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The Collectors Newsletter #632 -- August 2008

The Collectors Newsletter #632 -- August 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.

Franciscan Pottery Collectors Society

Club is devoted to the preservation of the history of Gladding McBean and Franciscan Ware.
For more information, Click Here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=3196&listByKey=3196&groupKey=1
Are you interested in Franciscan Pottery? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Porcelain_and_Pottery/Franciscan/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.

I collect antique whiskey bottles and have been a member of ebay for 10 years. I have had an excellent record on selling and buying and have had only one bad purchase in those 10 years. Ebay has really opened up a source of items that were only available on the West Coast. I find that most dealers with a 99 % or better feedback go out of their way to make every transaction with them professional and honest.

Ebay has changed a few things over the years to help protect them from losing income or items being sold off site. I have a problem with the bidders id's not being listed at the end of the auction. I feel there is some "shell bidding" going on, items are being bid up in price to help a friend or partner get a higher price for an item. I think ebay has some problems with revenue due to the economy and many great items are not bringing the prices they were in years past. The number of items listed that I would be interested in has fallen off more this summer than in summers past. Best Regards, David Jackson

--Another Story--

I have almost 10,000 pictures of tombstones, since I am involved in the Tombstone Project. I have many beautifully carved stones, some with unusual patterns or shapes, but my absolute favorite is a very simple double stone: Harriet - Gone to Heaven, and four years later: Edward - Gone to Find Harriet. Kind of says it all, doesn't it? Jean ..Grants Pass, OR

--Another Story--

In regard to sellers & their shipping prices. Over the years I have tried watching what the actual cost were when the package arrived. I don’t mind if there is a difference of $ 1.00 and some change. Sometimes there may be more packaging material in the box etc. But recently I received a very tiny padded mailing envelope which contained 2 miniature china pieces. I was horrified at the way they were packed & shipped. Then I checked the postage..I had paid $ 12.45 for packing handling & postage. The package was delivered for $ 2.50 !I was furious at the rip off, not to mention the poor packaging of items that could have easily broken in the shipping. I contacted the seller who informed me that he uses a service & pays them their asking price and that is what he charge the buyer. Also, he states that in the description of his items. I told him he had better change that service. Within an hour I received another email from him telling me he had refunded $ 10.00 into my PayPal account & with his deepest apologies. I will deal with him again sometime I am sure down the road because I would like to think he is an honest seller, and that he took my advice. Elaine Charlotte, N.C.

--Another Story--

Hi. I'd like to make a comment about E-bay and sellers shipping charges. There are sellers who charge shipping costs that are way over what the US Post Office rate is. Most of the time the item price is low. What's going on here is that these sellers ARE making their money from the shipping costs and only paying E-bay the fee for a low priced item. Since e-bay only charges sellers for the actual price at which the item was sold and these sellers are really cheating E-bay out of money=2C you'd thing the company would stop this practice. But=2C no. Their response is that it's up to the buyer! When I contacted one seller 2C they just about told me this matter of factly. Another seller replied that the total cost of the item and shipping was still a good deal. However=2C I still refuse to do business with people like this. So 2C it really is up to the buyers if they choose to deal with these sellers. I prefer honest ones. Thanks. Randee in CA.

--Another Story--

About Cindy in Bedford, Ohio letter... ebay offers sellers various shipping methods... I allow my customers to choose who they want delivering their merchandise.

Before you can even list an auction, you must know what size box you are using and the weight of the item with packing. Once you enter the dimensions and weight, the cost is calculated from the sellers zip code to the buyer's zip code. This is not an amount made up by the seller. This is a cumbersome process, you have to get a box that fits the merchandise, put it on a scale and weigh it with the packing materials. This is costly to keep a variety of box sizes and the lightest yet most protective packing products.

