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The Collectors Newsletter #750-- November 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #750-- November 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.
Toy Soldier Collectors of America
The TSCA was originally founded at the Atlanta Soldier Show back in January of 1979. John Giddings, Gene Johnson, Walter Mabrey, Bob Drew, Mel Cohen, Alan Gwin, Dale Van Ormer, Walt Dineen, and Charlie Duval held a short meeting to figure a way of getting toy soldiers recognized at military miniature shows, as a legitimate part of the hobby. John Giddings suggested that we form a club - a loose organization of toy soldier collectors and enthusiasts, and we would publish a list of our members so that we could all contact each other. Also, we would sponsor awards at various military miniature shows.
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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.
Please let Jeff know that the public is just as guilty as these "dealers" he has run into. I have dealt in antiques for almost 40 years including restoring antique dolls. You would not believe the people who try to sell me stolen, damaged, put-together and repro items swearing that it has never been out of their grandma's attic until today. I have exhibited at many high end hows where the public has stolen expensive vintage doll shoes, valuable factory tags, caused damage to items and then walked away. I have had a person call her credit card company and say she never bought an item so she doesn't have to pay. How did I get her card if she never reported it stolen? After weeks of stress over this one- she said she "forgot". I have had people claim I have their item and it was stolen. The item is question was mass produced 40 years ago and there are literally millions of them out there, and yet they are sure that I have their item.Luckily I keep records of every item I buy- who and when. I have had many, many items stolen from me at antique shows including my cash box and receipt books! How about a whole small display case full of small items?! Person claims he "mistakenly" picked it up. How about this scam that made the rounds a few years ago: Person comes into a booth and asks to see a very rare and expensive pocket watch. He writes down the serial number, and engravings inside. Then he goes to the local police and claims he has "found" his stolen watch. He "knows" it's his, because (miraculously) the serial numbers and engravings match! People taking photos of items in show booths so they can photo shop them and claim that they are theirs. Not to mention bad checks. I could indeed write a book, but I am a very honest and ethical person who has accepted the bad with the good- and there are lots of good stories, too.I have never asked for a discount on an item marked too low and I have never switched or stolen a tag. I just wanted Jeff to know that not all these rascals that he dislikes are dealers. Some are "pickers" and people saying they are dealers. In the world we live in, we have to look after ourselves and our own stuff. Please don't paint us all with the same brush as those few stinkers.
On a more funny side: I have bought, sold and restored antique dolls for almost 40 years. I really love them and have restored and saved many from destruction. One comes to mind- a beautiful German big bisque that was very dirty and in parts. I was methodically cleaning all her parts so that she could be put back together. Her hollow torso was packed full of a kapok type material- it soon became apparent that this was nesting material put in there by mice. Now, I have dealt with all types of gross stuff that has moved into the dolls or their clothes or hair, so I took some long tweezers and started pulling this material out through one of the leg openings. I was working outside so as not to have the nasty stuff invade my home. When I got to the end of the project, there were some petrified pieces of old rubber stringing cord stuck inside the torso. The only way to get them out is to break them up and then they will fit through the leg opening. I was working and working on one such piece and when I held the torso up to let light into the cavity, the piece of stuff partially fell through the leg hole and then I realized IT WAS A PETRIFIED BABY MOUSE! Yikes! I left it outside until my hubby broke it up and removed. I still have the doll and I can never look at her without thinking about that mouse.,,,Sherri
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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. Artfact Live! Presents Clarke's Seventh Fine Art
Auction from Clarke Auction Gallery
2. Sollo Rago Modern Auction October 24 and 25,
3. Rago Auctions: Fine Arts Auction
4. Jackson-Presley signed marriage certificate to be sold
5. Artfact Live! Presents Pennsylvania Sale from
6. Artfact Live! Presents Fine American Furniture &
Decorative Art from Freeman's
7. Bid Live Online for Primitive Antiques from Harrison
8. Artfact Live! October Auction Results Roundup
9. Bidder sinks fangs into vampire killing kit for $8,800
10. American Red Cross to auction historic Rose
Percy Doll at Heritage Auctions, Nov. 17
