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The Collectors Newsletter #602 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #602 -- April 2008

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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

Sell Antiques & Collectibles online from your home!
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.

Connoisseur Collectors Thimble Club

Official Sterling and Classic Thimble Club; over 5000 members worldwide; a company-sponsored club. For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in Thimbles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Vintage_Sewing/Tools/Thimbles/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.
A letter from your reader asked" What old stuff do you have handed down from one generation to another"
My Uncle Harry was in the Merchant Marines. He traveled all over the world and brought back treasures that amazed all us cousins.
There are Oriental rugs, exquisite carved wood and many other wonders his sons have kept.
He brought Aunt Sue a GALLON of Tabu perfume and dozens of little perfume bottles. All the girl cousins got Tabu at least once a year for years. I still have some of those bottles, although I hope to NEVER smell Tabu again.
I too am a collector of many things-a love of art that originated with Uncle Harry and his treasures from around the world.
Phyllis fro Cherry Hill NJ

We have and treasure the Camel Saddle from Egypt and a woven stool with an integrated leather seat that my kids loved to roll on. My mom gave them to me and I will give them to my children.

--Another Story--

To Nancy inquiring about items that relatives purchased in foreign countries: One of my most beloved items is a beautiful antique cameo pin that my Uncle Kenny brought to my mother (his younger sister). It was during World War II (or around that time) and he brought this gorgeous cameo from Italy for her. She passed it down to me, and it is a very cherished piece of jewelry. It not only belonged to my Mom, but was from a beloved uncle. Both of them are gone now, but it brings back memories of both to me. Sue from Richmond

--Another Story--

I also heard about a tombstone with this on it but scratched under the epitaph was I CAN NOT FOLLOW TILL I KNOW WHERE YOU WENT. JB WARSAW MO

--Another Story--

When I read the item by the person who found a new use for single socks I had to laugh. It reminded me of the time my husband and I adopted an orphan baby squirrel. She was so tiny we had to bottle feed her and we kept her in a gerbil cage. When we retired for the evening I would open up one of my husbands old worn out socks and our "baby" would crawl in and sleep peacefully through the night. Each morning when I came into the room she would come out of the sock and stretch and scamper around for her next feeding. She eventually became an outside squirrel and raised several litters in our back yard. Joyce, Asheboro, NC

--Another Story--

I see hundreds, even thousands of items on ebay and even in the newsletter referred to as "antiques" - I'm no expert, but I've always read that in most cases an "antique" is at least 100 years old. Anything less than that - especially from the 40's and 50's are "vintage" items. Am I wrong here? I just get so frustrated reading ebay subject lines about an "antique" yet it turns out to be from the 1950's or 60's. Another pet peeve is everything being called VICTORIAN - That, too, has a time frame. Thanks for letting me vent. Judy

--Another Story--

I got quite a chuckle from the reader who wrote she always looks under plates for the backstamp. If you are not a plate collector, you may not be aware of the “plate turners” club. We have thousands of unofficial members all over the world. Our obsession knows no boundaries and you may see us turning plates at a yard sale or the finest restaurant. Some of our more experienced members can identify the pottery maker by the shape and decoration, but will still turn that plate over to reaffirm.

Many of us find relief for this condition when we gather with other such afflicted souls and that is why we join clubs. My favorite is the OVCC (Ohio Valley China Collectors) club in East Liverpool, Ohio. Our particular obsession is any of the numerous American potteries that operated along the Ohio Valley. All like sufferers are welcome – whether you have just caught the disease or are so far gone you have to write a book.

There is no cure for our disease and we don’t want to get well. (You can join us in June, ( http://users.adelphia.net/~mlblack/default.html ) . . . Jeanie Klamm Wilby, author-Decorative American Pottery & Whiteware, (idodishes@wilby.net)

--Another Story--

There is nothing that will make me run as quickly from a booth or table at a flea market or an "Antique Store" as all items of the same color being displayed together.

It says immediately, that the dealer is probably a housewife or househusband trying to make an extra buck, and that the most important qualification for their wares is "Does it match my interior?" ! And there are people who will buy...regardless!

There is to be found in these situations a mish-mash of old and new, ( often Chinese reproductions because they are cheap and available ) with no regard to age, of the collectible status or a knowledge of the dealer as to what they are offering for sale. And what's worse, they don't really care! A buck is a buck!
If you see this kind of display especially in an "Antique" setting...run, run run, and don't look back! If you don't, you'll be sorry!

This may seem to be mean and bitter, but I have learned through trial and error! And it has often been for me, after years, more error! Live, buy, regret and learn!

Do a little research, and the decision is yours. Go buying with eyes "Wide open". Eric

--Another Story--

When I was a bride-to-be (for the first time) in 1974, the neighbors in my rural area had a shower for me, and one of the gifts was a wooden rolling pin that everyone who attended signed in permanent marker. Maybe it was supposed to be decorative only, but it was the only rolling pin I got, so I used it! I still have it, along with a small collection of 15 or so other wooden pins, which are displayed in a red wing crock in my kitchen. I do wish I'd bought something else to use at the time, as several of the ladies who attended are no longer with us, and most of the names have worn off. However, we had no extra money so that just didn't happen. Thanks for triggering a nice memory for me! Kathy in Moline,IL
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. Reed & Barton tea set hits $11,000 at Hatch auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784086&keys=reed-barton-humber-towle

2. Gustav Stickley: The Enlightened Home
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784085&keys=Craftsman-Stickley-Fenimore-Cooperstown

