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The Collectors Newsletter #870 -- October 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #870 -- October 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


1. Wonderful Sales & Special Offers For October 22st at TIAS.com

TIAS.com merchants are offering some spectacular items for sale today at great prices. Check out today's newest listings, sales and special offers at: http://tias.com/news/ . Remember TIAS.com is the only online antique mall offering the TIAS trusted merchant Guarantee. See: http://www.tias.com/other/trustedMerchant.html

Great prices, fantastic, unique gift items you won't find anywhere else and you can buy with confidence with the TIAS trusted merchant guarantee. Click here: http://TIAS.com to get started.

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 phil@tias.com and we might use it in the next newsletter.
Come and visit us on Facebook where you can post comments and photos - see us at http://www.facebook.com/TIASAntiques
This week's survey question...
"Your uncle who was a dentist had a rather peculiar habit of collecting unusual examples of teeth that he pulled, that had gold fillings. He recently died and specifically named you in his will as the recipient of a 10 pound bag of these gold filled beauties. You are simultaneously repelled by them and drawn by the prospect of their value. Evidently his collection is well known among dentists and The National Museum of Dentistry contacts you about possibly donating the specimens to them because it contains some rather rare unusual specimens representing over 100 years of dentistry. So what do you do?"

It takes just a few seconds to give us your answer to this questions at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RG2VCYR
We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.

The Last Survey Question Was....

"Do your readers know that when they do a search on Google's product search at: http://shopping.google.com for the keyword "Antiques" they will get 100 pages of results consisting of new reproductions and books, but not one actual antique. Does it matter to your readers that there are no actual antiques showing up in Google's search results?"

Here are the answers we received.....
27.3% - said "It does not matter to me."
72.7% - said "It does matter to me."

Here are some of the comments that were posted with the survey...

a) If I wanted reproductions, I would ask for that. This same thing happens with other search terms, i.e., hand-braided wool rugs will bring up everything except hand-braided wool rugs.

b) It would be a huge waste of time were I looking for an actual antique. Reproductions are often nothing but rip-offs. If you want "real" antiques, find a reputable dealer.

c) Knowledge is the key to purchasing antiques. Do your homework and know the product in which you collect.

d) Reproductions, especially carefully researched and crafted ones, have their place. However, google shopping searches should at least advise using the combination antique , such as antique furniture.

e) Google has become a warehouse of websites making research almost impossible even if you ask the right question. It is up to the consumer to do their homework (thats why we have LIBRARIES and book stores). But if you want an easy way to find antiques (which have to be 100 years old to be an antique) then just check out TIAS!!!

f) I buy and sell on ebay in glass and pottery or collectibles areas, many items antique. It bothers me that google doesn't pick up items described as antiques although google can't be blamed for items described as antique that are fakes.

g) I can't imagine using Google shopping to look for antiques. The stores or shops probably know their market-people who can't tell a reproduction from originals. Caveat Emptor.

h) People are not using the correct type of Google search for antiques. Google only brings up an antique if you describe exactly what you want and list it as an antique or collectible. For example, I found a cute glass statue of an elk at a flea market. Because the elk's horn was missing, I bought it for only fifty cents. Since it was an Avon bottle, I figured I could easily find another one like it with the horn in tact. I must have gone through hundreds of Avon bottles on eBay and other web sites, but never found one exactly like this particular elk, which was larger than similar ones, such as deers, etc., and had much more distinct lines. With both eBay and Google, I merely put in "Avon Cologne Bottles," but with no luck. In exasperation, I went to Google and described the bottle EXACTLY, with the color, horn and complete description, even the cogogne's odor. Immediately, I got one answer. Neeley's Antiques and Collectibles had the exact glass elk that I was looking for, and amazingly, it was horned, corked and had the cologne still in the bottle obviously, never used. I'm sure that I have the only one like it. Oh, and it cost me only six bucks plus postage.

