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The Collectors Newsletter #734 -- September 2009

The Collectors Newsletter #734 -- September 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.

The Society of Inkwell Collectors

Features articles about inkwells, pens and writing accessories; has catalog offering books about inkwells, and replacement inserts, quills, rocker blotters, etc; newsletter published quarterly; annual convention.
For more information, click here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=2868&listByKey=2868&groupKey=1

Are you interested in antique pens and writing implements? Take a look at:

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.
Thank You! to everyone that has been sending in stories. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time. Email your story to phil@tias.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
My parents both passed away within a year of each other, my dad first and then my mom. I was named the executor of the estate (as the oldest son). Thankfully my brother, sister and I get along very well so we met to go through the house and make sure all of the family heirlooms were accounted for. Many years before, my parents sat us down and designated who would get what so most of the angst and possible hurt feelings could be avoided.

Among the items not mentioned was a beautiful low rocking chair belonging to my mother. My dad bought it for her when they were married because he knew how much she loved rocking chairs. The chair was a significant purchase for them as newlyweds with little money so my mother loved that chair. She would often tell us how she would rock us as babies when we wouldn’t sleep and the chair was always prominently placed in the living room in every house they owned. In hindsight, it’s odd that the chair wasn’t spoken for before they passed away. My sibs and I thought one of us would take it but in the confusion and grief no one claimed it. We hired a guy to come in and organize an estate sale with all the remaining house items and it was well worth it. They cleaned the house and arranged the items for sale including the chair. I had this nagging feeling that I should take the chair before the sale since my sibs didn’t want it despite the sentimental value, but ultimately it went into the sale. The guilt was eating me up as I was sure it would be one of the first things to be sold as did the man running the estate sale.

We got a call after the estate sale telling us to come by and look at what was left. Anything we still didn’t want they would clean up and take to a battered women’s shelter in town. Imagine my great relief and surprise when I found that the chair didn’t sell! The estate sale folks were very surprised as well. One of them said, “Well, I guess someone didn’t want you to sell that chair!” I didn’t need any more convincing and I took the chair back with me. I honestly feel my mom wanted the chair to stay in the family and now it will! - John Q

--Another Story--

I am an avid collector of flash crystal pieces. I have a very large curio cabinet full of Cobalt crystal pieces valued at $10,000. On the night of my birthday I had a gathering at my home and invited about 30 friends over to celebrate, one of whom is very large. The way my dining room table is set in the room makes it very tight for all of us to fit. Mark, my large friend, has a history of destroying furniture and ruining valuable items. When it was time to eat Mark came into the room to take his place at the table. Well, as luck would have it, he decides to sit directly in front of my most prized collection. Just as he sat down on my dining room chair the whole room heard a loud crack and he stumbled back into my cabinet full of my gorgeous pieces. All eyes were wide with worry as the entire curio vibrated and shook all the pieces. You could literally see my face turning from red to purple. Thank the Lord my friend Pete was there to save the day. He quickly switched spots with Mark and made sure my pieces were intact. WHEW! ...Alexander

--Another Story--

I had never held a yard sale as a child, and finally lived in a neighborhood where everyone did so together--it was also a social event. This was my first sale, and I hoped my neighbors would be impressed.

I was very proud of my professional-looking displays and merchandising--I was putting my old Fortune 100 marketing experience to work.

I even hauled an extention cord out to the yard so that I could demo the electronics.

Before long, someone asked about my old microwave. I set a cup of water inside, punched in some time, and voila! turned with a flourish to watch the microwave....EXPLODE!! BANG!!! with an arc of flames. My yard emptied immediately...people squealing and running for their cars..too dangerous at THIS sale.

My yard sale savvy next-door neighbor looked over and simply said "Good job, there".

