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The Collectors Newsletter #794 -- April 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #794 -- April 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 Yo-Yo Association
Association for yo-yo players and collectors; source for information and two publications: 'AYYA News' (twice yearly) and 'The Yo-Yo Times' (quarterly); Mr. Stangle is also a professional yo-yo entertainer!
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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
I have a box of pictures, and other memorabilia that I would like to return to family members. The name Pluma Walker is on some of the material and it appears the material belonged to her. I obtained it in Anchorage, Alaska. It seems to have originated in Crystal Michigan and maybe Alma Michigan. I would like to find Pluma Walker or her family so I could return these items to them if they are interested and give me additional identifying information. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I do have a full time job, but I find it more enjoyable to work part time in buying and selling collectibles. I have read the stories of the dealers, who are honest and some that are not. My perception of dealers is not a good one, I have to admit. Considering the fact that I AM one as well in a small area, I have made much more than my rent on most months and not much on other months. The thing is that I do not have sell all the time in order to eat, pay the mortgage or pay the bills. I do it strictly for fun! I personally do not attend yard sales, because I am one who does not believe in taking advantage of the individual who does not know the value of the item that they are trying to sell. I guess the saying is still true "knowledge is power" and it can be profitable. I purchase ALL of my items at auctions, this way, my knowledge and my wallet are constantly tested. There have been some times where I have made mistakes on purchases, but I have learned from them.
There are times that I have purchased an item at a minimal price and sold it for a nice profit. I have attended auctions where there are those individuals who use their phones with internet access, who are constantly looking up the items for sale on eBay. Is this fair, is this an advantage over the person who does not have access? It is a matter of opinion. These are the individuals that are usually bid up (not by me, though) because people see them using their little devices. I also sell at a wonderful flea market (in Pennsylvania) and I know who the dealers are. I cannot tell you how many times individuals pick up my more expensive items and when I tell them the price, they immediately place them back down or they tell me "oh, I buy to resell". I respond to them by saying "what a coincidence, so do I". This generally makes them mad (because they really want that particular item). For example, I have a beautiful sterling silver with mother of pearl inlay parasol handle, probably from the early 1900's. I must have 30 people pick this up each time I attend the market. I tell them the price and they place it back down. My price is very reasonable for this item and I know the value of it. It is priced a little less for what the dealer would ask. Instead of making $20.00 or $30.00, they need to make $100.00. There is nothing wrong with $20.00 profit. Again, knowledge is power! My advice...do your research and offer a very good price. Turnover is very important and you will have repeat customers. There is no need to become greedy.
I have also been told when I inform these individuals of my prices at the market..."do you know where you are"? "Whoa, that's way too high" (on a $5.00 item that I know is worth $10.00-$15.00). As for the dealers, they will come and go due to their greed. I have seen many dealers that price their items way too high, when I know they purchased them at a very low price. These are the one's that are not making their $175.00+ monthly rent and subsequently move out (sending their unpurchased items to auction anyway). I know, because I have seen the dealer labels on some of the items that I have purchased.
As for the new reality shows such as American Pickers or Pawn Stars...I do watch these shows, by the way, for the education. I see where they ask certain questions, such as "what can YOU tell me about this item? This is the potential buyer attempting to learn what the seller knows. If they are knowledgeable regarding the item, it usually does not get purchased (not all the time, but most of the time) because the profit would be less. I watched American Pickers one time and I could not believe it. The bearded man (can't remember his name) once offered $10.00 for several old oil cans and one happened to be a Rolls Royce can with a paper label. He had it HIDDEN under the other two cans. The person accepted the offer, not knowing what the value of this item was. To me, his actions were fueled by greed. It also amazes me that they say that they are making a small profit (picked for $50.00, valued $200.00), but they need to pay their expenses, such as themselves, the female that makes the calls and cleans the items, drive from state to state in their MERCEDES van, food, shelter, gas, just to name a few. I think that they are making so much more than what is indicated. Again, knowledge is power and can be very profitable.
