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The Collectors Newsletter #720 -- July 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #720 -- July 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.
Novelty Salt and Pepper Shakers Club
an international, not-for-profit, novelty salt and pepper shakers collectors club. Currently we have members from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. Our purpose is to provide services and education to those interested in the history and collecting of novelty and figural salt and pepper shakers. For more information, click here:
Are you interested in Salt & Pepper Shakers? Take a look at:
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.
Thank You! to every that has been sending in stories. Our story inbox was getting very empty, but many of you helped us out over the past few weeks. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time.
- NEW STORY TOPIC -For the July 21 issue -
For many collectors the story about how they found an antique or collectibles was the real thrill. Basements, Yard Sales, Thrift shops, Flea markets are just a few of the places collectors find things hidden in boxes on back shelves or inside of other items or in walls or even in the ground. Is there an interesting or unusual story behind how you found an antique or collectible?
Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
I feel badly for the lady who wanted her father's bugle from WWI to pass down through the family line. But, at least, it is still IN the family. Our son, who is sentimental about things, received a number of items from my father, his grandfather. To mention a few--an antique long rifle, a railroad watch worn by my uncle, an American flag used on our family sailboat, family dishes, pictures, an extensive coin collection, and other "treasures." Our son has a job which occupies him much of the time. As a result, he was not home when his wife decided to rid the house of "junk." She held a garage sale. You can guess the rest.
I have learned one thing from this: Things are not as important as the memories. Things cannot go with any of us; memories can. Therefore, my advice to anyone who has lost family treasures is to write about the memories. Print them out; pass them on in the family Bible, with the family tree, in your personal journal. Whatever.
Talk about the memories, not in a regretful manner, but in a positive, happy way. Tell all your little ones and old ones about your memories. Then they will have something of YOU to pass on....Joyce
Hi Phil ! Love the newsletters !!! My response to Dave holding items for cashless customers at his yard sales would be to give them a time limit, if not back in an hour, say, the item goes back on the open floor. I too have a basket story from my youth. My Grandma, Anna Friedman Grimm ,came from Hungary with a big covered basket with her belongings in the early 1900's. Its about 4 feet tall and 3 feet square, just right for a child. My mother got the basket from her mom and I grew up with it. On wash day my mom and I would play hiding games, I hid in the big basket and she pretended not to know where I was. She would call out (in German, which I never learned, alas) "katerina, where are youooo??? and I would answer (in baby German ) that in was hiding in the wash basket !!! She also made a hiding game when putting new sheets on the bed. She would flip the bottom sheet over the bed, I'd duck under, and then of course she couldn't find me ! Then the whole process was repeated with the top sheet and the blanket and the bedspread ! What fun my mom was! I miss her every day. Cant wait to try "red-eye" gravy, I have heard of it but never knew how it was made, sounds great !! Thanks readers ! Kathie the Dog Groomer
Hi, Dave, You could try a couple of things:
1. There's no offense in asking for a few dollars or a percentage of the price as a deposit;
2. Ask how long it will take the person to come back and/or tell them you'll hold it for one or two hours maximum, but that you'll put it back out for sale after the time is up if you don't hear from them or they don't come back;
3. Get their address/phone number if they want to pick it up after your sale or the next day; however, get that deposit!
I often find things at lawn sales while walking my dog, and if it's a large item, I'll have to come back with my truck anyway, as well as the money, so I'll give a time when they can expect me back. It's simple courtesy.
I sell my jewelery at markets and craft fairs, and I do the same thing -- I will gladly put something on hold but only with a 50% deposit, which makes it worth their while to come back and pay the balance, whether it's a week or two weeks later. Ditto for any commissions where I will be out of pocket for materials. Barbara
This is in response to Dave's story, in issue #715, about holding items for potential buyers. I'm a crafts person who sells one-of-a-kind jewelry to individuals primarily through just 4 non-profit craft shows/year. At least 2 or 3 people each time ask me to hold one or more items until later in the day. Perhaps half the time they actually return and buy. In several cases the items I was holding were nicely priced pieces that others were interested in as well, and when the day was over at least 3 of us lost out -- I lost a sale, the non-profit lost their percentage and the other buyer or buyers had lost the chance to buy something they were interested in.