i) Whoever pays the top dollar to SEO placers is the one whose website appears at the top, and i think that there ought to be a law. I'm a florist and i think it would also astound most people to know that when they type in the word 'florist' with the town they want to send flowers to, well, the top ten or so results ARE NOT real florists. These are order gatherers that make it look like they're in that town, where the truth is, in a few cases, they're not even based in the United States. Don't believe me? Try calling their customer service and see if anyone there speaks understandable English, and then ask where they're located. Unfortunately, it is a case of caveat emptor, as it is in most buying situations, and quadruply so when buying antiques online.

j) Sounds like an attempt to mislead the unwary!

k) If I'm looking for antiques, i simply do not want to waste my time going thru 100+ pages of reproductions & books.

l) Search engines have become a joke. Back when the internet first went public, there was a search engine called "Infoseek" that allowed you to narrow your choices until you found the exact thing you wanted. Nowdays, with advertising hits being more important to the companies that own the search engines, all you get is junk. I was told by an antique dealer once that antique has a very specific definition, but no one pays any attention to that anymore, and it's frustrating.

m) I want a real antique NOT a reproduction!

n) It does not surprise me. In a "throw away" society that values "new" over "antique" or "vintage" merchandise, Google is focusing on what the majority is looking for. For those of us that wish to recycle, reuse and re-purpose, we have to work harder to use the search engine to find our specific wanted items. It is a shame! I don't use Google for that and other reasons.

o) I assume everything on shopping google is new, not a one of a kind or old piece

p) That is very sad. Didn't realize that.

q) yes it does matter to me. If I did not want antiques I would google something else..........False advertising

r) If I buy something and I think it,s an antique Thats what I want also some people may try to pass it off as an antique
Editors Note - We received so many thoughtful answers to the survey question about how to distribute an estate to family members, (newsletter # 869):
http://www.tias.com/newsletter/cn/9106 here are some more for you...

a) The auction idea is AWFUL. Talk about cold and calculating! If an heir hasn't got the money he or she can't have a family heirloom?????? Terrible. When my mother passed away she left all her belongings to me, her only daughter. I gathered my 2 brothers and we went through everything piece by piece. As one would find something he or she wanted we'd talk it over and whoever it meant the most to would get it. We never had one fight, since we each did our best to see that all 3 of us took home what really mattered to us. The rest went to charity. Can't families ever do that any more? I'd like to think we can give and take and behave in a civil and caring manner--as my family did.

b) A way of getting around the "first one who picks has the advantage" problem: The oldest child goes first on the first round, the second oldest goes first on the next round, the third oldest on the third round, etc. Or to eliminate altogether that "older child gets the advantage" thing, draw straws for the first pick, and then alternate who starts each round. I'd do it without the children's adult children present. Have a preview day for each child's family, where they can indicate what they'd really like to have.

c) When my late mother passed away, my sister & I listed all her jewelry on separate pieces of paper & tossed them into a hat. We both agreed that whatever the piece "drawn" from the hat would be the final decision. We both liked the same pieces & my father was reluctant to do the division.

d) I knew a woman who tagged all her belongings on the bottom with the name of the person she wanted it to go to. After all, it was her stuff and she had the first right to choose. Her kids and grandkids did some trading around after she died, but only if both parties agreed. The only downside to this method was that some relatives said they were almost afraid to pick up anything at her house, cuz the tags reminded them that gramma was going to die.

e) First of all though some family members may think in terms of their entitlement to parents or relatives possessions they don't. Parents and /or relatives are justifiably entitled to choose how their assets,wealth and possessions are redistributed during their lifetime and/or after their demise by preparing an advance family trust. Therefore the estate owner has an obligation to redistribute their possessions as they choose and whatever others think is fair or not is meaningless personal opinion. The executor or trustee of the estate or trust may during the life time of the owner would be wise to meet and discuss important matters of redistribution to clarify their wishes and/or ofter assistance in some way if asked. if no such document is available then the best way is have independent family meetings with immediate family first and depending on the number of items and immediate family have discussion and agreeably put numbers in a hat to see who gets first choice.

