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The Collectors Newsletter #562 -- October 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #562 -- October 2007
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.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.
Here is a couple other suggestions of how to decide how to divide up those one of a kind items from a relative/parent's estate.
When my father died he had a one of a kind picture. In our hometown there is a mural in our post office. This is a small town with only one post office and anyone who has done business there has seen it (it fills half a wall). Many people have fond memories of this mural growing up. Sometime in the 50's or 60's my father hired the local professional photographer to take a picture of this mural and then develop it in the bathtub. To our knowledge this is the only other copy of this mural in existence. Of course all four of his children wanted this one of a kind picture when he died because it was an example of my father's personality and his love for history of our hometown. Since it was not possible for all of us to own it, it was collectively decided to donate the picture to the hometown historical society in honor of my father. Now we are all proud to see the picture displayed and enjoyed by others.
There is another item my mother owns only one of and everyone wants it. It is an wooden elephant that is big enough for a 2-3 yr. old child to sit on. I have already decided to try and buy a replica of this elephant. I figure (as the youngest) I will not ever get so I have decided to do the next best thing and replace it with one that looks exactly like it or is similar to it. The hunt is on and it is quite fun. I guess it is all how you look at things. Ya know, when your given lemons--make lemonade philosophy.
Just some suggestions that I hope help some people in similar circumstances. Wendy from Ohio
I can't tell you why other people don't put prices on items, but I can tell you why I never put prices on a anything I ever sold at a yard sale, a weekend antique sale, or on items in my antique shop. Simply because it took all the fun out of it ! What I mean by that is, if someone saw a price on something they wanted and it agreed with them, they would just whip out the money, hand it to me and be on their way. Which is fine if I was working at, or selling items at say Walmart, but I wasn't. I wanted to know the person I sold things to. Unlike some dealers or sellers, there was a story that went with each item I bought and sold. I never was one to buy antiques or collectibles in large auction lots or from nameless or faceless people on the Internet. What fun would that be? Just to possess or have the item? No thanks. So what better way to strike up a conversation with someone than to have them ask me what the price was for an item. That way I could tell them a little about the item. And not to jack up the price either. Just so they would know and not only had the item, but had the story that went with it as well ! It would only take a minute or two to tell about the item, and if the person was someone special who just loved the item dearly, then usually I would give them a much lower price than I would to someone who just wanted to have the item just to have it. And believe me, more times than not, I sold it at a much lower price than I should have. Which makes me laugh and say that is why I no longer sell items, and today only appraise them, never did make money selling, but what fun I had while I was doing it and knowing the item went to someone who truly would love it and take care of it !
L. Hobby - Phoenix, Az
About 6 or 7 years ago I stopped at a yard sale which turned out to be an estate sale. As I was walking through the house there was a box setting on the floor that had something sparkly sticking out of it, and being sort of a girlie girl it caught eye, I knelt down to see the box marked $5, I reached inside to find it contained an aluminum tree, the entire thing in all its shiny, sparkly silver glory! My granny had one when I was a kid and I loved that tree!
Well, I snatched that box up so quick it would have mad you dizzy! I got home and showed my treasure to my husband and son and they were both totally disgusted and could not figure out why I was so happy with it. That is until Christmas came and I had collected tons of blue and silver ornament ribbon and all kinds of pretty things to over it with. Well needless to say it has become our favorite, but most of all it makes me feel like granny is here during the holidays!! And the best part is that my son who just got his own apartment asked if he could have to put in in his house this year! Susie
I stopped going to antique shops some time ago for the very reason someone mentioned about dealers not putting prices on their items and I had to leave without purchasing the only items I found I wanted, and could not buy. It is ridiculous the many items I have found not priced. I finally assumed they did not want to sell those items, they were there to be used as gimmicks to get you back in their shop over and over. I now only buy online. Dottie in Florida
My Mother has written down quite a few things that she wants certain people to have. Unfortunately, she's had to revise the list when that person dies or she has a falling out with someone. The 3 most important items my parents have was divided successfully by my brothers and I drawing names. I already have been given my item, my Grandmother's clock. The other 2 items, a painting and a clock my father made, are still at their house and will probably remain there until they die.
My mother-in-law, who knew she was dying, took time to sort out all family heirlooms and write names on them before she passed. When my father-in-law died, he had already told us who should get what; so there was no arguing amongst the 2 remaining siblings. Before my Grandfather died, he lived to be 103, he gave things to people when they would come and visit him. Other items he specified. So, it is very important to write down who you want things to go to. But we also discussed numbering items and then drawing numbers from a hat to see who gets it. I'm just glad we haven't had any disputes.
I love the newsletter. Thanks for ALL the letters! I like what Della said; it just tells you more about the nature of human beings than anything else. Kiki
In response to the last story in the last newsletter, I find the same thing all the time. I sell out of a small shop now but used to be in a huge co-op with over 200 dealers. We were told at the big shop that if someone brought up an item with no price on it that we were to call the dealer for the price or not sell it until they came in and priced it. That way if it was accidental, the dealer could correct it and if the buyer pulled the price tag off in hopes of getting a better deal we would avoid any possible conflict. You'd be surprised at how many sneaky customers would try that or switch price tags. I make sure all my items have a code number and description so the person ringing it up can see if it is the right tag for the item.
