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The Collectors Newsletter #608 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #608 -- 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.

The Daguerreian Society

An organization dedicated to the history, art and science of the world's first form of photography - the daguerreotype; over 1,300 members worldwide; also publishes an annual journal in addition to the bi-monthly newsletter.
For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in Photographica? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Photographica/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.

My 79 year old father LOVES to go to estate sales on the weekends in a neighboring upscale town. He called me one Sunday because he had found a gorgeous walnut baby grand piano for the paltry sum of $1,000. It had belonged to a renowned music composer and none of his family wanted it, surprisingly enough. While he was waiting there for me, holding the piano, he struck up a conversation with the late composer’s girlfriend of the past 19 years. It appeared that she had been passed over in his will, and being along a bit in age, was concerned for her future. To make a long story short, I arrived and quickly fell in love with the piano and a beautiful beaver fedora that had belonged to the piano’s owner. At the same time, I noticed an interesting looking desk that had been marked down a few times and suggested to my father that it would be just the thing for their guest room. We paid for our purchases and loaded the desk (not the piano) into the back of his car. When he got home, he started cleaning the desk with his favorite furniture oil when he discovered a secret compartment containing $900 in cash! Being the gentleman that he is, he was able to find the phone number of the forgotten lady friend and had the pleasure of telling her that he had found a gift that he was certain was meant for her. She was thrilled and he was happy to be the vehicle for the blessing! Leslie in California

--Another Story--

I am a collector and seller of costume jewelry. Jewelry is considered to be "antique" at 50 years because age & the environment takes it toll so rapidly on the components. Rhinestones begin to darken, faux pearls begin to peel, verdigris (green gunk) begins to eat away at metals, etc. Also, jewelry is considered to be "vintage" at 20 years of age. Sherry in Illinois: Opening Bivzbabe's Baubles at Ecrater.com in a few months with 100's of items. Sherry

--Another Story--

A Tip
Don't you hate it when people at yard sales mark their prices on masking tape which requires a lot of elbow grease to remove? About 10 years or so ago, my yard sale buddy and favorite Aunt introduced me to Goo Gone which works like a charm in removing stickers, tape, and lots of other things to boot. One Saturday I hauled home a set of antique china dishes, all priced individually with masking tape. I laid them out on the counter and sprayed Goo Gone on all the tape and much to my horror, the pieces began to craze almost immediately! I had read the instructions on the bottle, but nowhere was a warning to be found. If you use this product, DO NOT apply it to porous materials unless you desire a crazing effect! Live & Learn! ~Sherry in Southern Illinois

--Another Story--

I had a wonderful find just a week ago, but didn't know it until I came home.

I was out doing some running, and decided to stop at some thrift stores that I came across that day. In one of them, I saw a stuffed, jointed bear with a light blue bow that was in mint condition and I just fell in love with him. He was only 99 cents, so I grabbed him. As I was further walking around the store, I heard noises. Come to find out, if you moved him right, he would growl.

When I got him home, I went to place the bear in the spot I had chosen for him, when I saw a tag in his ear then felt a metal button. It was a Steiff tag and button. I did a double take, to make sure I was reading correctly. I was, so I did a quick scan online of the tag number. I found one like him on a live auction (that was recently over, and was not ebay) and final bid/sale price was $175.00. I also saw him for sale on a few other sites with an even higher price.

Needless to say, this bear has been my find of the year, to date and has become even more special. Kim - upstate NY

--Another Story--

I always enjoyed the lost and found section and was sorry when it disappeared from the newsletter. The tips you've been running lately are interesting and I plan to try a couple of them (I'm going to buy some Barkeeper's Friend when I find out what stores carry it). Carol, Ohio

--Another Story--

Hi Maria,
I'm afraid it isn't possible to generalize about the age of items based just on whether they are marked or not. Some very old pieces are marked, some not. With newer pieces the same is true. Many other features have to be considered in trying to establish age of a piece of any type, whether transferware or other type. Nancy

--Another Story--

My Mom passed away last August. She was 83. All of my life she would get mad if someone misspelled her name wrong. Her name was Shirley but she spelled it Shirlee.She lived in the same house all of her life since she was born. Her house was loaded with things from her Mom and Dad and her Grandparents. Lots of old cards. She even had all my valentines from school when I was in grade school. I am 61. Anyway we found lots of things with her name on them. Books, Cards and there big as life was her name spelled Shirley. She must have changed it herself at one point but we will never know when.We all had a good laugh about that.Something fun during a really hard time.

