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The Collectors Newsletter #886 -- March 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #886 -- March 2012
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1. Some Great Sales Going on at TIAS.com this week!
2. Sell With Us!
3. This Week's Question & Answers
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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PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO VOTE FOR TIAS ONCE A DAY AT:
We made the finals in the 2012 About.com "Readers Choice" awards as one of the 5 best places to buy & sell antiques & collectibles online. You can vote once a day, every day until the polls close in Late March.
1. Over the past 2 weeks, we've added 40,000 new items to TIAS.
MANY new dealers have recently opened stores at TIAS. Fresh inventory also lots of great sales and special offers going on right now. Take a look at:
2. Come And Sell With Us At TIAS.com!
In 2011 TIAS won the About.com "Readers Choice" award as the best place to buy antiques & collectibles online. We get about 700,000 customers a month. Our customers love TIAS because we guarantee their purchase for up to $500 and have a toll free number to contact customer support on our home page. Plus we've been around for almost 17 years.
We are looking for a few great antique dealers to join us. If you want to open your very own online antiques & collectibles shop at TIAS.com, take a look at
or give me a call at 1-888-653-7883 .....Phil
3. This Week's Question
Every week we post stories, comments and survey results from our readers
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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.
The first 10 stories I get each week will receive one of these great little gadgets. See:
I've mailed out quite a few over the past month. When you submit your story, make sure to include you mailing address so that we can send you your gift.
Here is what we received this week...
I always wanted a grandfather clock, but I didn't want the kind that was mass produced. I never was satisfied with what I found, and I looked for years. There was a young artist who moved into my apartment building and starting to become known in NYC.
Needless to say, she was selling the contents of her apartment and listed a grandfather clock for sale. I called her and went to see the clock. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the beauty of it. It is tall and elegant and has a very stately look, and a huge bonnet. The clock is made of dark cherry wood, leaded glass door and sides, with a beautiful copper pendulum with weights. The pendulum is sketched with a drawing of a castle and inscribed Neuschwanstein Castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein which is a 19th-century castle in Bavaria, Germany. This castle was intended as a refuge for the reclusive king Ludwig II of Bavaria.
The clock was originally a present to a little 5 year-old boy from his grandparents in Germany. Unfortunately, they had to sell it because they were moving, and I just happened to be there.. I named my clock Mr. Julian after the boy. The way I look at it when you want something that you intend to keep and cherish, it finds a home with you. I didn't have to look for it. Carolyn
About 7 years ago a friend living in a retirement community told me about a lady whose china cabinet contained a Dumbo statuette. It was for sale! My daughter loves Dumbo & at age 40 still cries when she watch’s the Dumbo movie. So, I went to look & found out it was not Dumbo. I thought maybe it was Dumbo’s mother posing in a pink outfit .The lady wanted $20 for her. I thought “no” that is not Dumbo. So I went home & did some research & found out it is the #26 elephant by Vernon Kilns from the 1940’s movie Fantasia. I called my friend & asked her to go back & purchase the elephant for me. She did. Later I gave her the $20 & thanked her. I am happy to have one of the elephants from “Dancing of the Hours” from a movie made 70+ years ago.
Barbara l Seman
After reading the stories about giving up TV's and Gina's shock, I had to chime in. I must confess I still have, and enjoy, my TV for all the great shows it offers -- I can watch while I work at my new job making jewelry, and it keeps me from getting too bored with the repetition. But I admit I get more done when I don't watch, and there have been very productive years when I had different jobs almost never watched. But for news it really seems like nothing beats our Los Angeles Times and NPR (National Public Radio), certainly NOT the TV news! I can read a story in the LA Times one morning, find something quoting them on the internet later that day, maybe see it on CBS news that night -- or the next -- in the briefest of forms, and finally it shows up on ABC two or three days later. As I look at internet stories, it seems all the credible ones are excerpts or quotes from the top newspapers. Let's hope those papers never fail -- who would pay the few real reporters actually checking information and getting accurate background? Beth in Northridge, CA
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
4. This week's Antique News
The Internet Antique Shop,
today released their list of the top 20 categories of antiques & collectibles that sold online in February of 2012. The list is based on the total dollar value of items sold in each category of antiques & collectibles purchased online at stores hosted by TIAS.com in February of 2012.
