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The Collectors Newsletter #747-- October 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #747-- 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.
Toaster Museum Foundation
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to toasters - yes, that's correct, the kitchen appliance.
Since our origin in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, our organization has dedicated itself to educating, entertaining, and enlightening people about the history and cultural importance of the bread toaster.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive reception to the museum in Seattle, one of the primary goals of our foundation has been to find a new, permanent home for The Toaster Museum. We came close to opening our doors in Charlottesville, Virginia, but are now focusing our efforts on the Rust Belt and southern Ontario which may turn out to be a much more appropriate venue as this area of the United States and up into Canada had such an active manufacturing base in the 20th century.
For more information, click here:
Are you interested in Collecting Toaster? Take a look at:
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.
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 email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
Hi, just a couple of quick comments to all your reader from MI.
1. Remember, dealers can't sell memories or sentimental value
2. Old does not mean more valuable, example 1931 Model A Ford vs 1957 Ford Thunderbird ....Lynn
As a part owner of a small shop in a (very) rural area, I wonder if you are missing what has become for us a good source. Check out Proxibid, who does on-line auctions from all over the country. Perhaps you can find auctions nearby. Seeing the items in person is best, but if you develop a trust relationship with a regular dealer, perhaps you can buy sight unseen. Most will ship if necessary. I assume you visit the regular sources such as Goodwill, Salvation Army etc. Also, ask your customers if they have items to sell. We have customers who periodically bring us items. Developing relationships everywhere is key. Good luck in this economy. Every dealer in our 50 mile radius experiences falling sales in direct relation to gas prices, as we depend on travelers mostly...Jerry
Hi Phil, This is Mary from NY and I want to thank TB in IN, for telling me where I can look and locate the doll of my dream....I will be searching for it. It's nice to know other people take an interest in your story. It sure makes me feel good knowing others care. Bless you all and I do enjoy this newsletter. Mary in NY
After reading the post from Glenda in Greensboro, Ga., it made me think of what I have tried to teach my grandchildren about toys WITHOUT batteries. They, too, think that everything must have buttons and batteries in order to be "fun" - even board games. I've gone out of my way to talk to them about old fashioned toys; what they were like and some of the things I played with as a child. I've also located very old games on ebay and have been amazed at how much they've enjoyed these old games that don't require machines to deal the cards or ducks that quack so loud you want to take a hammer to them. So, they are learning how much fun old fashioned games can be. One of our oldest is from 1929 - we do have a card game from 1899 but we don't play with it too often as the cards are hand painted. They have Wii, playstation, Nintendo DS, more electronics than they know what to do with and, YES, they are fun. I play with them too. But, I think it's also good for them to appreciate games and toys from days gone by. One of their very favorite toys is an original Viewmaster with original storage box (about 12in long) filled with reels from the 1950's. They love them!! We even have the projector and often look at them on the walls. I don't know how some of these things got past safety inspections - the projector bulb get extremely HOT - so I handle this one. They both understand what a "record album" is - we play them all the time on an old hand crank phonograph from the 1930's, they know what 8 track's are - most kids have never even seen these - let alone been allowed to play them. We love to play the old 20's-30's Jazz 78's and dance, dance, dance. They've loved Jazz since they were old enough to dance to them. I'm trying to create another generation that loves and appreciates the past. A word to grandparents - SHARE your old things with your grandchildren - you might be amazed at their level of interest in them. God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.
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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
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. artnet Auctions Launches Modern + Contemporary Sale
2. Skinner’s Auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts
November 15th in Boston
3. Buttersworth oils fetch $33,925 at Gordon S. Converse
4. Artfact Live! Presents Vintage & Historic Clothing From
Legendary Museums from Augusta Auctions
5. Frieze Art Fair 09 Review – artmarketblog.com
6. Contemporary Art Bubble on DVD – artmarketblog.com
7. Media Preview of Sotheby’s November 2009 Sales
8. Artfact Live! Presents the Fall 2009 Auction from
Dargate Auction Galleries
9. Artfact Live! Presents an Antique Doll Auction from
Alderfer Auction & Appraisal
10. Artfact Live! Presents an Antique Doll Auction from
Alderfer Auction & Appraisal
11. Artfact Live! Presents the November 1st, 2009
Estate Auction from Michaan's Auctions
12. Artfact Live! Presents an Antique Auction from
Constantine & Pletcher
13. Artfact Live! Presents Antiques & Decorative Arts
Auction from The Gallery at Knotty Pine
14. Artfact Live! Presents October Gun Show & Estate
Auction from Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc
15. Artfact Live! Presents Fall Catalogue Auction
from The Potomack Company
16. www.valuemystuffnow.com: Online art and antiques
17. Skinner Auction of Fine Wines November 4th
18. Universal Horror, a classic vamp and serial sci-fi:
Vintage Movie Posters at Heritage Auctions
19. STACK COLLECTION OF RENAISSANCE
MEDALS TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE WITHOUT
20. James Bute Beagle scrimshaw found in wardrobe
- recalls Darwin and Origin of Species theory
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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Large Collection of Fine Art and Antiques For Sale
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday October 30, 2009 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
When our son was about 3 yrs old it was around Easter and they had been given the story of Jesus who died on the cross and put in the tomb. And then he arose on the third day. Well he was out side playing and he was getting in the street and his mother had too call him back. Finally after a few times she stuck her head out the door and said "If you don't get out of the street you will get run over and killed". In his little voice he just called back and said "I'll just rose again mommy". What kids will come up with. Old goat in NC
Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to Phil@tias.com
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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 Jackie requested recipes for “Seafoam Candy” here are several response that we received.
