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The Collectors Newsletter #702 -- May 2009

The Collectors Newsletter #702 -- May 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

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

National Fenton Glass Society

Formed in 1990, the National Fenton Glass Society is chartered by the State of Ohio as a not-for-profit corporation. The Society's purpose is to promote the study, understanding and enjoyment of handmade glass, the handmade glass industry and especially glass made by the Fenton Art Glass Company, Williamstown, West Virginia. The NFGS strives to foster informed discussion among all who wish to learn more about this traditional art form. For more information, click here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=1238&listByKey=1238&groupKey=1

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

2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to phil@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.
--NEW TOPIC FOR NEXT ISSUE -- Tell us about an antique or vintage collectible that you feel might have a personality or "spirit" and tell us why. We've had a number of readers in the past tell us how items seem to find their way home after being lost years earlier and hundreds of miles away. We've also heard stories about items that move on their own or seem to give the feeling that a dear relative or friend who has passed on is somehow present in the item. Has anything like this happened to you? Email your story to phil@tias.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
My father died Jan. 2007. He still had a few furniture pieces that he and my mother had acquired while she was still living and his second wife gave them to me and my siblings. One of the pieces was an old spindle rocker that my father used to sit in all the time while he watched TV. It had black paint on it and he used to pile afghans on it, that my mom had made, to cushion it and make it more comfortable to sit on. When he married his second wife she stripped the paint off, varnished it and put a pleather seat cover on it ....
don't ask. Well, none of my siblings wanted the old rocker because they either didn't have room for it or it didn't fit their decor. So, I took the rocker home with me. I was determined not to sell it. Both my father and his wife smoked heavily and the rocker reeked of cigarettes. I used a natural furniture polish and cleaned the rocker until it didn't stink anymore and positioned it in my living room sort of in front and to the side of the chair I sit in to watch TV.

Here's the creepy part. One night my husband and I were sitting in our chairs watching TV. There was no one else in the house, the doors were all closed so there was no breeze or anything. As we were watching the TV, suddenly I noticed the chair move. It rocked forward only once and went back into place. Sort of like it would move if someone sat down in it. Neither one of us said anything at first, finally I said "Did you see what the chair just did?" My husband quickly said "Yes". That's all he said and neither one of us ever talked about it again, we just continued to watch TV. I didn't feel scared, I just felt like my father was there. We have since moved from KCMO to Tucson, AZ and we still have the rocker with us. I don't know if my father came with us or not, but, we still have his chair for him if he decides to visit. Thanks for reading my story. Love the newsletter. Pamm, Tucson

--Another Story--

The story about the homemade root beer reminded me of a story that my grandfather once told. This probably happen in the 1920's. He and my grandmother lived in a very rural area of East Texas deep in the Piney Woods. They farmed and raised cattle and were pretty much self sufficient.

My grandfather told that he had made a batch of home brewed beer and stored the capped bottles in the "fruit house". The "fruit house" was an outside building that was lined with shelves and was used to store the fruits and vegetables the my grandmother canned.

My grandfather returned home after being away for a few days to find a very unhappy young wife. While he was gone the beer bottles began to explode. The force was so great that no one was willing to go into the fruit house to get some much needed canned goods. He was in the doghouse for quite a while. Marilyn B.

--Another Story--

My husband collects pocket knifes. In one batch of knifes he purchased there was a WWII Japanese bayonet. He was very proud about the price he had gotten the lot for and was showing them to me. When he handed me the bayonet I almost dropped it, it felt so repulsive. I don't know if it has the spirits of the men it killed or not, but, I can not handle it for more then a few seconds. My youngest son feels the same way about it. Kat

--Another Story--

I have an Ansonia BimBam mantle clock that seems to have spirit or a spirit. It runs, chimes and keeps perfect time unless the back door of the clock is closed. I often closed the door to keep the clock clean. I would return to the clock to find the door slightly open and the clock running. When I had the clock serviced I mentioned this to the clock maker--that I couldn't keep the back of the clock closed and that I would like to to keep the dust out. He eventually installed a knob on the door, so that when the knob is turned, it is latched and the clock should stay closed. It doesn't. I latch the door, walk away, come back into the room to hear the clock ticking and it's back door wide opened. I have often thought someone is in there. Fae K. - Carrollton, Ga.
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
TIAS.com ( http://www.tias.com) 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. This month's list includes March and April of 2009. This will also allow you to see how categories have shifted position from month to month.

