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The Collectors Newsletter #857 -- June 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #857 -- June 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
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This weeks survey question is ....
"A few years ago, one of our readers decided to sell some of his antiques. His four sisters and some of his nieces found out about it and wanted to buy some of them. The items he was selling were not family items, just antiques he had bought over the years. His wife advised against selling to family. He did sell to them, but he wasn’t sure how much of a discount he should give family members if any. How should he have handled this?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"Earlier this month, one of the largest antiques & collectibles shows in the U.S. took place at Brimfield MA. Many sellers reported that sales were the best they had seen in the past 5 years. Do you believe that the antiques & collectibles market is improving?"
54.4% - said "yes"
29.5% - said "No"
15.9% - said "I have another answer"
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) I attend a lot of "country" estate auctions and this year in particular I have noticed many first-timers in the crowd. When chatting with these would-be buyers I have noticed they fall into two categories : the actual collectors who are in it for the enjoyment of it as well as the investment and those who are ebay influenced and are strictly profit driven - in it just for the resale potential of their purchases. So, yes, there has been a definite upturn in the market.
b) more jobs=more money=more spending
c) I feel even though the recession is not quite over yet, people are getting into the groove of it. Gas prices go up and we complain but gas sales were up over the last three months. People get used to it and then they adjust there budget and have spending money. After a while people just get sick of not being able to do anything they like to do so they adjust their budget.
d) I think it is improving, albeit very slowly. The high-end market did not suffer nearly as much as the middle and low-end market, and it's taking somewhat longer for those markets to show signs of improvement. Things are better than they were two years ago, but they are nowhere near where they were four years ago.
e) People view adding to their collections as an investment and going to shows also provides entertainment. I always try to visit a flea market or antique shop when I am on vacation and many times I stay in a hotel near one.
f) Sales are up and I have noted that many buyers are new to the field. New buyers are purchasing, however traditional items still sell poorly.
g) I was never at Brimfield but in my area the people who live here have antiques & collectibles they tend to look but do not buy unless sold for nothing People that are younger seem to be buying that do not live in my area. All of the devastation with weather has brought to mind the loss of many items. It helps with the magazines such as country living etc. to give ideas to the public to Go Green and recycle items is helpful too! In my business, I have seen improvement slowly and I stick to my asking price. To replace my inventory (bought the last 40 years) I would not be able to make a profit nor replace or find most items!
h) At least in Michigan, the market is still soft, This is just one show, not a trend.
i) I can't. Perhaps people think they are getting items cheaper? I hear dealers say they are doing well!
j) I think that shows like American Pickers, American Restoration and Hollywood Auctions etc, have brought the world of antiques to a larger, much younger audience. I also think programs like these have gone a long way towards making antiques more sought after, plus the economy has forced some families who are furnishing their homes to go to antique furniture and decorative items. I'm not sure just why antiques fell out of favor with the current generation, but I am so pleased to see that they are once again being cherished by our sons and daughters and that they will hopefully take care of the treasures I have loved so much during my lifetime. God Bless, Judy Jax.Fla
k) More younger collectors are entering the market because of the TV shows such as American Pickers,Pawn Stars and several others.
l) younger generation doesn't treasurer thing as much as my generation(60's)
m) For the last 5 months I have seen good sales on high quality more costly type goods at fairly priced levels and also large numbers of buyers at the lowest of the price levels but there is still a void at the middle level and virtually no action on furniture and carpeting. IE. under $10 = low level & over $300 represents high level starting price
n) Auction prices seem to be improving on many items except furniture. New buyers have replaced long time knowledgeable dealers so the overall market may not be as strong as it appears this Spring.
o) Hoping so - as a seller at Brimfield it was great!
p) Antique dealers say business is terrible both because of e-bay and the economy. Shelves are lighted with merchandise that has been there forever.
q) I have seen an increase in sales while I have been shopping again since last January. Very good news
r) Baby boomers have all the STUFF their houses will hold. Young people want NEW stuff.
s) It could be better in some parts of the country. I was in Texas and they have cut back on antiques this year. You really have to know your stuff.
t) I collect stoneware. I paid more 10 years ago than the same types are going for today.
u) Those with $ can and will spend it for what they like, more antiques are out there because folks need $ to survive.
v) everything has its ups and downs,and its ups again
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
This week's question was...
What was the best thing you ever found at the curb? We received the following...
