone who will love & appreciate it as much as the original owner and that it will become a part of a new family where new memories & history will be made.

It's a shame that a few unscrupulous, ill tempered people in the business give the rest of us who care about our clients & customers a bad name. L. McCain - Corpus Christi, Tx

--Another Story--

When Ebay went public in 1998, and made the already popular field of antiques and collectibles even more popular. This was coupled with the ever growing demand from a very large segment of the population called Baby Boomers, who were not only nostalgic for items from their past, but who also had disposable income (or at least thought they did) to buy these items with. Antiques and collectible buying was usually reserved for the very rich, or for kids to collect baseball cards or stamps. Now people didn't have to spend countless hours scouring through thrift stores, auctions, or antique stores for the items they wanted. The field of antique and collectibles now is at an all time high with more items becoming available since on line auctions such as ebay made it easy to sell items from the comfort of your own home. (The influx of items though drove down the prices of antiques and collectible but that is another story). Big thrift stores are corporations. And although they may have (for tax purposes) be not for profit, they are still corporations. Quite a few charities had already felt the back lash of public disapproval when it had been discovered that something like 90 or 95% of every dollar donated or spent in one of the thrift stores of these large non-profit agencies did not go to the people who needed it and deserved it, but instead to the administrative costs and to the salaries of executives. So with all the interest in the collectible and antique field, and the new on line auction service from Ebay, along with the new FOR PROFIT thrift stores competing, these same thrift stores knew that to stay alive they would actually have to compete for their share of the market. So now enters a knowledgeable employee/volunteer that works at the thrift store, or a young executive that understands the antique and collectible market and takes a look around the store and notices that the cobalt blue Shirley Temple cereal bowl is sitting on the shelf with a sticker price of 25 cents when he had seen the same thing last weekend while out antique shopping with his wife for $25 dollars not cents. The employee or volunteer may or may not first buy the item and/or then suggest that the thrift store raise their prices to what these items are going for or at least try to auction them off on ebay. Gone of the days of discovering a valuable item at a thrift store bought for 50 cents. Don't get me wrong, you can still get bargain or a deal at a thrift store but they are getting harder and harder to come by. Some of the smaller thrift stores still will put ALL the old cups together and price them the same whether they are collectible or not. Either they don't have anyone knowledgeable about collectibles or antique items, or they really just don't care and don't want to go to all that trouble and just want to sell the item so they can replace it with another. I will be the first to admit, that part of the fun of this whole thing to me was going to a thrift store or a yard sale hoping to find something of value that I could buy at a steal! And when the thrift stores started upping the prices, I quit going. The only way I could afford any antique or collectible in the first place was have enough knowledge to know it when I saw it and would have to "discover" it buried under a bunch of other junk in a thrift store or yard sale. It is sort of like the game scavenger hunt to me. I was also an antique dealer for a while a few years ago, and unless you get lucky and bid on a storage room and find antiques or collectibles buried in all the other junk, or do find an item at a thrift store or yard sale for a half way decent price, how else are you going to get stock? It isn't like I could call up the manufacturer and have him send me a dozen more. The scarcer items get, the harder they are to find at a decent price to make money off of them. I have been on both ends, as the buyer looking for the deal of the century (just so I can be on the Antiques Roadshow and tell my story of how I found a painting at Goodwill for $10 and sold it on Ebay for $50,000) and also as a dealer trying to make a living. I do believe there is a fine line between being a greedy bad person who will without conscious purposely take advantage of someone who is perhaps under emotional diress having to sell a loved ones belongings, but also in this day and age there is absolutely NO REASON why a person would not know to spend a little time BEFORE they have a sale researching the items and prices. Or at the very least researching the auction/estate sale company. I believe that a person should determine who gets what and then tell everyone BEFORE they die! I still collect sometimes if I can find something I can afford, but now I just appraise antiques and I am glad to be out of this whole thing but had to still give my thoughts since we have been stuck on this issue for a while. Thanks L. Hobby - Appraiser - Whatitsworthtoyou.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
Here is the news for today.....

1. Smith House Fall Toy Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782886&keys=Toys-Celluloid-Windups

2. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights The Grateful Dead in its Weekly Free Article
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782885&keys=music-Garcia-Grateful-Dead

3. Win a Warman’s Field Guide Library With New Collect.com Contest
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782884&keys=contest-books-free

4. World Proof Numismatic Association is celebrating its 43rd Anniversary this year.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782883&keys=WPNA-Celebrates-Anniversary

5. Internet auction of historical materials to be held by Smythe & Co. on Oct. 1
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782882&keys=Interent-Auction-Smythe-Historical-autographs-books

6. Call For Appraisal Articles
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782879&keys=Journal

7. Three Charles Schulz "Peanuts" strips sell for $89,275
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782878&keys=schulz-peanuts-comic

8. LiveAuctioneers' Top Lots for Aug. 2007
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782877&keys=auctions-online-TopLots

9. Eva Braun dress sells for $35,875.00 on Internet auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782876&keys=Manions-militaria-auction

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782875&keys=pottery-Lautrec-Roseville

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782874&keys=Steuben-architectural-art
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...

