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The Collectors Newsletter #661 -- December 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #661 -- December 2008
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The International Match Safe Association was founded in September 1998 by 26 enthusiasts from three countries. The IMSA is dedicated to the collecting and preservation of match safes, and to further match safe research and education. IMSA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit association established to promote the preservation, education and study of match safes. click here for more info:
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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.
We are looking for Holiday related stories from when you were a child. Send them to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have the first Santa my parents bought for me at age 6 months. That was my first Christmas. It was bought in 1942 around Christmas. It has a light that Santa is holding and it still works. It was taken care of all these years by my mother. When she passed, it came to my house. It is proudly displayed with the Santas my wife has collected over the last 20+ years. Philip
Every year after the tree was up and decorated a lovely white tree skirt would be put around the bottom.. Nell, my Sheltie seemed to feel that it was there just for her. If, something was in the way of her snuggling in her spot she would take of it and fix it to suit herself. This, year the skirt will not be under the tree as Nell is no longer here to cuddle under the tree. So, think in honor of Nell will leave it hanging in the proper place. Priscilla
To the person who said she had lost everything and could not afford her medications. Please let her know that there are Patient Assistances Programs with most major pharmaceutical houses that will provide free medications or at deep discount depending on your income. Doctors have this information and can help the patient complete the form. Or the info can be obtained by calling the pharmaceutical company. I am surprised there are so many people who are not aware of this major help.
I'm Ellen Schroy, and I'm currently updating the 5th edition of Warman's Depression Glass for Krause Publications. I'm having a terrible time confirming whether depression-era glassware collector clubs are still in existence and what their current addresses are. Is there anyway you could find addresses and e-mails for such organizations? Thanks! Ellen - -- If you can assist, send your email to: email@example.com
This year we have just put up our 54th Christmas tree. When we were first married and we needed a star for the tree top, I cut a star out of cardboard, made two holes in it for a twist tie and then covered it with tin foil. It was just right on the top most branch. Each year since, I think I should buy a new star and each year I cannot part with the old one. It has been recovered with tinfoil at various times but that same old cardboard star stands bright and shinny as a remembrance of all those 54 years. Last year I actually bought a new star and of course couldn't use it. This year I cut the holder off it and hung it outside as a snowflake. This year too, I have "way to many" ornaments on our tree but each one holds a memory and this year my first Great Grandaughter (18 months)helped me put all the low unbreakable ornaments on the tree, including the old, worn, barely red, plastic Santa my eldest child won in a draw in her first year at school. It "needs" to be hung low down on the right front of the tree and if it isn't there when my youngest comes home it is moved "where it should be." May your Christmas be filled with love and joy no matter what your present circumstances may be and may it be remembered as one of your best. Margaret in Saskatchewan, Canada
My husbands mother past away several years before I met him. His sister took most of the ornaments they had as children growing up and she gave them to us for our second Christmas. Now 16 years later we still hang them on the tree along with the new ones we acquired through he years. The kids love them and the most treasured is a plastic mistletoe ball (the size of a soft ball) with a little elf sitting on top of it.
Another is a Santa Key that I got when my now 16 year old daughter was about 3 or 4 and worried how Santa would get in since we lived in an apartment and had no chimney. She still insist on hanging it on the door every year.
DJ in BG
I agree with Jan in Oregon’s comment about sharing Christmas Stories. Christmas was always so special in my life. My parents were poor when we grew up yet they always made Christmas special to me. I loved how our family put the Christmas tree up each year together. Daddy would hang the lights and Mama and we children would decorate as we all enjoyed this tradition together. As an adult my favorite part was going out each year with my husband and walking thru the woods on a quest to find the perfect tree. My favorite thing to put up each year is my Dickens Village. I collected and added on pieces for years. Mary in Virginia.
When I was a little girl, the Children's Christmas program at our church was always also the Christmas Eve service. We each had a small paragraph to memorize as we told the Christmas story in scripture and song, with the adults joining in on many of the hymns. My three sisters and I always dressed in our best dresses and of course were nervous and excited about saying our pieces as well as wondering about what we might be receiving for Christmas. At the end of the service each child got a brown paper sack containing a Delicious apple, peanuts, and candies as their gift from the church. We lived on a farm about 10 miles out, but my grandparents lived right in town, so after the service we always went to visit my grandparents for "lunch", which consisted of cake, cookies, sandwiches, homemade pickles, and coffee. My grandparents didn't do a lot of decorating, but they always put up their aluminum tree, and had the colored light wheel shining on it. While the adults leisurely visited and ate, us kids would anxiously be waiting for them to finish so we could go home and open our presents! Probably the only thing that kept us entertained was sitting watching the colored light change the look of the tree as it revolved-I still remember how beautiful that little tree looked. Years later I heard from my mom that my aunt still had the tree and wondered if anyone wanted it. I certainly did! My grandma had kept it in its original box and the light still works, so I'll be putting it up again this year, reminded of those special family times and traditions as I do so. Kathy from Moline, IL
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3) Antique News
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
and we may post it here.