11. Internationally Renowned Antiques, Art, Jewelry
Dealers Exhibit at the 49th Annual Original Miami Be
12. Black Friday Sale at Yellow Garage
13. The Best Inventory on the Internet is found at
14. Artfact Live! Presents Antiques, Collectibles &
Firearms Auction from Cottone
15. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art, Antiques And
Decorations from Gray's Auctioneers
16. Artfact Live! Presents Big Fall Phoenix Auction
2009 from Allard Auctions
17. Artfact Live! Presents Americana Featuring VA
& The South from Jeffrey S. Evans
18. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art, Antiques, Jewelry
& Decorative Objects from Morton Kuehnert
19. Wall Street came to play and RSL Auction reaped
the rewards with a $1 million sale, Oct. 17
20. Rare Letter of Walt Disney’s “Silly Symphony”
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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Blenko Glass at Muddy Creek Antiques
Discount Holiday Shopping at Doris Stephan's Antiques
Over 2500 postcards at Numismattica.com
Large Collection of Fine Art and Antiques For Sale
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday November 10, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
A funny little story about my little Grandson when he was about 4 years old. One of my favorite things was going to neighborhood garage sales on most Saturdays. Little Brian enjoyed going too and I had a companion who brightened my day. One Saturday morning as we drove by a small strip mall of stores we saw a group of young children exiting one of the store fronts and Brian curiously asked me why they were there .Noting the sign on the building I said "Oh, it's a place that teaches dancing to children, would you like to do that?" He looked at me disdainfully and said " Mimi, you got me garage saling and now you want me dancing ! " He's 24 years old now and I still smile as I remember his words...
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 a reader from Utah requested recipes for “a custard like cheesecake” here are the responses that we received.
8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
16-oz Greek-style yogurt, room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Prebake a graham cracker base into a 9-inch springform pan (see recipe
below); a 9-inch graham cracker pie crust should work fairly well, too. This
cheesecake can also be baked without a crust.Preheat oven to 350F.In a
food processor, blend cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and
salt until mixture is very, very smooth.Pour into prepared pan and bake for
about 50 minutes, until the cake is set and jiggles only slightly when gently
tapped.Cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
Springform Graham Cracker Base
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350F.Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir
until well combined. Press into a 9-inch springform pan, pressing the crust
slightly up the sides if you don't wish to have a thick crust on the
bottom.Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set. Cool completely before
I can't tell you what the "green drink" would be from the Swedish resteraunt. But I do believe that the custard/cheese cake is Ost Kaka. This recipe is from my husband's aunt and I believe it was from her mother. I have the dish in my cupboard that Grandma Meline used to bake it in. You could spoon a sauce over it such as raspberry but we make a lingonberry sauce which is a Swedish tradition. Good luck, there are several recipes that use cottage cheese instead of dealing with so much milk and messing with the rennet. The first time I made it-it seemed to take all day for the milk to congeal-but I was with my husband's aunt and her daughter said that she had probably put a "hex" on it just to keep me there a little longer:) Sonja Meline
6 quarts milk
11/2 tablets rennet
1 teasp vanilla/or almond extract
2 to 4 eggs
1 c sugar
method: dissolve rennet in a little cold water.
Heat milk to lukewarm.
Make paste of flour and milk
Add dissolved rennet and stir until mixed.
Let stand til milk solids separate
Strain the whey from the milk solids
Beat eggs and add cream
Add cheese, sugar and flavoring
Put into buttered baking dish
Bake at 3:50 degrees until pulls from the side of the 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.
I'm looking for a recipe for plumb crumble. This was a favorite of my mother when I was growing up and I'd like to try it again. Beth
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.
Koble Antiques by Patricia
I deal in porcelains and various other types of beautiful antiques. Many are signed and hand painted. I deal in Limoges - French, chocolate pots, tea and coffee pots, cup and saucers, etc. I also have vintage items of interest.
Walt & Pam's
Our store has something for everyone! From designer belts to pottery, from purses to angels, from costume jewelry to porcelain from furniture to pictures, and the list goes on! Join us for a unique journey into yesterday. Pam & Walt
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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12) Helpful Resources:
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