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The Collectors Newsletter #746-- October 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #746-- October 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.
Tiffin Glass Collectors Club
The Tiffin Glass Collectors Club is a non-profit corporation with tax exempt status which was established in 1985 to study the history of Tiffin Glass, known as Factory R of the United States Glass Company, and the glassware manufactured there.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Tiffin Glass Museum. Club meetings consist of a business meeting followed by a program on a topic of interest to the collectors. We close with Glass Show and Tell and a social hour. Meetings are open to the public and guests are made welcome.
For more information, click here:
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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
Hello! I am Martha from MO and have collected since childhood. I now am almost solely focussed on sheet music, hoping to one day start a sheet music museum in Iowa, near Des Moines. This note is for the 'dealers' who feel they can't find much to sell.
What I've learned: Use the newspaper ads and stick with estate tag sales and moving sales. They want this stuff gone. If prices seem too high, go back at the end of the auction and you'll be surprised what you can get reasonably. Go early for the best selection and be very friendly, that never hurts. We spent $30.00 yesterday at a small town all-city sale. Hit the older neighborhoods if you don't want kids clothes and holiday decorations. I think we can make about $500.00 from what we found for that $30.00.
Stay out of the antique malls for good deals, unless they have lots of 1/2 off booths, hard to make a profit from their mark-ups, most of them check on eBay first. I had the best luck just putting a free ad in the local newspaper saying I collect older music, in my case, and did I get the calls! Acquired over 20,000 sheets in one weekend, a big deal for $40.00, that's all they wanted for it.
Think outside the box. The maddest dealers are those who can't adapt to the new way of hunting. Buying is changing quickly as people need money more than ever and they are willing to part with things. Go to the smaller towns, many 100-mile sales springing up all over the country, three new ones in our area this year. Have your items to sell, then spend the earnings shopping yourself. Great way to make a lot, but that does take effort. I know a man who went to one recently and got a year's worth to sell, he just took 300 old trays that sold quickly.
Know that there are a lot of 'beginners' out there, thinking they can make some extra dough too. This is a business and you have to be well-read and knowledgeable about your area of interest. They won't last long, unless they are serious. And don't forget your local recycling center. Sounds funny? We have found many treasures (painting sold for $400.00) arriving about 30 minutes after they open. Always check their book section, all is free.
Be of good cheer, or find another area of work. Collecting, dealing and selling should be fun. When it becomes a negative chore, stop. Your health comes first. Good luck, all! Hope a bit of this helped! Martha in MO
To Beth from last weeks email ...... writing down on a piece of paper the items, with names of people for the items to go to, is good but please have more than one list and with more than one person. When my husband's mother died she had such a list that just seemed to "disappear" after she died. Funny thing was that his only sister and her child seemed to have been "left" most everything. I know for a fact that his mother would not have been that selfish as to have singled out only his sister and his niece. Oh, well, it's all over with now and, as you might have figured out, my husband did not get but a lot of the "left overs" that his sister didn't want. At first it hurt my husband but if he wasn't going to stand his ground against her I certainly wasn't going to do it for him; it wasn't my parents belongings nor my place to do it. Since then, over 8 years now, my husband has pretty much forgiven his sister for all that. I'm glad that he's been able to do that so that they can still be family because they only have each other, but that doesn't mean that I like what happened. Don't ever "assume" that your wishes will be carried out like you want them to when you die; some people can turn into people that you never knew that they were. That "love of money and things" can be overpowering at times. I must confess that I've walked down that "money and things hungry path" myself so I'm not "squeaky clean" but I've seen the error of my ways (hopefully) and have been making some changes in my attitude and actions. Jan in Iowa
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Over 300 works of art to be offered Nov. 7 by Baterbys
2. Frank Sinatra treasure His Fedora Hat: Autographs
& Movie Posters
3. Dinnerware Replacements Has New Inventory
4. UNIQUE FASHIONS WITH VINTAGE SEWING PATTERNS
5. Antique & Collectible Toy, Hobby, Sportscard Show
6. Al Capone’s Automobile Riddled With History at
7. Largest Whiting & Davis metal mesh collection in
Collect.com Auctions Dec. 12 sale
8. DAVE MALONEY ENCOURAGES WOULD-BE
CLOCK APPRAISERS TO COMPLY WITH USPAP
9. Israeli and Jewish Art spanning a century to be sold
10. Wedgwood Biscuit Barrel Collection Listed Time
11. Artfact Live! Presents Important Annual Fall Antiques
And Fine Art Auction from Nadeau's
12. Artfact Live! Presents Sportsman & Firearm Auction
from Motley's Auction and Realty Group
13. 1954 Stratocaster & Collection of Bronzes to Head
Cordier's Fall Sale
14. Freeman’s presents Modern & Contemporary Art
on Artfact Live!