3. Meeks table brings $48,875 at Fontaine's Feb. 23 sale
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784084&keys=meeks-riviere-Renaissance-Wooten

4. Antique Dealers TV™ Launches Chattanooga and Lexington Websites
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784083&keys=antques-dealers-auctions-advertising

5. Melamine - Rebel with a Cause at Mama’s Treasures
Click here: Melamine - Rebel with a Cause at Mama’s Treasures

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784081&keys=Nakashima-Bertoia-Modern-Picasso

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784080&keys=Medals-Military-Hobbies-Collecting

8. Huntley Antique and Jewelry Mall
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784078&keys=Antique-Jewelry-Collectibles-Art-Tiffany-Style-lamps

9. New Concept Auction Kicks off on April 5th
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784077&keys=auction-books-ephemera-antiques

10. Kitchen Collectibles: Relics of Desperate Housewives & Tools for Today’s Chefs
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784076&keys=cooking-kitchens-collectibles-vintage

11. Gallery Mogul Goes Mental - artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784075&keys=art-market-arts-artist-art-news

12. Win a JOHNNY DEPP Authentic Hand-Signed Photo
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784074&keys=autographs-depp-contest-collectibles

13. Antique Dealers TV™ Launches Virtual Antique Shops™ Nationwide
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784071&keys=antiques-internet-dealers-shops

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784069&keys=Hollywood-Memorabilia-SciFi-Auction

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784065&keys=museum-caning-festival-demonstration

16. Litchfield County Auctions holds highly anticipated Modern Art and Design Auction on iGavel.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784064&keys=Chagall-Modern-art-auction

17.Spring paper money auction at Spink Smythe sees strong demand for world banknotes.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784063&keys=spink-smythe-auction-world-banknotes-paper-money

18. The bottle that changed my life!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784062&keys=Blenko-Antiquies-Collectible-Vintage

19. Catch the best deals at closeout sale on dollhousecollectables.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784060&keys=Dollhouse-Dollhouse-Dollhouse-Dollhouse

20. Art Market Blogger Launches Next Star Artist Competition
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784057&keys=art-art-news-artist-art-market
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at http://www.news-antique.com
YES! you can put the latest DAILY news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site.
It's easy to do. Go to: http://javafeed.news-antique.com/ to get the code.

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 17,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://tinyurl.com/39eulu

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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday April 1, 2008 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.
My best friend and I would combine our funds and buy presents for her niece and my nephews, as my family was like her family and vice versa, and we could buy them more that way. One year my little 5 year old nephew had opened a bunch of presents from us and was opening his last one, the Mr. Bucket game he had so desperately wanted that year. When he saw that it was his precious Mr. Bucket game, he jumped up and did a little "football victory" type dance around all the presents he had gotten from us, looked at us and said "you crazy old wimmens, you got me too much!" The entire family just cracked up. That little 5 year old is 18 now, and I still remember that every year and laugh over it. Susan
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?
Get your wanted ad posted here! Go to .. http://www.tias.com/classifieds
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
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 17,000 people who get this newsletter. 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/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi

9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

In our last issue, Peggy S. requested a recipe for "Sticky Buns”. we had one response
This is a sticky bun recipe from the PA area around Lancaster that might be similar to what Peggy S. is looking for. I've had this recipe for over 40 years and have never tasted anything better.

Sticky Buns

Sweet Roll Dough

2 Pkg. yeast 1-1/2 Tsp. salt
2 c. lukewarm milk 2 eggs
1/2 c. lukewarm water 1/2 lemon, juice and rind
2/3 c. butter 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. sugar 8 cups flour

Soak yeast in water until soft. Scald and cool milk. Cream together butter, sugar, salt.
Add well beaten eggs, lemon and spice. Add lukewarm milk to yeast and mix with half
of flour. Work in butter mixture and enough flour to knead into smooth dough. Keep as soft as
can be handled readily. Let rise, soon as fully doubled, knead down, and let rise again for 1 hour. Prepare pans with mixture of:

1 box dark brown sugar cinnamon
2/3 c. butter, nuts
1/2 c. or less water.

Melt sugar and butter, add cinnamon, (Whatever amount you like), start adding water and heat until desired consistency and sugar is well disolved. Sprinkle nuts, however many as you like, in pan. Pour sugar mixture in pan. Put rolls in. Let rise 1-1/2 - 2 hours. Bake 350 degree oven 15 minutes. Butter tops with Crisco. Let set 10 minutes - turn upside down. This makes about 36 good size rolls. Enjoy - Bev W.
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.
Thank you for your wonderful newsletter... Many years ago my husbands grandmother made a lemon custard ice cream, so delicious, all I remember is that she froze the mixture in metal ice cube trays without the divider inside. Could have been made with evaporated milk? She did not write her recipe down, does anyone have a recipe for this ice cream it is so refreshing... Thank you for your consideration. Dianna
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.
Cabin Fever Antiques and Collectibles
Welcome. We have been collecting for over 20 years and selling for almost as long. Stop by to see a unique collection of antiques & collectibles including: ephemera, old books, retro, architectural items, glassware, kitchen collectibles, advertising, and more!

A Touch of Whimsy
Welcome! My store ranges from vintage elegant pieces to items that are modern and unique. Flatware, serving pieces, postcards, jewelry, books, advertising memorabilia-and everything in between. Stop in to complete a collection-or start a new one. Happy-Shopping!
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 160,000 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)

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 ©1995-2008 TIAS.com Inc.

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