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The Collectors Newsletter #604 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #604 -- 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!
This month TIAS celebrates 13 years online. We have been helping people just like you to start their own online business selling antiques and collectibles. For collectors, this is a great way to make a few extra dollars and if you have a friend that also likes to collect, the two of you can share the business. Want to learn more? It's easy to get started selling online. Just go to http://www.MakeAShop.com . If you have any questions, give Phil a call at 1-888-653-7883 or drop us a note at support@tias.com

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

Cookie Cutter Collectors Club

Focusing on cookie cutters, boards and rollers. They even have a convention!
For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in Kitchen Collectibles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/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 --Lots of tips for collectors came in after our request in the last issue. Please keep them coming, but don't stop sending your stories, we always want to get those as well. :-)
My brother Kevin is a career Navy guy, and when he first went into the Navy he was on the aircraft carrier the John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy saw many unique ports of call, and Kevin would always go buy knick-knacks for everyone in the family, but he would send it in one large box to my house, and I would distribute the gifts. The problem was, every single time he sent a package like that, my-and only my-gift would be broken into tiny little crumbles. It almost got to be a joke with us, in fact one time he sent a package and 'guaranteed' that my gift would not be broken. With excitement, I dug through the packages, only to find mine: an 8X10 (feet, not inches!) velvet wall hanging featuring that hideous picture of dogs playing poker. Ha, ha and ha.
The best thing he brought back was when he was coming off a Med tour. He knew I liked all things Greek, so he got me a beautiful Grecian-style hand painted terra cotta ewer. Not trusting it to the USPS, he decided to hand deliver it when he came home on leave. I picked him up at O'Hare, he had a huge green bag crammed full of his clothes, and a box as well. When we got to the car, I told him I wanted to see this ewer (thinking it was in the box). He told me it was in the bag, and I wailed "Oh, no, it'll be all broken! Those guys in baggage handling just toss things around." He assured me that wasn't the case, that he had packed it so carefully and had it crammed so tight that there just was no way it would be broken. He even gave the bag a few good kicks to prove it. We got to my place, he started pulling his clothes out and then groaned. There was my beautiful ewer, broken in about six different pieces. Stubbornly, I refused to throw it out. I got some super glue and went to work. The end product was. . . different. Some terra cotta shards were disintegrated, and some of the hand painting had worn off, making it look like it had come from some ancient archaeological dig. To this day, that stupid ewer is one of my favorite possessions, and I always laugh when people exclaim over it and ask how old it is. My answer is "Oh, circa 85. 1985, that is!"
Ali K, Mesa AZ

--Another Story--

A Tip
If you have purchased an old dresser with a beveled mirror in poor condition do not worry about having to go to the expense of resilvering. Take the mirror out of the wood frame and remove all the backing first with paint remover,then good old bleach, This will make it a clear sheet of glass. Be careful not to scratch the glass. Then have a sheet of regular mirror cut to fit. Make a sandwich of the beveled mirror,new mirror and backing and replace in it's frame. The new mirror will shine through the old beveled mirror and look like the real thing and be much cheaper than resilvering. Margaret in Saskatchewan

--Another Story--

I have found a photo of a baby in a wicker carriage. It is cut to the shape of the carriage. The baby is beautiful almost looks like on China Doll. On the back it's written Anne Gell M U.S. Transport Thomas Pacific Ocean. I researched this transport it was around WWII. Does anyone know a person that would of been on this ship as a baby during this period of time. I would love to see it go to a member of the family. I found it in a corner of box I bought in a thrift store. Thanks, jdixie1@twcny.rr.com.

--Another Story--

A Tip
My tip concerns garage sales. I've been an avid garage saler for 30 years. Of course getting there first on the first day provides the best selection. But my tip is to hit sales on the second day in the morning for two
reasons: 1. People usually are excited by their sales the first day so they dig through their homes and put out some new merchandise. 2. They are much more likely to deal on items because it is the second day.

