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The Collectors Newsletter #863 -- August 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #863 -- August 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 digging in your backyard, you come across a spectacular, illustrated, blue and white, antique porcelain platter. It was wrapped in burlap and there was an old board on top of it. The previous owner of your house died in the house about 5 years before. She was in her 80's and had a tendency to hide things in strange places in and around the house. You suspect that this is one of the items she had hidden. You know the woman's children. Do you tell her children you found the platter or do you keep it?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"While attending a yard sale, you notice that the seller has a large collection of reproduction carnival glass for sale. You know for a fact that the glass collection is all repro, but he has it all marked as authentic, vintage, carnival glass. What do you do?"
60% - said "Make the seller aware of his mistake"
40% - said "Nothing"
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) ..in a professional, nonjudgemental manner ...
b) the seller might want to do more research on the glass being sold -
c) explain that you are a collector of this glass & explain to him/her how you can tell the good from the bad
d) No matter what you would say, you lose.
e) I will tell him, and demonstrate how others can tell it is reproduction. Also will reassure him it's his yard, his glass, his rights, but attempts to defraud will only come back and bite him.
f) They may not know and may appreciate the info. What they do with it doesn't matter.
g) I would try to talk to the seller in a private area and just point out my observation. Then it is up to them to decide what price they want on things. At least I would have said something.
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
Hi Phil, I've collected open salts for about 25 years. I started because they were pretty and small enough to take home with me easily. I continued with increased interest because I found that they existed in so many different materials and forms. I collected pressed glass, blown glass, porcelain, pottery and silver indiscriminately for a while and eventually moved into an emphasis on glass from 100 or more years ago. I hold my collection at about 500 and enjoy selling as I buy new ones.
Around 1900 anti-clumping agents were found to add to table salt allowing it to be used in shakers. Before that it was served in small dishes to be dipped with tiny spoons or pinched with the fingers. These open salt dishes were common on dining tables, mostly in clear pressed glass, but many fancier varieties were made. Very old ones were often of silver, and others were made in elaborate pressed glass patterns, blown art glass in many colors, porcelain, and pottery. I have enjoyed collecting partly because of the wide variety of forms and materials. One of the first attempts at a comprehensive collectors' books on open salts was titled 5000 Open Salts, and I wondered if that could really be a true number. I have since realized that the number 5000 doesn't begin to cover the variety of open salts.
There are open salt collectors clubs all over the country and a national convention every other year. This Sept. the national convention is in Williamsburg, VA. I live in Hawaii and travel to the mainland to hunt salts and to attend conventions. Nancy Villaverde
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4. This week's Antique News
Limoges make the #2 position for the TIAS.com "Hot List" of antiques & collectibles for July 2011
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall today released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites. This month's list includes the top 10 terms for July 2011. The top 10 searches for June 2011 are also included for comparison.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
6. China & Dinnerware
2. China & Dinnerware
3. Porcelain & Pottery
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. CDV (Carte De Vista)
8. Powder Horn
8. CDV (Carte De Vista)
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1. Artisan Galleries release rare new Bob Dylan collection
2. The Hong Kong Auction 51 - Baldwin's Celebrate 25 Years in the Orient
3. Peter Wilson Auctioneers To Sell The Harry Sheldon Collection Of Wedgwood
4. Squire Boone corner cupboard to be sold by Beckort Auctions
5. It is Lights, Camera, Action for Proxibid at Red Carpet Auction Events’ Fine Arts Auction
6. Paul Fraser Collectibles'… Top Five most collectible novelists
7. Elk Grove Victorian Estate Sale
8. The most reliable and ideal store for vintage jewelry at your doorstep!
9. THE “GOLDEN ERA OF AMERICAN AUTOMOBILES” RETURNS TO RUSSO AND STEELE’S MONTEREY AUCTION
10. EUROPEAN ANTIQUE BUYING TOUR IN FALL – ONLY TWO SPACES LEFT
11. Rare sicklebill curlew soars to $111,550 at Decoys Unlimited, Inc.
12. WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL DODGES TROPICAL STORM EMILY
13. Xcntric Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators Woodridge Estate Sale
14. Kovels' Top 10 Antiques and Collectibles Searches for July 2011
15. Lou Gehrig Collection brings nearly $1 million to fuel record-setting $4.95+ million Heritage Sports
16. Now Live on iGavelAuctions.com: Fine & Decorative Arts Auction
17. Decotique Lecture Series - British Music Invasion 1960s
18. James Dean Icon of a Generation This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
19. Cowan's to Host Annual Summer Decor Auction on August 25
20. Colonial Sense: Auction Results: July 2011
21. Offering Authentic and Original Signed Autographs, Photos and Signed Albums
22. Antiques and Collectible Bonanza
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5, Your Classifieds...
