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The Collectors Newsletter #669 -- January 2009

The Collectors Newsletter #669 -- January 2009

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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

Here is the special $9 off coupon code for the TIAS classifieds. Coupon Code: YARDSALE122908 . This coupon code will allow you to post a FOR SALE classified ad on TIAS in January for just $1. To access the TIAS classifieds and post your ad, go to the TIAS home page at http://www.tias.com and click on the "classifieds" link in the black bar near the top of the page.

You can list any antiques or collectibles you would like to sell. Your ad will appear in our online classifieds, on the TIAS Web site and on Google shopping for 1 month. This is a great opportunity for you to clear out your old stuff and bring in some cash as well. So check out your basement and your attic and lets have some fun. We'll feature some of the goodies that are posted in this newsletter as well.

1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.

International Paperweight Society

The IPS is dedicated to furthering awareness of the art of the glass paperweight. click here for more info: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=551&listByKey=551&groupKey=1

Are you interested in paperweights? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Glass/Paperweights/1.html

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.
Editors Note:
In the next issue we are looking for stories about antiques and collectibles you have found in the attic, basement, barn, shed or even the walls of an old house. We are also looking for stories about childhood memories of your favorite toys. Send your story to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email phil@tias.com

I love hearing of found collectables. I have found at least two collectables at my home & farm. The first was a stained glass window in the attic of an old garage--it was still attached to the original frame with the large clear window below, & was originally in the first house on the farm, made into the garage in which I found it. I took a saw & carefully cut it away from the larger window, & after remodeling our house--it holds a special place on the wall in the upper peak of my kitchen. Also in remodeling our house, I found the wooden end of a fruit crate with a picture of grapes, recycled to hold a light fixture in place under the Sheetrock in the hallway. I thought it fitting that I should display it in my kitchen, as I used grapes as a decorating theme. It's in perfect condition, except for a hole directly in the middle! Thanks for letting me share--Jan from MN

--Another Story--

Love your newsletter...I have a question for Mammy & Pappy...I loved their story about the family Christmas tradition, but what came to mind was --- after the holiday, did everyone disappear? Did all your relatives and friends help in dismantling the decorations around the house and yard? Or was that Mammy and Pappy's job? I hope not. So often, when it comes to clean up, people have a way of disappearing, don't they? Anyway, thanks for sharing. The memories you shared with us are absolutely the greatest! What a great family! Betty

--Another Story--

I so enjoy reading my issue of the newsletter!

I would like to share a couple of our Christmas traditions. The first was a special gift that my mother and her brother would exchange. They would each look all year long for a "What'sIt" to give to each other. These were so much fun to watch them open and try and figure out what each thing was that they gave each other. The What'sIt could be anything from an antique tool to a relatively unknown modern thing. They did this for years and was always a high light of our Christmas gift exchanges. My brother and I now carry on the tradition. This year he gave me an antique calf weaner and it took a lot of searching for me to find out what it was. I even take my "treasure" to work with me and all my co-workers look forward to seeing my "What'sIt" and trying to figure it out.

The second is a treasure hunt for a very special gift. The treasure hunt would start with an envelope on the tree and the kids (and now grandkids) couldn't wait to get their envelope! It takes a while to write the clues and place them throughout the house, but it is so much fun! I write a limerick for each clue, leading to the next one and so on until they finally find their gift! Everyone gets involved in trying to figure it out and makes a memorable time instead of just opening gifts.

Hope you enjoy our traditions and adopt one or two for your next Christmas or birthday. Jeannette in NC

--Another Story--

When I was around 6 or 7 Santa brought me an electric organ, it was a small organ, meant for a child. I was so excited playing songs (horribly) from the music book that came with the organ. In no time I was taking requests from everyone. My grandfather said he had a request and of course I was thrilled to play another song. I said what do you want me to play Poepo? He said play "Far Far Away". Well I searched through the entire book, front to back and said "Sorry, I can't find that song". Everyone burst into laughter and I looked at them like they were crazy, what was so funny about that??!!!! and asked my grandpa if he had another request. It wasn't until I was a little older and realized what a joker/prankster he was and what he was really asking. I still remember it as one of the funniest and most clever requests. Denise, Los Angeles

--Another Story--

My parents moved to Hawaii right after WWII, and rented a small cottage on Waikiki Beach. In the attic, they found a Koa Wood chest filled with Niihau Shells. Koa Wood is a indigenous wood from Hawaii with a beautiful grain, prized in the Islands for furniture etc. Niihau Shells are only found on very small Niihau Island off of Kaua'i, and are hand picked off the beach and very rare. My mother was able to string a waist long 16 strand shell lei from the Niihau Shells. I still wear them for "Hawaiian Formal" occasions. We took the small chest to the Antiques Roadshow when they came to Hawaii a couple of years ago, and they were quite taken with it, and it appraised for around $3000.00. It was on display in the house the whole time I was growing up, and now it has a prominent place in mine.
I love your newsletter...Mahalo
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
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 http://www.News-Antique.com and we may post it here.
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com

1. Harvey Ellis Designed Furniture Focal Point of LiveAuctionTalk.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785944&keys=Furniture-Auctions-Stickley-Collectibles

2. Estate & Consignment Auction - January 10th
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785943&keys=Antiques-Auctions-Estate-Consignment

3. Case closed! Simon Willard tall clock ticks to $63,250 in Morphy's Nov. 22 Americana auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785935&keys=antique-auction-Willard-Chippendale