Here are the top 20 selling antiques & collectibles for February of 2012
1. Vintage Jewelry - See:
2. Porcelain & Pottery - See:
3. Glass - See:
4. China & Dinnerware - See:
5. Vintage Clothing - See:
6. Memorabilia - See:
7. Vintage Sewing - See:
8. Autographs - See:
9. Kitchen Collectibles - See:
10. Photographica - See:
11. Clocks & Watches - See:
12. Art - See:
13. Militaria - See:
14. Paper & Ephemera - See:
15. Dolls - See:
16. Figurines - See:
17. Hobbies - See:
18. Toys - See:
19. Lamps & Lighting - See:
20. Advertising - See:
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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
1. Get Your Favorite Celebrity’s Authentic Autograph With Just a Single Click
2. Fox Valley Antiques Show, March 10 & 11, 2012, St. Charles, Illinois
3. CLARS MAGNIFICENT MARCH AUCTION TO FEATURE RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN COLLECTIONS PL
4. Heavy metal: Tiffany silver, antique armor shine at Morphy's Feb. 24-25 auction
5. XCNTRIC Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators | Chicago Area Spring Estate Sale Schedule
6. Baldwin's Celebrate the Year of the Dragon
7. Artfact Appoints Sam Zales to Board of Directors
8. March is 'Movie Memorabilia Month' at Wikicollecting.org
9. Antiques in the Park
10. Rago's February 20th/21st C. Design Sale Brings $5.12 Million.
11. RAGO'S ACHIEVES A RECORD $237,500 FOR SALE OF AMERICAN ARTS & CRAFTS TABLE FROM ROSE VALLEY
12. Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles March 2012 Newsletter Available
13. Sterling Associates’ March 31 Auction Features Fine Art, Asian Antiques And Premier Estate Offerings
14. Skinner’s March Discovery Auction Offers Affordable Jewelry, Estate Silver, and Textiles and Antique
15. Skinner Auction Offers Unique Finds for Fine Jewelry Lovers
16. Brand new back-to-back episodes of All-Star Dealers debut tonight
17. Grapevine Vintage Show is First of Its Kind in Texas
18. Major estate sale will be held Saturday, March 17, by Stevens Auction in Aberdeen. Miss.
19. COWAN'S AUCTIONS, INC. TOPS $925,000 IN FEBRUARY FINE AND DECORATIVE ART AUCTION
20. All Sights On This Weekend's American Antique Toy & Coin-Op Show
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5, Your Classifieds...
Antique Lamps, Bisque, Pottery, Dolls, Collectibles
End of Year BLOWOUT SALE
New Listings at Dinnerware Replacements
Elegant Hand Painted Enameled Gilded Porcelain Vase
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:
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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday March 6, 2012 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.
Several years ago, my wife was working night shifts. Normally I would prepare her "lunch" meal before she woke up in the late afternoon, but on this occasion I had taken a nap late in the day and my wife woke up before I did. She decided to make her lunch, which was to consist of a baked potato among other things.
She put the potato in the microwave oven and (allegedly) set the timer for 10 minutes.
The stage is now set.
I awoke and, bleary eyed, walked toward the kitchen sniffing the air wondering who in the neighborhood was burning leaves.
Suddenly the smoke alarm went off and I saw smoke wafting from the kitchen. I ran into the kitchen and saw that smoke was billowing out from the door seals of the Microwave oven.
I looked in the Microwave window and saw flames emanating from a charred lump of unidentifiable matter. I grabbed a couple of pot holders and opened the door.
As I did that our young daughter was repeatedly shouting that the house was on fire, and our 4 yr old son ran into the kitchen and circled around me whooping like an Indian in an old cowboy movie. Simultaneously, my wife grabbed a broom to fan what she mistakenly thought was the smoke alarm making the noise. Unfortunately, what she was swatting at was a heat activated alarm, the type that goes off like a REALLY loud school bell. When the broom hit the alarm it knocked of the heat sensor and started the bell.