f) A friend came from a family of 16 children--try to do THAT division fairly! They drew numbers to see what order they would go in. And then they put everything into a "hat" and drew to see what they inherited. Then the horse trading started. The very most important thing is to remember that you are dividing THINGS, and hopefully not dividing FAMILY.

g) My family put all the children's names in a hat. A grandchild drew names from the hat. The first name drawn got first pick. The second name drawn got second pick, and on down the line. After everyone had picked, the order of selection started all over again with the first pick. This method seemed the fairest to all of us. All the children were able to keep family items, and no one got upset, angry, or had their feelings hurt over who got what . My family members did not have the money to purchase family items at a public auction. There is nothing sadder than watching family members bid against the public or each other for treasured family items at an auction.

h) Our family all had favorite items. My mother was in her right mind and we had a family get-together where things were equitably distributed. We did not get all that we wanted, but we all got something that we wanted, as did our children and grandchildren. Everyone came away happy. What happens later if a family member sells or gives away an item, is out of our hands. We cannot control every little thing, and that's what we need to remember.

i) When my mother passed away there was great fear of how the 'distributing' of her estate would go. Not only were there 6 siblings we had to deal with a step father. In the end our step father agreed that we could have anything that was hers. We started the picking process the oldest picked first then once everyone picked the next round the second oldest picked first and so on till everyone had a fist pick them started over. So in the end everyone of us got to pick first every 6 times and it was the most orderly process the 6 of us had ever accomplished as a family!!!! God rest her soul we miss her daily but still enjoy even the favorite piece of Tupperware she used to serve deviled eggs in!!!!!!!

j) In my own family, I was the executor. I have eight brothers and sisters. We put all of our names in a hat and whomever's name was pulled, got to pick an item and so on. Then, after everyone's name was picked once, we put all the names back in, and started the process again, and again, and again. If you were born first, you didn't necessarily get to pick first each time. Sometimes, the middle child's name was picked first that round. Everyone in my family enjoyed seeing what each other picked. Although, sometimes what they wanted was already gone when it was their turn to pick that round. That way, each one of us got something that held special memories for us. We did it for the jewelry first, and then the furniture and household items. We even did the name-picking method for the family pictures at the following Xmas when we were all together. That way, no one in the family got all the good stuff...they got something special to them. It was an argue-proof and fair method, and that's what we all loved about it. I kept a list of who has what for each member of my family to refer to if they ever wanted to know where everything went. Hope this helps another family.

k) It seems to me the parents are who have the obligation to see who gets what. I think it has been published here to mark each piece with the persons' name on it way ahead of time. You cannot whine about it when the owner decided who gets it IT IS THEIRS to give to whom ever! In the case of sudden death or not being prepared, there are usually bills from funerals etc. closing the estate, and usually one child gets stuck not only seeing to it physically but paying for it too. So it seems an auction is the only viable way. I guess life just isn't always fair & you better be saving if you want granny's antiques. I see more the issue of people putting way too much importance on "things" you surely can't take them with you! Better to teach those around you "things" aren't as important as relationships & people's feelings!

l) We've had two ways to deal with this: each room in the house gets written on a slip of paper, slips get put in a bowl, each family unit draws a slip, they get that room. Could be split, west side of room.east side of room, etc. Method #2: we had 7 very old large ornately framed family photographs: each photograph had a number put on its back. Seven numbered slips of paper in a bowl, each family unit chose a slip, they received the photograph that matched their number. Some pleased, some not, but very fair.

m) When my parents died ,6 mos.apart my oldest brother was the executor of the estate. There were 5 children total. My brother had each one of us make a list of what we would like to have. He then told us to give him the lists,and he would look at them. He also informed us that if there was any bickering or fighting over things at all then the object being fought over would be gotten rid of. If there were two or more siblings that wanted the same item he would take into consideration the value and divide things between us as equally and fairly as he could.He was a US Naval officer at the time and we all knew he meant what he said. There was no bickering or fighting over anything and everyone got most of the things they wanted. He did a great job of making sure that we all more or less equal value and things that he knew meant a lot to us. It worked very well for us.

