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The Collectors Newsletter #564 -- October 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #564 -- October 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.
Association of Coffee Mill Enthusiasts
ACME was established in 1994 for the purpose of preserving the history, and to encourage the collecting of domestic and international antique coffee mills.
ACME was created as a central repository for the sharing of knowledge, securing authentic parts pertaining to the repair, and restoration of antique coffee mills. We currently have about 200 members from the United States plus 5 other countries. Membership is open to any "Millaholic" regardless of the size of their collection. For more information, Click Here:
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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:
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.
I just had to respond to some of the letters about charity and goodwill. Here in this small town ( around 4500) there are about 5 of us that go to yard sales. We take what the person would normally throw away, and go through it all and dispose of the really bad, dirty things and clean up and fix things that need repair. People start calling us to come get their throw-aways in January and we will work all year through. In December we take everything to the sheds at the fair grounds and again sort through and clean things. The really nice things and newer things are put aside. We then open the doors to the public and anyone can take what they need. The doors are open for at least 2 weeks. We take the newer and better things and make Christmas boxes for needy families. Not everyone realizes the work that goes into this program. Some times a really nice antique is found but it is a lot more fun to watch someone 'find' it on their own. If something donated is expensive we notify the family donating. It is so rewarding and there is not another program around here like it. Ellen from Wyoming
In reply to Tish's story about keeping little family treasures. I have always felt that way about keeping things my children made. Of course you can't keep everything, but I did keep some of the really special things they made with their own hands in elementary school. I have a small clay bowl fashioned by my oldest son and a plaque made by my younger son when he was in first grade. It has "MOM" -with the letters made of bread dough clay. He made a flower to accent it.
I had these things put away but a few years ago I decided to put them out. You should have seen their faces when they saw these pieces. They picked them up and asked about them. I reminded them about when they made them. It just meant the world to each of them that I cared enough to keep these little treasures. With my grandchildren, I have been scrapbooking for them since they were born - so that helps me keep a lot of things. But, one problem was figuring out a way to keep their artwork. I just did not have room to keep it all, yet each piece was special to me.
So, I came up with the idea of scanning each piece of art and then printing it out in a 4x6 format. This way I can keep everything and it only takes up a tiny bit of room. I can put several pages of artwork on one page in the scrapbook.
My grandchildren just beam with pride when they look through their various scrapbooks. One has 5 books now and the other has 4. I've found that the scrapbooks help them remember events they otherwise would not recall from such young ages. They love to give me things because they know that "Nanny" will keep it. I could NEVER have sold something one of them made or bought for me. I can't even imagine doing that.
Recently my grandson and I were at the Salvation Army store in Lawrenceville, GA. I have a large collection of records, 45's, 78's and 33 1/3rd's and am always on the lookout for unusual records. On this trip, I found a 78 type record that appeared to be larger than a 33 1/3rd. There was no label on it. It had 4 holes in the center with a note on the sleeve that said "play with a 78 needle". I was curious so I bought it. When I started to play it, the labels, which only said side 1 and side 2 were in the bottom of the sleeve. As it turned out, it is a recording of a wedding that took place December 14th, they did not give a year, at 406 Allegany Avenue, Towsen, Maryland. The bride's name was Elizabeth Pool and the groom's name was Lincoln Roberts. I would love to get this treasure back to the bride and groom or a family member. Please email me at Nannasplace5@msn.com if you know anything about this family. Brenda H. Gordon -Greensboro, NC
I work in an early 80's modernist building. Over the years I've been there it has been updated with new carpets, conference tables, an addition, and new furniture. With each remodeling some of the old
furniture gets thrown out. Over time I've pulled nice conference tables, Steelcase D-arm chairs, Brno chairs, and Saarinen armchairs out of the dumpster. In the last wave of remodeling, I spotted 3 designer
chairs and a Florence Knoll walnut-topped coffee table sitting on the lawn in a group next to the driveway. One good summer shower would have destroyed them all......so into the car they went. Current replacement
cost would be over $4000. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Can you stand one more letter on thrift shop pricing?
