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The Collectors Newsletter #707 -- May 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #707 -- 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
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Knife Collectors Association
We are here to promote the hobby of knife collecting and preserve all aspects of the history of cutlery and cutlery related items
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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.
Every year the weather gets warm and everyone runs outside. Spring is fantastic especially in places that have cold winters, but the number of stories we get starts to slow down as people vacate the virtual world for the real world. Our story inbox is getting very empty, so if you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time.
Here is a favorite topic....Tell us about the first item in your collection and how you got started.
Email your story to email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
This story is not about ghosts or the paranormal, not about mysteriously rocking, rocking chairs, not about ironing a small collection of snails in shells in the pockets of my four-year-old son. It's really not about much, but it is of interest to me. In 1979 my husband and I and our two children moved from Florida to a house in Hendersonville, TN. The previous owners had cleaned the house pretty well. There was, however, a small pot on the outside kitchen window sill with a plant in it. The plant was dead and dry, and I kept forgetting to take the little pot down, as I was busy for a couple of weeks or so unpacking, rearranging, getting my children enrolled in school, etc. Finally one day, I lifted the pot from the window and realized that it was made of metal, not the aqua pottery that I had expected. The color was an old coat of paint; the metal appeared to be silver with an old gold-color lining. A design of an old "bird of paradise" (???) was on one side; the silver around the tree and bird was in a "hammered" design with very smooth silver in other parts of the design. I removed the paint. A jeweler confirmed that the pot was sterling silver. There was even a mark stamped on the bottom of the little 4-inch pot. I would love to know what it is, where it came from, why someone painted it, etc. Now, if I can find it. . . . for, after several more moves---to a sailboat, then an RV, and back to land-living--- the little pot has been misplaced. But, I know it is not gone; it is in some of my possessions and will turn up someday. Then I will take pictures and try to learn about it. ..Joyce
Our local historical society and museum resides in a wonderful brick school built in 1914. One of the original contractors died when he fell from the roof just before the school was completed. We are sure “George” still walks the halls but is a helpful spirit, finding things that are misplaced, even directing researchers to the right page of a book or photo. One day we heard a loud crash from the second floor. Upon investigating we found that a large display light inside a glass case had come loose and swung down onto the artifacts within. We feared the worst and looked for damages. It was a heavy lamp in a casing but it could not have landed more perfectly, missing every delicate item in the case, coming to rest not more than an 1/8 of an inch from some vintage sunglasses. We figured the light must have had some “guidance” as the trajectory in its normal course should have smashed into several artifacts and shattered the glass door on the case. George, once again, seemed to be on duty, taking care of his schoolhouse. Bonnie B. Bend, OR
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3) 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
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
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Deutscher and Hackett 29 April Art Auction Pt. 1
2. Ted Williams Memorabilia Available at Auction on Artfact Live!
3. Time Was Antiques Successful Buying Trip
4. Tiffany maple leaf floor lamp hits $103,500 at Cottone
5. Go Euro Antiques! – Go Lille Braderie!
6. NDGA Convention - Connecticut, July 11-12, 2009
7. Treasure Rediscovered: Chinese Imperial Bamboo
Brushpot Mounted as a Lamp Sells for a Record Price
8. Art Melbourne 09 Review Part 2 - australianartmarket.com
9. Art Melbourne 09 Review Part 1 - australianartmarket.com
10. William Robinson Defies Art Market Downturn -
11. DH March 09 Aboriginal Art Auction Pt. 2 -
12. Noel Barrett's June 19-20 Toys of Summer auction
revisits the golden era of toy production
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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.
About 15 years ago, my three grandchildren [aged 8 and 10] were thinking and talking about "when Grandma and Grandpa were too "OLD" to care for themselves". They had great-grandmothers wheelchair and the discussion turned to who was going to do what.
James and sister Davlyn, decided they were the ones to "care" for their grandmoms and grandpas daily needs, bathes, comfort, dishes and wheeling us around in the wheelchairs and cleaning the home.
I asked: "What happens when we are so old, we have to wear diapers?" They both chimed in, they would change them.!!
Cousin Sarah decided she was gonna help, too.
I asked: "What are you doing to do, Sarah? She answered: "Feed You,...... Prunes"
I think I about laughed myself silly, but, I think she had a good way to keep her cousins busy!"
