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The Collectors Newsletter #751-- November 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #751-- 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 Train Operating Society
The Toy Train Operating Society is a fraternal organization dedicated to the operating and collecting of toy trains of all makes and eras. Founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1968, TTOS has over 5,400 members around the world. The society is organized geographically into 21 divisions that have regular meets throughout the United States and Canada. For information on the TTOS Division nearest to you, see our Divisions page.
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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.
Hello - I have received your e-newsletter for a few years now and love reading the stories. I find it interesting the threads that pop up regarding dealers. I read Jeff's letter and I know how he feels. I too have found several to be among the kind to be avoided. And I read letters from the other side, dealers who don't do those things. I would love for some of those dealers to come visit me!!! One dealer came to my yard sale and I had a miniature Made In Occupied Japan vase for sale. I had what I considered a low price on it and the dealer asked if I would take 50c for it!!! I told her no, but lowered my asking price by 50c. She bought it at the lower price and a few minutes later her friend saw her with it and admired it, esp. the price. I told her her friend offered me 50c for it and she was floored that her friend would do such a thing! She told her friend she should be ashamed and then told me that had she seen it first, she would have paid the asking price because it was a good price. I was glad of the sale, even if I took a lower price, but felt a bit better after the second woman scolded her friend. Another time, a dealer was looking at a little vintage handled cheese tray and spreader. It was in it's original box, which was not taped on either end- and you could see the box was loosely closed on both ends. The woman snatched the box up and started to open it when the ceramic tray slid out and hit the sidewalk and chipped (very noticeable and no longer sale-able). She apologized, all the while complaining that it slid out if the box bottom. She didn't offer to give me anything for it. I probably wouldn't have taken anything for the tray had she offered, but the fact that she didn't even offer a couple of dollars for the breakage surprised me. I'm sure had I been in her shop and the same thing happened she would have expected me to pay full price for it. On the other side- I have visited several shops, flea market stands and auctions and have met some nice dealers, sellers and auctioneers who not only give you a good price, but keep you in mind when they come across things you collect.
So I guess my question/comment is this: I understand about getting something at a good price, marking it up to cover your expenses; but why is it that it's ok for a dealer to offer to buy at lower prices (sometimes insultingly low) and yet when you visit their booths, they snarl at you when you ask if the listed price is their best price, or could they go lower? They are quick to point out chips, cracks, nicks in items they are buying from you; but insist that their higher price is adjusted for the same flaws in their merchandise. I heard one dealer in a store snap at a customer who'd asked for a better price (she didn't make a suggestion, just asked for a lower price), that she didn't run a yardsale! The customer didn't buy and I didn't either! Recently someone suggested that if a dealer had a sale on items, offering them at 10-20% off, then it wasn't appropriate to ask for further discounts. I think that's good advice and probably common courtesy- since they are discounted (although I'm sure there are some who still ask). I just remember the late Ralph Kovel and his wife Terry always saying to ask dealers/sellers for their best prices or if they would sell at a lower price. If they said no, you could either pay their asking price or be prepared to walk away. I like that advice and follow it most times.
Thanks for your forum. I'll write again, to tell of my collections (thimbles, cat figurines, cups and saucers, left handed crackle glass pitchers, to name a few!!) and of great finds I've made through the years. ..Mabel in NC
I am a big collector of lady head vases after finding my first two at a school sale nearly 20 years ago now for $1 each! I had never seen one before and knew nothing about them but fell in love with them on sight and have been collecting them ever since. Australia has a very limited number of types here but I often shop on ebay and buy some ladies from America, my dream is to attend the annual head vase convention in Miami - will get there one day! I also collect anything 1950s and regularly scour fetes, garage sales and auctions - I do occasionally buy and sell but find I am not much of a dealer as I fall in love with everything! My husband and I are currently building a home loosely based on the Bewitched house and we will be filling it with 1950s & 60s memorabilia - cant wait till its finished, collecting is definitely addictive! I also am a collector of Betty Boop but try and collect only the old composition ones which are becoming harder to find..my big regret is not buying a composition jointed Bimbo dog ( bettys boyfriend) when i had the chance which brings me to the question - would anyone know where i would find one of these, i would dearly love to add one to my collection of bettys - any help would be greatly appreciated my email is firstname.lastname@example.org - love the newsletter! Marina - Australia. Regards, Marina
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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. THE EVENING STAR-39 CARAT, D-COLOR
GOLCONDA DIAMOND TO LEAD CHRISTIE’S
DECEMBER JEWELS SALE
2. James Julia presents Important Toy, Doll &
Advertising Auction on Artfact Live!
3. Lou Gehrig's circa-1933 Yankees home jersey tops
the lineup in Grey Flannel's Holiday Auction
4. FACE IT: Portraiture in a Technologically Advanced
5. Asselmeier & May 2 Day Antique Auction
6. artnet Auctions Launches Faces & Figures
Photographs Sale November 10-19
7. Artfact Live! Presents Antiques from Constantine
8. Artfact Live! Presents Period Furniture, Antiques
And Fine Art from Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery
9. Artfact Live! Presents an Important Lamp & Glass
Auction from James Julia
10. Artfact Live! Presents Americana and Paintings
11. Artfact Live! Presents Major Antiques & Fine Art
Auction from Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
12. Artfact Live! Presents Antiques, Fine Art, Jewelry
& Decorative Art from Kodner Galleries
13. Artfact Live! Presents Modern Design from Uniques
14. Legendary comic artist Joe Kubert opens his vault
to Heritage Auctions, Nov. 20
15. The Great Lehigh Valley Antique Show This Weekend
16. November 14, 2009 - Holiday Treasures Auction -
17. Mathew Brady’s Candid Take on Lincoln This
Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
18. Web-Based Fine and Decorative Arts Personal
Shopper Service Goes Live at NicForrest.com
19, WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL
OFF TO FAST START FOR NEW SEASON
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4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
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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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.
This occurred several years ago when my so Danny was about 3 yr. old. He had said or done something cute, his older sister said, "oh, Mama, isn't he cute!" Dan stood up tall. stuck his chest out and said, "I''m not cute, I'm big and strong". submitted by Virginia, of Belton, Mo.
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: 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 Beth requested recipes for “plumb crumble” here is the one recipe that we received.
* 3 pounds fresh plums, pitted, quartered, about 5 cups
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 large egg, beaten
* 1/2 cup butter, melted
Combine plums and brown sugar, stirring well to blend. Pour into a buttered 11 1/2x7 1/2 inch baking dish. Sift together the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add the beaten egg, stirring lightly with fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the plums then drizzle with the melted butter. Bake plum crumble at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream.
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.
Everyone seems to have a different favorite way of cooking turkey for Thanksgiving. What do your readers recommend? Barb
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.
Aunt Pitty Pat's China Closet
Offering early Americana pattern glass, pressed glass, depression glass, Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey and other elegant glassware companies. Also offering china, porcelain and pottery.
Little Rapids Hillside Treasures
Welcome to Little Rapids. We are seeking honest, energetic and personable collectors, seeking honest, energetic and personable dealers. The past is alive and well. We will be offering from the most elegant European to the quaint America.
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
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12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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