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The Collectors Newsletter #776 -- February 2010

The Collectors Newsletter #776 -- February 2010

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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.

American Civil War Society
The ACWS is one of the largest Civil War reenacting associations in Southern California, boasting an annual membership, by year-end, of about 800 re-enactors. We are a family oriented, nonprofit, organization dedicated to educating the public through both military and civilian impression. In addition to our military and civilian impressions, we have re-enactors who portray Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, and General Robert E. Lee. For more information, click here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=273&listByKey=273&groupKey=1

Are you interested in Civil War Militaria? See: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Militaria/US_Civil_War/1.html

2) We want your stories. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
WOW! ....We are still getting MANY comments regarding the new "American Pickers" program on the History channel see: http://www.history.com/content/american-pickers . Here is the latest batch....
I read Linda's opinion of the American Pickers show and had to have my say. First of all, anyone who buys antiques or collectibles for sale has to make a profit. They have experience, possibly education as well, and have the right to use that experience and education. Second, they are not ripping off old people, they are giving them money and taking away a piece of junk that is moldering in the yard or garage. These things will just rust away into nothing.

Did you ever stop to wonder what the "old person" paid for the object? How much profit did they make on an object that will otherwise just disappear in a mound of rust. Since I am one of the "old people" I feel I can speak clearly. Be assured I don't sell anything unless I want to, and be assured I don't sell it for less than I paid for it. Just because I am old dosn't mean I am stupid. In addition, did it ever occur to the naysayers that they have all that stuff laid out to be picked over and sold? We "old people" didn't get old by being dumb - have a little sympathy for the pickers. Doris, Ventura, CA
I love American Pickers. I read the letter from the person who felt old people were being taken advantage of. Most of the stuff they buy is rusty, been sitting outside or in an old shed or barn where animals can get into. I honestly am not sure how they can make a profit once they pay for overhead. A lot of their calls are from people who have contacted them. When I go to the mall and buy a new outfit do you know what kind of mark up they have? Sometimes clothing is marked up over 1,000 per cent. So they buy something and make a profit. Yes, the people are older. There are not a ton of people in their twenties with tons of junk and even if there were they might want to hold on to it, when you get in your 70's and 80's you realize your time is limited and your family might not want to deal with all your junk. Paulette
I had to respond to the critique in your most recent newsletter of the History Channel's "American Pickers" show. I have watched every episode so far and I think Mike and Frank are VERY FAIR in the amounts they pay for items. In one episode a couple of weeks back, a lady was quoting them extremely low prices for several items, and Mike and Frank said that was way too low and gave her thee and four times over her asking price. I really enjoy seeing how excited Mike and Frank get when they find rare items. I highly recommend the show to antique lovers. Debbie
I've watched only a couple of episodes of American Pickers, not too interesting to me because they look for things that are far removed from my interest in small glass and china items. I don't agree with people who feel that they are ripping off people from whom they buy. They visit people who have little or no venue for selling their stuff, ask them is they want to sell and ask them to set their price. The pickers hope to double their cost because they know buyers for these things. They put a lot of time and money into their search, and they provide the needed middle man because they have educated themselves about values and know outlets to sell what they buy. I never feel guilty when I buy something on ebay that I can sell higher because I've spent 20 years learning about my collecting and selling area. As one writer here some time ago said, it's different if it's the little old lady down the street who asks you about an estimate for something nice she has. If someone is putting things out to sell and you know more than they do because of your research, there is no shame in buying a bargain.
I, too was surprised by Lindas' take on the (relatively) new show American Pickers. She didn't even watch the whole show and she want's everyone to boycott it? That is kind of an over reaction, wouldn't you think?