In 1973 six girls and I lived in a townhouse rowhouse next door to Henry Kissinger's rowhouse in Washington, DC. We came home one day and I saw an old picture leaning up against his garbage cans. (We actually went through his garbage a couple of times! ) It was covered in dirt and obviously there to go to the dump. Being the forever treasure hunter that I am, I pulled it out of the trash and brought it into the house with me. After cleaning many layers of dirt and grime off of it, I found a beautiful watercolor signed by A.J. Drysdale dated 1917. I didn't know anything about the art, but loved the beautiful picture of a weeping willow in a field. Through the years I would do a little research and found out about the artist. I sent a Polaroid photo to a museum in Louisiana at one point and they filled me in and offered me $1500. I kept the painting until 3 years ago when I sold it to an art dealer in New Orleans for $5000 and was able to contribute to my son's wedding. You never know what treasures you will find....and truly this trash was my beautiful treasure and a great story for all these years! (You can view the painting on our facebook page here:
-last Christmas, just before midnight when the garbage trucks arrive, I decided to take my dog out for a quick walk. Protruding just a few inches out of a garbage can was a 37 inch porcelain Penzoil enamel thermometer. I rescued it, and that very same night listed it on eBay and it sold for $137.00 plus shipping! Lisa S.
I was at our local Goodwill in southern Florida last week and saw a small, 8x10 painting I liked. It was a girl in a floppy hat holding a wooden toy sailboat. Impressionist style with a contemporary twist. I happily paid the $6.95.
Came home and then did a search on the Internet..just to see. The signature was McCaw. Turns out it is an original painted by Dan McCaw; one of the foremost contemporary impressionist painters today. I believe the value is around $3,000.- based on the paintings of the same size sold recently.
Feel like one of those shocked, but happy people on the Antiques Road Show. My husband's reaction, "You're kidding". Janet Amico
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1. Summer Extravaganza slated for July 16-17 at Red Baron's in Atlanta
2. WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL TO BEGIN SUMMER SHOWS WITH JULY 2,3 EVENT
3. Roadshowtreasurehunters.com: All you wanted to know about treasure hunters roadshow
4. Paul Fraser Collectibles’ exclusive insider report on the $5.6m Marilyn Monroe dress
5. Dan Morphy cuts ribbon to launch newly expanded 36,000-sq.-ft. auction gallery
6. Peanuts daily comic strips fetch a combined $40,115 at Philip Weiss Auctions
7. Auction Zip to Host Santa Monica Auctions’ Important Two-Day Contemporary Art Sale
8. Monumental Torcheres, Estate Furniture and Art Await Bidders in Don Presley’s June 25-26 Auction
9. Discover the 10 most expensive items of Paul McCartney memorabilia
10. Albert Einstein Autographed Letters Offered by Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
11. WORLD’S RAREST AUTOGRAPHS AVERAGING 14.84% RETURN PER ANNUM
12. Eight things to buy your Dad for Father's Day, by Paul Fraser Collectibles
13. Artfact Live! May Auction Results Roundup
14. Picasso drawings, Tiffany table, extraordinary Agassiz platinum watch at Coker's June 18 auction
15. Rare Boer War ‘IR OFFICIAL’ up for auction
16. Stanley Gibbons Launch China Rarities Index
17. The Perfect, Last Minute Father’s Day Gift: Original Comic Book Art on Sketch Maven
18. Colonial Sense: Auction Results: May 2011
19. Granite Bay Antique and Collectible Estate Sale
20. Auction Zip to Host Trinity International’s Important American Russian and European Art sale June 1
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
"My 3 year old grandaughter Rhyin wants a sister very badly.No other gender will do. Her mommy got pregnant & everyone was excited. Rhyins friend,who is also 3 years old, phones Rhyin one day.During the conversation, the friend says what if it is a brother....That is when Rhyin says...I am done talking & hangs up.......Rhyin tells her mommy that if it is a brother ........ she is to leave him at the hospital......LOL....When it came time to do the ultra sound to find out the gender...Rhyin was all excited......The verdict is a boy.....Rhyin cried & cried.....Now 2 months later Rhyin has gotten over the disappointment & is all excited for the day when her brother will arrive. Grandma in Canada"
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Liz requested some recipes for "zucchini". We received the following...