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 November 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 Jar - No movement, 2. Hutschenreuther - No movement, 3. Limoges - Not listed last month, 4. Westmoreland - No movement, 5. Ironstone - Up from #6, 6. Figurines - Down from #5, 7. Roseville - Not listed last month, 8. Fenton - Not listed last month, 9. Bakelite - Not listed last month, 10. Lamps - 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 ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Limoges - No movement, 2. Nippon - Up from #7, 3. Tables - Up from #9, 4. Chairs - Down from #3, 5. Sofas - Up from #10, 6. Transferware - Down from #2, 7. Desks - Not listed last month, 8. Mirrors - Down from #6, 9. Tiffany - Not listed last month, 10. Teapots - Not listed last month
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
1. December 2008 issue of Style Century Magazine available to view online now
2. Champion 1965 Shelby 350GT R Model Scheduled to Cross Auction Block at Russo and Steele’s
3. Historically Significant 1965 Ford Mustang A/FX Holman/Moody Race Car Offered at Russo and Steele
4. Award Winning 1963 Shelby Cobra CSX 2009 Offered at Russo and Steele Scottsdale Event
5. Nicholas Cage’s 1970 Hemi Cuda Crossing the at Russo and Steele’s 9th Annual Scottsdale Auction
6. ELEGANT RECYCLING, AVOIDING MALLS, RECESSION PROOF SHOPPING
7. The 4th Asia International Arts & Antiques Fair (AIAA2009)
8. Massive Russian Vase Draws Massive Bids at Bonhams New York
9. December 2008 online issue of Toy Collector Magazine available now
10. Grace of Frank Lloyd Wright Design Honored at LiveAuctionTalk.com
11. Skinner to Host Auction of 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts December 20, 2008
12. Airline Wings and Memorabilia - Special Aviation Auctions
13. Toulouse Lautrec: 100 Prints & Posters
14. THE DECEMBER/JANUARY ISSUE OF MEDAL NEWS IS NOW ON SALE!
15. Movie Cards & Collectibles Network Launches
16. THINK GREEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH GIFTS FROM HOLLY LANE ANTIQUES
17. ANTIQUE-EDUCATION ON THE RISE DURING RECESSION?
18. Vegas' Charleston Antique Mall: Old Place New Again
19. Christmas Vintage Jewelry Collectibles Sale
20. Timesavers Estate Sales Chicago Illinois Plans Exciting New Year!
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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 laughed twice at the "what happens to a lady's purse" story, first because of a saying in my own family and second because i actually have my great-grandmother's purse, which my grandmother saved and used
to keep all the condolence messages she received in the 1920s. It is a wonderful "crocodile" handbag with a pair of claws grotesquely attached to one side. In my family, the saying goes "When you die, can i have....?" It started in all innocence with, I believe, my own mother, who was at an age when mortality had been mentioned but didn't hold any real threat. My sister and I both said it to our maternal grandmother, who indeed started sending us lovely bits of costume jewelry long before her own death, at 100. My mother recently solved the problem when, as a widow of 85, she started handing out all her diamonds to me, my sister and my nieces so she could enjoy seeing us wear them BEFORE she died. I hope she makes 100, too. c. claiborne ray, who would like to collect diamonds.........
When my son, Richard, was about 3 years old in 1992, he would always come and get into the bed with me and his dad every morning. One night I had been very sick with the Flu. The next morning he came and jumped into our bed as always. He always loved to rub my cheeks and say, "I got a pretty mama." This particular morning I was not feeling well at all and was running a higher than normal fever. He started rubbing my cheeks and began repeating over and over, "I got a pretty mama." Then all of a sudden he stopped and got a surprised look on his face and shouted, "I got a Hot Mama!" I laughed like crazy despite me feeling like crap. Ever since then I have never let him forget he said that. Cynthia Crestview, FL
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
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 Sandi requested a recipe for "Sprinkle Top Cookies " . We had one reply.
1/4 lb. butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Melt butter in a 1 1/2 quart (or larger) saucepan. Remove from heat. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Sift flour with baking powder and salt over mixture and blend thoroughly. Place pan with dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Divide dough in half. Shape each part into a roll 1 1/2 inches thick and wrap in waxed paper. Chill at least 1 hour. Slice into 1/4 inch thick pieces, dip in colored sprinkles or sugar and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
This is a great cookie to make with small children. They love dipping them in sprinkles. The dough also stores well in the refrigerator, so you can make it up well in advance.
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.
Sweat n Sour Meatballs - I had these once about 20 years ago and would love to try them again - Jake
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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