I think of this today and still laugh myself silly>>>>. Ruth
WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF STORIES FOR OUR HUMOR SECTION!. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to Phil@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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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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 Victor requested a recipe for "light fudge made with sugar and cream" We received the following.
Quebec's Sucre a la Crème
Now this is a traditional dessert in Quebec and is said to have originated there. Out of all the Canadian desserts mentioned this little treat is the easiest, fastest dessert to be made since there are only 3 ingredients involved. All you need to make this is:
* 1 cup of white sugar
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* 1 cup heavy cream
All you do is mix all the ingredients together and cook in the microwave at full power for 10 minutes then let stand for 5 minutes. After that you mix it with an electric beater for 4 minutes then pour into cube shape containers and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. This is great and popular little Canadian dessert which anyone can make.
CREAMY WHITE FUDGE
1 1/2 lb. white confectioners' coating
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4-1 c. chopped nuts
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt confectioners' coating with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread evenly into wax paper-lined 8 or 9 inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store tightly covered at room temperature. Makes about 2 1/4 pounds....Gail
Penuche Fudge Recipe
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar, packed
* 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
* 2 cups heavy whipping cream
* 6 Tablespoons butter, cut into 12 pieces
* 4 ounces (1 cup) white chocolate coating, chopped fine
* 1 cup ground and toasted pecans, optional
1. Prepare an 8" X 8" square glass or metal baking dish by lining it with aluminum foil. Be careful to smooth out any wrinkles (the fudge gets trapped in the wrinkles), and butter the bottom and sides of the foil.
2. Using a 3 quart heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and whipping cream and let sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.
3. Turn heat on medium and cook the fudge until it starts to boil. Clip the candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Turn the heat down a little. If it starts to boil too fast and show signs of burning, turn the heat down some more. Stir every now and then during cooking.
4. Cook the fudge until the thermometer reads between 234-239 degrees F. This may take some time. Figure about 10 minutes, give or take, to come to temperature. When the fudge reaches 237 degrees, turn off the heat and place the butter pieces evenly on the top. Be careful. This fudge is very hot! Leave the thermometer in the fudge, and let the butter sit undisturbed until it is melted and the temperature starts to drop.
5. Remove the thermometer and add the white chocolate coating. Stir until the coating is completely melted and the fudge is smooth. Add the vanilla and the chopped nuts if desired.
6. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and let sit undisturbed until cool. Refrigerate in the pan until fudge is firm.
7. Peel the foil from the fudge carefully, especially around the corners where the fudge could get trapped in the wrinkles. Do this before slicing, otherwise there may be pieces of foil left behind. Cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces and serve.
8. Yields approximately 36-64 pieces depending on the size. Refrigerate leftovers after one day. This is a really good recipe. Hope it's the one you requested. ..Dee
Here are two recipes hope one of them are what you are looking for.
LIGHT FUDGE CANDY
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. syrup
1 c. milk or 1/2 c. cultured sour cream & 1/2 c. milk
Boil to soft ball stage, 240 degrees. Put 1/2 cup butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla into mixing bowl and pour candy mixture over butter. Let cool. Then beat and add 1 cup nuts and drop candy onto wax paper. If candy hardens while dropping, add a little cream.
LIGHT OPERA FUDGE
2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. milk
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine sugar, salt, cream, milk and syrup in heavy saucepan. Bring to boil over low heat until boils. Cook to soft ball stage. Add vanilla. Cool to 110 degrees then beat. Add nuts if desired. Pour into buttered dish.
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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.
During a recent visit with my Dad, he told me about a Hot Salad (with various lettuces, onions, bacon and hot dressing) that he has made in the past. He says he gets rave reviews and the recipe is only in his head. He is in his 80's and is not sure of all the ingredients. He and his family are from Kansas, but have been living in Ca. for at least 60 years. Hopefully someone has this recipe. Thank you, Elaine.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Bringing you treasures from decades past, we specialize in both decorative and functional collectible items in a variety of mediums, including porcelain, pottery, and kitchenware to name a few. Adding new inventory regularly to spark your interest!
Our store includes art from all eras, military collectibles, paper, antiques and rare books.
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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.
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