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The Collectors Newsletter #703 -- May 2009

The Collectors Newsletter #703 -- 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 Fishing Lure Collectors Club

The National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC) is a non-profit, educational, international organization founded in 1976. The primary objectives of the NFLCC are to foster an awareness of fishing tackle collecting as a hobby and to assist members in the location, identification, and trading of vintage fishing-related equipment.
For more information, click here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=713&listByKey=713&groupKey=1

Are you interested in Fishing Collectibles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Sports/Fishing/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.
Your request for stories about items that seem to be still connected to owners who've passed on reminded me of this one:
My father's parents didn't celebrate birthdays or holidays because of religious beliefs. Dad never accepted this and after he was grown he embraced traditional holidays -- and he truly loved Christmas. He never bought extravagant gifts, but he would scour the tree lots for the biggest one he could find (we had 10-foot ceilings) and our house was always decorated to the hilt. It helped that my mom worked for a department store chain that "retired" the store ornaments every other year and allowed employees to take home what they wanted. One year we won a neighborhood award for the best-decorated house.
Dad was only in his fifties when he died. Mom kept on with lavish holiday decorating and we treasured those items that had been Dad's favorites. One was a simple wall plaque that said "Merry Christmas" in ornate, old-fashioned script. It was about two feet long and looked like weathered wood, but was actually made of Styrofoam.
A few years after Dad passed away, Mom had opened her own store. I was home from college on winter break and stopped in to see if I could make a few tips by gift wrapping. (Remember back when stores would wrap your presents for you?) I found Mom at her desk arguing with my oldest sister, who'd (once again) exceeded her gift-buying budget.
The store was (of course) dressed up for the season, and Dad's "Christmas plaque" was hung over the visitors' settee in the outer office. I sat there to wait and heard Mom say, "You don't have to break the bank just to celebrate Christmas!" My sis stomped out, plopped onto the settee beside me and muttered, "I wonder what Daddy would say about that." And the plaque promptly fell down and conked her on the head!
Mom and I burst into laughter and my sis burst into tears, but from then on she's made an effort to curb her holiday spending. -- Lynn in Florida.

--Another Story--

My story relates to the beer and soft drink making but it involves wine. During the 70's my father got a recipe for "Balloon Wine" from a co-worker and decided to try it. It involved mixing fruit and fruit juice,sugar, yeast, not sure if anything else but you put these ingredients together in a big bottle and topped it with a BIG balloon to catch the gases. Well, he followed the directions, put everything together in the cellar to ferment. One evening shortly thereafter they heard an explosion in the cellar.The balloon wasn't big enough and you can guess the results. I'm not sure if my Mom helped clean it up or not. It was a MESS. Leslie S NY

--Another Story--

I'm writing in response to Pamm from Tucson's haunted chair. Years ago, when I married my first husband, we were just a couple of broke kids. We lived in a tiny 1-bedroom apartment that was put together using other people's cast-off furniture. One of these was a rocking chair, one that had been in an extra room upstairs in my in-law's home. No one else wanted it because they all swore it was haunted. It had once belonged to "Great Grandma Nelly" and dated back to the late 1800's. This was before I had the interest in antiques that I do now, but even then I thought it would be cool to own something so old.

My sister-in-law warned me that she had once seen Grandma Nelly's ghost sitting in the rocker. Everyone else in the family had stories about walking past the extra room on various occasions, only to see the rocker swaying back and forth as if someone was in it. I was a little frightened, as I was still very young and impressionable. However, I was also very pregnant at the time and knew I'd need a rocker when the baby came.

Well, I created new cushions to replace the threadbare ones on the chair, and right after that I started to see the rocker move on its own. If I was ever out of the house, or out of the room for a length of time, I'd step back into the room only to see the chair sway gently once or twice. I was positive Grandma Nelly was upset that I'd put new cushions on, and she was haunting me. My husband thought I was nuts. . . until one evening we came home from the movies and we BOTH saw the chair rock as we stepped inside. He stepped over and looked the chair over, then put his hand on the new cushion. Then he looked closer and busted out laughing. We had a cat named Pawla who was not allowed on the furniture, yet she loved Grandma Nelly's chair so much that the minute we were gone she would jump into it, only to quickly leap out as soon as she heard someone coming, causing the chair to rock on its own. The warm seat and a few errant cat hairs gave her away!

