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The Collectors Newsletter #878 -- January 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #878 -- January 2012

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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
2. This Week's Question & Answers
3. This Week's Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
If you have antiques & collectibles to sell and want to earn some extra cash, open an online store at TIAS.com . It's easy to get started and there are no setup fees or listing fees.

For more information, see: http://www.MakeAShop.com or give me a call at 1-888-OLD-STUFF
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2. This Week's Question
Every week we post stories, comments and survey results from our readers
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EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA !!!

This week we are still looking for your favorite story about how you acquired one item in your collection. Half the fun of collecting is finding the items you collect and every item in every collection has a story about how it was found. So what we are looking for from you, is the most interesting story you have about one item in your collection. Please email it to Phil@TIAS.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.

The first 10 stories I get this week will receive one of these great little gadgets..... http://youtu.be/MLofj1Ca6TM ......Just be sure to include you mailing address with your story. We'll start running these in next week's issue...
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Here is the SECOND round of interesting responses to a survey question we posted a few weeks ago. As you may recall, the question was....

"Over the past 10 years of publishing this newsletter, one of the most controversial and popular topics has been readers writing to us about important items they have lost and then years later and sometimes hundreds of miles from where the item was lost, it mysteriously turns up as if it was guided back to the person that lost it. If you or someone you know has had this experience, tell us about it. If you think this is a bunch of bunk, we want to hear from you as well."

Here are the answers we received.....
29.4% - said "I have never experienced anything like this and I don't know of anyone who has had this experience."
52.9% - said "Yes, this has happened to me or someone I know."
17.6% - said "I have a theory about why this happens......."

Here are more of the stories that were posted by readers who answered the survey....

The last day of 4th grade the teacher asked those of us who walked home if we would be willing to stay and help her clean the classroom. She asked me if I would go outside to "clap" the erasers. At the time I was wearing two rings, one small gold-tone ring with my nickname "Becky" and one base metal ring with a small porcelain floral disc on it, both gifts from my grandparents. My pants didn't have any pockets so without really thinking, to keep them safe, I wrapped them in a tissue and left them on the teacher's desk. When it came time to leave a half hour later, the rings were no longer on her desk. She, understandably, assumed it was just a discarded tissue and clearly remembered throwing it into her wastebasket which another student had taken to dump in the dumpster. 4 of us searched the dumpster in the area where the wastebasket had been dumped for at least half an hour, to no avail. I was heartbroken. The rings were of no value except to me, sentimentally, they were priceless. Fast forward 15 years: I was at my childhood home cleaning out the remaining items that I had left there over the years in preparation for moving with my new husband to a new state. I pulled my old jewelry box out from underneath my bed. Mind you, this was a box I had been through hundreds of times over the years. I opened the box and found a wadded up tissue on top. And yes indeed...my two rings were tucked safe and sound in the middle of the tissue. I was so ecstatic and I ran downstairs and asked my parents how on earth had then been returned and they denied any knowledge and didn't even recall the incident when I had lost them that many years ago. I know those rings were tossed into a dumpster so how they made their way back to me is one of life's mysteries I am quite positive I will never know the answer to!

--Another Story--

Finding a lost toy a couple hundred miles from my home, that I am certain was mine 50 years ago is an eery but amazing experience!

--Another Story--

Well I don't know if this qualifies or not, but I believe in Providence working in our lives, my husband & I were introduced at a time when it wasn't good & then 5 yrs later we ended up getting together when the time was better & we have been married almost 30 yrs! In realizing how we had been raised & where just about every place one had lived, the other had & even at the same times. It is almost spooky! I think it was just meant to be!

--Another Story--

The world is far smaller than the average mind perceives. Sometimes lost items are not found because the wrong sense is used to look for them. It is far easier to find the needle in the haystack than most think. Most use sight to search for the needle when touch would locate the needle much more quickly. OUCH!!