n) My aunt's family allotted a certain amount of play money to each sibling, then had a silent auction (bids written down and put in a hat.) highest bid got that item, then it continued for the next item. takes a little time but everyone could spend as much as they wanted for the item they really wanted without breaking anyones piggy bank. When all money was spent, they reissued money and went again. Judy NE

o) First, all children have first choice on gifts they personally gave their parents, Second, a list is drawn up of all items of value (financial or sentimental) in the estate. Third, each sibling lists their desires in order of interest (ex: 1-the set of ivory chess men, 2. the Sheraton table 3. the Watt plates. and so on. This should be done privately so that each sibling can let their real desires be known. Finally the lists are collated and every attempt is made to give each his first choice. If there is an heirloom that several people want, then a lottery could be used to determine who gets it. After family members have chosen what they want, the rest could be auctioned off and the returns divided equally.

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
I have been reading comments on this issue for months now and have seen a lot of good ideas. However, having been through this I have some comments of my own. Many people mentioned having a private auction - the problem with this solution is that many family members simply cannot afford to buy the pieces they may cherish while others with money, could buy just about everything.
What my mother did with her more expensive pieces was this - (especially the jewelry) - we took photographs of each item - jewelry, household items, etc. and then SHE wrote on the back of each photo who it was to go to and sealed the photos in an envelope. Who could get angry over that? What made this work is that my mother was NOT a person to favor one child over another.
The rest of the items were divided like this - we each drew numbers and the person with number 1 - chose ONE item - then the second one did the same. We went around and around until everyone had what they cherished most. If there were items that we had purchased for our mother - those were given back to the giver IF they wanted it back - otherwise they were included in the drawing.
NO ONE was allowed to remove anything from the house unless we were all there (three sisters) -after our choosing, then the grandchildren were permitted to chose things they wanted.
My mother's personal effects also included over 500 handmade porcelain, antique, reproduction dolls. She and I made dolls for over 20 years and my mother made some of the most beautiful handsewn dresses for them (smocking, embroidery, etc). Those were done in a separate drawing - we each ended up with our favorites and the remainder were given to other family and close friends.
There is a way to do this without forcing family members to BID on family heirlooms. In my opinion - this should be the very last option for dispersing of family treasures. I suppose if every immediate family member of was the same economic level - then it could work. But, there are better ways.
If the parent/parents are unable or unwilling to designate items - then each person could list their favorite items in order of preference. It's never easy - but SELLING family treasures to family members---- there is a better way. God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.

4. This week's 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 http://www.News-Antique.com the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 16,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to http://www.News-Antique.com

1. Fine Art to Auction at Rago's on November 12, 2011
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800678

2. United Motors Service neon sign hits $6,325 at Matthews Auctions, LLC
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800677

3. The Wikicollecting Top 5 Strangest Beatles Collectibles
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800676

4. PSA/DNA Introduces Embedded Hologram Technology
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800665

5. Washington portrait flask demands $28,080 at Norman C. Heckler & Co.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800663

6. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. -– October 22, 2011 – Estate Treasures Auction – 1:00 PM
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800650

7. Artfact Live! September Auction Results Roundup
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800648

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800634

9. Finney's will sell massive single-owner collection Sat., Oct. 29, in N.Y.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800633

10. The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Ice Hockey Memorabilia
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800627

11. Amazing collection of vintage jewelry in your reach now
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800625

12. John Wayne's Personally OWNED Wardrobe Trunk!
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800619

13. Magic of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800618

14. Fine Art Auction - Oct 23, 2011
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800617

15. Top Five Chartwell collection stamps sold this year at Spink
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800612

16. The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800599

17. Disney Fairy Gardens
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800593

18. Remember When Showcases Mid-century Modernist Canadian Artisans
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800591

19. Vintage toys and collectibles to be sold online by SeriousToyz.com
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800590

20. A Wide Collection of Patek Philippe Watches
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=800589
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at http://www.News-Antique.com
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:

5, Your Classifieds...
Royal Doulton Wedding Cake Topper Figurine

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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Saturday October 22, 2011 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
What we do for our kids to make them believe in Santa is SO true. I had just moved into a in a ground floor apartment with my daughter, She fretted and stewed that Santa wouldn’t be able to get in because of the lack of chimney. I assured her that our patio was the perfect landing spot, and he could come in through the arcadia doors. Come Christmas Eve, we set out carrots for the reindeer and a shot of strawberry schnapps for Santa. You see, Santa got nothing but milk & cookies at everyone else’s house, but what we left assured her good presents. . .