Royal Doulton Wedding Cake Topper Figurine
Latest Trinkets and Treasures
China and Pottery on Petticoat Lane Collectibles
green cased glass mushroom shaded desk lamp c 1915
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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Sunday August 14, 2011 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
Over the winter, my 3 year old grandson missed playing in the sandbox with his matchbox dumptrucks and diggers. I caught him playing in the dirt of a large potted plant in the corner of the dining room, but decided to let him have some fun. It became a regular occurrence for him to play in the dirt surrounding the tall plant when he came to my house. One day, he asked me to play with him and I accidentally spilled a small amount of dirt onto the floor. "Oops!," I said. He responded, "Can you say accident, mimi?" I said, " I guess I did have an accident, huh?" "It's okay," he told me. "Sometimes I have accidents, too. See..." he said as he rolled back the corner of the area rug next to the plant to reveal the dirt that was pushed underneath. ...Melinda
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.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Babs requested a recipe for Chop Suey . We received the following...
CHOP SUEY AMERICAN
1 c. onion
1 c. celery
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 c. Minute Rice
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 can water
1 sm. can mushrooms
Brown first 3 ingredients. Cook slow for 20 minutes. Cook rice according to package. Then combine all ingredients and bake in oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Garnish with chop suey noodles with each serving.
CHICKEN CHOP SUEY
1 CUP SLICED PASCAL CELERY
5 WATER CHESTNUTS, PEELED
2 TBSP DICED GREEN PEPPER
1 CUP CHINESE CELERY OR CHINESE CABBAGE
1/3 CUP SLICED MUSHROOMS
1/4 CUP GREET ONIONS
1 CUP COOKED SLICED CHICKEN
OR SAUTEED CHICKEN STRIPS
2 TBSP CHICKEN FAT OR BUTTER
1 CUP CHICKEN BROTH OR 1 CUP WATER AND 1 BOULLION CUBE
1 TBSP CORNSTARCH
1/2 TSP SALT
1 1/2 TSP SOY SAUCE
3/4 TSP MSG, OPTIONAL
2 CUPS FRESH OR CANNED BEAN SPROUTS
3 CUPS HOT COOKED RICE
CLEAN ALL VEGETABLES AND PREPARE AS FOLLOWS: CUT CELERY DIAGONALLY IN 1/2 INCH LENGTHS; THE CHESTNUTS INTO THIN, CROSSWISE SLICES; GREEN PEPPER INTO 1/2 INCH DICE; THE GREEN ONIONS IN 1 1/2 LENGHTS, THEN INTO FOURTHS LENGTHWISE; THE CHINESE CABBAGE IN 1 INCH LENGTHS; SLICE MUSHROOMS VERTICALLY.
CUT CHICKEN IN JULIENNE STRIPS, ADD CELERY, COVER AND SAUTE 5 MINUTES. ADD NEXT 4 INGREDIENTS AND SAUTE 3-4 MINUTES OR UNTIL COOKED THROUGH. VEGETABLES SHOULD REMAIN SLIGHTLY CRISP. ADD GREEN ONIONS, CHICKEN AND CHICKEN BROTH IN WHICH CORNSTARCH, SALT, SOY SAUCE AND MSG HAVE BEEN STIRRED. STIR GENTLY UNTIL MIXTURE BOILS AND THICKENS. RINSE BEAN SPROUTS, DRAIN AND ADD TO SKILLET AND COOK ABOUT 2 MINUTES; TOSS UNTIL SPROUTS ARE THOROUGHLY HEATED THROUGH BUT STILL REMAIN CRISP. SERVE IMMEDIATELY WITH RICE AND ADDITIONAL SOY SAUCE. 3 TO 4 SERVINGS.
SUBSTITUTE 1 CUP LEAN PORK SLICES FOR PORK CHOP SUEY
If using Raw Chicken saute' 10 minutes and continue as written. From Meta Givens Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking
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 70's - early 80's I lived in Santa Barbara and there was a bookstore there called Earthling books. They had a tea room in the back with the most amazing carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Does anyone have a recipe they could share? Daphne
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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11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
A variety of old and new items,some very Collectible. We have sports autographs, very collectible Beatles items, Rockwell,vintage games, clocks, cuckoo clocks, oil paintings, prints, celebrity autographs,sports cards,lobby cards and more.
Featuring a wide assortment of fine vintage and collectible items including glassware, pottery, jewelry, ephemera, books, toys, holiday items and much, much more! New items added regularly, so feel free to stop and browse anytime.
Old Charm Inn
Welcome to Old Charm Inn. I have been a collector for 30 years. My shop sells, costume jewelry, china, collector's plates, art, books, photos, dolls, gifts. I provide a 7-day money back guarantee. We accept checks and money orders.
Our store offers antique pictures, chromolithographs, engravings, delightful rarities, botanical and animal prints, artistic sceneries, also miracles of natural history from the 19th-20th century. Please feel free to ask any question if it seems necessary. Don't miss our collection!
Welcome to Precious Peddler! We feature vintage china and glass pieces, as well as many collectible items. New treasures are added daily, so be sure to check our store often. No sale is ever "final" - we guarantee your satisfaction.
Pieces of the Past
Quality collectibles & antiques at fair prices! We pledge customer satisfaction and service for every item that you purchase from our store.
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
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4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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