--Another Story--

My parents met while working at Macy's New York in the late 1920's. While courting, my dad bought my mom a little silver and turquoise ring at a shop near Carnegie Hall. Fast forward to the 1970's, when I was in my 20's, and she gave me the little ring, which I treasured and wore constantly, and intended to give my daughter someday. Fast forward again to 2003, when I went to my jewelry box as usual to put on the precious little ring. It was gone! I was horrified, and searched everywhere, alerted the family to keep an eye out, etc. Alas, no ring. Over a year went by, during which I cleaned house, vacuumed, etc. as usual, then one day as I was walking through the living room, I saw "something" right in the middle of the rug. You guessed it--the turquoise ring!!! It must have been the elves of folklore that put it there, because there is no way it was there all that time! Since then I have happily worn (and kept careful track of!) that ring, and my daughter will have it to cherish and pass along. I just love it when wonderful serendipitous things like this happen!

--Another Story--

It wasn't really a lost item but I went at the last minute to a St. Vinnie store & bought 4 books that I know my mother used to subscribe to. Thought it would be fun to see what was in them. It wasn't till some time after I got home that I looked at them & there was my mothers name & address on each one of them. I believe she was looking down on me so I would have all of them. I'm thinking my father or sister had sold them & she wanted me to have them. I had a really funny feeling when I saw the name. It was a good feeling. Sharon R.

--Another Story--

In 1973 I gave a neighbor 4 books of trading stamps so she could buy something for herself. Apparently she did not use them and I found them at the Canton, TX tradedays in the late 90's. I always marked them with my initials when 1 got full. Where the heck were they?? Jackie
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3. This week's Antique News

TIAS.com ( http://www.tias.com) the Webs largest online antique & collectible mall, today released their annual report listing the most frequently purchased antiques and collectibles online in 2011. The data was gathered from tens of thousands of transactions at TIAS.com. AntiqueArts.com and CollectorOnline.com, representing millions of dollars in online sales of antiques & collectibles during the year 2011.

Here are the top 20 categories of antiques and collectibles purchased online by customers visiting antique and collectible related Web sites that are hosted by TIAS.com Inc. in 2011. This first list ranks popular categories based on the volume of items purchased within each category. As an example, a higher quantity of china and dinnerware were sold online than glass antiques & collectibles, in 2011.

Note that this list also compares 2011 rank to 2010 and gives links to examples of merchandise in each category

1. China & Dinnerware - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/China_and_Dinnerware/1.html

2. Glass - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Glass/1.html

3. Vintage Sewing - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Vintage_Sewing/1.html

4. Paper & Ephemera - Up from #9 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Paper_and_Ephemera/1.html

5. Jewelry - Up from #7 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Jewelry/1.html

6. Kitchen Collectibles - Up from #8 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html

7. Holiday & Seasonal - Down from #5 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Holiday_and_Seasonal/1.html

8. Coins & Currency - Down from #4 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Coins_and_Currency/1.html

9. Advertising - Up from #12 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Advertising/1.html

10. Porcelain & Pottery - Up from #13 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Porcelain_and_Pottery/1.html

11. Vintage Clothing - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Clothing/1.html

12. Toys - up from #15 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Toys/1.html

13. Memorabilia - Up from #17 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Memorabilia/1.html

14. Figurines - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Figurines/1.html

15. Books - Up from #19 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Books/1.html

16. Dolls - up from #18 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Dolls/1.html

17. Photographica - Down from #16 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Photographica/1.html

18. Lamps & Lighting - Not listed in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Lamps_and_Lighting/1.html

19. Music related - up from #20 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Music_Related/1.html

20. Textiles - Not listed in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Textiles/1.html

To view the 2010 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=796100
To view the 2009 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790187
To view the 2008 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786157
To view the 2007 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783489
To view the 2006 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782085

Here are the top 20 categories of antiques and collectibles sold online in 2011, based on dollar volume. The following list is based on how much money was spent by customers who bought antiques and collectibles over the past year. As an example, more money was spent by customers buying Jewelry than Porcelain & Pottery in 2011.

Note that this list also compares 2011 rank to 2010 and gives examples of merchandise in each category

1. Memorabilia - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Memorabilia/1.html

2. Jewelry - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Jewelry/1.html

3. China & Dinnerware - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/China_and_Dinnerware/1.html

4. Glass - Up from #6 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Glass/1.html

5. Porcelain & Pottery - Up from #7 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Porcelain_and_Pottery/1.html

6. Vintage Clothing - Down from #4 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Clothing/1.html

7. Books - Up from #12 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Books/1.html

8. Kitchen Collectibles - Up from #9 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html

9. Vintage Sewing - Up from #13 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Vintage_Sewing/1.html

10. Photographica - Down from #5 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Photographica/1.html

11. Furniture & Accessories - Down from #10 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Furniture_and_Accessories/1.html