I think the show if informative and entertaining. I don't think any of the "collectors" that I've seen looked or acted like they were being ripped off or taken advantage of. In fact, Mike and Frank go out of their way to let the owners show them around, share their stories before one word is mentioned about buying anything. How many people come by these places? I wonder when the last time the owners sold anything was? They are probably happy to make something on their stuff that has been sitting for so long.
I have a feeling you will be getting a lot of mail about the ‘pickers’ controversy. The feedback that I’ve read so far did two things for me. 1) As a picker of anything as a hobby, I’m now ‘chomping at the bit’ to watch the “American Pickers” show! 2) As another Linda, and seeing my name in print, I feel very sorry for the angst taken out against her. I too, agree that there are times when getting something for perceived junk is just that – it’s something rather than nothing. I just sold a 6 foot tall, 200 lb + lollypop scale to a friend buyer just to get it out of my deceased dad’s house. I can’t move it and even though it’s probably worth over $1000 on the retail antique market, our estate just got $250 real dollars… But take it easy in the emails! Linda is just being empathetic with those that have the great finds in their stashes of junk. Linda
I enjoy the newsletter very much. I read the newsletter 775 and what everyone is loosing sight of is this is a TV show made to entertain the public. I am 74 and dabble in the trading or selling or bartering of mostly antiques. We all have to make a profit. My mother and dad were antique dealers and they gave more sometimes than was wanted for the piece.
I live in Asheville, NC and the program is not in this area or I don't know where it is.
These Pickers would not go out and tie up their money if they didn't have an out let for them. I had a lady that wanted a certain pattern in carnival glass drinking glasses and I went out and found them.\so there was no gamble for me she told me what she would pay. Again this is just a TV program and it has to entertain the public. I probably will stir up a stink but this is the way I feel. I'll keep reading to find out what they say. Mike Asheville, NC -- PS. Thank you for letting me blow off steam to people {I seems} that have nothing better to do.
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
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at http://www.News-Antique.com
1. Showtime to conduct important auction event
April 9-11
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790715

2. Transferware Collectors Club (TCC)
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790714

3. New Inventory at Dinnerware Replacements
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790713

4. Dan Morphy's Feb. 26-27 mega-auction features
historical antiques/firearms, jewelry and toys
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790712

5. Historic Mickey Mantle Game Worn Jersey surfaces
as one of the hobby’s greatest modern finds
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790711

6. Stanley Gibbons' 399 Strand Stamp Shop
Undergoes Refurbishment in time for London 2010
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790706

7. Get best loupes purchase at ‘Loupedirect’!
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790694

8. A Tough, Difficult And Dire Economy In Antiques
Prompts Change
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790692

9. “Flash News” – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and
Collectibles Blog – Sometimes You Get It Right.
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790688

10. The February Auction from Grogan & Company
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790673

11. Rare Coins, Antiquarian Books, Photo Archives
& Ephemera from Jeffrey S. Evan
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790672

12. National Book Auctions presents Books and
Ephemera, including a Collection of Maurice Sendak
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790671

13. John Moran Auctioneers February 16, 2010,
California & American Fine Art Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790670

14. African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 - 1916
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790665

15. The Polaroid Collection at Sotheby’s
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790649
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday February 16, 2010 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Our great granddaughter was at her Gram's and due to living in the country and having animals etc. the rule is you do not go outside unless you have shoes on. She wanted to go out and Gram told her to go get a pair of shoes and when she came back with the shoes they were a pair that was to small but she insisted on wearing them. Gram pushed and squeezed and finally got the first shoe on and before she could try the other one Amelia is saying "Oh take it off, I can't breathe". She sure makes our life a joy and she is a true blessing. katie
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 M. Sanchez requested recipes for "Pecan Pie". We received the following...

Note that the original recipe requested is listed in TIAS newsletter # 539 which can be viewed in our archive here: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/cn/7189 in addition, we also received the following...

Dark Rum Pecan Pie

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
3 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 to 2 cups pecan halves
2 tablespoons good-quality rum
1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell, unbaked

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, eggs, pecans, and bourbon, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell, and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Carol Thomas --Cullman,AL
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.
Is there an actual recipe for making an "Orange Julius" at home. I think it contains egg white, orange juice, sugar and ice all blended together. They use to sell this drink at the mall, but I have not seen them in many years. Any ideas how to make one? Phil
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.
Auntie G's
Glad to meet you here at Auntie G's! We offer 'original owner' items acquired over time. Starting with Avon Glass Decanters and Salt and Pepper Shakers, we'll be be adding more items and hope you visit us often!

The Emerald Aisle
Welcome to my store! My inventory includes the finest antiques and rarest collectibles. 15 Years Experience. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover through Paypal, Money Orders and Checks. New inventory added frequently! Take a tour through our website, enjoy our green aisles.

Dakota Cupboards and Closets
We will be having items from antique, vintage, country, shabby chic and collectables. Visit us often as we will be having new items weekly.
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
3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to http://www.tias.com/affiliates/
4. 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)

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 ©1995-2010 TIAS.com Inc.

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