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The Collectors Newsletter #629 -- July 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #629 -- July 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.
The Fostoria Glass Society of America
The Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation formed to acquire and disseminate detailed knowledge concerning Fostoria Glass, and to establish and maintain a museum for housing and displaying Fostoria glass.
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.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.
In this issue readers talk about their eBay experiences as well as other items of interest...
To Carol G.: Peonies are NOT bulbs. They are herbaceous perennials. If you purchased a "peony bulb", it was something else - NOT a peony. Diane G.
Hello to everyone! Ebay has been a success in my case. I live in Puerto Rico, we have only a few little antique stores that carry mostly our country's antique items and the sellers think they are selling "50 carat gold". My real love is for the Victorian style so I am always looking for items of that era in Ebay. I am a subscriber since 2001 and have bought a lot of things through Ebay. The experience has been wonderful except for three situations. I opened a PayPal account and after two years of enjoying it, I was victim of fraud. I was charged over $3,000 in my credit card. Luckily I could solve the matter very quickly and I did not have to pay anything. Needless to say, I closed the account immediately! Then, I paid for one item and never got the merchandise; the man was someone from China that was later dismissed from the Ebay community. Another man, sold me a huge, I said, HUGE!! crystal ball for the end of a chandelier that, of course, I could not use. After I pointed out to him his misrepresentations about the size of the item, he sent me some nasty e-mails and left the ONLY negative feedback I have. Besides that, the experience has been wonderful. There are a lot of wonderful, wonderful, sellers, serious ladies and gentlemen, very kind, honest and nice people. Well, at least, this has been my experience. I have a long list of favorite sellers and have a lot of gorgeous Victorian antique items that could not have been acquired unless I use this site, so I am very, very happy that we have EBAY!
Maria, Carolina, Puerto Rico
In all fairness to Debbies assertion that the price the dealer paid for the Kings Crown glassware was fair based on ebay auction results. I beg to differ. Ebay is a hit or miss place to sell. I have sold things that I feel sold for far far more than their value. Ebay items sell more based on who is looking and when rather than what they are worth. I have seen items sell for a couple of dollars there but at an antique show sell for many times over that. I would not use ebay as a gage for what its worth, most everything would be worth nothing.
i love the newsletter! here's a sampling of my ebay history..i have been ebaying over 10 years. when there were no digital cameras or photo uploading hosts, etc. anyway ebay has kept me going financially through the closing of a regular business and the destruction by hurricanes of my antiques store. i have a love/hate relationship with ebay, though, haha. just like everything, the market can fluctuate wildly, nothing is a sure thing, and if you keep all things in perspective, it is fine. as a seller, i let my items start out low, that usually brings out the bidders.. sometimes i get stung, but that is life..i like ebay, it is almost like gambling a bit, but if that is my worst vice, i'm ok. simply, the supply/demand drives the market. another point is that i do still sell out of antique stores as well, and i work there time to time. one of the saddest but true things i have to do is when folks bring in items to sell, i actually show then what is selling for on ebay, and offer them half that price.. seems nothing brings "book" price anymore except for the true rarity. so as anything, has its positives/negatives.. i have found things on ebay for people who don't have a computer and were thrilled to get something they have searched for years for. ...one more point is that for the most part, people are honest, but there are both good and bad buyers and sellers. i am sure everyone has had a bad experience, but that's another story..overall, i love ebay..anyway keep up the fun newsletter!! suzanne in lake placid, florida..
There have been several things I have collected over the years. One of which is the older Matchbox cars by Lesney. I would find them at flea markets and toy show periodically. Then one day someone wrote a value guide. Now everyone who had a particular item figured his was worth what the book said.
Then along came e-bay..........
Now you are dealing with a world market. Though some particular models are still pricey, the competition for sales of certain items have come down to become more affordable.
Also, with the click of a mouse I can find a new item for my collection. The fun is still in the search, but now I don't have to wait months between shows to find what I am looking for.
Also, I can sell some of the collectibles I no longer need to fund my hobby. Gary S.
hello, I bought many items from e.bay until one day when I asked a seller whether they sold wholesale. Well everything hit the fan ! I was sent a letter from e.bay telling me I was banned ! When I asked why, I received an even worse letter, very rude indeed. So I am afraid I told e.bay to stick it up their nose ! hahahahahaa I can live without e.bay very well.
I was very glad to help find a suitable recipient for the old Durham Bible and photos and documents (and as it turns out, a number of others who will very much appreciate receiving copies). I am an experienced genealogist and will always be ready to help TIAS members find the descendants of Bibles, documents, and photos that may come into their possession--I do this for free just for the joy of knowing the outcome. These are treasures to anyone who respects and is curious about their heritage. Penelope Athey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more funny tombstone...
The funniest one I've seen is in Arizona and I stumbled across it while doing research online.
Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a 44
I am the recipient of Millie's Durham / Vandermark bible and am so thrilled that this kind lady would chose to send it home to a family member!
since receiving the bible I have found several connections and there was a picture of a young woman in the bible who has a remarkable resemblance to me as a young woman!
thanks so much for your news letter, without it this treasure would not have found its way home! Sue
Talking about Judy's son that was so helpful reminded me of my younger brother. When Larry was 3 my father went to set his alarm clock and found it in pieces. No just one or two pieces but completely taken apart. Dad was so mad when he found out the 3 year old did it. What am I going to do for an alarm clock the stores all closed at six in our town. My brother said no problem Daddy. In 5 minutes he had it back together and it worked too! Dad had the clock for ten year after that. Another Time Dad went out to mow the lawn and found the lawn mower taken completely apart. Larry was only 4 then and Dad yelled for him to come out to the garage.You got ten minutes to put it back together. No problem Dad. Larry had it back together in 5 and sure enough it ran better than it did before he took it apart. So now Larry's grown up and you know he's a mechanic now and he's son is taking things apart of Larry's. Larry just shakes his head when I remind him of
all the help he was to Dad. I guess what goes around comes around. Linda
When I first started in the business as an antique jewelry dealer I found the wide use of the name Jelly Belly to be very confusing. I have since learned that Collector's usually agree that in order to qualify as a true Jelly Belly, the belly portion must be made of Lucite, not glass; and must be clear, not colored. The clear Lucite cabochon is the predominate feature of a pin. The most coveted pieces are larger pieces with Lucite set in sterling vermeil (gold washed sterling) which can be both beautiful and whimsical. Read the Entire Story here:
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3) Antique News
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Treadway June Art Pottery sale strong and steady
2. Lesur painting brings $14,575 at June 29 Hal Hunt sale
3. Grey Flannel Auctions experts offering free sports memorabilia appraisals Aug. 8 in Springfield, MA
4. A Wealth of Information for the Appraiser
5. Ironclad Auctions Debuts “The Vincent Greco Collection
6. GO GREEN-DECORATE WITH ANTIQUES, AUCTION, FLEA MARKET FINDS
7. Inflated Artist Syndrome – artmarketblog.com
8. THE TOUCH OF THE FAMOUS IN FLORIDA
9. Dates revised for Bertoias premiere sale of Donald Kaufman toy collection
10. Allison Grant at Humble Arts Foundation - artmarketblog.com
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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.
I am so blessed to still have my parents at the tender ages of 82 and almost 84. My dear mother has the ability to make us laugh without a clue that she's said something funny. They live a few hours from us and she called one afternoon to tell me they were traveling. This is the way the conversation went; Mom; " Hi darling, just wanted you to know that we are on the road". Me;"Hi, mom, where are you?" Mom;"Oh, we're having lunch at Furr's cafeteria". Me;"Ok, but where are you?" Mom: "Well I'm on the phone, right here by the restrooms!". Me.......laughing so hard I can't reply.
Judy in Texas
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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?
WANTED: carillon "regency" by Vita Craft Corp.
WANTED: *AUTHENTIC* OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: COLLECTORS BUYING *SIGNED* AMERICAN PAINTINGS
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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 Bea requested a recipe for "Green Bean and Tomato Salad with sour cream". We had two responses.
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon country style Dijon mustard
2 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4"
1/2 cup red onion, sliced 1/8" and separated into rings
Place beans in large pan. Add enough water to cover. Bring to boil. Cook over medium heat until beans are crisply tender, 12-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients except tomatoes and onion. Rinse cooked green beans with cold water.
On platter, or individual salad plates, arrange green beans, tomatoes and onion rings. Pour dressing over salad.
* 1 lb of fresh green beans
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 2 cups onion, finely chopped
* 1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
* 3 tomatoes, seeded and peeled
* 1 tablespoon fresh basil
* 1 egg
* 1 cup sour cream
* salt to taste
* black pepper to taste
1. Bring in a pan 3 l of lightly salted water to boil over high heat. Drop string beans and bring back to a boil. Lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes, until the beans are tender. Drain the beans, wash them under cold water. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet set over high heat. Add the onions and green pepper, lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the tomatoes and basil, raise the heat to high, and boil rapidly for 1-2 minutes, until most of the juices in the pan have evaporated.
2. Stir in the green beans and simmer until heated through.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the egg, sour cream, salt and a few grindings of black pepper. Stir in the vegetables. Serve at once.
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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.
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and my mom made a "mock turtle soup" which used ground beef, veal and pork, flavored with lemon and worcestershire sauce. Unfortunately my mom passed away 11 years ago and I never was able to find her recipe. Does anyone out there have a reasonable facsimile of mock turtle soup. Thanks. Carol in Grand Rapids, MI
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
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