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 http://www.TIAS.com. This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:

March 2009
1. Bavaria
2. Cookie Jars
3. Transferware
4. Hutschenreuther
5. Teacups
6. Bohemia
7. Roseville
8. Harker
9. Limoges
10. Plates
April 2009
1. Bavaria
2. Cookie Jars
3. Transferware
4. Reamer
5. McCoy
6. Harker
7. Plates
8. Ironstone
9. Teacups
10. Pyrex

Here are the top ten search words used at http://www.AntiqueArts.com . This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
March 2009
1. Limoges
2. Tables
3. Chairs
4. Nippon
5. Desks
6. Mirrors
7. Sofas
8. Staffordshire
9. Rosewood
10. White Ironstone
April 2009
1. Chairs
2. Limoges
3. Transferware
4. Tables
5. White Ironstone
6. Sofas
7. Tiffany
8. Mirrors
9. Rosewood
10. Desks

Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at http://www.tias.com/newsletter
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com

1. Merchant sales of antiques & collectibles in April
2009 up by 19% at TIAS.com
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786924

2. Prices 4 Antiques is Twittering!
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3. Original Dr Pepper formula from Corner Store ledger
at auction in Dallas, May 14
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4. Garth's Eclectic Auction Sparkles
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5. Garth's Third Annual Ohio Valley Auction
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6. Kull’s Old Town Station Experiences Amazing
Online Auction Results on Proxibid
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786917

7. KEY Estate Sales Spring/Summer Calendar *Chicago
Estate Sales*
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8. Gaithersburg Antique & Collectible Show October 3-4, 2009
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786915

9. 3 Stooges meet Laurel & Hardy
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10. Lincoln’s Inaugural Speech Topic of Weekly
LiveAuctionTalk.com Column
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11. Bidding ran red-hot till 5 a.m. in Grey Flannel's $1.4M
Summer Games auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786907

12. "New Kid on the Block" - www.glassclubs.com –
Daryle Lambert – Warner Smith Does It Again.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786906

13. Collector of the Month for May and his Historic Collection
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786904

14. May 16, 2009- On-Site Estate Auction in Hope Valley- 9:30am
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786903

15. May 11, 2009 -- Estate Treasures Auction - 6:00 P.M.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786902

16. Summer’s Here with the Beach & Boardwalk Exhibit
at the California Country Antiques Show
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786901

17. Sotheby’s Sale of Latin American Art
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786898
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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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.
A few years ago my youngest son (8) & I went to a garage sale and as we were browsing my son held up a record album and asked me if it was a CD. Needless to say the 3 ladies & myself burst out with laughter and I told him I would show him the player used to play them when we got home.

There was also a couple of 8 tracks there which I also purchased even though I don’t think he even had a clue what a cassette was. When we got home, I broke out my portable 8 track player, with detachable speakers and played a Beatles 8 track for him. I also pulled out my Pink Floyd, The Wall album and played it as well. Wow, I suddenly started feeling a little old, like pretty close to stone age. Thanks for reading.
Linda H.
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 Becky requested a recipe for "Popcorn balls" We received the following.
--My mom always made these for me for holidays and parties (she actually still does, even though I'm 30 - that's just how good they are!). They're super easy and delicious. I'm afraid I don't have the exact ozs for the marshmallows and jello since I just make them from memory.