For many years, I have done volunteer work for my local thrift shop. We are a genuine thrift shop, all of us volunteers. Our only real expense is the shop rental. No one benefits financially except the people who buy at our exceptionally low prices, and the students we sponsor. We give scholarships and financial help to needy and deserving young people who have little or no support to help them with their education and life. We also give many tons of clothing and other goods to anyone who can demonstrate a need - those who have lost their home to fire, those who are setting up households without the means to furnish them - people who, for a variety of circumstances, find themselves unable to provide for their own needs. Because we are also trying to help young people who really need the help, we sometimes sell more valuable items through an antiques dealer or an online auction because we are very unlikely to be able to sell these items for very much at the thrift store. There are still many bargains to be had every time the thrift shop is open. I have noticed that our prices are the lowest in the area. Many of our customers are quite well-off, but many are not, and we often give price breaks to people who appear to be in need. Is it so wrong to sell a few more valuable things so that we can sponsor more scholarships? -- Cheryl in New Mexico
In response to Joan in Virginia Beach:
She is a saint for rescuing these Bibles. Descendants or other branches of the family might well be looking for these family treasures. The Internet can really be a help in finding homes for these “orphans.” First of all, rev up your search engines and try genealogical sites that specialize in that family’s name. The researcher that hosts a site that names these actual family members would probably be thrilled to receive a family Bible. The originator of a one-name study site (they record all the references they can about a particular surname) might have received information from the family to whom the Bible belongs and could possibly connect you to them. Large genealogical sites like Rootsweb or GenForum have surname forums in which you can post your Bible find. There are also sites that do what you are doing—trying to connect found Bibles with their families—and they might be willing to post orphan Bibles that you still can’t find owners for. Many ship the Bibles to their families for cost of postage only. Thanks to Joan and other genealogical angels who preserve family heirlooms! Cathy in Williamsburg
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES OR COMMENTS ON THESE STORIES! send them to email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Antique News
The latest news about antiques and collectibles can be read online at
Here is the news for today.....
1. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Vintage Buffalo Bill Posters Sold
2. Founders of LiveAuctioneers.com, industry experts launch Style Century Magazine
3. Christie's Offers Unrivaled Selection of American Art This Fall
4. Highest Total Ever for a Various Owner Silver Sale at Christie's New York
5. Heritage Offers Decorative Arts Treasures in Upcoming Auction
6. Enola Gay Authentic Navigator's Flight Log Realizes $358,500 in Heritage Auction!
7. Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Auction Offers Rare Treasures
8. Sotheby's sale of Latin American Art, November 20 and 21 , 2007
9. Morphy Auctions sets new world record with $7.7 million auction of Steckbeck mechanical banks
10. L.A. Asian & Tribal Art Show - ON-LINE CATALOG CASKEY&LEED
11. NEW! HEALS ARTS & CRAFTS ERA WEBSITE
12. The Da Vinci Chalice Group discovery and Exhibition of the Lost Royal Map of Paris Louis XIV
13. Punch figure realizes $542,400 at Philip Weiss auction
14. A free online antiques appraisal site, run by a professional auctioneer.
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When my son was about 3, we went with his dad to one of his customer's houses. It was a hot day in Texas, so the lady invited my son & I in to cool off. We sat in the living room, which had a huge deer head mounted on the wall. It became obvious very quickly that they had a major roach infestation. The roaches were climbing the walls, on the furniture, etc. I could see my son looking around and could see the wheels turning in his little head, when he looked at me and asked "Mom what happened to the other part of the deer, did the roaches eat it?" I was mortified, as was the homeowner. He is now 26, and we still remind him of that story, and we all still get a laugh out of it, although it was not too funny at the time. Thanks for the newsletter! Sandy in Houston, TX
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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, William P. requested a recipe for Beef Barley Soup. Several recipes were mailed in by readers...
Beef Barley Soup
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds beef shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 small yellow onions, peeled and chopped
8 cups Beef Stock (Homemade or canned), plus more if necessary
1 bouquet garni of rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf
3/4 cup pearl barley
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 acorn squash peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound mixed mushrooms, such as button, cremini, or chanterelle, cut into 1-inch pieces
Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Sear meat in two batches on all sides until well browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove meat with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Add onions, and cook, stirring constantly, until well caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes.
2. Return meat to pot, and add stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Add bouquet garni, barley, and vegetables, and simmer for 1 hour, adding more stock if necessary. Adjust seasonings.
Beef Barley Soup Recipe
1 pound lean stew beef, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, diced
3/4 cup barley
1 bay leaf
6 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
pepper, to taste
In crockpot, combine stew beef with onion, celery, carrots, barley, bay leaf, and beef broth. Cook beef and barley soup on Med in crockpot for 6 to 8 hours. Taste and add salt and pepper, to taste.
Carol Thomas-- Cullman,AL
The only thing that matters when making soup is to make the meat the first day. Just cover with water and cook slowly, just so it is smiling, meaning just a slow roll. Let it cool overnight and skim off the fats. Day 2 add all the vegies that you've cut up plus the herbs and spices and again let it smile until they are done. I always add just a little bit of cayenne pepper to soups and stews, celery with the leaves, and fresh parsley. If you make your soups like this you can never fail!
I saw William P's. request for a Beef & Barley Soup. Here's the one that my family loves. Pat Z. ( Nebraska)
BEEF & BARLEY VEGETABLE SOUP
1 1/2 pounds ground beef OR cubed stew meat
6 cups water
3 beef bouillon cubes OR (3 tsp.)
2 cups (1 can) sliced carrots
1 large chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup barley
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup ketchup
28 oz. can tomatoes, UNDRAINED, chopped
8 oz. can tomato sauce
In Dutch oven, brown meat, drain. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or till veggies and barley are tender. Remove bay leaves before serving. 10 (1 1/2 cup) servings.
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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.
Beef Stew is what i need when it is getting cold like it is now. How about some favorite beef stew recipes. Karen in MA
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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