So now I have a burning potato in my mitts, my son is still whooping and running circles around me, my daughter is shouting about fire, TWO alarms are going off, my wife is waving the broom wildly about, and my hands are starting to get a bit warm.
I must be still asleep......
I ran to the door and threw the lot out on the lawn and just stood there wondering when the dream was going to end.
All was well, the only casualties were the Microwave, it still worked but the insides were now a sort of coffee color rather than white (and despite our best efforts it never was white again) the oven mitts which were actually charred, and obviously my wife's cooking reputation.
We still talk about cooking by smoke detector. And Yes I have had a couple of cooking related smoke alarm incidences too.
Best regards to all! Phil
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?
WANTED: Steak 'n Shake dishes
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
One of our readers - Ben - requested recipes for "Chocolate Trifle". We received the following...
Hello.. this is my family’s Greek version of a trifle, we call it “BASINA” its our long time favourite
you need.. chocolate custard (cold)
vanilla custard ( cold)
stale sponge cake (vanilla, not chocolate)
sweet sherry or wine
in a nice glass bowl, or glass pyrex roasting size pan, layer 1inch slices of sponge. Drench with sherry or wine
Next layer is chocolate custard
then sprinkle over walnuts
Next layer the sponge again & sherry
next is vanilla custard
then sprinkle with n uts
keep going with layers . Finish with plenty of walnuts on top
Keep in fridge .Tastes better the n ext day!!
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 pound light brown sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 (3.4-ounce) packages cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
1/4 cup sherry
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
Mint sprigs, for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.Grease and flour a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. In a bowl, beat the eggs and butter together; add the brown sugar, then gradually add the flour and mix well. Stir in the vanilla. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Prepare the pudding according to the package directions. Let cool slightly. Crumble the blondies into chunks, put them back into the glass dish, and sprinkle with sherry. Spoon the pudding over the blondies. Beat the cream with the sugar just until stiff peaks form. Spoon the whipped cream onto the completely cooled trifle. Refrigerate until serving time.
Add mint to garnish.Carol Thomas
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.
It was called chocolate butter cake and it was just fantastic. My grandma made it in the 60's for me and I have not been able to find any recipes online that taste quite the same. Do you suppose any of your readers might have a recipe for this delectable dessert? Sue..
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants that just opened store at TIAS.com .....
Southern Pattern Matching
Southern Pattern Matching offers over 20 years of china matching experience and a massive warehouse full of fine and casual discontinued dinnerware patterns to customers across the globe. Let us help you complete your cherished dinnerware patterns!
Dallas & Susie's Dishes & Stuff
Wholesale replacement china, books, antiques, purses, fossils, misc. stuff.
Crazy Little Women
Welcome to Crazy Little Women. For more than 20 years, we have offered fine tablewares and decoratives for entertaining with style. We also collect antique and designer glass and ceramics. Watch for specials from our collection.
We offer an eclectic selection of pottery, porcelain, and other collectibles - something for everybody.
The Settings Place
We have been doing china sales for 6 years now. My inventory carries Noritake, Mikasa and Sango, etc. We will also list various other things from time to time, so check us out every now and then.
Heirlooms China, Crystal & Flatware
Welcome to Heirlooms China, Crystal & Flatware. We specialize in one of a kind & discontinued patterns. If you can't find what you are looking for please ask as we have over 100,000+ pieces available with more arriving daily.
Heart of Texas
Welcome to my Heart of Texas store. The dishes that are offered for sale on my site are from a jewelry store liquidation many years ago and are in new condition, many still having the original price sticker on the back.
Jan's Dishes and Flatware
I've been a dealer for over 10 years. My inventory includes glass, porcelain, dishes, and my specialty Flatware. Our warehouse is located in Warsaw, Indiana. 7-day money back guarantee, and we accept Visa and MasterCard, and PayPal.
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
3. Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to
4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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