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The Collectors Newsletter #579 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #579 -- January 2007

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

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the factors that influenced online shopping behavior during the 2007 holiday shopping season. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey, and feel free to tell your friends and colleagues.

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

Business Card Collectors
Welcome, fellow business card collectors and those who are interested in becoming a part of this fascinating hobby. If you are a collector who just stumbled onto our site, then you are probably thrilled to discover that YES, there really ARE other folks who collect business cards! There are more of us than you ever imagined. The Internet has provided a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with each other, share ideas, exchange cards, and benefit from the combined knowledge of many.

The International Business Card Collectors formed in 1999, utilizing the Internet for easy, fast, and economical communication and networking. Our goal is to bring collectors together, to educate, and to entertain. There is no charge for membership, and the basic requirement is to join our mailing list (how we communicate with each other). For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in paper collectibles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Paper_and_Ephemera/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.
Like most of your readers, I have enjoyed reading the stories of antiques which are frequently used. I take great pleasure in using the antiques in our household, often holding an item and wondering who first owned it, and what they served in the container, or how they used it. What fun to use an item for a holiday meal and think about how many holiday tables that item has graced over the years -- sort of a continuity of the generations. Let's use our antiques so our children and grandchildren will have memories when THEY inherit them! My favorite item is an antique Victorian oak dining room set, inherited by my mother from her great (5 times) aunt. When it came to our house I was just a very young child. Like most Victorians, my aunt had either painted or shellacked everything in the house every spring, so you couldn't tell what the table, chairs, china closet and buffet looked like...I remember my dad using toothpicks to clean the delicate scroll work until you could see the wonderful carvings of lion's heads, and angel's heads and wings....What a change! Now my children and I enjoy these pieces every day. How nice that we can reach back over the generations and continue our family heritages! Enjoy! Sincerely, Emily P

--Another Story--

HI, When I had some antique baby clothes I wanted to display, my husband remodeled a hollow core door in our house. We put the clothes in there, arranged as we wanted them, and then he added a frame and glass. So, it looked like a huge picture frame---it worked well. pr

--Another Story--

In 1913, when my mother graduated from eighth grade, her parents gave her a moonstone and garnet ring, fashioned with the moonstones in a swirl, and the garnets on either side. When I graduated from eighth grade, she gave it to me, and I presented it to my daughter when she passed eighth grade in 1989.

Several years later, I received a package from my godmother, who lived in Hawaii. In it was a bracelet that exactly matched my mother's garnet ring. The accompanying letter explained that when my mother and my godmother met (in the 1930's, when their husbands were stationed together in the Army), they had discovered that mother's ring, and "Bettie's" bracelet matched. My godmother wanted me to have the bracelet, and she asked if I still had the ring.

The odd thing is that my mother grew up and received the ring in southern Pennsylvania, while my godmother acquired the bracelet from her parents in Omaha, Nebraska! Needless to say, I treasure both pieces. Pat, Pennsylvania

--Another Story--

I think this is a pretty neat story. A few weeks ago, I was in a thrift store with a friend who actually works there. As I passed a display, I noticed a plain teddy bear that looked like it had been much loved over the
years. As I passed it, I thought "who would put a child's toy that has obviously been so loved in a donation bag?". As I turned around to leave I once again spotted the bear and stood in front of it. I had the odd feeling that I had to purchase it. My friend was surprised and I told her "I am not sure, but I think I need this bear. I am not sure I even understand why." I am not a "things" person nor do I collect stuffed animals - bears or otherwise. Anyway, I purchased the bear - 88 cents and headed for home. As I got into the car, I wondered if this bear was like the bear I had growing up. I have very few memories of my childhood but I did know I had a special bear that I carried everywhere for some time but it had been torn apart by a neighborhood dog when I was maybe 4 or 5. I hadn't thought about it in years. When I got home, I took a picture of the bear and sent it to my mom. I called her and asked her what the bear looked like when I was little and sure enough she described the bear that sat beside me. She told me that I never really attached to anything particular except for that bear and that I was devastated when it was destroyed. I told her to open her email and she exclaimed, "Where did you get that? It is the same, the exact same, as the little bear you loved when you were a little girl." I thought it was neat that even though I did not have a clear memory of the bear, it was "returned" to me (of course not the actual one) because something in my subconscious was riggered and it has now become a treasured item that sits on my kitchen window sill.