I had a customer complain about the shipping costs on an item, and I told them in a nice way... "either you want the item or not, the shipping cost is set by the deliverer. They won the auction and gave me a very good rating. You get what you pay for... If you don't like ebay... shop elsewhere. David in Salem, Ohio

--Another Story--

Boy, do I love this newsletter! Every time I see one in my mailbox, I open it before I go to my eBay business emails. Through your club listings, I found some wonderful people who have helped me identify my father's childhood marbles, which I have just given to my 10-year-old grandson (with threats of bodily harm should anything happen to them!).

Now maybe a reader knows the people I seek:

I have a real "picture" postcard stamped May 14 from Clarksburg, W VA. That's where my Mom and her family were from, but I don't recognize the names on this postcard. Maybe the relatives will see this and notify me, so I can get it into the right hands.

The picture is of a little kid--maybe 5 years old--on a large tricycle. The child has those short bangs and bobbed haircut typical of those times, and is wearing a long-sleeved dress with dark tights, and button-up boots. Below it someone wrote in pencil, and then wrote over it again with ink, "Wilson Norman." It was addressed simply to "Wes Carpenter, Salem, W Va". The card, also written in pencil, is dark enough to read, but I have some difficulty with the old-style penmanship. It says (I think!):

"Dear Ida or Ma & Pa
"Will started up momentarily but I can't--come out--now. Maby will get-to-come out where he can come in. All went down to Bridgeport--yesterday--They are all well."

Then the signature is partially obscured by the postmark, but I believe it may say "Elsie", but it could say Eileen, Elisa, etc. Cousins in the area had last names of Wardle, Fiero and Stout.

If anyone might know these people, I'd like to get the postcard back to them. It's in really good shape. I don't remember where I got it, but I imagine it came from my mother's things. She died right before Christmas in 1999. Incidentally, it was she who instilled a great love of antiques in her three daughters, and now my daughter (29) and even my grandson (10) respect and admire pieces and aspects of antiques I point out to them.

Thank you for a most enjoyable newsletter! Lisa lisasbitscollectibles@yahoo.com
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 are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com
1. Directory of 450+ Online Collectibles Museums Unveiled
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784859&keys=collectibles-museums-gallery-antiques

2. Cigar Store Carvings as Popular Now as Ever
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784858&keys=art-antiques-Collectibles-appraisal

3. Replacement Dinnerware and China from Dinnerware Replacements
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784857&keys=Dinnerware-Replacements-China-Sale

4. ArtofTime.com – defining luxury all-over again!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784856&keys=patek-rolex-cartier-philippe

5. Original 1966 Beatles Audio Recording at Auction Aug. 29
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784855&keys=Beatles-Auction-Concert-Recording

6. Aberdeen lamp realizes $14,000 at Woody Auction sale
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784854&keys=american-brilliant-cut-glass

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784852&keys=art-paintings-antiques-furniture

8. Antique Trader Launches Treasure Hunt Sweepstakes
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784847&keys=antiques-sweepstakes-collectible-contest

9. July 2008 Baltimore ANA Signature® and Platinum Night Heritage Auction Passes $40 Million
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784843&keys=Heritage-ANA-numismatics-American

10. Peter Calderon Joins Heritage as Sportscard Expert
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784842&keys=Heritage-Trading-cards-sports

11. Todd Hignite Joins Heritage
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784841&keys=Heritage-auction-comics-art

12. Andy Foster Appointment: President, Asia
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784840&keys=Christies-auction-President-art

13. Over $100 Million Worth of Comics Sold in Heritage Auctions
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784839&keys=Heritage-comics-art-auction

14. The Holy War at Mama’s Treasures
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784837&keys=Westinghouse-Kitchen-Tupperware-Laundry

15. The Saville Sister Act - artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784836&keys=art-artist-market-investment

16. Top Ten Art Video Sites - artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784835&keys=art-artist-market-investment

17.The Batmobile is offered at Russo and Steele Monterey Auction Event
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784832&keys=Batmobile-Classics-Auctions-Cars

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784831&keys=Elvis-Auction-Cars-Classic

19. Fall Antiques Tour to Europe -- Fresh Dealers, Dollar-Stretching Destinations and Tax-Free Shopping
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784829&keys=antiques-dealer-tour-shopping

20. Dinnerware Replacements Now Has Miniature Doll House Furniture
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=784828&keys=Noritake-Franciscan-Miniatures-Gifts
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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It's easy to do. Go to: http://javafeed.news-antique.com/ to get the code.