I used to never attend sales on the second day, but when I started to, I noticed I almost always found something I liked. Nancy

--Another Story--

I agree with those parents and grandparents who can't bear to throw away their children's artwork yet don't have the space to keep it all.
I found a wonderful way to keep it ALL and still not take up much space.
For those with scanners -and that's most of us today- just scan the "masterpiece" and reduce the size to anything from a 2x3 to a 5x7 - - then I put them into their scrapbooks. They LOVE the fact that Nanny cares enough to save everything they paint, color or draw, and I'll always have the early "works" of my future art masters.
Seriously, scanning only takes a moment and it means so very much to the children. If you don't have a scanner, an art shop will do it for you for a nominal fee.
I've been doing this for years and it's well worth the effort when I see my grandchildren's faces each time they see the artwork I've worked so hard to save for them.
Judy S. Jacksonville, Fla. Nanny to Brandon 7 and Chloe 5

--Another Story--

A Tip
’m a dealer who specializes in 20th-century American art pottery, and I’d like to share some of my favorite tips (learned through trial and error!):
* One of my favorite products for cleaning pottery is called “Barkeeper’s Friend”, available in the cleaning supply aisle of your local grocery store. This cleanser will remove mineral deposits, rust stains, and those black streaks that appear on matte items – all without harming the glaze. (Do not use on unglazed items or on items with cold paint.)
* When cleaning items that have cold paint, use only cold water. The colder, the better. Warm water or hot water will lift the paint right off.
* Industrial-strength peroxide, available in beauty supply stores (I use 40%) will completely remove crazing. Items can be soaked for as long as is necessary. (I’ve left vases and flower pots in the undiluted solution for up to 3 weeks without any problems.) Make sure that you use rubber gloves! Industrial-strength peroxide will burn skin and bleach fabric on contact! And don’t use this method on items that may be used to serve food. Please note: This method works on crazing only; the peroxide will have no effect on actual cracks.
* NEVER USE BLEACH TO CLEAN POTTERY! The bleach will seep through the cracks in the glaze (crazing) and dissolve the clay beneath. Bleach will destroy your pottery.
I’ve bought beautiful but stained and crazed vases at auctions and flea markets for less than $1.00 because nobody else wanted them. Using these tips, I have been able to restore them to their former glory. Customers and other dealers always comment that my pottery looks as good as new! Lynn M., Buffalo, NY

--Another Story--

Hello, One suggestion for single socks: Once a year our woman's club collects single socks of all types and sizes and gives them to the homeless shelters. It is amazing how many are matched and used.We give many pairs of new socks as well, but the single ones are put to good use by many people. Another way to recycle. Helps everyone. Susan K, CT
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

TIAS.com ( http://www.tias.com) 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 monthly "Hot 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 March 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 http://www.TIAS.com. This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:

1. Cookie jar - No Movement, 2. Fenton - Up from #3, 3. Avon - Up from #4, 4. Teapot - Up from #7, 5. Carnival Glass - Up from #6, 6. Pyrex - Down from #5, 7. McCoy - Not listed last month, 8. Milk Glass - No movement, 9. Fire King - Not listed last month, 10. Stamps - Not listed last month

"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 twenty search words used at http://www.AntiqueArts.com . This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:

1. Chair - Up from #2, 2. Limoges - Down from #1, 3. Tables - Up from #4, 4. Transferware - Not listed last month, 5. Nippon - Down from #3, 6. Sofa - Up from #10, 7. Staffordshire - Up from #8, 8. White Ironstone - Down from #6, 9. Tiffany - Down from #7, 10. Teapots - Not listed last month

Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at http://www.tias.com/newsletter

Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com

1. A rare find: second known Monopoly "Tie Box" set in Noel Barrett's April 11-13 auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784133&keys=Monopoly-antique-auction-toy

2. New Appraiser Software from Collectorpro Software Group
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784132&keys=appraiser-collectorpro-software-appraisal-report

3. The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for March 2008
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784131&keys=antiques-collectibles-hot-list-tias-collectors-searches-for

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784129&keys=Haviland-Limoges-Ironstone-Sterling

5. Antique Dealer Shakeout Coming According To Antique Dealers TV™ Report
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784127&keys=antiques-collectibles-dealers-auction

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784126&keys=Leinweber-Czech-Moran-Marketplace