--Another Story--

Dear Sirs, I have read soo much about how people still use their families old heirlooms and I am not so lucky to have such a rich culture to gain such items from so I manage to find these items in rummage sales. I have gotten over the years many discarded and useful home gadgets and more from rummage sales that the owners have lost their nostalgia for. I have a vintage hand crank cast iron citrus fruit juicer and even though it was well just too simple to work as well as it does, I thought, when I got it. I also have vintage Revereware pots that never wear out and have gotten at rummage sales. Do they make Reverware anymore??? Or even of that old quality anymore. I am not sure. I use them all the time now and I also have several Bakelite ice cream scoops in different sizes that I love to use to scoop out muffin batter into muffin tins and also use them to press out perfect size biscuits that never get stuck in the scoop. I also have several depression glass salad bowls that I use whenever I have guests over and I have many old school cookbooks and how to books for sewing and crafts that you cannot get the patterns and crafts for in the newer versions of them. I especially love my old 1920's to 1960's home economics school cookbooks that are simple and don't make us buy name brand named or obscure ingredients for and still every dish is better than the other at times. I have found many pieces of milk glass figurines and serving dishes that you can use in the microwave and more. I have many vermeil and silver frames that I have cleaned up to perfection and now sit proudly on my book shelves. I have found very dirty and badly disregarded, over looked and neglected Trifari and Coro Craft and Miriam Haskel vintage costume jewelry that even though the last owners knew what they were they didn't want to be bothered with cleaning up these now cherished pieces that they gave to me. At times I become hurt at how such people can lose their nostalgia over what once was apparently cherished. But on a lighter note for some past owners when they see that I will love these things they are very happy to give their items to a good home. I am lucky in the respect that as a younger women than these past owners I give these items love and at times talk to them about their items history first when I buy it. I love their history and in my own way make their history my own. I understand that what we find new nowadays doesn't have the same quality and simplicity and sense or beauty that the older gadgets and dishware and figurines and books that my old used and disregarded things have. I now have a beautiful home that many have come to admire because of this. I am lucky in many respects because of this. Enough said. Carol from New York
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
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com

1. Huge choice of British antiques fairs and markets for the New Year.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783475&keys=british-english-fairs-shows

2. Art Market Blog - Affordable, Desirable and Collectible Artworks No. 2
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783474&keys=art-market-investment-arts

3. Book Review: Plastic Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783473&keys=plastic-toy-cars-miniature

4. United States Mint to Produce New Quarters in 2009 to Honor U.S. Territories
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783472&keys=Quarters-territories-New-Mint-United-States

5. United States Mint Reveals What the Four New 2008 Presidential Dollar Coins Will Look Like
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783471&keys=Presidential-dollar-coin-Mint

6. Just Glass Celebrates Eleven Years Online!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783469&keys=glass-collectors-antiques-art-glass

7. New eTickets on sale for Atlantique City
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783468&keys=Antiques-Collectibles-ticket-shows
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...

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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 17,000 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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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday, January 1, 2007 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

6) 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.
When my son was in the 2nd grade his class was studying about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. I had our Thanksgiving dinner on the table, the turkey with all the fixings, when I asked him what he thought of our Thanksgiving feast. His reply was, "Its not a feast Mom." Amazed, I asked, thinking I had forgotten some little tidbit, "Well what is a feast?" His answer "Two turkeys that's what the pilgrims had." We bring that story up every year he is almost 20 now and it is always good for a laugh. Marcia in Anchorage Alaska
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to newsletter@tias.com
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.

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

WANTED: Old postcards wanted

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 17,000 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, Terrie requested a recipe for "Danish Holiday Cookie". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Danish Christmas Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, stirring until light and fluffy.
Combine the flour, cardamom and cinnamon. stir into the sugar mixture just until blended.
Separate the dough into 6 balls.
Roll each ball into a rope about as big around as your finger on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into 1/2-inch pieces, and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Carol Thomas--Cullman,AL
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.
I am trying to track down a recipe for a meringue cookie that was made with egg whites, chocolate chips and corn flakes. I had an aunt in Southern California who made them for us when we visited her as children and they were delicious. Would love to find the recipe so I can make them for our grandsons. Karen P.
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.
Grate Things
Items in this store are collected locally at auctions and yardsales throughout the bluegrass region. Several different items are listed, but the main focus is ceramics or glass.

Old Time Five and Dime
Many of the items that we sell in our store were originally purchased in a dime store. Items for sale include: toys, banks, candy containers, vintage decorations, linens, music boxes, doll house furniture and other odds and ends.
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)

6. The Latest News regarding Antiques & Collectibles Take a look at http://www.news-antique.com

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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