12. Holiday & Seasonal - Down from #11 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Holiday_and_Seasonal/1.html

13. Autographs - Up from #15 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Autographs/1.html

14. Dolls - Up from #16 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Dolls/1.html

15. Paper & Ephemera - Up from #17 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Paper_and_Ephemera/1.html

16. Militaria - Not listed in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Militaria/1.html

17. Silver - Not listed in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Silver/1.html

18. Textiles - Down from #14 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Textiles/1.html

19. Toys - No movement since 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Toys/1.html

20. Figurines - Down from #18 in 2010
Examples: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Figurines/1.html

To view the 2010 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=796100
To view the 2009 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=790187
To view the 2008 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786157
To view the 2007 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783489
To view the 2006 list go to: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782085

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
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Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at http://www.News-Antique.com
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MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
http://www.news-antique.com
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4, Your Classifieds...
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Elegant Hand Painted Enameled Gilded Porcelain Vase
http://pages.tiasexchange.com/1360717/PictPage/3923934899.html

Twilight 'Breaking Dawn' Signed Photos Now Available
http://pages.tiasexchange.com/1370583/PictPage/3923934179.html

Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
http://pages.tiasexchange.com/1410506/PictPage/3923934191.html

Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 16,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://tinyurl.com/39eulu

Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at: http://tinyurl.com/8xqyw
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5. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Wednesday January 4, 2012 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS.com - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6
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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
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After my son was born I tried my hand at doing home daycare for a while. The 3 oldest school age kids were bored to tears because it was too hot to play outside. So I made Kool-Aide for them. It really upset me that after giving them each of them a glass they complained that it was nasty tasting. I was having a bad day to start with because of a nagging headache and my A/C went out and it was a very hot and muggy day. I told them if they didn't like it, to drink water.
My hubby was home from work trying to fix the A/C and took a break and asked for a glass of Kool-Aide. I was very upset when he spit it back out and told me I forgot to put the sugar in. Thankfully the ice cream truck choose that time to come through the neighborhood and rescue me. Diane in VA
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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.
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7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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WANTED: Treasure Craft dogs
I am looking for the Treasure Craft dog containers labeled "SUGAR", "FLOUR", "COFFEE", and "BANK".
I have two dogs labeled "COOKIES" and one labeled "TEA" but the "tea" dog is not in good shape.
You can send email to dconway@elkcreek.net
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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
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8. 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.

A fantastic recipe for "North Carolina Sweet Potato Pie". We received the following...
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North Carolina Sweet Potato Pie

1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Add milk, sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; mix well. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html
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9. 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.
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Cornbread seems to be one of those recipes where every part of the country has a different way of doing it. I'm looking to find out if your readers have a favorite version they could share with me? Daphne
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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.
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Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html
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10. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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Big Mama's Stuff
http://tias.com/stores/woodall
Welcome to Big Mama's Stuff where unique treasures can be found, some antiques some collectibles. Her era was the late 18th century to the mid 19th. Big Mama's specialty is dolls. So stop and shop at Big Mama's.

Sassafras Island
http://tias.com/stores/sassafras
Welcome to Sassafras Island's eclectic assortment of antiques, vintage collectibles & more. Online since 1999 with 100% customer satisfaction. We pledge to maintain the tradition of happy customers here at TIAS.

My Grandma's Treasures
http://tias.com/stores/grandmatreasure
Mother and daughter business. Our inventory includes: Fire King, depression glass, carnival glass, Pyrex and new items from Burton and Burton. We have a 7 day money back guarantee and we accept Paypal, money orders or personal checks.

Doe Run Antiques & Collectibles
http://tias.com/stores/armaule
We currently offer Weller, Hull, Rookwood, Roseville, Stangl, Shawnee Pottery and other unique antiques & collectibles. Stop by our store and see if we have something you can't live without!

Moon Mandrake
http://www.tias.com/stores/moonmandrake
Moon Mandrake combines antiques, vintage items and collectibles to make browsing an adventure! Merchandise ranges from 1830's antiques to current collectibles -- from places like Ireland, Finland, France and of course here in America.
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11. Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at http://www.kovels.com
3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to http://www.tias.com/affiliates/
4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?" http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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