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The Collectors Newsletter #879 -- January 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #879 -- January 2012

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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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2. This Week's Question
Every week we post stories, comments and survey results from our readers

This weeks request was to tell us 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 were looking for from you, is the most interesting story you have about one item in your collection. Here is what we received...

We were going up the stairs in a downtown building to pay a bill, rather than putting the payment in the mail. On the way up the stairs we met a woman going down them and she was gently carrying a box. We just stopped and said, "Hi" and she asked us if we knew when the gold/silver exchange would be open. We said that he kind of pops in and out and I asked what is you that you want to sell? She showed us a Squash Blossom necklace and I asked her how much she was expecting to receive for it? We bought it from her on the spot, at her price. I absolutely love it and yes, I can tell that it is real turquoise and sterling. She said that it had been in her family probably a 100 years and she just wouldn't wear a necklace which is that large and heavy. I wore it all of the rest of the day and love absolutely love it. I'm thrilled to have it, Linda at Relics

--Another Story--

I have been going to estate, tag and yard sales for many years. I look mainly for old militaria and old tools. I am an avid knife collector and I also sell some items. One day in 2005, I went to a tag sale in Flushing, NY. When I walked in, I noticed two large old knives on the table, next to the dealer. One of them had a very curved Asian style to it, and the other one was a large knife with a thick, straight blade that looked very interesting. The dealer running the sale told me that both of them had been brought back from World War Two by the owner of the apartment. He stated that they had both come from the Philippines and that the Asian looking one was given to the soldier{ the owner of the apartment}, by a village chief, after he and his unit liberated the village from the Japanese. The other knife, the larger one had been taken off a deceased Japanese soldier. I asked how much they were and ended up buying the larger one. I left the apartment and went about my business. About 2 hours later, I decided to go back and buy the other one also. Unfortunately, when I got back, the other knife had been sold. Disappointed, but still happy with my original purchase, I chatted up the dealer. He told me more info about the knives and the stories behind them. The story was interesting but I know that sometimes families, especially years later, can sometimes have some of the details wrong. When I mentioned this to him, he said "the family didn't tell me the story, he did, and he's right there". I was very surprised, but happily so. I introduced myself to him and thanked him for his service. He stated the same story that the dealer had and how he received them, when his unit went into the village, shortly after the U.S. return to the Philippines, late in the war. I wanted to ask him so many questions because I believe in the preservation of these precious memories, but I could tell It was making him sad to think and talk about it. So we sat and talked about the war in general. My families experience in it and other things. I didn't ask him anything about the specifics of that day. I did compliment him on the amazing condition of the blades. He did say that he had coated them with cosmolene, a dry grease, to preserve them. He then wrapped them up and stored them in a closet for almost 60 years. I could see it made him very happy to be remembered and thanked for his service. It was an incredible honor for me, to meet this gentleman and speak with him. I think of him and his service often, and the service of all veterans. Needless to say, the knife is one my of prized possessions, and I will never sell it. George M.

--Another Story--

Many years ago a dealer sent me some old postcards which I collect as well as hatpins. Included with the package were several hatpins that he found while in someone's attic getting post cards. He told me to keep what I wanted & to tell him what I think he should charge for the rest of the pins. None of the pins were particularly great & 1 or 2 were in desperate need of a good cleaning. My husband chose which he thought I should keep & all the rest I returned to him as well as a suggested asking price. I paid him for the one I kept along the same lines as the others returned. He was please with the transaction as what I paid for the pin was more than he had paid for the whole batch .As I am known in the hatpin collecting circles as one who rarely cleans her collection it was several months until I got around to cleaning this one. Only then did I discover that it actually was a rare type of pin ! I thanked that dealer & and he was pleased because hatpins were not his thing, only postcards..which I continued to purchase from him for many years.

--Another Story--

I commuted to college in 1971-74. I had the choice of going two different ways. One way was faster and the other a back road. One day I went the back road and it passed a dealer with items set up on the side of the road. Since I was and am a "horse person," one of the items caught my eye.. a metal horse. I stopped to check it out and found it was missing his tail so the price was affordable for a college student.. 1.00. I still have that horse forty years later and he now has a tail....hair from two of my horses that have passed on. That little metal horse crossed my path to become a reminder of the bond I shared with two special horses in my life.

--Another Story--

Hi Phil, One of my favorite finds still hangs on my wall today. I found it at a barn sale about 10 years ago.

As crowds of antique dealers jammed around tables to examine china and pottery, I wandered along the barn's built-in nooks used for storage. I spotted something sticking out of an open box back in a corner and couldn't resist pulling it out. It was heavy and covered in thick dust. Reaching into my coat pocket, I pulled out a wet wipe from a travel pack (a must for dust), and gently rubbed. I uncovered a gold crown with garnet-like jewels. I continued rubbing, revealing the face below the crown. Then I ran my finger over the raised features. What I could see was beautiful. I made my way to the seller, treasure in hand, and asked if it was for sale. She said, "I guess, how about a quarter?"