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
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The all new KOVELS’ BOTTLES PRICE LIST, 13th edition, with prices of more than 12,000 antique, vintage and modern bottles, is available wherever books are sold. Written by Ralph and Terry Kovel, America’s well-known authorities on antiques and collectibles, this best-selling handbook includes current prices and histories for more than 90 categories of bottles dating from the 1700s up to 2005. You’ll find everything from flasks and fruit jars to soda and sarsaparilla bottles, and from medicine, milk and perfume bottles to Avon, Coca-Cola, Jim Beam and Ezra Brooks. An important reference tool for both experienced and novice collectors, KOVELS’ BOTTLES PRICE LIST contains detailed information on the histories of companies and bottle types.
Some of the special features:
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday, September 17, 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.
I remember going out for dinner with my husband, my son who was about four years old, and his grandparents. There was a guy dressed as a cowboy at a nearby table. Noticing my son staring at him, he said, "You too can be a cowboy when you grow up." My son replied, "Oh, I already was one last Halloween!" Our entire table erupted in laughter.
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?

Want to buy gold 1" key-shaped membership pins

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, Punty in Virginia requested recipes using elderberry. Several recipes were mailed in by a readers...
Elderberry-Bran Muffins

2 Tablespoons Molasses
2 Tablespoons Shortening
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Eggs, separated
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Cup flour,whole wheat or white
1 Cup bran or bran cereal
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup soured milk or buttermilk
1 Cup washed and drained elderberries
Mix molasses,shortening,sugar,and egg yolks. Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately,
then fold in well-beaten egg whites--to the point where they peak but are not dry.
Fold in elderberries; bake in greased muffin tins for 15 minutes at 425 F.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen muffins.
My Grandma passed this recipe on to me. Chris in NE

--Another Recipe--

Elderberry Jelly

3 1/2 cups elderberry juice (about 3 1/2 pounds ripe berries)
Apple juice (optional)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice strained
7 1/2 cups sugar
1 pkg powdered fruit pectin

Prepare elderberries by removing large stems. Place in large kettle; crush. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes. Strain through jelly bag.
Measure juice. If you do not have enough add lemon juice and pour into kettle.
Heat adding sugar, and bring to a boil stirring constantly.
Add pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat, skim off foam.
Pour into sterilized hot jars to within 1/8" of jar top. Wipe jar rim; apply canning lid and ring. Process in boiling water bath 5 minutes. Remove from canner and cool. Makes about 5 half pints.
Enjoy! Shirley

--Another Recipe--

Although I don't have any recipes for Punty in Virginia using the berries from elderberry bushes, I hope she has discovered what delicious tea can be made from the elderberry blossoms or flowers. When I was a kid (80 some years ago) my grandmother gathered the clusters of blossoms from bushes which grew wild on their farm in Ohio and put them in a low-heat oven to dry and then stored them in Mason jars for use all year long. Nothing better on a cold winter night than a cup of hot elderberry tea sweetened with good clover honey from Grandpa's bee hives.
Dode in California
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.
When I was small, my mother made the most wonderful soft Sour Cream Drop Cookies. They were so soft and we would eat them with ice cream on them. I would love to find the recipe for them. My mother's recipes that she left me with were such a hodge-podge that I can't make them out because she did almost everything without recipes! If anyone can help I would be so very grateful. Jeane
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.
R&T's Antiques & Collectibles
R&T Antiques will be featuring both European and American antiques. The variety will include garden statues, lithophanes, dolls, primitives, oil paintings, prints, stained glass, and collectibles. You may see some items not listed elsewhere. It will be enjoyable visit!

Rene Vintage Treasures
Here you will find a nice assortment of vintage pins, paper, advertising, Black Americana, historical ephemera, antique toys, NOS and much more.

Hudson River Art & Antiques E-Store
I've been in the Art and Antique business for the past 20 years. My business card is my logo. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Historic Hudson River Life is my passion. My Customers are my advertising.

Dreams Old And New
My inventories include glass, porcelain, lamps, furniture, magazines, toys, postcards, pictures, railroad items, board games, advertising stuff and many other items.

Spencer's Toyz Shoppe
We sell collectible toys. We work hard to find clean collectibles to bring to our customers. Remember, you do get what you pay for! Star Wars, Marvel, and other lines too.
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:
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

3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to http://www.tias.com/affiliates/

4. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles? PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos as well. Sign up today at: http://tinyurl.com/c6oqc (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

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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