4. Collectors Find New, Unique Way to Scrutinize eBay Items
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785934&keys=eBay-collectibles-popular-watchers

5. iTaggit Unveils New Classifieds Section!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785933&keys=collector-merchant-entrepreneurship-sell

6. Editor of Iantiqueonline.com Rolls Out A Clever Advertising Idea
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785932&keys=antique-collectibles-show-advertising

7. Indian Antiques Home Decor Products
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785930&keys=antiques-handicrafts-decorative-furnishing

8. Mastro Auctions December Premier Sale Generates Optimistic Results
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785928&keys=Mastro-Auctions-Sports-Memorabilia

9. Blue Ridge Just Listed on Dinnerware Replacements
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785927&keys=Dinnerware-Replacements-Collectibles-Sale

10. Make a resolution to protect your collectibles!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785924&keys=antiques-collectibles-insurance-resolution

11. Interview with Founder of ArtQuid - artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=785923&keys=art-artist-market-gallery
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
YES! you can put the latest DAILY news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site.
It's easy to do. Go to: http://javafeed.news-antique.com/ to get the code.

4) Your Classifieds...

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 15,000 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 January 6, 2009 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.
When my grandson, Jakob, spends time with me, he points out various countries on my big map and we laugh at the tiny dots representing far-away islands in distant oceans. However, his map skill and geography knowledge apparently did not carry over to a recent school quiz. My daughter and I laughed out loud upon reading his latest geography test paper.
TEST QUESTION: "In what hemisphere is the U.S.A. located?"
JAKOB'S ANSWER: "The top half."
Love all aspects of the TIAS Newsletter. Keep up the great work! Cassandra

--Another Story--

My future husband was visiting one evening with myself, my Dad, Daughter and
Grandkids. He had been telling my Daughter and Dad how he intended to care for, "love" and to be there for me.

Granddaughter had been sitting with her Great Grandpa Chip at the far end of the table, when the future hubby leaned over and gave "her" Grandmom a kiss.

Off that seat she came, to the side of "Her" Grandmom and told "Him" in no uncertain terms: "Don't you dare DARE kiss my Grandmom". She didn't take her eyes off him the rest of the night.

Today, her Grandpa Mason has taken over the first hugs and kisses when she comes to visit almost 20 years later.

Wakefield, NH
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 15,000 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 16,000 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 a reader requested a recipe for "Suet Pudding" . We had several responses.
Suet pudding:

* 1 cup milk
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice
* 1 cup chopped suet
* 1 cup molasses
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 cup raisins
* 1 egg white, beaten
* 9 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
* vanilla extract to taste

1. Sour the milk by adding the lemon juice.
2. In a large bowl combine suet, molasses, soured milk, baking soda, flour and currants.
3. Place batter in a well-greased pudding mold and snap the lid on tightly.
4. Place on top of a trivet or rack in the bottom of a big stew pot, with gently boiling water 1/2 way up the sides of the mold (replenish this every 15 or 20 minutes). Cover the pot and steam in this way for 2 hours.
5. Remove mold from the water. Remove lid. Let rest on a cooling rack or trivet for 15 minutes then unmold (you may need to run a table knife around the edges of the mold). Slice with a serrated knife to avoid crumbling.
6. To make the sauce combine, in a small saucepan, the egg white, confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Heat over medium until thickened. Serve over warm pudding.

As for the "greenish sauce" that was poured over the pudding (mentioned by the person who requested this recipe), I have no clue what would have given the sauce that color.

To make this, I use an antique silvered tin pudding mold that I bought in a London flea market in the early 1970s. This recipe will work equally as well using a one pound steel coffee can that has been covered with a lid of several thicknesses of aluminum foil (grease the inside of the foil where the bread might rise to meet it). Using kitchen string, tie the foil lid on securely.

With some variations, this is quite similar to Boston brown bread or what the British call beggar's pudding. Penny Athey - Ozark, MO

--Another Recipe--

Here are two Suet Pudding recipes - one has more spices, so you have
a choice depending on your personal preference

Suet Pudding - 1894 Style

1 cup suet, chopped fine
1 cup molasses
1 cup raisins (seeded)
1 cup sweet milk
3 cups flour
1 large teaspoon soda
a little salt
drawn butter sauce

mix, and steam three and one-half to four hours. Serve with drawn butter

Suet Pudding - Grandma's English Recipe
3 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup suet
1 cup milk
1 cup golden syrup
1 cup raisins

Mix and sift the dry ingredients, keeping one-half cup of flour to sift over the raisins.
Chop the suet fine and add it to the milk and golden syrup. Combine the two mixtures and add the raisins which have been dredged with flour.
Grease pudding molds or baking powder cans and fill two-thirds full of the mixture.
Cover and steam for three hours. Serve with hard sauce or any desired liquid sauce.
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.
I'm looking for a good recipe for pigeon. I remember having it when I was a kid and how great it was, but you don't see too many folks eating it now. Anyone have any recipes? Victor
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.
RDK's Antiques
Welcome to my antique and collectible mall on the web. I have been in business for over 30 years, dealing in just about everything there is in the antique and collectible business.

Cleopatra Giftshop
We specialize in handmade and hand painted reproduction Egyptian papyrus paintings. Surprise your loved one with unique gifts. They're affordable for every budget and fit all occasions all over the year. Also surprise your visitors with unusual handmade reproduction Egyptian decorating.
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

2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at http://www.kovels.com

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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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