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The Collectors Newsletter #784 -- March 2010

The Collectors Newsletter #784 -- March 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 Pencil Collectors Society
People like to collect things - match books, twine, barbed wire - even pencils. Lester C. Taylor, a professor at Sterling College, Kansas, and several of his family members and friends were interested in writing instruments of all kinds. In 1955, Taylor started writing and distributing a newsletter called "The Pencil Collector". By 1958 the group had grown to 191 persons who became the charter members of the American Pencil Collectors Society. Today there are over 300 active members, including teenagers, retired people, and members from other countries.

For more information, click here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=808&listByKey=808&groupKey=1

Are you interested in collecting pens & pencils?? See: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Library_and_Office/Pens_and_Pencils/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
Joyce - your question is indeed an unusual one but I have an idea which may work for you. I'm a life long crafter and love to arrange cherished things in shadow boxes. First I would take the hair - MAKING SURE ONE END IS TIGHTLY WOUND WITH A RUBBER BAND OR SOMETHING SIMILAR. Then, GENTLY, rinse the hair in a gentle baby shampoo and then use a gentle conditioner. Allow it to dry thoroughly. Gently brush it making sure to hold it tightly. I would then put together a collection of small items belonging to or reminding you of, your mother. You could tie the hair with a ribbon or vintage hair ornament of some kind. Pin the hair in the shadow box along with a copy of the photo you mentioned of your mother before her hair was cut - along with the other things you put together. I love putting small, framed photos in shadow boxes and that would look great with your mother's picture in it - set into the shadow box. Then add bits of old lace, buttons, anything that fits the period. This is the only inexpensive way I can think of to display such an unusual piece of your family's history. I think a shadow box is a beautiful, most unusual way, to express your feelings about such a personal part of your mother. Don't forget to write the story of your mother's hair and attach it to the back of the frame in an envelope for future generations. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you - they have shadow boxes on sale nearly all the time and they have them in white and wood tones with a beautiful black velvet background. I hope this helps. I've made some gorgeous shadow boxes using unusual things - one of my favorites is a divided 6 section shadow box filled with vintage sewing implements - they belonged to seamstress who worked in the garment district in N.Y. in the 1940's. I made it for my mother's birthday one year. After she passed away, I got the box back and it hangs in my bedroom where it reminds me of my mother every day. Good luck with the memento of your mother. God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.

--Another Story--

I just wanted to mention, in response to RMS's observation that the "American Pickers" guys sometimes pay more than is asked for an item - please remember that they are on television and are being paid for appearing on the show. They can afford to be generous. They may not be so generous when the camera isn't running. (But I could be wrong). PAS

--Another Story--

An answer to Joyce who asked what to do with her mother's hair is have a wig made for a doll. I always wore my hair long when I was younger but during the summers would cut it and always saved what was cut. Years later my mother, who collected dolls, had a wig made for a doll which I now have along with what hair was left. Rolla

--Another Story--

I find your repeated story about the finger in the bottle interesting. Have you ever given it any thought that the finger might have been there for "evil" purposes? I remember years ago watching a program on TV about VooDoo practices on some island. It showed a person up in the mountains who had a collection of bottles with "items" in them (hair, toes, fingers, etc.) which were being used as the "point of contact" with whoever the items came from so that a spell could be put on them. I watched the show for only a short time as it became quite obvious that evil spirits were gathered there. It was truly scary and it didn't take me long to change channels. I can hear some skeptics saying .... "but this is the United States of America ...... we don't practice VooDoosim here" ....... are you sure about that? Jan in Iowa
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
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2. 25th Anniversary California Country Antiques Show
Adds Preview Party and Special Guest Helaine Fende
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3. Part 3 of the Moulton estate will be sold Sat., April 17th
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Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=791226

5. Knowles makes the HOT LIST of antiques and
collectibles for February 2010
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=791215
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...

Antique Carved Giltwood Chippendale Cartel Clock c.1760

US Glass Delaware Tankard Jug Green with Gold Gilt

Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 15,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday March 19, 2010 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS.com - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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.
One Sunday we took our 4 year old twin daughters to the Army Chapel. services. During the service small trays with small glasses of Communion grape juice were passed down the pews. The girls quickly picked up the tiny glasses and downed the grape juice. Another tray with the Communion wafers was passed and the girls each took a wafer and quickly ate them.. After church was out and we were walking to the car, one of the twins took me by the hand and said "Mommie that grape juice wasn't very good." At this, the other twin spoke up and said "the cookies weren't very good either." I enjoy TIAS so much and the delightful stories other readers send in. Sallie
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?
WANTED: Wanted: Greentown Glass
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 Larry requested a recipe for "the starter for friendship cake". We received the following...
Starter :
3/4 cup drained peach chunks
3/4 cup drained pineapple
6 maraschino cherries, halved
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast

1. Combine ingredients and place in a large glass jar with a loose cover at room temperature.
2. Stir several times the first day, once a day thereafter for 14 days. The starter will have fermented enough to start Friendship Cake Mix.