Although, I'd like to think it just might've been Grandma Nelly checking up on us. . .Ali K. Mesa, AZ

--Another Story--

HI... love your newsletter! I had an eerie thing happen after my mom died. Dad had asked us kids if we wanted anything of mom's to come get it, before he had a sale. No one else wanted the old clock that mom had in her bedroom. She had said, "it isn't pretty, but it chimes soft, so is perfect for the bedroom". She was right, it wasn't pretty.... yellowed with age, the front glass cracked, and it just looked "old". I decided to take it, and put it in my bedroom as a remembrance of mom. When I was looking for a place for it in my bedroom, there just wasn't a place that it would be safe, and yet I could reach it to wind it, so I put it on top of the entertainment center, sort of sideways, and decided to not wind it, just look at it. A year went by, and it hadn't been wound the whole time, and I went to bed and heard this soft' bim bim bim'.... I sat up in bed and wondered"what was that??". Then I asked my husband if he heard it, and he said he did, but thought it was another clock chiming from downstairs because it was so soft. I was sure it wasn't (you get used to the noises in your house)... so got up and was listening for another clue....when it chimed again "bim bim bim". It was mom's clock... out of no where decided to chime!!! I looked at the clock and started to cry because I am sure it was mom's way of letting me know she was ok where she was. I have never told that story to anyone....because I know people would think I was crazy, but I do have a witness... my husband heard it too!! It has not chimed since, that I know of, but I am thinking of moving it down and putting it where I can wind it and hear that chime again to remind me of mom trying to 'talk' to me through that clock!!
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
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the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to http://www.News-Antique.com
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click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786966

2. Sotheby’s sale of American Paintings
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3. Toy Collector Unites with Audi to Celebrate Marque’s 100th Birthday
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4. NY Civil War Officer Artifacts at auction May 9 at PRWAuctions.com
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5. The Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet is Coming soon
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6. “The Restorer and his Magic
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7. Aspire Auctions May 2009 Fine Art & Antiques Online Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786952

8. History of handmade furniture, and how you would
choose to handmade furniture.
click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786951

9. DIANE HUDEC ESTATE SALES-A great spring &
summer lineup!
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10. Rare Russian icons fetch $30,510 at Philip Weiss auction
click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786946

11. Forward-march! May 16 Old Toy Soldier Auction includes
small wonders for all collector levels
click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786945

12. Bronze Wins Gold at Kaminski’s April Auction
click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786942

13. Teacups make the top 10 antiques & collectibles for April 2009
click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786927
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
This one is a visual. You really have to picture it to think it is funny. My now 23 yr. old daughter was about 2 or 3 yrs. old at the time. She had done something wrong which I no longer remember what that was but I put my hand on my hip, tilted my head and gave her a disapproving look as mother's do. My daughter pointed to my eyes and said "Mommy you have mean eyes." I said "What?", not understanding what she meant. She repeated "You have mean eyes!" Then she walked over to me and proceeded to try and force my own eyes to see my eyes by pushing up on my face below my eyes to force them to look up at my
eyes. Are you getting this? She was so young she did not understand why I could not see what she could clearly see and was too young to understand that I had to look in a mirror to see my own eyes. After I
quit laughing long enough to try and explain that Mommy could not see her own eyes without a mirror, she still did not understand so I told her to try and see her own eyes. She looked up toward her own eyes
and twirled around in circles trying to see her own eyes. I laughed so hard I cried. IT WAS REALLY FUNNY watching her trying to look at her own eyes. I hope you enjoy my story. Wendy from Ohio
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 "Kettle Corn" We received the following.

You will need:
popcorn kernels
vegetable oil
brown sugar

Make 8 cups of popcorn according to the kernel bag directions. Basically, coat the bottom of a heavy-bottomed pot with vegetable oil. Pour kernels in so that there is one layer of kernels covering the bottom of the pot. Cover with lid, turn on the heat to medium-high, and heat while shaking the pot every 5-10 seconds. In other words, you aren’t taking your hand off the pot handle very much.
The kernels will soon begin to pop. Keep shaking! When it doesn’t sound like it’s continuously popping, it’s probably done. Remove from heat. Pour into a big bowl so that it isn’t sitting in the hot pot. Choose a bowl that is preferably much bigger than the amount of popcorn; this will make it easier to stir the sugar part in a few minutes.
Put 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsp water, and 2/3 cup light brown sugar into a small pot. Stir and bring to a boil. This will only take a minute or two because it is such a small amount, so don’t walk away from the stove!!! As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and pour all over the popcorn. Add the amount of salt that you normally would to popcorn. (This is important, as kettle corn is salty AND sweet) Toss with a wooden spoon, making sure to get the sugar mixture that fell to the bottom. Let it cool a few minutes and eat eat.
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.
When I was little I remember having coconut cream pie for the very first time. It was amazing and ever since then, I just have not been able to find a recipe to match that first taste. Could you share yours with me? Deb
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
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Jodie Marie's Lovelies
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.

Wooden Nickel Antiques
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.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at http://classifieds.tias.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:
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