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The Collectors Newsletter #636 -- September 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #636 -- September 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.
Global Lottery Collectors Society
The Global Lottery Collector's Society (GLCS) members are a group of lottery collecting enthusiasts who study and collect lottery tickets from around the world. GLCS members live all over the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world. The approximately 200 members collect and trade tickets via correspondence with other members, thus enabling them to enlarge the scope of their collections beyond their own state or country's borders! Our web site features information about lottery ticket collecting and the GLCS. We invite you to learn about our hobby of lottery ticket collecting called lotology. Click here:
Are you interested in Ephemera and paper collectibles? Take a look at:
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:
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.
Editors Note: Last week we had a huge number of people writing in that they don't want to hear about eBay anymore in this newsletter and at the same time I'm getting swamped by people who are writing in about their eBay experiences. This supports my theory that our readers are split down the middle about how they feel about eBay. The problem here is that although people don't want to hear about eBay, they are not offering any other content as an alternative and they people who want to talk about eBay are offering plenty of content. Keep in mind that we can only publish what people send us, so if the only content that is sent in is about eBay, that's all we've got to go with.
So here is a topic for the next issue. I get this question all the time and just want to see how you would handle this. Here is a hypothetical situation....
A relative has died and you are responsible for liquidating their estate. The house is full of antiques and collectibles. Family members have removed everything that they are interested in keeping and everything that is left must be sold. How would you liquidate the entire estate in the least amount of time, but still get top dollar for the items being sold? Send your answer (and feel free to include your personal experiences) to email@example.com and we'll run them in the next issue. Thanks, Phil
I have lots of stories, but this time, I just have a question. I wonder if there is any way to make the decorative hammered aluminum pieces shiny or at least look like aluminum again. I just love the designs of these old pieces but they are not so pretty to display.
If anyone could help, I would appreciate it. I'm sure a lot of other folks would like to know the secret also.
Thanks. I love the newsletter! Sue, in Texas
Nancy, I believe that like most all collections, old radios serve no particular purpose other than to be enjoyed. My husband collects old radios. He has several of the old wooden ones, including a floor model, but most are from the 50-60s, and most of them still work. Like many men, he just likes to tinker and thinks they look neat. He has an art studio in our home that we have decorated in the Art Deco style (not that you can tell with all the paintings hanging around). I had a ceiling shelf made for one wall. He has some of them displayed and changes them out once in a while, selling off some and getting a new one occasionally.
What I would like to ask is what are you dealers doing that you have found to work to keep your business going? I have tried the good suggestions that Phil posted a couple months back; place internal ads, write a news letter, list on eBay with a "me" page linked to my web store, etc. We show at the few local antique fairs where we don't have to stay over night at hotels. I have advertised in an antique journal. Anything else you've found that works? Thanks, Susan, North Carolina.
It was April Fool's Day in the late 1930's in rural south Georgia. My mother and two of her siblings decided they needed to play a prank. They found an old purse, tied a string to it and placed it in the middle of the road in front of their house. Then they secreted themselves in a nearby ditch and waited as first one car and then another passed by without stopping. Finally, a car was slowing down. They were filled with excitement and anticipation until.....they all came to a sickening realization at the same moment. Their "victim" was a policeman. It was every man for himself as they ran from the scene. Apparently this was not his first encounter with the "purse scheme" and he didn't bother to hunt them down but it was the last time they pulled this stunt.
Another day, the same three decided to bury a LIVE chicken in the dirt right up to his neck. I guess they were bored again!! I cannot imagine the fear that poor chicken suffered or what he must have thought. When they finally released him he nearly gained the ability to fly!! I think he was just happy not to end up as Sunday dinner that week! God Bless, Judy
In response to Ann's question about cemetery "etiquette" - I don't think that you and your husband did anything wrong. Now if you had blocked the only entrance - that would be a different story. But, the old man had other options. It sounds to me like he was going to be grumpy no matter what you did. I also like to visit old cemeteries and, as you said, there are often small roads or driveways. I park my car, leaving the most available space possible for another driver. I love reading old grave markers and I often photograph them. Ann, enjoy your cemetery visits while you can still "leave" them behind" when you're ready. Seriously, lots of people, especially genealogists like myself, enjoy the artwork and just the quiet time you can spend in a cemetery just reading markers. ps. you're blessed to have a husband who will go with you - mine has learned to hit the breaks quickly when we spot one along an old country road when we're traveling; and he an U-turn faster than anyone I know!!! God Bless, Judy
Hi Phil, I love the newsletter and have been reading it for quite a while, but would really like to get back to something more interesting, useful and uplifting than the recent avalanche of boring and tedious arguments about shipping costs on eBay.
Can you propose a new topic? Please? Maybe something like "Tell the story of the antique or collectible that came to you in the strangest way." Or "Assuming you had the people-power to quickly move anything you own, what's the one item, after family members, pets, photos and the family Bible, you'd take with you if you were forced to flee from a hurricane or fire?"