After this happened several times, I decided the fairest way to handle it was to explain to the person asking for the hold that while I know they plan to come back, sadly not everyone can or does, so I will keep the item on display but explain to other interested buyers that the first person has the first right to buy. Also that I will hold the item 2 hours or until the day is half over, and sell it after that if the first person has not returned by then. I also get the names and phone numbers of those additional people now, which gives me a way to contact them even if the first person buys, and ask if they'd like me to make a similar (not identical) piece for them. This has worked very well in shows where people tend to linger for hours, but should work as well if people stay in the area, as at a beach.
Another way to handle this is to get the cell phone number of the person asking for the hold, and call them to verify they are returning to buy when and if you get another nibble. Love the newsletter, and thanks for always having such interesting stories. Beth in Northridge
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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 email@example.com
3) Antique News
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 May and June 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
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
3. Cookie jar
4. Die Cut
8. Toothpick holder
10. Michael Jackson
3. Die Cut
4. Cookie jar
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
9. Art Deco
10. White Ironstone
7. Civil War
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
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. The Premiere Washington DC Antiques Art & Jewelry
Show Hosts Preview Party to Benefit Corcoran Galle
2. ASB Vault sustains flavor of people's wining and dining
3. Delaware Antique & Collectible Extravaganza
4. EXCITING ANTIQUE AUCTION JULY 26, 2009
5. Chicago Antique Market at Randolph Street July 25th
and 26th French Invasion!
6. European toys are homeward bound after Noel
Barrett's $980K Toys of Summer auction
7. Artfact Live! Presents Dream Home Furnishings, Fine
Jewelry Auction from Wickliff & Assoc.
8. Artfact Live! Presents The July Catalogue Auction from
The Potomack Company
9. Artfact Live! Presents Freeman's Friday: Jewelry from Freeman's
10. 2nd ANNUAL GATHERING -- THE SEATWEAVERS' GUILD
11. Vintage Duck Decoy, Hunter and Fisherman's Auction
Oct 24th 2009
12. Noritake Desert Flowers Just Listed on Dinnerware
13. The SeatWeavers' Guild 2nd Annual Gathering!
14. Antiques Roadshow of the Web?
15. Vintage Baseball Cards Drive Auction
16. North Carolina Appraisal Fair
17. Six months after launching its own platform,
LiveAuctioneers chalks up record Q2 traffic numbers
18. artnet Auctions Launches Sale of Urban Art 1972-Present
19. Artfact Live! June Auction Results Roundup
20. Bahoukas July Specials
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
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Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
WANTED: 'Tish-U-Knit' Sweater by Leon
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
One of my old coworkers told me a funny story about a family holiday party she attended. One of the older folks was a guest in the home, and he had left his dentures on a dish beside his bed. Imagine the sight as the family dog snatched the dentures from the dish, and ran through the house with them in his mouth. Yes they were in the "right" way so it looked like he had human teeth! Nancy, WI
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 email@example.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?
WANTED: 'Tish-U-Knit' Sweater by Leon
WANTED: Memory Collectors Wanted
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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Ben requested a recipe for "Fruit Crisp" here are the responses that we received.
3 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced
4 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). .
Combine apples, peaches, banana, raisins and water in a 7x11 baking dish.
In medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter with two knives or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit.
Bake in preheated oven 35 to 45 minutes, until topping starts to brown. Serve warm.....Carol Thomas---Cullman,AL
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
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.
We live in Ohio and my wife many years ago worked for the SS Kresge Co. They served a delicious sweet cole slaw at their eatery that she has never been able to duplicate. Is there anyone that may have that recipe. I would really like to surprise her with it. Thank you, Ron Neels
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
The Dream Merchants
Presenting a fine collection of vintage lingerie and clothing including vintage day dresses, evening wear, handbags, hats and jewelry. For the vintage fashion/sewing enthusiast we also have a large collection of sewing patterns and fabrics. Paypal verified, satisfaction guaranteed.
Bay Town Treasures
We offer a wide range of unique and unusual treasures. Check out our dinnerware by Homer Laughlin and Ganz, pitchers from artists around the world, Victorian jewelry, Southwestern and tribal art, something for everyone!
Collector Bookstore is a leading specialty retailer of price guides and reference books to inform and educate collectors and professionals in the antiques and collectors markets.
Pookies Antique Treasures
Here you will find a selection of antiques and collectible items ranging from the late nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. Customer satisfaction is always a priority. Questions are welcomed.
Fine antique and vintage toys, still banks, mechanical banks, glass, and porcelain.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
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12) Helpful Resources:
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