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The Collectors Newsletter #805 -- June 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #805 -- June 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 Wireless Association
One of the world's largest and oldest historical radio collector organizations; purpose is to document and preserve the history of radio, telegraph and television artifacts; annual convention in Aug. in Rochester, NY.
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Are you interested in vintage radios? See:
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
Here's my two cents about the TV shows on which folks are commenting. First of all I enjoy watching them. They offer both entertainment and education. My thoughts are relatively simple. It is business - some people buy, others sell. Both sides want to make money. That's the name of the game - neither side is a charity. All of the persons involved in the transactions are adults and for the most part mentally competent. I have seen no coercion on the part of the buyers towards the would be sellers. Regardless of the prices you see quoted on the Antiques Road Show, or Pickers or Pawn Stars any item is only worth what someone is willing to pay you for it. It is up to the owner accept an offer or not, depending how dear an item is to the seller. The buyers have no guarantee of how long they will have their money tied up in an item or how much they will be able to sell it for in the end.
In reference to Pawn Stars many people hear the experts tell them exactly the value of an item. The pawn shop has to hold it at least 30 days, in case it happens to be stolen the police have a chance to locate it. In which case the pawn shop loses all monies they have invested. The shop has to make a profit; therefore, they are never going to pay retail price for anything. Sellers always have the option of advertising privately in the newspaper or online or selling through a private auctioneer if they believe they can do better. And sometimes they do.
Based on some of the comments here, I imagine many people believe must believe that major auction houses are a rip off as well. They are receiving commissions from buyer and seller, plus many various fees for advertising, cataloging, photos, reserve fees, etc. Many earn their fees, some don't. But no one is forced to use them. Read the contract first and be sure you know all the expenses you will be responsible to pay. Negotiate a contract that you want - don't just accept theirs if it is to your detriment - or go to a different auction house.
The choice is always the seller's - to sell or not to sell and to whom or by whom.
Commerce is not another government funded entitlement program (at least not all of it is yet). People need to accept responsibility for their own actions. Do your own research first or suffer the consequences. Regards, Deniece
Kathy Adams from Indiana said she believes the Pawn Star TV show rips people off. I disagree. I think they are much more generous then most pawn shops. It is the nature of these type of businesses to give very little for items they take in due to having to hold on to items for a very long time before they can sell it and recoup their investment. And I think most people bringing in an item to a pawn shop realize that. For most folks it is just a way to pick up some quick cash when they need it most and are in a hurry to get it. I believe if people wanted more for their items they would take the time to research value and sell it themselves either at auction or directly to a collector. The fact that they are bringing it to a pawn shop just demonstrates the fact that they choose not to deal with the time and trouble involved with a do it yourself sale and they just want to get rid of stuff in a hurry for whatever reason. Customers have a choice to accept what is offered or to walk away (And many do). Pawn Stars at least try to have items appraised to educate both themselves and the customer as to actual values. Then they make an offer based on what it will cost them to hold on to an item for as long as it takes to resell it, and also based on what it will cost to repair and refurbish an item.
Loved the story DJ in BG told about her early computer memories in newsletter 799. I got a second hand computer from a friend many years ago. Not much on it except wordperfect and a few games. I was helping out at my children's school and a woman overheard me saying something about computers. She had just purchased a top of the line computer with all the latest programs and asked me if I knew something about the new Windows program. I said I was sorry but I didn't do windows! We both had a good laugh about that double meaning. B. McNamara
WE NEED YOUR STORY ABOUT COLLECTING. DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO PHIL@TIAS.COM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. San Rafael Auction June 5th Frank Lloyd
2. Great Lakes Estate Sale - June 4-6 2010
3. Lafayette, Rinkya is here!
4. Reggie Jackson Ultimate Competitor This
Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
5. Dinnerware Replacements Newly Listed
Sterling Silver Pieces
6. Women’s Basketball HOF Induction Weekend
& Autograph Auction June 11-12 Knoxville, TN
7. The estate of Carl Gillespie to be sold June
12 in Miss.
8. Brian and Kim Ward are auctioning everything
9. Dr. McIntyre estate will be sold June 12 by
10. Exceptional Diamonds Offered at Gray's
Fine Jewelry Auction, June 3, 2010, 1pm.
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
YES! you can put the latest DAILY news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site.
It's easy to do. Go to:
to get the code.
4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
Authentic Twilight - New Moon - Eclipse Signed Photos
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists
Limoges Tankard Artist Scotty
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 to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday June 1, 2010 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
My daughter is newly expecting her first child. Her 10 year old stepson is ecstatic and can hardly wait. While touring their new, almost-completed home, he saw that his bathroom was between his bedroom and the baby's room. He told her that this was where he would give the baby its bath, and then turned to her and said "Do I use cold water?" My daughter had difficulty controlling her laughter while she explained the need for warm water, but tested so it's not too hot!
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?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: George C. Scott movie
WANTED: Wanted: Ceramic Arts Studio
WANTED: Ceramic Arts Studio Accordion Boy and Bass Viol Boy
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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
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 Cyril requested a recipe for "Earthquake cake". We received the following...
1 ˝ cups pecans, chopped
3 oz. flaked coconut (about 1 cup)
1 German chocolate cake mix and:
1 1/3 cup water
˝ cup vegetable oil
1 stick (˝ cup) margarine, melted
8 oz. cream cheese
1 box confectioners sugar (1 lb)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 13x9 pan.
Sprinkle pecans in bottom of pan.
Sprinkle coconut over pecans.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions using the water, oil, and eggs. Pour batter over pecans and coconut.
Melt margarine and cream cheese together; add powdered sugar; mix well and pour over cake batter.
Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool before cutting into squares. -- Linda in Nashville
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup coconut
2 cups miniature chocolate chips
1. Sprinkle this mixture in the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
1 (18.25-ounce) package devil's food cake mix
1. Prepare according to package directions.
2. Pour batter over bottom layer in the pan.
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 stick butter or margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
1. Melt together cream cheese and butter in the microwave until the butter is melted.
2. Mix in 2 cups powdered sugar. Mix well and pour over the cake batter.
3. Take a butter knife and cut in lines, do not mix together. Bake for 50 minutes.
This may be what you are looking for. Dee S. Westminster MD
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.
Does anyone have a quick easy recipe for Tiramisu? I know there are some good shortcut versions. Sal
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.
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.
David's Collectibles and Antiques
Welcome to our store! We carry a wide range of antiques and collectibles, as well as collectible kitchenware.
We just hung our flag, making the iced tea on the porch & the potatoes are on a boil for the potato salad. Have a GREAT and SAFE Memorial Day weekend. Mooncat Antiques - Specializing in the lovely must have items.
Good O' Days
In my store you you may find a mixture of items from Sterling Silver, Early Porcelains, figurines, perfume bottle, vintage jewelry, dolls, crystal and glass, and many other antique/vintage items.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
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:
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
3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to
4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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