Thank you for this newsletter. I just love reading all the stories everyone sends it. Barbara

--Another Story--

Thank You to Judy for her story about her Grandson Brandon and his wonderful sense of humor. I was having a particularly tough day and that story turned my day around for me! I am a teacher of Special Needs children and it reminded me of what it’s all about…..keep your sense of humor and enjoy our children just as they are….precious gifts!

Thank You to TIAS for your Newsletter and for the wonderful stories you share with everyone! God Bless! Agnes, way up North in Langley, BC, Canada
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. Ruggiero & Associates to Auction Carved Tobacconist Indian Figure Online at iGavel.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784239&keys=antiques-tobacconist-auction-art

2. Antique Chatelaine Feature
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784237&keys=antique-silver-chatelaine-victorian

3. The Hillsborough Show - Live Preview - 40th YEAR CELEBRATION!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784234&keys=antiques-Hillsborough-art-show

4. Celebrities turnout! - LA Antiques Show - Live Preview!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784233&keys=antiques-catalog-show-celebrities

5. Celebrities supporting the arts - LA Antiques Show - Live Preview!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784231&keys=ART-antiques-decorating-celebrities

6. Picasso Gets the Chop !! - artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784230&keys=art-art-market-artist-art-news

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784229&keys=Manhattan-Vintage-Clothing-fashion

8. El-Bart Dry Gin tin sign hits $60,500 at Showtime sale
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784228&keys=advertising-signs-country-store

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784227&keys=vintage-fashion-Manhattan-clothing

10. Antique Trader Upgrades Online Business Directory
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784226&keys=antiques-directory-locator-service

11. Antique Fisher Price Musical Chime Toy
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784224&keys=Antique-Fisher-Price-Toy

12. A new fan site has just launched for Blazers fans
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784222&keys=Blzers-Portalnd-Trail-Blazers-NBA-Blazers-NBA

13. Sotheby's London - Indian Art - May 2, 2008
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784221&keys=Sothebys-Indian-Art-Padamsee

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784220&keys=Christies-Haarlem-Gainsborough-Paintings

15. Results: Christie's Photographs Week, New York
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784219&keys=Christies-photographs-Elfering-Arbus

16. Christie's NY To Sell Re-Discovered, Restituted Hartley Masterwork This May
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784218&keys=Christies-Marsden-Hartley-Lighthouse
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...

Get your classified ad here!

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 22, 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.
One summer about 20 years ago there was a small family gathering at my aunt's house. We were pretty much finished eating when she turned to my father and said, "More, Ron?" Well if you say that quick, as she did, it sounds like moron. We all stopped and stared at her thinking that she had called her brother-in-law a moron! She looked at us with a bewildered look on her face and then we all realized what she really said and burst out laughing. Elaine in PA
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, Susie requested a recipe for "A&P pind cake”. We had one response.
Pound Cake
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for buttering pan
3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring) plus additional for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar
7 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream

Special equipment: a 10-inch tube pan (4 1/2 inches deep; not with a removable bottom) or a 10-inch bundt pan (3 1/4 inches deep; 3-qt capacity)

Put oven rack in middle position, but do not preheat oven.

Generously butter pan and dust with flour, knocking out excess flour.

Sift together sifted flour (3 cups) and salt into a bowl. Repeat sifting into another bowl (flour will have been sifted 3 times total).

Beat together butter (2 sticks) and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or 6 to 8 minutes with a handheld mixer. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour, then all of cream, then remaining flour, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down side of bowl, then beat at medium-high speed 5 minutes. Batter will become creamier and satiny.

Spoon batter into pan and rap pan against work surface once or twice to eliminate air bubbles. Place pan in (cold) oven and turn oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until golden and a wooden pick or skewer inserted in middle of cake comes out with a few crumbs adhering, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Cool cake in pan on a rack 30 minutes. Run a thin knife around inner and outer edges of cake, then invert rack over pan and invert cake onto rack to cool completely.
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 am looking for a home made hush puppies recipe. My husbands tells me all the time how his mom made the best but never wrote it down, Saddly it went with her when she past long before I met him.
Thanks .. DJ
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.
Almond Collectibles
Our store contains many types of collectibles which are rare and some not but all items are of the highest qualaity.

Aged & Aging Things
We specialize in variety, glassware, pottery, tableware, advertisement, lamps, plush toys, kitchenware, jewelery, and more. Some things are more aged than others and some more loved than others,but all have years left to be loved some more.
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:
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 ©1995-2008 TIAS.com Inc.

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