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The Collectors Newsletter #852 -- April 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #852 -- April 2011
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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
2. This Week's Survey
3. Stories From our readers
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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2. This Week's Survey
Every week we post a new survey question and the results from the previous week's survey. Survey questions are about anything related to antiques & collectibles. If you have a suggestion for a survey question, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might use it in the next newsletter.
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This weeks survey question is ....
"While visiting a U.S. civil war battlefield with friends, you find yourself wanting to take a group photo, but there is no place to prop your digital camera. There are some large stones in the area and you decide to stack a few of them up to make a primitive tripod for your camera. You and a friend lift up a rock to move it into position and under the rock you find a gold chain with a small gold locket attached. The gold locket is in remarkably good condition with three initials on the outside and within the locket is a tintype photograph of a woman's face. The tintype dates the photo to roughly the same period as the battlefield. What do you do now?"
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We'll tabulate the results and publish them in next week's newsletter.
Last Week's Survey Question Was....
"Your uncle is a bit quirky. When his English Sheepdog (Rusty) died, he had the animal stuffed and has kept him sitting in the living room of his home for the past 20 years. Your uncle has told you on many occasions that you will inherit Rusty one day, because you are the only person in the family that appreciates the dog and he does not want him thrown out with the trash. Your spouse has made it clear that "That stuffed creature" is not coming in the house. What do you do?"
24.2% - said "Honor your uncles wish and keep the dog"
14.3% - said "Tell your uncle that you can't accept the dog."
61.5% - said "Other" (see below)
Most users had some very specific ideas of their own on how to handle this situation.
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from last week's survey
a) Inherit is the word. Uncle will be dead but his knowing that you have agreed to keep the dog will make him happy. You can always wrap Rusty in a blanket and keep him in the garage and bring him out once a year to celebrate Uncle's life.
b) If I really did like the dog then I would honor my Uncle's wish even if it meant building a case for it in the basement or tool shed so my spouse wouldn't have to "deal with it". I'm just very grateful that I don't have an Uncle like this as I would be more of the "that stuffed creature is not coming in the house" person. :-)
c) I would accept it, take pic if it, check it's stuffing, then bury it in my yard. I would also get a small marker for it. RIP Rusty.
d) I know this sounds wrong but, accept it, and once the Uncle passes away, put it in the attic or trash it. I don't believe in Taxidermy.....
e) Keep the dog but put it in the garage or attic. Maybe you could take it to your workplace.
f) Your spouse is sending you a clear signal to go ahead and buy a house just for Rusty! Be sure to go by and visit him for hours on end . . .
g) Bury the dog with the uncle.
h) Give the dog a proper burial in a pet cemetery after uncle dies. Only tell the wife your plan while the uncle is alive.
i) Your uncle loved Rusty so bury the dog with him. Place Rusty on top of your uncle's burial vault or if your uncle wish was cremation have Rusty cremated and bury the ashes with your uncle.
j) I'd tell my uncle that he should offer the dog is such a fine specimen that it should be offered to a museum.
k) Since I am the only nephew and uncle is worth 10 million bucks, he will be in the garage under a sheet.
l) Cremate RUSTY and put him in the casket or ashes WITH your uncle! They lived and loved together, and should GO TOGETHER!
m) The old adage "what uncle doesn't know won't hurt him" would come in handy here. Uncle should be able to know he can "go" without worrying about Rusty. And if wifey doesn't want the dog after uncle is gone, wifey should be willing to wait a while, but in the end - what wifey wants, wifey gets - and uncle will have died happy. Just make sure Rusty gets a proper burial.
n) Negotiate with the uncle for an amount of money to "care" for Rusty.
o) You can take the dog home and immediate dispose of him because nothing was said about how long you'd have to keep him. Maybe by taking Rusty home you'll get a behest from the estate too. Stranger things could happen.
p) I had a spouse like that once. I still have the dog.
q) When uncle dies the dog goes in the trash, or is sold or given to whoever wants him. Uncle has gone on to his better rewards, he won't be bothered by your actions!
r) I guess I would put Rusty in the garage and then I could go outside and talk to him and not listen to her.
s) Respect my elders. I may stash the dog away in the attic but Rusty would come home with me. If the spouse does not understand that then maybe the spouse needs some time in the attic.
u) Trust me, in this world SOMEONE will want a stuffed English Sheepdog! Keep him in the garage while you advertise - on TIAS of course.Who knows? By the time you find someone your spouse may have come to love Rusty!
v) In my Grandma's attic, among the old trunks and boxes was the piece de resistance... a stuffed (golden) eagle... which was the amusement of childhood and is still a bit of curiosity as an adult. I think it's been stored in the attic for at least a century, but it is part of family lore... I guess I'd vote to honor his wish to keep the dog... but choose to store the stuffed dog in a hidden corner of Grandma's attic! (The funny thing is that the only Uncle that I can imagine doing this wouldn't worry... because he's part of the eagle family... and we just view the eagle as an curiosity to share with the kids in the family! (I guess because we all grew up with it!) It's a family quirk, but it makes us fun!
w) Advise my uncle that Rusty should go to a natural history museum for placement in a diorama where he can be admired, respected and looked after. Rusty can then bring as much joy to children and dog lovers in general as he did to your uncle.
x) Uncle doesn't need to know anything. Let the man die happy and do what I want with the dog after he's gone - sell, museum, whatever seems best. Hubby should be mature enough too understand, and if not, he's not much of a man.