4) Your Classifieds...

Unlocked Apple Iphone 3G 16gb

Unlocked Nokia N96 16gb

Unlocked Samsung Omina i900 16gb

PlayStation 3 80GB Limited Edition Metal Gear Solid 4

The World's First Portable Microwave

Sony HVRV1U HDV Camcorder

Nokia N96 16GB unlocked

PS3 Sony Play Station 3 40 GB Blu-Ray Brand New

Samsung i8510 INNOV8 Unlocked 8MP Quad Band GSM SmartPh

Velocity Mobile 103 Pocket PC

T-Mobile Wing

Samsung SCH-i760 (Verizon Wireless)

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 Friday August 12, 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 friend tells me this rather embarassing yet funny story...We had a visiting preacher at our church services that would stand in the back of the building to shake people's hand as they were leaving. Well she had worn this half slip that had worn out elastic many times but tonight it decided that was it and just as she took the preachers hand there it fell to the floor in a heap around her feet; she never skipped a beat, she bent down, stepped out of it and picked it up & shoved it in her pocket! He of course never let on he knew just what had happened as any gentleman would! Her face must have been bright red! Love the newsletter as always, Kim in Indiana


Many years ago, when my now 37 year old son was 5 years old, we took a family trip to Yellowstone National Park with our two children. When we entered Wyoming on the way north, my husband and I were discussing the route. Traveling from Oklahoma, we had never been in the state of Wyoming before, and I asked my husband was the Capitol of Wyoming was. He didn't remember right away, and while we pondered it in the front seat of the car, we paid no attention to the two kids in the back seat. After a minute or two, the little voice from my son, Justin, piped up from the back seat, "Mom, I'm not sure, but I think "W" is the capital of Wyoming!" We all had a good laugh that lasted over 30 years. Linda
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 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 Bea requested a recipe for "salad made with cooked green beans, tomatoes". We had one response.
Thank You..
Just wanted to thank you for printing my request for a Cincinnati version of "mock turtle soup" and to those who responded. I have printed them all of the recipes and will attempt to make that soup when it gets a little cooler here in Michigan. I can almost taste it now! Thanks again. Carol in Grand Rapids Michigan
This is a yummy recipe that sounds like it may be what you're looking for. I like to use the frozen whole green beans. Since they are more uniform, it takes only a few minutes for cooking. This is a great summer recipe!

Hope this is what you wanted.............Patty in Kentucky

Green Bean and Tomato Salad w/ Dijon Sour Cream Dressing


1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed (leave whole)
(If using frozen whole green beans, reduce cooking time)
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.
Rinse cooked green beans with cold water.
On platter, or individual salad plates, arrange green beans, tomatoes and onion rings.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together ingredients for dressing. Pour dressing over salad.

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon country style Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon basil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
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.
How do you make potato chips? Any good home recipes? Barry
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.
Chattley Corner Collectibles
We enjoyed putting our little shop together for your shopping pleasure. It is filled with items from McCoy pottery to lead crystal; from Barbie dolls to designer Christmas ornaments. Please look at our Jacqueline Kennedy reproduction jewelry collection!

Helping Hands Caring Hearts Resale
We offer everything from antiques to collectibles. At anytime we may have NASCAR, Hallmark, Department 56, Baseball cards, China, Vases, Many different Enesco brands, such as Jim Shore, Kitchen Fairies

Hidden Treasures
Welcome to Hidden Treasures! We carry a large variety of collectibles, antiques, and new items! We offer Free Shipping & Insurance! If you are looking for something and don't see it, let us know, chances are we may have it!

RELICS from the Sturgis, Michigan Historical Society
The Sturgis, Michigan Historical Society is a non-profit organization. We are trying to bring information and historical artifacts home. Do you have anything for us? For downloadable information about Sturgis, Michigan and local interest videos, please visit our site.
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

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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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