After she’d gone to bed, I took a broomstick and poked holes in the new fallen snow outside, doing my best to make it look like hoofprints. I unwrapped a few mini Tootsie Rolls and tossed them into the snow, making for extreme realism (reindeer poop!). Then I put on a pair of size 13 boots I’d borrowed from my dad and walked backwards out onto the patio, to make it look like Santa had walked to the door from his sled. I misjudged the distance and landed butt first in a snowdrift. It was a bit of work rolling up and out of the snow without destroying my cleverly staged scene. By the time I got back inside, I was laughing so hard I was crying.

However, I laughed even harder the next day when my daughter got up to examine the ‘evidence’. She got SO excited when she saw the reindeer poop, and her eyes widened when she saw Santa’s huge footprints. I looked over at the nearly flattened snowdrift I’d tackled the night before and said, quite innocently, “Gee, I wonder what happened there?”

My 8 year old daughter shrugged and said, “Santa musta drank all his schnapps and fell over when he was getting back into his sleigh.” This STILL makes me laugh, 25 years later.... Ali
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com 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?
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 16,000 people who get this newsletter. Go to http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi

9. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

In the last issue Deb requested a recipe for "an easy to make bread". We received the following...

There is nothing easier to make than beer bread. When cooked, it taste nothing like beer. It's absolutely fantastic with butter and jelly and so simple.

3 cups Self-Rising Flour (sifted)
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can of beer
1/4 cup melted butter


1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2 Mix dry ingredients and beer.
3 Pour into a greased loaf pan.
4 Pour melted butter over mixture.
5 Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
6 UPDATED NOTES: This recipe makes a very hearty bread with a crunchy, buttery crust. If you prefer a softer crust (like a traditional bread) mix the butter into the batter instead of pouring it over the top.
7 Sifting flour for bread recipes is a must-do. Most people just scoop the 1 cup measure in the flour canister and level it off. That compacts the flour and will turn your bread into a "hard biscuit" as some have described. That's because they aren't sifting their flour! If you do not have a sifter, use a spoon to spoon the flour into the 1 cup measure. Try it once the "correct" way and you will see an amazing difference in the end product.
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html
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 want to make crescent rolls that DON'T come from a can. Does anyone have one that they can share? Benny
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html

11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.

Northern Lights Antiques and Collectibles
Featuring a variety of vintage advertising including recently added coffee tins, spice tins, oat boxes, childrens books and toys, tobacciana, soda products and dairy items.

Camp Tecumseh Pickers
We offer many unusual & unique items-come on into our store & check out our specials! You just never know what you may find at Camp Tecumseh Pickers!

Wine and Windows
New collectibles and vintage items including toys, glassware, clothing, and unusual pieces. Check back often for new items.

Penn Country Exchange
Wilkom! (Welcome!) I carry Pennsylvania Dutch items, vintage china, porcelain, glass, silver, jewelry, baskets and much more, with new items added daily. I've been in business for many years and enjoy talking with my customers.

Vintage Autographs and Collectibles
We specialize in Vintage Entertainment, Sports and Historical Autographs and Collectibles. Our store is new, so check back frequently for new items.

Penn Country Exchange
Wilkom! (Welcome!) I carry Pennsylvania Dutch items, vintage china, porcelain, glass, silver, jewelry, baskets and much more, with new items added daily. I've been in business for many years and enjoy talking with my customers.

Emmelia's Attic
We offer vintage & contemporary art glass, jewelry & other collectibles. Come back often, as we are always adding to our inventory. We are authorized dealers of Mosser and Blenko art glass!

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