I just wanted to thank you for the vintage recipes section. I inherited a cookbook that my mom had given my grandma in 1957. In the front cover was written a recipe with no name and only half the directions. I have been scouring old cookbooks for ages unable to figure out what this was. Thanks to you I found a recipe for oatmeal cookies that was very similar to grandma's recipe and will now try to make them with the directions in your recipe. I do remember my grandma's oatmeal cookies and they were wonderful. I just hope I can do them justice. Thank you from the bottom and the top of my heart. Rose
As I read Jackie’s request for Seafoam candy, I recalled a dish my grandmother used to make…Seaweed pudding. I think it would be appropriate to list this in a new section called “Recipes I don’t ever want or need.” My grandmother used to send us down to the beach early in the morning to collect actual seaweed. We were only to collect a very specific white curly variety. My grandmother would bring this home and clean it very well, soak it to remove salt, and then make a sweet pudding with it. I suspect the seaweed was used as a thickener. In all honesty, the pudding tasted fine but I could never bring myself to eat it just knowing what was in it! In addition to this recipe, I do not ever want or need the recipe for Dandelion greens (horribly bitter to my taste buds!) and my Great Aunt’s cornmeal mush that was served at Thanksgiving. My Great Aunt is still alive and well, approaching the century mark. I was assigned the seat next to her every year and she would always inspect my plate to be sure that I had served myself a big serving of her cornmeal mush. (Yes, the consistency and taste of paper mache to my taste buds.) It was only in my late teens that I finally solved this problem…I would put a tiny layer of cornmeal mush over my mashed potatoes to pass “inspection!!” Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’ll never forget the year my sister committed a serious faux pas and brought yellow turnip instead of white turnip. Who knew there was such a difference??? White turnip (purple skin) is turnip whereas yellow turnips are actually rutabagas as we have come to find out.
Anyone else have any recipes they DO not want?? (Please, let’s keep this non-stomach turning and omit the infamous UK blood pudding and whole-hog sausage type recipes!!)
I was so pleased and surprised to see my recipe request answered in the newsletter last month! Mine was the one about a dish whose name I couldn't spell and your wonderful readers came up with two: gutton and creton. My mother always served it hot, but the cold version is great, and quite easy to make. Thank you, Marilyn Baxter/ Marathon, NY
Two different recipes - try both and pick your favorite - reader from Oregon
Old-Fashioned Sea Foam Candy
1 pound white sugar
1/2 pint water
4 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate
Butter or oil an 8 inch square baking pan; set aside.
Put sugar, vinegar, syrup, and water in a heavy 4 quart saucepan (cast iron
if you have it).
Gently heat the mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar has
dissolved and syrup has melted.
Bring to a boil, cover and boil for 3 minutes, then remove lid and boil
until temperature reaches 285 degrees F (140 degrees C) on a candy
thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda, mixing well to
allow bubbles to subside a little.
Pour hot mixture into prepared pan and leave until just beginning to set.
Mark into squares with a lightly oiled knife. Leave to set completely. Cut
or break into pieces.
Combine chocolate chips, shortening, and baking chocolate in a 2-quart glass
Microwave on High for 2 minutes to melt. Stir with a wooden spoon.
Dip candy pieces into chocolate, covering completely. Let cool on waxed
Wrap individually in waxed paper, twisting the ends together, and store in
an airtight container.
Here is one with the Black Walnuts
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
3/4 cup water
3 egg whites
1 cup chopped black walnuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine sugar, syrup, and water.
Cook until a little of the mixture forms a hard ball when dropped in cold
water or until the syrup reaches 250 degrees F.
While sugar mixture is coming to a boil, beat egg whites until stiff
gradually add the hot mixture to the egg whites in a small steady stream.
Fold in nuts and vanilla. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper. Store in closed
Old Fashioned Recipe For Seafoam Candy
Two cups brown sugar
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon of vinegar
white of 1 egg whipped to soft peaks
nuts as desired
Cook sugar and water till it forms a soft ball in water; then add vinegar. Pour sugar syrup in slow stream into whipped egg white, beating as you pour. Beat until medium stiff peaks form. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Store tightly covered in layers with waxed paper in between layers....Nancy
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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.
I would love to taste "German Puffs" again. It's been many years. If you have a recipe, please share it. Sharon in NY
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.
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.
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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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