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The Collectors Newsletter #835 -- October 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #835 -- October 2010
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2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Campbell Soup Collector Club
JOIN OUR "SOUPER" CLUB TODAY!
Calling all Campbell Soup Memorabilia Collectors! Become a member today and plan to attend our next convention.
The Executive Board of CCI, Ltd. invite seasoned and new collectors of Campbell memorabilia to join today! Our goals are to promote fellowship, encourage interest in collecting Campbell Soup memorabilia and to preserve its collectibility. We are a "souper" group of collectors who love those famous Kids.
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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
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Our next survey question
1. Many collecting clubs are finding it difficult to get young collectors to join them. What would you suggest to these clubs to attract new collectors?
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and we'll post your suggestions in the next newsletter.
--More Survey Replies--
The Last Survey Question Was...
1. Over the past 5 years you've noticed when buying antiques & collectibles that there are....
Here are some of the answers we received...
a) Garage sale items, not worth much being sold as antiques when they are from the 1980's Same with Flea market prices. Sometimes it is unreal what people think their junk is worth!
b) Newer items being sold as "antiques" retro items are not antiques, I like retro but it isn't antique
c) Less interest in collecting. Prices over-all have dropped drastically.
d) I am seeing less antiques and collectables, and more junk, at higher prices
e) More junk being passed off as antique. Actually, more items are truly collectibles rather than antique. Ugly items - not art - just ugly.
f) Lots of things I got rid of & should have kept. Could it be I am getting older?
g) Am surprised that many families are parting with their heirlooms, seems the younger generation is not interested in non-electronic items.
h) I don't think it is as simple as above. Certainly there isn't as much early quality items available BUT I have noticed that there is a lot of mid-century furniture and china etc as people of a certain age are down sizing and their children/ grandchildren don't have as much room or interest--they are collecting their OWN things.
On the other hand, a number of people watch the TV shows such as Antique Roadshow and are convinced they have the high ticket treasures too. It is difficult to tell them gently that they usually have very ordinary things.
i) Dealers and Thrift Stores selling on Ebay leaving the garbage on the store shelves with ridiculously high prices, nearly equivalent to buying the items new.
j) I collect old Fenton glass and am finding it harder to get pieces. Some are very highly priced. and are not always the older pieces.Knockoffs are out there and one must be very careful.
I collect small blue glass things. Mostly cobalt vases, containers, etc. I love yard sales but really don't need more "stuff", so I can get some small blue things inexpensively to add to my 130 piece collection and they don't take up much room. Of course, my main reason for collecting them is that they are beautiful!!!
I think one of the most interesting and surprising flea market finds (in Sumpter, Oregon) was a large paper covered tin/metal biscuit box which
had my name on it! My maiden name was Huntley, and my first name is Marie. It said Huntley Palmer Biscuits (in a large circle) with
MARIE emblazoned across it. I was shocked and told the dealer he had to sell it to me! I didn't want to pay $38 for it, so the dealer settled on the $19 I had to spend. It sits on the fireplace hearth. Photo attached. Marie - Boise, ID (Editors Note - You can view a photo of this item on our facebook page here:
After we retired, my husband and I sold our house and belongings and moved into a small apartment. Our apartment needed some decoration. At the local Good Will, I was intrigued with the many stemmed glasses---wine stems, water goblets, fluted glasses, etc. I started to collect the stemware in various colors, sizes, and shapes. My colors of choice are blues, greens, ambers, and clears. I have arranged them on my white brick mantle where they repeat the colors of pillows, sofa, and chairs in the room. I have also put cobalt blue stems in my bathroom where they hold earrings along the rims and bracelets inside. The larger ones hold clean washcloths. Visitors always comment on my unusual collection. I have very little money invested in these pieces, but the impact is lovely and unusual. They require no polishing--just a quick rinse and dry occasionally to keep them sparkling.
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
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Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. Big Internet and catalog auction online now
2. October 23, 2010 - On-Site Estate Auction -
3. Luxury Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Mere Golf
& Country Club, Cheshire, England
4. New Luxury Antiques Weekend in South
5. Get your hands on the sparkling collection of
antique vintage rings outlined by vintageyard.com!
6. Huge on-site auction slated for Oct. 24 in
7. Who will dare’ to buy the rarest movie poster
in the world?
8. First Model Henry Rifle Expected to Bring
Fireworks in Cowan’s Fall Firearms and Militaria
9. Dixie Selden is Top Lot in Cowan's American
10. Pop Icon Prince This Week at
11. Review of Philip Mould’s ‘Art Detective’ –
12. Portraits as Art Market Currency Pt. 6 –
13. Portraits as Art Market Currency Pt. 5 –
14. Portraits as Art Market Currency Pt. 4 –
15. Historical artifacts, photos from Byrd's
Antarctic expedition at Old Town Auctions,
16. Guide to Architectural Antiques Companies
17. BOOK COLLECTION AND COIN
COLLECTION TO HIGHLIGHT GROGAN'S
18. Some antiques and collectibles merchants
are using "market timing" when opening
19. William H. Bunch to auction Disneyana
collection of "the Disney tattoo guy," Nov. 15
20. Morphy's presents David & Marcia Hirsch
antique advertising collection in Nov. 19-20
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
4) Your Classifieds...
