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The Collectors Newsletter #611 -- May 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #611 -- May 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Thimble Collectors International
Premier organization for collectors of thimbles and other needlework tools. Membership benefits include quarterly bulletins, biennial conventions [Philadelphia 2008], published booklets and a network of regional groups. For more information, Click Here:
Are you interested in Thimbles? Take a look at:
No one knows who invented the thimble. Its origins are shrouded in the mists of pre-history, but it is believed that its development was spurred by the production of cloth beginning around 7000 BC. Prior to that date, garments were generally fashioned from animal skins laced together, but the introduction of much lighter weight woven fabrics necessitated the use of needle and thread. And the thimble....To read the entire story, go to
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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.
To the person with the old "new" quilt that has water stains on it. You have a potential problem with this quilt. You didn't say what the applique's are made of but I'm assuming it's cotton. There's no guarantee that the red won't run no matter what you do. The very safest thing would be to ask a dry cleaner if they can remove the stains without wetting the quilt. But, the VERY first thing to do is take a WET Q-tip and lightly rub it over the red appliqué and see if any red stain comes off. If it does - DO NOT wet it. If it does not - then it should be safe to wash it in cold water on a GENTLE or "handwash" setting. Also, I've seen detergent that is especially designed to keep colors from fading onto lighter fabrics - that could help keep it from fading. Unless the water stains are really bad, though - I would just have it dry cleaned, just to make it clean enough to use and remove dust, and leave the stains alone. If it's 50 plus years old - a few stains won't be too bad. God Bless, Judy
This may not be the greatest mistake that I have ever make as an antique dealer, but it ranks close to the top.
I was a member of an antique co-op in the small town in eastern Texas. One day while I was minding the store, another dealer came in with an assortment of glass & pottery lid that were left over from a church rummage sale. She offered me the choice of any of the lids that I could use.
I had a Fiesta mixing bowl in my booth and one of the lids was a mate for this bowl. In the back of my mind I seemed to remember that the lids for the Fiesta mixing bowls were a rare find. That evening I checked the book value of the Fiesta mixing bowl lids and was amazed to find that the lid alone was worth $150-$190. I had a key to the shop and considered driving back to town, but I decided to just go the next morning.
You can guess the rest. I arrived within 45 minutes if the shop opening and my bowl with the lid had been sold.
I could not complain...... I had nothing in the lid and the bowl brought a good price. No use crying over it. I like to think that a customer who finds a bargain will return hoping to find another.
Love the newsletter, Marilyn in Deep East Texas
In response to Sherry in Southern Illinois about using Goo Gone, Goof Off, or other similar chemicals to remove tape from porcelain, china, glass, etc., you can actually use mayonnaise. Diet or fat free won't work, neither will Miracle Whip. Put the mayo on the tape residue and let it sit for a couple of minutes. You should then be able to wipe it off and use Windex or a soap that removes grease and it will be good as new. I have also used it on wood surfaces, metal and plastic. It doesn't seem to harm any of them and is something most people have around their home. Peanut butter will do the same type of removal, however I just use it on glass or china. Hope this works for you. Nancy in Fallbrook, CA
So enjoy the newsletter, so many helpful hints and varied interests. And ideas on how cleaver so many of you are with this enjoyment. Kim - from Ohio - what a terrific idea for a ladder! Your description was so vivid, I now have my eye out for ladder. Thanks for sharing this delightful "find."
Also, the many comments about how Socks are so useful. I, too, have used them for cleaning, dusting, gloves and stuffing things in them when moving or storing. But our main use for them (back in the '40's & 50's) was to roll our hair. Great for the Page Boy style. Mops C.
Someone commented that they avoid 'all one colour' displays. I agree that if it is glass, they will usually be modern cheap reproduction. I glanced at one such display, all blue and trashy but one item stunned me. Amongst them was, to a UK bottle collector, the unmistaken top of a mineral water 'blob' top cylinder, cobalt blue and worth a lot of money but at the low price of the other repro's. My hands shook a little as I examined it, not only a fine quality rare bottle but the mineral water company was my own name, William Phillips, we were obviously meant to be together.
When visiting Flea Markets or Yard Sales I look carefully at any lamps or large bottles that have been transformed by adding a covering of Plaster of Paris or material that then has shells or beads stuck into it. I've carefully removed the coating to discover an attractive bottle, once a fine stoneware Doulton, Lambeth, Whisky Jug.
Bill Phillips, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
I have been reading, with interest, all the different stories and tips folks have been sending in about children’s artwork. My mother saved all of mine and my brothers’ artwork through the years in various boxes and bags in her closet. Every time my parents have moved, the stuff goes right along with them and back into the master closet.
Anyway, my purpose for writing was to give other readers a tip. My 2 children were not only my parents’ first grandchildren, they were also my grandparents’ first great-grandchildren. We lived in deep South Texas and my grandparents lived in Ft. Worth, so we didn’t get to see each other but a couple of times a year. Once the kids were in school and started bringing home all kinds of art, I decided to put together a scrapbook of their art complete with names, dates and comments from the kids, and I sent it to my grandparents. Every few months I would send them a package with some of the kids’ art items to add to their scrapbook. My grandparents loved having something to show their friends and I did not have as much “stuff” to deal with.
After my grandparents passed away, the scrapbook came back to me. It is now a wonderful family memento. Helen, Austin, TX
I listed a postcard in my TIAS store that was a real photo scene of the train station at Donnellson, Iowa. It was from the early 1900's. A customer wrote me and said he had been looking for this postcard for over 35 years. In the background was his mother's house. He and his family were so excited to get this precious postcard.
I have also sold postcards where a relative of the buyer could be seen in the postcard. The family was so excited to see their long lost relative.