I really hate the flea markets where nothing is priced. I'm sure the seller is just sizing you up to see if you can "afford" to pay more or if you look like you don't know what the item is worth. I don't even bother to ask most of the time because they throw out some crazy high price just by looking at you. If you don't know what you want for your stuff how can I make a fair offer? And if I offer a price that's too low they tell you how it's worth so much more on Ebay or that it is really old. Well, duh, that's why I want it! If any dealers out there have a good reason for not pricing things up front, please respond so we know how to approach you in the future. It just takes the fun out of bargain hunting at flea markets. Sherri in NJ
My parents were thinking ahead when it came to dividing up their possessions among us kids. Several years ago my parents invited all their children to their home for dinner. When dinner was over they instructed us to go to the family room. As we walked through the door we saw a mountain of "stuff" in the middle of the room. My mother then told us that starting from oldest child to the youngest we were to take turns choosing something we wanted until everything was selected. We all felt funny about it at first but it was great because we realized that we were also bringing them pleasure as we showed them that their things also had special meaning for us.
Recently my parents moved to a condo so needed to downsize, so again they loaded boxes of everything they didn't plan on taking with them to their new home. The phone calls started to the children and grandchildren to see if there was anything we needed or wanted before they had a yard sale. I liked this even better because the grandchildren were sure to get something of Grandma's or Grandpa's as a remembrance for someday when they are gone.
Mom and Dad have also sat us all down as a group and told us which of their nice things are ours when they are gone. Another great idea! Not only do we know what they would like us to have, we all know what they want our siblings to have, too! No fighting. Very smart people. I am happy to say that they are still going strong and the nicest gift of all is still having them to talk to. M. M. in Utah
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the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of September 2007.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar (No movement) 2. Avon (Up from #6) 3. Typewriter (Not listed last month) 4. Fenton (Not listed last month) 5. Radio (Not listed last month) 6. Milk Glass (Not listed last month) 7. Stamps (Down from #2) 8. Fans (Not listed last month) 9. Fire king (Up from #10) 10. McCoy (Down from #7)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Nippon (Up from #2) 2. Mirrors (Up from #10) 3. White Ironstone ( Down from #1) 4. Brown Transferware (Not listed last month) 5. Desks (Not listed last month) 6. Sofa (Not listed last month) 7. Jug (Not listed last month) 8. Beds (Not listed last month) 9. Tiffany (Not listed last month) 10. Lamps (Not listed last month)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
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Here is the news for today.....
1. The Latest News in the October 2007 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter
2. Hake’s sets new world auction record with $151,534 sale of 1930s Mickey & Minnie Mouse dolls
3. Equestrian painting brings $23,100 at Leland Little sale
4. NumisMaster.com Sees Massive Growth in Online Traffic
5. Antiques and collectibles news and fun in this free email newsletter.
6. Steckbeck collection of mechanical banks is ready for its closeup!
7. Founders of LiveAuctioneers.com, industry experts launch Style Century Magazine
8. Depression Era Glass Events / 20-30-40 Glass Society of Illinois
9. Halloween, Felix, Zorro, Nightmare and more in the October issue of Toy Collector Magazine
10. Author, Daryle Lambert Predicts Ebay Changes On the Horizon
11. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for September 2007
12. Rare Harry Potter First Edition to be Auctioned by Heritage!
13. Old Car Prices Available Online
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
The China story is so similar to my own 4 year old daughter's reaction. She was reading out the letters on the back of her new doll, and declared that Hong Kong was a gorgeous name! She's 22 now, and we still have Hong Kong....Susan
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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WANTED: OLD GUITARS and 1959 Les Paul Standard
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Jean requested a recipe for Pork Pie. Several recipes were mailed in by readers...
CANADIAN PORK PIE
1 lb. ground pork
1 lg. onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. sage leaves
Dash of nutmeg
1/4 c. mashed potato flakes or dry bread crumbs
1/2 lb. ground veal
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 c. boiling water
Pastry for a 9 inch two crust pie
In large skillet, combine pork, veal, onion, salt, pepper, sage, garlic and nutmeg. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned. Add boiling water, simmer uncovered 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat, drain. Stir in mashed potato flakes, let cool. Prepare pie crust for two crust pie. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spoon filling into pie crust lined pan. Cover with second crust. Slit crust in several places, brush top of crust with milk to glaze. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. 6 servings.
FRENCH PORK PIE
2 lbs. ground pork
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 c. water
1 c. mashed potatoes or bread crumbs, optional
Pastry for 2 (9 inch) pies
Combine pork, onion, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and water (allspice may be substituted for cinnamon and cloves). Cook over low heat for one hour, stirring occasionally. If desired, add potatoes or bread crumbs. Filling should be moist but not too wet or dry. Add water if needed.
Line two pie pans with pastry, fill with meat mixture and cover with top crust. Flute edges. Cut slits in top of crust to allow steam to escape. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or lukewarm. Cut in wedges. Each pie serves 6.
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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.
Does any have g good recipe for a coffee cake muffin? I remember having these in college many years ago and absolutely loved them...Dee
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J Fox Antique and Gift Gallery LLC
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Sondra Jo's Collectibles
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Great Things Old
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Jewelia's Fine Jewels
Our incredible collection of fine jewelery spans over 50 years--quality pieces at affordable prices. Our collection includes antique, estate, vintage, contemporary and artisan jewels. We have many 1-of-a-kinds and our jewelery are set with vibrant gemstones.
Kathryn's Treasure Attic
We have postcards, paper items, jewelry of all types, books, figurines, glass, metal, pottery, kitchen, toys, Military, vintage to collectibles, just about anything and everything you can think of.
Daryls Clocks Galore
Offering a wonderfully unique collection of Antique and Collectible Clocks, old Tube Type Radios, vintage Cameras and Camera Equipment plus vintage Telephones.
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