I've come to expect something unusual at every subsequent yard sale, but never again something quite as "flashy"--or funny....Elizabeth from Phoenix, AZ
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
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
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
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com
1. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries hosts record-
breaking sale on Artfact Live!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788504

2, Babe Ruth-Bob Hope-Bing Crosby Signed Golf Scorecard
in Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788454

Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788453

4. Freeman’s to Offer Artfact’s Infinite Bidding™ Solution
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788364

5. Lifetime Americana & folk art collection a colorful
centerpiece for Morphy's Oct. 8-10 Fall Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788362\

6. Lost Hobby Relics Unearthed for Finest Heritage Sports
Auction to Date
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788361

7. Artfact Live! Presents Americana, Fine Art, And
Jewelry from Winter Associates
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788359

8. Silver Serving Pieces Highlight Kaminski’s September
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788357

9. Artfact Live! Presents Asian Auction from Nadeau's
Auction Gallery
Click here; http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788352

10. New Show on Collecting - NBC

11. Artfact Live! August Auction Results Roundup
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788151

12. Rare and Collectible Coins Available for Live Online
Bidding on Proxibid
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788123

13. iGavel Presents Locati Antiques Fall Estates Auction
From September 8 to September 21, 2009
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788122

14. Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and
The Beatles Rock the Auction on Artfact Live!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788121

15. Enter the Just Art Pottery Facebook Photo Contest
to win a $50 Gift Certificate
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788120

16. Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles September
2009 Issue Released
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=788119
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...
Here are your classifieds...

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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
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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.
I enjoy the newsletter and can't do anything till I have read the stories and the funny ones. Keep it up it makes us older ones think of our childhood. MY brother lived in Arazona and it gets pretty hot there in the summer. He did not have aircondition then{40 yrs ago}. It was especially hot one afternoon and they couldn't find their oldest little girl which was 2-3 at the time. They looked all over the yard and the house and couldn't find her. Finally they went in the kitchen and there she was with the refer. door open and her dress pulled up and her panties down setting on the bottom shelf. Some way to cool off. Thanks for the chuckles. MS-NC
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 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 the last issue Babara requested a recipe for “a french dressing that was white/opaque in color” here are some of the responses that we received.
Here are 3 variations of White French Dressing. Karen P, Waukegan,IL

White French Dressing

2 eggs, beaten
2 T water
4 C sugar, divided
3 C white wine vinegar
8 t dry mustart
8 t kosher salt
2 t ground white pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 C canola oil

Combine eggs with water & 1/2C sugar in small, heavy-bottomed saucepan or double boiler. Cook over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degF, whisking constantly. Remove from heat & cool quickly by setting pan into bowl of ice water. Combine with remaining ingredients in blender & process until smooth. Refrig leftovers.

--Another Recipe--

White French Dressing #2

1 1/2 C lite mayonnaise
1/4 C white wine vinegar
1/2 C honey
salt & white pepper to taste
1 T fresh tarragon

Mix & refrig for 24 hrs. Stir before serving. makes 2 1/4 C

--Another Recipe--

White French Dressing

1/4 C sugar
1 1/2 t salt
1 t dry mustart
1/2 t cornstarch
1/2 C white vinegar
1 C oil

Blend together all but the oil. Cook over med heat, stirring until boils. Reduce & simmer for 5 mins. Cool completely. Gradually beat in oil with electric mixer. makes 2 C.
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 young we would go visit relatives in Texas. My Aunt Thelma made a candy that was brown sugar based (I think) but it had the same taste as the center of the See's Candy Pecan Roll. Do you have a recipe for that type of candy? My Aunt passed away when I was 11 and none of the family has the recipe. Thank you! DeeDee
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.
Costume jewellery from Victorian, Art Deco to 1950's. All pieces are in vintage condition. All accurately described. I pack all items well so that they arrive with you as they leave me. I also sell British Postcards mainly topographical.

Tubby's Collectables
Tubby's Collectibles offers a wide variety of fine collectibles. We offer certified authentic items for your collecting enjoyment with the assurance that you get exactly what you want.

Vintage Expressions: Jewelry, Fashions & More
Your source for vintage jewelry, fashions & more. Come celebrate our Grand Opening and save 15% on all orders over $20! Stand out from the mass-produced crowd and express yourself with vintage!
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:
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 ©1995-2009 TIAS.com Inc.

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