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784125&keys=Moran-Leinweber-diamonds-jewelry

8. Junk R Us: Secrets of Compulsive Collectors
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784124&keys=collecting-junk-personality-antiquing

9. What Art Buyers Want - artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784123&keys=art-arts-art-market-art-news

10. Lincoln Antietam Artifacts Explored at LiveAuctionTalk.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784121&keys=Lincoln-Auction-Civil-War-soldiers

11. Philip Weiss April 26 sale to feature pop culture items
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784120&keys=beatles-hendrix-comics-clapton

12. Antiques Philadelphia:Spring Show @ East Falls canceled for 2008
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 17,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday April 8, 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.
Back in the early 80's, my 4 yr. old nephew was just getting into video games. One day he grabbed me by the hand and drug me out to the edge of the road, pointing to a dead toad. He exclaimed, "Look, someone has been playing Frogger!". Mickey
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, Burt requested a recipe for "King Cake”. we had several response

1/4 cup butter
1(16 ounce)container sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2(1/4 ounce)envelopes active dry yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup warm water(100 to 110 degrees)
2 eggs
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1- Cook first 4 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring often,
butter melts; Cool mixture to 100 degrees to 110 degrees.

2- Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a large
bowl; let stand 5 minutes; Add butter mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour; beat
at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth; Gradually
stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.

3- Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and
about 10 minutes; Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top; Cover
and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or until
doubled in bulk.

4- Prepare filling while the dough is rising - see below for the "How to

5- Punch dough down; divide in half; Turn 1 portion out onto a lightly
surface; roll to a 28- x 10-inch rectangle; Spread half each filling
mixture on dough; Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side;
Place dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet; Bring
ends together to form an oval ring, moistening and punching edges together
to seal; Repeat with remaining dough and filling mixture.

6- Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 20 minutes or until
doubled in bulk.

7- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

8- Decorate with bands of Colored Frostings, and sprinkle with Colored

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup melted butter

To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans,
1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the
cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.

>From Ellen in Beaverton Oregon

--Another Recipe--

King Cake

* 2 envelopes active dry yeast
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
* 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F)
* 5 large egg yolks, at room temperature
* 4 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
* 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
* 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
* 4 cups confectioner's sugar
* 1 plastic king cake baby or a pecan half
* 5 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* Purple-, green-, and gold-tinted sugar sprinkles

Combine the yeast and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the melted butter and warm milk. Beat at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the egg yolks, then beat for 1 minute at medium-low speed. Add the flour, salt, nutmeg, and lemon zest and beat until everything is incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, forms a ball, and starts to climb up the dough hook. If the dough is uncooperative in coming together, add a bit of warm water (110 degrees), a tablespoon at a time, until it does.
Remove the dough from the bowl. Using your hands, form the dough into a smooth ball. Lightly oil a bowl with the vegetable oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to oil all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, make the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1 cup of the confectioner's sugar. Blend by hand or with an electric mixer on low speed. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using your fingers, pat it out into a rectangle about 30 inches long and 6 inches wide.
Spread the filling lengthwise over the bottom half of the dough, then flip the top half of the dough over the filling. Seal the edges, pinching the dough together. Shape the dough into a cylinder and place it on the prepared baking sheet seam side down. Shape the dough into a ring and pinch the ends together so there isn't a seam. Insert the king cake baby or pecan half into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough.
Cover the ring with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft-free place. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Brush the top of the risen cake with 2 tablespoons of the milk. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the icing. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons milk, the lemon juice, and the remaining 3 cups confectioner's sugar in medium-size mixing bowl. Stir to blend well. With a rubber spatula, spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the sugar crystals, alternating colors around the cake.
The cake is traditionally cut into 2-inch-thick slices with all the guests in attendance.
YIELD: 20 to 22 servings.... Carol T.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage 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'm looking for a recipe my father-in-law used to make 35 or 40 years ago. My husband loved a dish he made called Tamalie Pie. It had a meat filling and was baked with cornbread and sliced tomatoes on top. I have tried to duplicate the dish without a recipe but I can't seem to get the seasoning for the meat filling right. If anyone can help me with this I would greatly appreciate it. Trudy
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

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