Friendship Cake Mix:
1 1/2 cups Starter
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (32-ounce) can sliced peaches with juice

1. Place into a gallon jar. Stir once a day for 10 days. Keep covered and at room temperature.

On 10th day add:
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (32-ounce) can chunk pineapple with juice

1. Stir once a day for 10 days.

On 20th day add:
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
1 (32-ounce) can fruit cocktail with juice

1. Stir once a day for 10 days.

On 30th day:

1. Drain juice from fruit. Divide juice into 5 or 6 jars of 1 1/2 cups juice each and give to friend(s).
2. Divide the fruit into 3 equal parts. You will have enough to make 3 cakes.

Friendship Cake Mix Recipe:
1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix (not pudding cake)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 (4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
1 cup chopped nuts
1/3 of the fruit (2 cups)

1. Combine with an electric mixer all ingredients and bake in greased and floured tube or Bundt pan at 350°F (175°C) for 50 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
2. Cool on wire rack in pan 15 minutes before removing.

Makes 12 to 15 servings (prepared cake). Gail

--Another Recipe--

Starter for friendship cake

Starter :
3/4 cup drained peach chunks
3/4 cup drained pineapple
6 maraschino cherries, halved
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
Combine ingredients and place in a large glass jar with a loose cover at room temperature.
Stir several times the first day, once a day thereafter for 14 days. The starter will have fermented enough to start Friendship Cake Mix.

P.S.Also in your last issue about the fruit cake recipe.
In last weeks recipe it required the addition of "Kresge Extra Fancy Mix" which does not appear to exist anymore.
The fancy mix is just the large container of the mixed candied fruits in your local market! Carol Thomas---Cullman,AL

--Another Recipe--

In the March #783 Newsletter Larry asked for a recipe for Fruit Starter.
Perhaps this is the one he is looking for. It's called Rumtopf, and very successful & delish!

What you need: A clean 1 or 2 gallon crock or container made of ceramic or glass
with cover.
Granulated sugar
Fresh fruits of your choice, even slightly damaged, trimmed carefully.
Light Rum - 60 proof
Strawberries - wash, dry, and cut large ones in half
Cherries - wash, dry and pit
Peaches & apricots - dip in boiling water 1 min.Peel off skin, halve, pit and slice
Melons - halve, seed and cut into cubes, balls or thin slices
Raspberries - sort carefully, don't wash
Plums - wash, dry and slice. Peel if you wish
Pineapple - pare and cut into pieces
Blueberries - (will darken the mixture) wash fruit

Mix equal amounts of fruit and sugar in a large bowl. Let stand 1 hour, then transfer to
crock.------Pour in rum to cover fruit 1/2 inch. ------Keep fruit submerged by inverting a
small plate or saucer and placing over the fruit. Use a small can as a weight, if necessary.
Fruit must be completely covered with liquid - roughly half of the liquid should be rum.
Cover crock with plastic wrap, then put cover on crock. -----Allow mixture to stand at room temperature (not above 70 degrees). ----Fruit, sugar and rum can be added in small quantities as fruits become 'in season'. Do Not Stir ! ----Mixture will take at least two to three months to mature after you have added the last fruit. Stir before using.

Ladle over ice cream, pound cake, pudding or cheese spread. Make a rice pudding, stirring some Rumtopf into it before baking. It transforms an ordinary dessert into something super. A good topping for meats and fowl. Give some in small pretty containers to special friends at Christmas. Dot in Memphis

Here is a different slant on this "preserve".

Friendship Fruit Starter

2 cups peeled and sectioned oranges 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
2 cups pared and chopped fresh pears 2 cups peeled & chopped fresh peaches
2 cups maraschino cherries, quartered or halved - grapes, as well.
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 1/2 packed brown sugar
6 in. stick cinnamon, broken up 1 pint Apricot Brandy

In a large bowl, crock or jar, combine fruits and sugars. Let stand 3 hours, stirring once or twice.
Tie cinnamon in cheesecloth bag; add fruit along with brandy. Cover loosely or pour into a jar and cover loosely. Let stand at least one week, stirring once a day. Makes 12 cups.

To keep 'starter' going: add 1 cup sugar and 2 cups chopped fruit to replace every 2 cups of fruit and syrup removed for servings. If only fruit is used, and you begin to get too much syrup, try this: add 2 cups fruit and no sugar. If the brandy mixture will not be used for some time, refrigerate it. Remove and let stand at room temperature to reactivate fermentation.

Hope you enjoy both recipes.....Dot in Memphis.
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
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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.
Do you have a recipe for cooking the green part of the sunflower (minus the seeds) just the heart part? Is it healthy to eat? Heard it was recently mentioned on TV!
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.
Bullseye Collectibles and Antiques
Bullseye Collectibles and Antiques welcomes you to our store. We appreciate your business and look forward to years of quality customer service. We have been in business for 18 years and offer a variety of merchandise. Check back often!

Autographs and More
Our autographs range from history to silent films with current entertainers and sports figures included. True authenticity can only be guaranteed if obtained in person, we will always stand behind any sale. Purchase with confidence. Inventory Changes Frequently - Visit Often!

Mooncat Antiques
Specializing in postcards, vintage toys and the simply must have items!

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!
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:
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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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