Two of my most favorite zucchini recipes. J
1.) For a super low calorie replacement for pasta. Using a julienne peeler, julienne a zucchini (do not peel) into long thin angel hair like pieces. Pre-heat approx. 1TBS of olive oil in a pan with a dash of salt and stir fry the zucchini for 60 seconds. This is the key…..exactly 60 seconds as if you go longer than 60-seconds the texture is no-longer pasta-like. Remove from pan to serving dish immediately. I also like to add 1 crushed clove of fresh garlic. Enjoy!
2.) Squash Casserole. I have spent 20+ years trying to replicate the best squash casserole I’ve ever had, including a previous inquiry via the newsletter which helped! This is wonderful and well worth the bit of effort! Even non-squash eaters may find they enjoy this.
4 cups zucchini and/or yellow squash, sliced
16 fat-free saltines, crushed or 1 cup crushed potato chips
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c onion, chopped
1 clove crushed garlic (optional)
1/2 cup half and half
1 TBS butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dill
1 cup ricotta or small curd cottage cheese
Black pepper to taste
Preheat oven: 350°F
Cook sliced squash in microwave with 1/4 c water until tender. Spray 9" square
baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Use half the precooked squash &
place over the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of onion, and half the shredded
cheese and ricotta or cottage cheese. Add the remaining squash & another
layer of onions & cheese.
In small bowl mix together cream, salt, melted butter, dill& black pepper. Pour
this mixture over casserole. Add cracker crumbs or potato chips on top & bake at 350°F for 20-25 min.
This is a recipe for Vegetable Lasagna that I made using zucchini as the pasta.
Slice zucchinis thin long ways to make the (noodle layers) use as many zucchinis as you need.
use whatever veggies you'd like. I used mushrooms, peppers, onions, eggplant, broccoli and some garlic cloves. Chop the veggies and put in a roasting pan with olive oil and some salt & pepper and roast in a 400 degree oven for 10- 15 min. while the veggies roast you can mix up the ricotta cheese mix. you will also need a jar of tomato sauce
to make the lasagna start with a
layer of sauce, then
layer the zucchini slices, then put a
layer of the ricotta cheese mix, and then a
layer of veggies
I kept layering to fill my 9x13 inch pan as you would for regular lasagna.
top it off with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 min or when the cheese melts and gets a little light brown color
the cheese mix is:
large tub of ricotta cheese
1/2 bag of mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 splenda sugar packet(optional)
mix the ingredients all together
Beat 3 eggs until foamy, Add 1 cup oil, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 2 cups grated zucchini and mix.
Add 3 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp.salt, 3 teaspoons cinnamon to make batter.
Optional: fold in 1/2 cup chopped nuts
Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans
Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.
--- Diana in Colorado
Grate/shred the zucchini - and sprinkle it on top of green salads. The kids will eat it without realizing they are eating zucchini!....Mossie
What I had always done is cut the zucchini in half & baked the zucchini in the oven at 350 degrees F. until cooked & then scooped it out into containers & froze.When I bake cookies or cake.....especially chocolate cake ,I would throw in a 3/4 cup into the batter before baking. makes a delicious chocolate cake that is moist.For cookies, I add more four if necessary only. Valerie
This is a favorite savory way for both zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.
6 zucchini, sliced
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small onion, diced
1 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
24 buttery round crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons butter, diced
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Place sliced zucchini in a large saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until barely tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in onion, cheese, and pepper. Fold in squash, then pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with crushed crackers, then dot evenly with diced butter.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until middle of casserole is no longer moist, and springs back when gently pressed
(1) Beef Stuffed Zucchini
· 4 zucchini, about 6-inches in length
· 1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
· 2 tablespoons oatmeal
· 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
· 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
· 1 tablespoon chili sauce or ketchup
· 2 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
· 1 cup buttered bread crumbs
Split zucchini lengthwise; scoop out centers and chop pulp finely. Mix the chopped zucchini with the ground beef, oatmeal, onion powder, salt, and chili sauce. Stuff zucchini skins with ground beef mixture. Dot each zucchini with a little butter; sprinkle with bread crumbs. Put zucchini halves in a baking dish with about 1/2 cup water. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Carol Thomas
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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.
I'm looking for an easy way to make soft pretzels. My kids love the cinnamon & sugar pretzels they get at the mall. I'd like a recipe to make them at home. Has any tried this? Debra
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