Thanks for all you do, Linda (Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't want to be rude,but can we drop the Ebay thing. It's at the point where I don't even want to open my message from here. I buy from Ebay you take a 50-50 chance. Don't like it stay off Ebay. Better yet why don't you start a I hate Ebay site. I feel this newsletter as become the Ebay gripe site. Again I don't want to be rude but can everyone change the subject for awhile. Thanks Cathy
My daughter is almost 21 and we all still laugh about this strange question she asked me when she was about 4 or 5 years old. We were driving home from her daycare in the car and out of the blue she looked at me with those big brown eyes and said..."When a lady dies, what happens to her purse?" It was so surprising to me for her to even think about something like that! I looked the other way as I chuckled to myself as she was so serious. I said "Well honey, I guess the purse would go to someone in her family"..of course she said "When you die, can I have your purses?" When I told my grandma who has since passed, I have never seen her laugh so hard! We still kid her about it! Out of the mouths of babes! Michele
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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
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 August 2008.
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
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jars - No Movement, 2. Stamps - Up from #10, 3. Teapots - Up from #6, 4. Transferware - Up from #5, 5. Crocks - Not listed last month, 6. Avon (collectibles) - Not listed last month, 7. Bird (Related collectibles) Down from #2, 8. Pyrex - Not listed last month, 9. Fire King - Not listed last month, 10. Artist Doll - 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
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Limoges - No movement, 2. Tables - Up from #5, 3. Staffordshire - Up from #7, 4. Chairs - Up from #6, 5. Desks - Not listed last month, 6. Nippon - Down from #3, 7. Transferware - Not listed last month, 8. Sofa - Up from #9, 9. Mirrors - Down from #4, 10. Tiffany - Down from #8
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
News-Antique.com is now the #1 search result on Google for antique news. If you want to tell the world
about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and
collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
1. Iron Trivia at Mama’s Treasures
2. The Art Subscription Project - artmarketblog.com
3. Australian Art Investment Fund - artmarketblog.com
4. The Vintage List - Online Vintage Shop Directory - Labor Day Weekend Listing Special!
5. This Year's Political Memorabilia: Wow Wow Wow
6. Asselmeier & May Antique Estate Auction (Sept. 6)
7. Sisters' lifetime collections headline Morphy's Oct. 10-11 Fine Doll Auction
8. EXTREMELY RARE FRANK ALBERT TECO POTTERY VASE TO HIGHLIGHT FLORIDA FINE ART
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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.
Back in the 1950's, my middle sister and I decided to try our first "smoke" - one of my daddy's cigarette butts. I was about 10 and she was 7. First of all, we were scared to death of my dad - one of his "looks" and we knew we were in big trouble. So, what possessed us to think we could smoke and get away with it, I have no idea. We found a fairly long cigarette butt in his ashtray and took it outside that summer day while he was at work. After each of us took a couple of puffs on it - we suddenly became filled with fear and the reality of what we had done!! We just KNEW he would be able to tell - I mean, maybe he counted his cigarette butts or something - we thought of every conceivable scenario by which we might be found out. Sooooo, we took the remaining "butt" and tried to flush it down the toilet. To our horror, it would not flush!! It just kept swirling around and around the bowl each time we flushed.
Finally, as time for Daddy to return from work grew closer and closer and we grew more and more panicked - we hit upon a fail proof idea - we would BURY IT in the back yard.
So, we dug a hole about TWELVE INCHES DEEP and placed the tiny cigarette butt down into it and proceeded to cover it up. Then we stomped down the dirt, replaced the grass, and lived in FEAR for about a week that, somehow, he would just "know". Thank God he never found out.
My sister went on to become a lifelong smoker - but the stress was simply too much for me and my fragile nature - so I never "puffed" again - not even once. Plus, I hated the smell of cigarette smoke. I thank God that the experience had such an overwhelming effect on me. God Bless, Judy
I caught my two year old daughter with her coat on backwards and upside down. I asked her what she was doing. She said, "going outside". I answered, "Oh no, you're not". She stuck her lower lip and walked away looking totally defeated and said "Me thought me was, me guess me not". She's 46 now. Needless-to-say that's been a family saying for for 44 years.
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?
WANTED: Needed 1-5 Thomas Bavaria Briarcliffe dessert plates
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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 Darylena requested a recipe for "Bavarian Cream Pie w/fruit". We had one response.
STRAWBERRY BAVARIAN CREAM
1 small box strawberry Jell-O
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream or Dream Whip
In a small bowl, stir together Jell-O and sugar. Stir in boiling water and continue stirring until completely dissolved.
Add cold water, and refrigerate until slightly thickened.
Beat the whipping cream until fluffy peaks hold, or prepare 1 package of Dream Whip according to package directions and stir in 1 1/2 cups. (Note: 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip may be substituted).
Stir until well blended. To make unmolding easier, lightly coat one large mold or several individual sized molds with mayonnaise or salad dressing. Pour Jell-O mixture in and refrigerate until firm.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
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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 have a small Yorkshire Terrier and have been thinking about making home made dogie bones for him. I saw a recipe for these many years ago, but did not save it. Does anyone have a recipe for home made dogie treats? Betty
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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