Vintage Paper Items Postcards Photos Victorian Scrap
Jewels And My Girls
Latest Trinkets and Treasures
Jewelry For Sale at Petticoat Lane Collectibles
Murano Glass Chandeliers and Glass figurines
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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Wednesday October 20, 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.
The story about the exploding eggs reminded me of my sister's experience with cooking an artichoke. She put it in a pan and covered it with water, and put it on her electric stove to cook. While she was waiting for it to get done, a friend dropped in. The two them each grabbed a beer and went out on the patio to chat. Naturally, the artichoke was completely forgotten! When her friend bade her good-bye, sis wandered back into the house to find the kitchen full of smoke! Her artichoke not only had boiled dry, it was charcoal clear through! The pan had melted and left a puddle of metal on the stove under the burner, it got so hot! It truly is a wonder the house didn't burn completely down; what's even stranger is that the smoke alarm didn't even go off! (She bought a new one after that!) She still has both the pan and the charcoal artichoke, just because the whole experience was so remarkable! She even kept the puddle of metal! Thanks for a great venue. I love reading about everyone's experiences. Carol
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: Vintage Medical and dental Items. Especially quackery.
WANTED: Gerardo Lopez Flatware --Vintage Taxco
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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 I quested a recipe for "Melopita" we received the following...
Honey Pie - Melopita
For the Filling:
1 lb. soft Myzithra or Ricotta cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup honey
zest of one lemon, grated
3 tbsp. flour
1/4 cup sugar
Ground cinnamon and more honey for serving
For the crust: (You can also substitute a prepared pie shell)
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. brandy or cognac
2 tbsp. ice water
8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in to 1/4 inch pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
To make crust in Food Processor: Add flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl. Pulse a few times to mix. Add chilled butter pieces and process until crumbly, like wet sand. Add egg yolk, vanilla, brandy, and 1 tbsp. ice water. Process until dough pulls together and forms a ball away from the sides. Add an additional tbsp. of water if it seems too dry. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and flatten dough in to a round disk. Chill dough while you prepare the filling.
To make the crust by hand: In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, and salt. Mix to combine. Add the butter pieces and using two forks or a pastry blender, cut the butter in to the flour. (You can also use your hands for this.) The mixture should resemble coarse sand when the butter is incorporated fully. Add egg yolk, vanilla, brandy, and water and mix to incorporate, kneading dough into a smooth ball. Flatten in to a round disk and chill while mixing the filling.
Make the Filling: To a medium sized bowl add Myzithra or Ricotta cheese, eggs, honey, lemon zest, flour, and sugar. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
Using a rolling pin, roll out your dough to the approximate size of your baking pan. I use a 10-inch tart circle with a removable bottom. You can substitute a spring form pan, a round cake pan, or even a pie dish.
Lightly grease the pan's bottom and sides. Your dough should be large enough to push up the sides of your pan. The easiest way to transfer the dough from the counter to the pan is to roll it back on to your rolling pin and then unroll it over the pan.
Press the dough in to the sides and bottom of the pan. Add filling and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the filling sets (it won't jiggle in the center) and it begins to turn a golden brown color. Baking times will vary according to the size you choose to make. For a 10-inch tart, it should take around 40 minutes. A deeper, 9-inch pie plate could take up to 50 minutes. Be sure to monitor your pie after 35 minutes of baking time.
Serve on a plate drizzled with honey and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
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.
In the mid-late 60's I was attending public schools in the Dallas area. One day a week we would have burgers that we called "green burgers". It had the consistency of a sloppy joe but with a green tint. Would love to know the real ingredients and how they were made. Surprisingly I still get hungry for them. Thanks, Delsya in Temple,Texas
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.
KatSharpe Antiques, Collectibles, & Fine Vintage Items
Check out our collection of sports cards, books, china, glass, china, furniture, and other antiques and vintage items.
We sell deco china: Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Rhead, Poole, Sylvac, Carltonware, Deco Carltonware, Maling, Glass, Radford, Falcon Ware, Chintz, Crown Ducal, Royal Doulton deco, Royal Albert, Royal Winton, Torquay, some vintage calculators, radios and perfume bottles.
Vonhoffs Gallery is an antique and collectible web site, known for the unique, and unusual. World wide traveling has offered great opportunities to obtain rare items. Unpacking the brick & mortar store will offer many surprises for all.
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My inventory includes dinnerware, china, crystal, glassware, flatware, stainless, antique, vintage, old and new. I guarantee your satisfaction with a 7-day money back return policy and accept Visa and MasterCard through PayPal.
We are an antique, vintage and collectible store with affordable prices. We specialize in Salt and Pepper Shakers, but have other great finds too including wall pockets, advertising items and much more as our inventory changes often.
12) Helpful Resources:
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