I also sold 5 vintage Flower Seed Catalogs from the 1930's to Fox Studios. The catalogs will be in the upcoming film "The Happening" opening on Friday June 13th. Looking forward to seeing my vintage paper in the movies. Joyce ....
Love the newsletter. As a parent, I have very much enjoyed sharing toys and items my parents saved from my childhood with my children. My daughter wore the same outfit I wore on my 1st birthday on her 1st birthday. My kids loved the Little People sets and my Barbie airplane. I have not been as sentimental saving as much as my Mom did, but do save some very special items to share when my kids become parents. But, yes, the downside is a basement full of STUFF!
When both my grandparents’ estates were being dispersed, the older family china sets went to my Mother as she lived closest and the others didn’t want to transport the china. I couldn’t imagine these sets leaving the family, so now I have them. My grandfather used to reminisce about his grandmother going “down to the docks” in Boston to get the crates of china, packed in hay, that arrived from England. Neither set is very valuable and they are such a fine/thin china that I hesitate to use them. Part of me wants to use and enjoy them instead of just storing them but I already have two other china patterns I use. My favorite/most used set took 10+ years to collect enough pieces to feed more than 3 people. I had bought a box of Shenango Midnight Halo china at a yard sale 20 years ago…late one Sunday afternoon for $15 (borrowed from a college friend). Lo and behold, that college friend and I just celebrated 17 years of marriage. Another part of me wants to recognize the sentimentality of them by displaying them. Any other collectors out there have advice as how to “honor” or what to do with multiple china sets?
I know china is no longer a traditional wedding gift for most working couples these days. Perhaps I should save these for my kids or niece? Perhaps I should take the advice of Peter Walsh, the professional organizer on Clean Sweep, who suggests that if you associate memories with a special item or collectible, perhaps you are holding onto the memory more than the item? His recommendation was to take a picture of the item and save it in a scrap book to keep the memory but let go of the “stuff.” Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated! Thanks! Rebecca in NH
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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
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1. Spring Fling at An Online Vintage Jewelry Store
2. Comics Buyer's Guide Chooses Heritage Auction Galleries and Atomic Ave Sales Results for Price Guide
3. Comics Buyer’s Guide Launches Online Business Directory
4. Goldmine Launches Online Business Directory
5. Punch cigar store figure smokes to $207,000 finish in Morphy's $2.6 million Spring Toy Auction
6. Americana, rare antique toys and a $77K cigar store Indian lead Noel Barrett's $1.54M Spring Auction
7. Kitsch-n-Stuff Announces The Top Ten Retro Collectibles to Give to Mom for Mother’s Day
8. Less Well-Known Jeannette Depression Glass Patterns Part 1 – Doric and Pansy and Doric
9. The Art Auction Rollercoaster - artmarketblog.com
10. Buying Art Through an Artist’s Blog - artmarketblog.com
11. Estate of the late Darlene Rath well known Beloit Wi. Red Wing collector.
12. Old Town's June 14-15 auction features collection from now-closed Oregon museum
13. Artfact Live! Offers Complimentary Access to Art, Antiques and Collectibles Price Results
14. May 2008 issue of Style Century Magazine now available to download or view online
15. Protect Those You Hold Dear
16. NAME DROPPING IN SOUTH FLORIDA – HANDEL,TIFFANY, JENSEN, LALIQUE,
ROSEVILLE, WELLER, NEWCOMB & MORE
17. Tracking Your Collectables, Part One, The Fun Begins
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Many years ago, while watching my niece (now 23 with 3 kids), she decided to call home. She called out to me that my phone was broken.
When I went to go check, she showed me how she kept pressing the numbers but nothing was happening. You see it was a rotary phone and she had never seen one before. She was fascinated by it, and had to call everyone she knew using that cool phone. Kim H.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.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?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Lexi. requested a recipe for "Hamantaschen" . We had several response.
Favorite Hamantashen Cookie Dough and Fillings
Yield: about 5 dozen
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups flour (approximately)
1 lb prunes, stewed 10 minutes, pitted & chopped
1 cup raisins, chopped
1/2 lemon, juice & rind
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp honey
POPPY SEED FILLING:
1/2 lb poppy seeds
4 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine the ingredients in the order given, using enough flour to make a soft dough which is not sticky Let stand 15 minutes. Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll to 1/4" thickness on a floured board. Cut in 4" circles. Place a tsp of desired filling in the center of each circle. Form triangles by folding the sides in towards the middle. Brush with beaten egg. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
POPPY SEED FILLING:
Soak the poppy seeds in boiling water overnight. Drain, dry and grind through food chopper, using finest blade. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Ready In: 27 Minutes
Yields: 24 servings
Works better for me if I cover the dough and refrigerate overnight.
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup orange juice
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup fruit preserves, any flavor
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until lightly and fluffy. Stir in the oil, vanilla and orange juice. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter to form a stiff dough. If dough is not stiff enough to roll out, stir in more flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into circles using a cookie cutter or the rim or a drinking glass. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of preserves into the center of each one. Pinch the edges to form three corners.
3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Erica Williams, Elgin, SC
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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.
DOES ANYONE HAVE AN EASY RECIPE FOR BRUNSWICK STEW? I GREW UP IN BRUNSWICK, GA AND "TWIN OAKS DRIVE-IN" USE TO MAKE THE BEST BRUNSWICK STEW. I MOVED MANY YEARS AGO AND NOW THEY ARE CLOSED. THANKS.... Janet
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Welcome to Mitchell Antiques online! I have been in business for over 25 years. I have a large store full of antiques and collectibles. We gladly accept Paypal.
Our store contains many types of collectibles which are rare and some not but all items are of the highest quality..
Aged & Aging Things
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