Thanks for letting me voice my opinion and keep collecting! Jeff
Several years ago I was at Schupp's Grove, an outdoor antique fleamarket in Pennsylvania. There was a nondescript wooden baseball bat at one stand. The seller gave me a fair price and I purchased the bat. Then I told him I wanted the bat for my son to play baseball, he became quite upset. After that experience I've never mention to sellers what I plan to do with purchases. Dave, Pa
Hello, Thanks for all of the wonderful stories that are shared for all to enjoy. I always look forward to what "exciting" stories will be told. We just purchased an old Inn in Vermont,currently not running and upon entering it there are so many fun hiding places and unexplored locked doors that I can wait to get open. So far I have found some really neat old beds and lots of old little things. I look forward to a follow up story as it unfolds. It is really exciting to experience that same feeling you get from hearing a similar story from someone else and cant wait to see how Our story will be told. Thanks for letting all of us share something we think is fun and exciting with others to enjoy.....Tim in Vt.
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3) Antique News
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Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. Join an Antique Shoppers’ Spree at the Northern
Virginia Antiques Show
2. Kaminski Hosts April Auction On Site at Wellesley Estate
3. Mastery of Pueblo Pottery This Week at
4. Collectorpro Software Announces New Service:
5. Yogi Berra ’56 World Series uniform sells for $564,930
in Grey Flannel’s $2.1M Summer Games Auction
6. Dan Morphy Auctions' Apr. 27 Specialty Firearms
debut features 274 lots of guns, militaria
7. iCollector.com Presents Country Store, Collectable
& Advertising Auction
8. Cowan’s Firearms & Historic Militaria Auction Offering
500 U.S. Cavalry Items from Major Collections
9. Word from God brings treasure trove of Americana
10. Limoges Coronet
11. Improved design, new free services and videos
12. Vintage Yard, Always The People’s Choice
13. Keno Auctions presents Inaugural Sale on Artfact
14. War Between The States
15. Toronto Antiques on King helps bring Koffler Art
Exhibition to Life
16. A rare autographed Civil War cdv photograph of
Union General George F. Shepley
17. THE 49TH EDITION OF THE BURTON OHIO
ANTIQUES MARKET OPENS ON JUNE 12TH
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
18. John Moran Auctioneers presents Antiques, Fine
Jewelry & Decorative Art on Artfact Live!
19. Antiques, Collectible & Doll Auction from Cottone
20. Antique & Estate Auction from Constantine &
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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Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
Antique Carved Giltwood Chippendale Cartel Clock c.1760
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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.
When my parents passed away, my daughter and her husband and family moved into the family home. Many items were left in the house and I was quite surprised the other day when my five-year-old granddaughter pulled me into her bedroom to see her "new quilt." It was the family Flower Garden quilt all spread out over her bed. "Hannah, " I exclaimed with a rush of recognition, "that's your greatgrandma's Flower Garden quilt." Hannah leaned over to peer at the pretty colors then whipped back the quilt to look at the sheets. Perplexed she looked at me and said, "Where's the dirt?"
This is the same granddaughter that spent several minutes constructing a sign for her bedroom door. One side of the side sign said "Open, I'm in the mood." The other side said "Closed, I'm not in the mood." I was laughing but rather shocked when I asked her what she meant by in the mood. She responded rather matter-of-factly, "Oh, you know, like mom says when I am bothering my dad. He's NOT in the mood. Well, I'm not in the mood." Nita
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?
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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 Joanne requested a recipe for "potato rolls from Bings Bakery in Newark Delaware". We received the following...
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup water
1 cup mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk, shortening and water to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add mashed potatoes and eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch down. Divide in half. With greased hands, shape each portion into 12 balls. Roll each ball into an 8-in. rope; tie into a knot. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; tuck ends under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks....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:
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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.
Hello, My father always baked our lobsters. This was the New Jersey way. We never boiled lobsters. I remember him baking them whole but split on a rack in the oven. I don't know the temperature or time length. I believe the broiler was turned on for the last few minutes to brown the split tail with butter. Has anyone else baked a lobster like this? For 60 years this is how my family had lobsters on the Jersey shore. I never asked my dad exactly how he did the lobsters. I just devoured them! I am hoping someone else eats lobsters like this and can supply the recipe. Many thanks. Stephanie
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.
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Retro Vintage Discount
The majority of our items are Holt Howard, Lefton, Davar, Norcrest and many other items out of Japan! We will soon be carrying Pyrex and other Kitchen Collectibles.
Vintage, Antique and Eclectic Collectibles. A wide variety of lovely items. New items added often.
A store dealing in fine culinary and household antiques including many items dating back to the 1800's.
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!
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12) Helpful Resources:
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