Easy Popcorn Balls

1 bag mini marshmallows (average/medium size bag)
1 stick margarine (plus extra for hands)
1 small box jello (with sweetener, not sugar), any variety (orange, lime, and cherry are my favorites)
8 - 12 cups popped corn

Pop corn (an air popper works best) and set aside in large bowl (a large roasting pan works if you don't have a really big bowl). Melt stick of margarine in large saucepan over medium heat. When melted, add bag of marshmallows and stir until melted and combined. When smooth, add package of jello and stir until combined. Pour mix over popcorn (will need to scrape pan with rubber spatula) and gently stir in. Liberally coat hands with extra margarine, take large handful of popcorn mixture, and gently press into a ball with both hands. You want the mixture to stay together, but you don't want the popcorn to break. Set on waxed or parchment paper to cool. When cool, individually wrap in cellophane.
I like mine slightly gooey, but you may want to add more popcorn to the mix (too gooey and they fall apart, too much popcorn and they won't stick together - you just have to experiment). It's a good idea to just make a lot of popcorn, so you can add more as needed... it's hard to judge how much will be needed since different popcorns pop differently.
This is fun to do with kids, but make sure the popcorn mixture is cool enough first (using cool margarine for the hands helps a bit). My favorite job was wrapping the cooled popcorn balls in cellophane... it's amazing how many popcorn balls had pieces just 'fall off' and need to be eaten. : )
These are great, colorful treats for any time, and it's easy to add candies or fruit bits to the mix if desired too! It's also fun to shape them into egg shapes for Easter, or add jack-o-lantern faces for Halloween, etc.

--Another Recipe--

This is for Becky, in TIAS newsletter #701. It's my Mother-in-law's recipe.

Popcorn Balls
Pop 1 cup popcorn--not microwave
1 package jello
1 cup karo syrup
1 cup sugar

Pour over popcorn in large bowl and form into balls.

--Another Recipe--

My friend Jan's popcorn ball story.
She decided to make them for Halloween to pass out to trick or treaters. She filled a few large bowls and was having fun passing out her homemade treat. A group of boys came and were quite impressed with her popcorn balls. One of them asked for a drink of water and when she returned, every one of the popcorn balls were gone along with the boys! You have been warned, Cathy in Cleveland :-)

--Another Story--

Popcorn Balls

1 cup light (clear ) corn syrup
12 Large Marshmallows
1 and 2/3 cups of sugar
6 to 8 quarts of popcorn

Cook over Medium heat the syrup and sugar, stirring constantly till sugar dissolved And comes to a rolling boil.
Turn to Low. ADD marshmallows and stir till melted.
Pour over popcorn. butter hands to make the balls. I have added green food coloring for Christmas time.
Mary G. North Dakota

--Another Recipe--

This recipe has been in the family for a couple of generations. It is easy and so good. My mother made popcorn balls for the entire Sunday School for Christmas for years. I made them for years for my 94 year old friend for her birthday because that was all she wanted! You will need a strong wooden spool and large pan. It will be very hot and you have to work fast.
Best Popcorn Balls
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Dark Corn Syrup
1/2 Cup Butter
Approximately 8 Quarts of Popped Popcorn

Boil everything but the popcorn in a saucepan for 2 minutes. Pour hot mixture over popped corn. Immediately grease hands and form in balls as quickly as possible. It makes about 24 medium size popcorn balls
Mary C. - Ohio
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 saw the request for popcorn balls in the last issue and was wondering if it is possible to make "Kettle Corn" at home. I love it, but it only seems to be available at fairs and carnivals. Does anyone have a good home recipe for this sweet and salty treat?
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.
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Only true beauties are permitted, no junky stuff allowed! I specialize in antique and vintage linens, cotton fabrics, old sewing notions, and California Pottery. Art Deco and Victorian collectibles will occasionally appear..along with so much more!

Lisa LePaige Buy Rare Stuff
Welcome to my site featuring fabulous collectibles from the Lisa LePaige Estate Nouveau collection. The constantly changing collection was featured for five years on national jewelry television shows on the Gem Shopping Network and Today’s shopping Network.

The Jewelry Box
specializes in quality vintage and contemporary costume jewelry at reasonable prices. I've been selling vintage jewelry and collectibles online since 1998 and have built up an excellent reputation for quality items at reasonable prices. Your satisfaction is my highest priority.

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Welcome to our store! We have a variety of items from architectural antiques to fine and decorative arts. Browse our store for mantels, stained glass, back/front bars, Victorian/European furniture, chandeliers, oil paintings, much more! Contact us with questions.
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