There are actually three different kings (the Biblical wise men) all with jeweled crowns on the vintage piece.Every detail including the background is in raised relief. The colors are vibrant, with all jewels intact. Some people call it tile or Masonite art. Nobody believes that I only paid a quarter for it. DK Landers

If you have a story to share, please email it to Phil@tias.com and if we include it in an upcoming issue, we'll send you one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLofj1Ca6TM


3. 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. Kovels.com Top 10 Antiques & Collectibles Searches for 2011
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801855

2. Artfact Live! December 2011 Auction Results Roundup
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801854

3. Items from three prominent Virginia estates will be auctioned by Tom's on Feb. 4
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801853

4. Timeless Styles, Original Pieces make a Splash at John Moran’s December 13th Fine Jewelry Auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801843

5. Important Asian Art Collections on the Block in Cowan's Asian Art Auction January 27, 2012
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801841

6. Silent Auction Items From Charity Fundraising Packages Help Non Profits Raise Over $3 million
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801840

7. Wikicollecting's Top 10 Most Expensive Classic Car Sales of 2011
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801834

8. Start 2012 at the Flea Market With Style - Long Beach Antique Market
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801830

9. The Gallery @ FOUND presents Nancy Ridenour ~ Cornell Sculpture Garden: Cement Sculpture Abstracts
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801827

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801826

11. Clark’s To Auction Important Modern And Contemporary Artworks With Hollywood Connection On Jan. 21
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801824

12. Xcntric Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators Chicago Area | Tinley Park, IL Estate Sale Jan 12-14, 2012
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801822

13. 2012 Floridiana Festival & Highwaymen Artist Show
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801809

14. Rare rosewood secretary desk climbs to $21,280 at Stevens at Flomaton
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801807

15. The Wikicollecting Top 20 Most Popular Collecting Categories of 2011
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801799

16. Antiques Roadshow Announces Summer 2012 Production Tour Destinations
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801792

17. Baldwin's Smash World Record in New York
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801791&keys=ancient-coin-auction-NewYork

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801790

19. Winter Fever Toy Show
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801782

20. January 31st Auction spans Triangle Trade Document to Confederate Gun
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=801781
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:

4, Your Classifieds...
Elegant Hand Painted Enameled Gilded Porcelain Vase

Twilight 'Breaking Dawn' Signed Photos Now Available

Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists

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5. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Wednesday January 10, 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

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.
When I was in high school, I was in a sorority. Each year at Thanksgiving, my sorority played a game of tag football with our "rivalry" sorority at that same school. It was a pretty big deal each year, so we got guys from the Varsity football team to coach us girls for the practices leading up to the big game. I was given the position of guard,and so started my coaching by a Varsity football player named Mike. We worked hard and Mike taught me everything he knew about being a guard, how to deflect, block, all that good stuff. So now it was the day of the game, the game was in the first quarter and defense is on the field. I am all ready in my position....nervous but ready and the play is called and executed and here comes the football right at me, no one any where near me and a clear path! So what do I do? EXACTLY WHAT I HAD BEEN COACHED TO DO....I knocked (deflected) the football down and away! Mike had sort of assumed we knew that we could INTERCEPT the football and go for a touch down, and probably most of those girls knew that, but I didn't never having any big brothers. I couldn't understand why everyone was so mad at me when I was so proud of myself! Later when I learned what I SHOULD have done, I was crushed! All the girls in my sorority treated me like I had the plague for the next few weeks because....yes, we lost. Everyone but Mike that is. He and I ended up dating and I dated him for about a year, I think he felt sort of guilty for assuming I already knew about interceptions!
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.

7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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
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

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.

One of our readers - Daphne - requested recipes for cornbread. We received the following...
I always make my cornbread with a can of cream corn instead of oil and water it calls for plus add a little sugar to make it sweeter... do this to any corn bread recipe...Jane W.

--Another Recipe--

Of all the cornbread recipes that I have used, this one seems to be the biggest hit and quite easy to make. Enjoy! From - Betty in Mississippi.

1 Cup Self-Rising Corn Meal
½ t. Salt
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
1 (8.5 ounce) Can of Cream-Style Corn
1 8 ounce) Carton of Sour Cream
2 Eggs, slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon the mixture into a greased muffin pan, filling each tin only 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 Degrees for 25 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan and serve immediately.
Yield: 12 muffins - NOTE: Non-fat sour cream can be substituted.

--Another Recipe--

After eating cornbread made from this recipe my husband told me to throw away all the other recipes. - Shirley D.

2 cups white cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon bacon grease (I use oil)
2 cups buttermilk (I use Bulgarian, which I like but is difficult to find)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place cast iron skillet in oven while it is preheating with enough bacon grease, or oil, to coat the bottom of skillet. (Don't let it get too hot!) Pour batter into heated skillet and bake until brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Kitchen_Collectibles/1.html
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.

My father, now 87, fondly remembers "Lindy Cookies"' purchased in upstate NY in the 1950's. They were a chocolate covered marshmallow, graham cracker base sweet with an inside dab of raspberry. Does anyone else recall these or have a recipe? Thanks, Jessie D.
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

10. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Big Mama's Stuff
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
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
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
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
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.

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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