15. Sotheby's Fall Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art
16. How do we know a Pittsburgh Sideboard when
we see one?
17. Cardboard diorama brings $5,060 at Petroliana auction
18. Artfact Live! Presents Figurine Auction from Alderfer
Auction & Appraisal
19. Artfact Live! Presents Fine And Decorative Arts
from Dawson and Nye
20. Artfact Live! Presents Gateway To The West II Doll
& Toy Auction from McMasters
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4) Your Classifieds...
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Large Collection of Fine Art and Antiques For Sale
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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.
The last issue with the story of the little boy afraid getting his shot reminded me of a story about my cousin, Gary. When he was about 6 or 7 years old he was playing with an axe (a definite no-no) and he accidentally dropped the axe on his toe. It started to bleed and he raced into the house, shouting. "Get me a doctor! Get me the best doctor in town!!"
Diana C. Santa Cruz, CA
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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WANTED: OLD GUITARS
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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 the last issue William requested recipes for “Irish Whiskey Cake” here are several response that we received.
IRISH WHISKEY CAKE
1 c. butter
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. honey
4 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 c. Irish whiskey
1 1/2 c. raisins
1 c. candied fruit, chopped
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Cream butter until light. Add sugar; mix well. Beat eggs, whiskey and honey together. Add to butter and mix well. Sift flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Rinse raisins in hot water, dry well. Add 1/2 flour mixture to creamed mixture and blend well. Add raisins, fruit, pecans and remaining flour mixture; mix well. Pour batter into well greased bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours.
Cool briefly; unmold. Cool completely. Wrap cake in cheesecloth. Douse cake with 1/4 cup or more of Irish whiskey. Wrap in foil and then put in an air tight container. Store in refrigerator for at least 3 days before serving.
1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
3 1/2 oz. pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 c. oil
1 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. bourbon whiskey
Melt 1/4 cup butter
Stir in 1/8 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar.
Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, stir in 1/4 cup whiskey.
Combine all cake ingredients and beat 2 minutes.
Pour into greased and floured 10 inch tube pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Cool 10 minutes. Invert on plate. Prick top.
**Brush 1/2 of glaze evenly on top and sides.
Reheat glaze and brush over cake.
When cake is dry, wrap tightly.
It is much better if you let cake sit 2 days prior to serving....Ellen
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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.
Back in the 40's my mother used to make seafoam candy. It was brown sugar- egg whites and another ingredient was vinegar. She would put nuts in it - a favorite of our family was black walnuts. She would also use this to frost cakes. It was real good on a chocolate cake. Thank you, Jackie Mitchell (Ohio)
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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.
I appreciate your business very much and try to keep an array of fine quality pieces on hand, check back frequently for good bargains. My inventory includes glass, porcelain, vintage,costume jewelry, and my specialty - primitives.
AUNT MINNIES MARVELS
We offer affordable pricing on all of the MARVELOUS items in our store which includes: Vintage and Antique jewelry, pottery, art, china, glass, kitchen collectibles, furniture, figurines, crystal, old bottles, postcards, books and much, much MORE!
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Oh say can you see....Savings here are on me...With the holiday season near...You'll find lots of gifts for your Dear...oh say can that little rapids banner give way.. Pottery, porcelain,art, glass,postcards..
The Good Stuff
The Good Stuff features unique jaw dropping items to make your family and friends stop, look and admire your collections! Some are pricey, some not. But trust me, all are hand picked because of their rarity, uniqueness and detail.
We sell vintage costume jewelry, dolls, doll houses, glass, kitchenware, hair accessories, Mid Century Modern, home decor , china dinnerware replacements, pottery, porcelain, cookie jars, the rare and hard to find! We look forward to doing business with you!
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12) Helpful Resources:
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