y) I'd honor Uncle's wishes and accept the dog. Then, since Uncle won't know the difference I'd sell the dog on-line or at a yard sell, knowing that if someone bought him Rusty would be going to a good home. That way I make Uncle happy and and Rusty doesn't get thrown out with the trash!
z) I would provide a nice, dog house, to protect the stuffed animal, place it outside where all animals belong, with the stuffed animal in it.
aa) I'd tell him my living dogs would rip the stuffings out of Rusty and I couldn't do that to the old boy.
bb) Who knows - maybe the quirky uncle had the taxidermist stuff something valuable inside old Rusty along with the regular mounting materials. I collect and am a bit quirky myself and my beloved cat will have to be put down soon so your question and my answer have given me a fantastic idea for a "riddle game" to play with my nephews' children.
cc) Since I'm also a bit quirky, I think the dog would be a great addition to my home. My husband has things I don't like, so he'll just have to get used to it!
dd) Since my quirky uncle has also promised to leave his $80 million net worth to me as well, I will move the dog in, divorce my wife and find a 22 yr old dog lover to remarry.
ee) I would suggest the dog be given an honorable burial with my uncle (which is what we did with my mom's cat), reminding him that my heirs may not be able to properly care for Rusty and this ensures he's tread respectfully. What I would be thinking, but not saying, is that I find it very disrespectful to the animal to have him stuffed! It is also illegal here in LA to put even a dead gold fish in the trash, much less a dog.
ff) Okay, so Rusty doesn't get to come in the house. All the better to build an addition -- if it was my uncle it would be an expanded sewing area with Rusty as my new guard dog. If it was my husband's uncle, then the addition would be an official "man cave."
gg) Unless you believe your uncle's spirit will haunt you, accept the stuffed god and take him on his last trip to the city dump.
3. Stories from our readers
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles even things that bug you. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with antiques & collectibles. We may publish it here. Send your story to Phil@tias.com
Good morning, I just wanted to tell you how much I loved Ginger’s story. This morning is very windy, rainy and just generally gloomy. Reading her story about the little birds and the memories behind them warmed my heart and brightened my day. Thank you for printing it and thanks to Ginger for sending it in. I just bought 3 cute little blue birds to sit outside on my front patio table. Each one varying slightly in size and mannerism to represent myself, my husband and our son. He is 16 now but he will always be my baby bird. Thanks for the newsletter, I enjoy reading it..... Renee
I thought your readers would enjoy this story of the return of the contents of the storage locker ( see:
). I am a piano person. Chickering is a good piano, but one in this condition really retains only its sentimental value. The other finds sound really great. The family is lucky. Fae Kelley - Carrollton, Ga
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7, 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.
Hi, I love your newsletter and all the storys that it contains. My funny story relates to my elderly, legally blind father. My father moved in with us 6 years ago. That in itself is another story. Well, on to the story. One afternoon I came down from upstairs to find my father sitting at the kitchen table trying to read the newspaper. I sat down with him and we started talking about the days events. Eventually he asked me what was in that box on the table, and I replied, "doggie treats" and that got me thinking, oh oh...................and he replied, I thought so, they didn't taste like any cookie I know. Well, that got me laughing and him too. I guess I learned that you don't leave dog treats out on the kitchen table when you have a blind person around. He's still going strong at age 90, and we laugh about him eating dog biscuits. Thanks again for your newsletter, it's very entertaining. Jane/Michigan
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Benny requested a simple recipe for "Rocky Road Squares" we received the following...
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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.
Rocky Road Squares
1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 can Eagle Brand milk
2 tbsp. butter
2 c. dry roasted peanuts
1 (10 1/2 oz.) pkg. miniature marshmallows
Melt chocolate chips, milk and butter in double boiler or microwave. Mix peanuts and marshmallows in large bowl. Pour chocolate mixture over peanuts and marshmallows. Mix until all are coated. Pour into waxed paper lined 13 x 9 inch pan.
Carol Thomas --Cullman,AL
15-Minute Rocky Road Fudge
The quality of the chocolate used will affect the flavor and texture of the fudge. We prefer Ghirardelli semisweet and unsweetened chocolate in this recipe. Don't be tempted to make this fudge without the peanuts; they are crucial to the texture. If you prefer, you can use toasted nuts in this recipe. Make sure to remove the fudge from the double boiler before the chocolate is fully melted. If the chocolate stays in the double boiler too long, there is the possibility of the chocolate separating and producing a greasy fudge. This fudge will change texture and become drier the longer it is stored. Store the fudge, tightly wrapped in plastic, in a cool place for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for 3 months. If frozen, allow ample time to let it reach room temperature before cutting.
16 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
1/2 t. baking soda
1/8 t. table salt
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 T. vanilla extract
1 cup mini-marshmallows
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Cut 12” length extra-wide heavy-duty aluminum foil; fold edges back to form 7 1/2” width. With folded sides facing down, fit foil securely into bottom and up sides of 8” sq. baking pan, allowing excess to overhang pan sides. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Toss chocolates, baking soda, and salt in medium heatproof bowl until baking soda is evenly distributed. Stir in sweetened condensed milk & vanilla. Set bowl over 4 qt. saucepan containing 2 c. simmering water. Stir with rubber spatula until chocolate is almost fully melted and few small pieces remain, 2-4 mins. Remove bowl from heat and continue to stir until chocolate is fully melted & mixture is smooth, about 2 mins. Stir in marshmallows, peanuts, and chocolate chips. Transfer fudge to prepared pan and spread in even layer with spatula. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hrs. Remove fudge from pan using foil and cut into squares. Makes about 2 1/2 lbs....Enjoy. E. Banman
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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