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The Collectors Newsletter #800 -- May 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #800 -- May 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.
Antique Comb Collectors Club International
The Antique Comb Collectors Club International was founded in 1985, when three like minded ladies from different regions of the country started with a newsletter. The Antique Comb Collector, that was sent to other collectors of fancy hair combs and ornaments. In January of 1993, the group of newsletter subscribers finally met in person in Tarpon Springs, Florida and officially organized into a club, electing officers and planning their next meeting. Since then membership has more than doubled and members are now located in the US, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
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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
In response to Jerry's new idea for discussion on auctioneer's bidding at their own auctions. I have no problem with that, as long as it's out in the open & not "under the table." What I do have a problem with, is when they go in & buy or take things ahead of time. In our little town, we had a very old little lady who had tons of old treasures in her house. The rumor around town was that people from the auctioneer company were hired to clean everything, and many things never made it to the auction. And I do have a problem with auctioneers taking bids out of the "air" to bid something up. I love the excitement of an auction, but my husband has been burned a lot at farm auctions & doesn't like to go much anymore. As always, we have can find the good and bad in any business. Thanks for letting me give my opinion. Jan from Minnesota
There is a local auctioneer who will give his own starting bid sometimes, usually because it is a box that contains items that are so common and mundane that interest in the box is quite low. And the auctioneer ends of with the box for $5. Maybe there is something in the box hidden down underneath the auctioneer wants, and thus he has it at a very low price. Otherwise, he has spent $5 of his profit for a box that has an undetermined value. Maybe he can sell it in a future auction. Attendees to the auction can only guess.
Family members bid on items. If they have an interest in an item, they could strike a deal with the person who owns the items. And if the seller agrees on a price, then it should be taken away before the auction. Sometimes the dealer may not want to sell if he cannot get the price he asks, then it should be included in the auction. In that case the seller may or may not come out ahead.
Bidding during the auction would be more fair to those attending the auction than the items being bought BEFORE they even made it to the auction. To maintain a good public image for the business, not bidding at all would be the best. How does anyone attending the auction know whether he is bidding to drive the price up, which has been done, but sometimes the auctioneer is the top bidder and ends up with the item whether he wants it or not. Sometimes the bidding is ended abruptly, which leads me to believe that the bid is being awarded to some special person that the auctioneer wants to have it, rather than let the bidding continue, which is not fair to the attendees nor the seller.
Some states have laws regarding auctions, I believe. The public may not be aware of the laws or the laws just may be ignored by the auctioneer, and he gets away with his bidding because no one does anything about it. It does not speak well of the auctioneer to create any doubt to good moral business practices. Maybe they get so much business that he knows it will not affect how many auctions he will hold in the future. Maybe he just doesn't feel that it makes any difference to anyone. If people keep attending the auctions and people keep using him to perform the auctions, then the same practices will continue unless someone reports the business. In smaller towns where everyone knows everyone (almost) then no one wants to be the one to speak out and they just look the other way, which in effect allows the auctioneer to continue with the same behavior.
In response to Jerry's question about whether it is ethical for auctioneers to bid on the things they are auctioneering. My son in law is an auctioneer. Before his auction starts he declares all things. He lets everyone know that all of his employees and he himself have the option to bid on items. They like nice things too. They don't have the option to buy things from the seller before the auction because THAT would be unethical. If a person doesn't like this then he/she is welcome to leave. (This has also happened). Now this is not shill bidding where a crooked auctioneer uses his employees to up the bid on items. We have also had this happen to us at an auction. Most auctioneers are honest, but a few are not. Barb
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3) Antique News
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1. P. Mallard bed fetches $40,320 at Stevens
2. Udderlygoodstuff is RE-Opened!
3. ARTNET AUCTIONS LAUNCHES MODERN AND
4. Abraham Lincoln AMAZING RARE SIGNED
5. Spring Auction Of Fine Art & Antiques from
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
6. Antique Furniture & Decorative Art from Quinn's
7. Multi-Estate Auction from Harlowe-Powell Auction
8. Antiques & Accessories At Auction from Eldred's
9. Fine Art And Sculpture from Nye & Company
10. The Labow/Seacat Paperweight Collection from
11. Coins & Jewelry Auction from Harlowe-Powell
12. 2010 Spring Book & Ephemera Auction from
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
13. Fine & Rare Books And Maps from Quinn's
14. Single Owner Pottery Auction from Alderfer
Auction & Appraisal
15. The Craig Collection Of Fine Prints from Quinn's
16. Leland Little Auction Presents: May 15, 2010 -
Estate Treasures Auction - 3:00 PM
17. Vase from the late 1900's with art nouveau design
and applied artistic flowers and forms
18. Star Wars Actor Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker )
To Attend Steel City Con
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4) Your Classifieds...
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I was writing down my grandson's "McDonald's order" so I was sure to get it correct. To clarify, I asked him "You just want pickle and cheese, right?" To which my grandson replied "I want hamburger too." :-) I always enjoy the newsletter, keep up the great work! Teri
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 Daphne requested a recipe for "Belgian Pie". We received the following...
My friend is a big fan of anything that is made with apples. The recent
recipe for apple crisp caught my eye and I immediately wrote it down and
went home and tried it. My friend loved it and I will definitely try it
again. Thanks. Keep up the good work.
Hi...I found this on the internet this evening for Daphne...Belgian Pie. Looks intriguing...think I'll make it too! Charlotte from Temecula, CA
With a yeast-raised crust and fruit filling, Belgian Pie is as much a coffeecake as it is a dessert, writes Terese Allen in "Wisconsin Food Festivals" (Amherst Press, 1995), which includes this recipe. Belgian Pie is a must-try at Belgian Days in the town of Brussels, Allen says.
Makes 3 standard or 2 deep-dish pies
4 eggs, separated into whites and yolks
cup plus 2/3 cup plus cup sugar (divided)
6 tablespoons ( 1/4 stick) butter, melted
2 packages ( 1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds pitted prunes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (divided)
Pinch of salt
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 whole egg
To make crust: In large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Beat in egg yolks, then cup sugar and the melted butter.
In small bowl, dissolve yeast in cup warm water; stir into egg mixture. Sift flour with the teaspoon salt; stir into egg mixture. Turn dough onto floured surface; knead gently until no longer sticky, 1 minute or less. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make filling and topping: In saucepan, simmer prunes in water 4 minutes; drain. Coarsely puree prunes with 2/3 cup sugar, lemon juice, teaspoon cinnamon and pinch of salt. Set aside to cool.
In separate bowl, whisk ricotta, remaining cup sugar, the egg and remaining 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon until smooth.
To bake pies: Grease 3 standard eight-inch, or 2 nine-inch deep-dish pie pans. Punch down dough, divide into 3 balls and place one in each pie pan. Cover and let rise 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pat dough in each pan to cover bottom and sides, with small edge around rim. Let rise 5 minutes. Spread prune filling in crusts, dividing evenly. Add ricotta topping to center of filling, dividing evenly and spreading to within 1 or 2 inches of the edge. Bake in preheated oven until crusts are lightly browned and topping is set, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool and serve.
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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.
My grandmother made her own yogurt and it was wonderful. How do you make homemade yogurt? Jen
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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