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The Collectors Newsletter #893 -- May 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #893 -- May 2012

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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


Live antique auctions are now on Tophatter.com! There’s an antique auction today, 5/31 at 7 PM Eastern Time. Check it out, bid on the lots and even add your own items to sell. Click: http://tophatter.com/auctions/2602/?tias to take a look. Every day at Tophatter.com, buyers and sellers from all over the world gather for live auctions that are fun, fast, and feature fabulous antiques and collectibles at exclusive prices.


It's easy to open your very own online antique shop with the Webs' largest antique mall. There are no setup feel or listing fees. For more information, take a look at http://www.MakeAShop.com and you can start building your store at TIAS.com today. If you've got questions, give me a call at 1-888-653-7883. I look forward to talking with you! ....Phil

As the weather has turned warm, our merchants are finding all sorts of fresh antiques & collectibles for you. There are lots of great sales and special offers going on at this very moment at TIAS.com. Take a look at: http://tias.com/news/

3. This Week's Story
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.

Here is what we received this week...

I have had 5 or 6 experiences similar to this one, but since it was the first - I will tell it. It took place in the early 80's. While shopping in an antique shop , I found a small but thick little book (about a 5x7) called "The Bryant Birthday Book". The young owner had used it as an autograph book. Each week had a space for every day of the week and an engraving on the facing page. I quickly thumbed through it and saw that it was filled with autographs, birth dates and places of birth.
A couple of months later, on a rainy afternoon, I picked up the little book and began to examine it more thoroughly. There were multiple last names but the most common one was Bealls and they were from Middleboro, Mass. I had never heard of Middleboro.
Having worked in a library for several years, and not knowing where else to start - I called the Middleboro Library and asked for the librarian. I asked her if there was a historical society in the town and she said, "yes, there is". I asked if she could give me a contact number for someone in the Society. She gave me the number for the secretary of the society.
I called and gave him a brief explanation of what I had and that I did NOT want to sell it - I simply wanted to return it to a descendant of the Bealls family if any existed. He became very quiet and then told me that Mr. Robert Bealls was the President of the Middleboro Historical Society and that his family had been in the area for over 200 years.
Still a bit reluctant, he offered to have Mr. Bealls call me the following day. I was ready when he called - I had a list of all the Bealls names from the book. As I read the book, he became very excited - saying "that's my g.grandmother, that's my grandmother, my g.aunt, etc. There was even a record of a lost line of the Bealls family - twin brothers who parted ways many years before. I was even more excited than he was.
He offered to pay me for the book and I said , "Thank you, but no". So many wonderful people have assisted me with my research; I wouldn't feel right about accepting money for this part of your family history.
I promised to mail it the following day.
A few days later I received a wonderful "thank you" letter along with a lovely little silver spoon. As it turned out, he was also President of the General Tom Thumb Museum (Middleboro was his birthplace). The spoon was a keepsake from the museum.
I still have the letter and the little spoon, but my memory of finding Mr. Robert Bealls with only TWO phone calls and being able to return to him such a memorable part of his past was the amazing part of the adventure.
Since then, I have returned, a Bride's Book from 1910, the earliest known photograph of the "Brace House" - built in the 1700's. The photo was from the early 1800's. I returned an 11x14 photo of a set of twins (with the help of the Newsletter), a Christening certificate from the 1800's, a handmade wooden photo album (its creator was now in a nursing home) - and the list goes on. I am always amazed that it usually only takes minimal effort to return these things but the joy is beyond words. I know how much these things would have meant to me if they were from my family.
I have to admit that the most difficult item to give back was the Bride's Book - it was FILLED with photos, fabric swatches from the wedding gown and trousseau, hand made buttons, black jet trim, lace, dozens of German post cards and telegrams, A list of gifts from the first anniversary was in the back. Judging from the list of gifts - I think a baby was on the way. It took me over a week to restore the album - the little envelopes of swatches and all the other wonderful things it contained. I was able to locate the daughter of the bride and groom - she was in her 90's and sharp as a tack. I found her with two phone calls - I called the church where they were married (there was a post card of the church) and asked if there was a church historian - there was - I called her and she and the daughter of the bride and groom were best friends. The daughter was a retired nurse. She remembered the album but could not figure out it got from S. Carolina to Florida. It's now back where it belongs - in the family who will love and treasure it.
The book was picked up the day before Thanksgiving by a niece who lives in my city. She said, "I know what we will be thankful for this year; having a piece of our family's history restored to us".
Such a small effort for such amazing memories - memories that will last a lifetime. Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.
If you have a story to share, please email it to phil@tias.com and if we include it in an upcoming issue and you include your postal address, we'll send you one of these http://youtu.be/MLofj1Ca6TM

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. Rago’s Hosts Auction Open House on June 13 Featuring a Talk on Modern Design by Author Judith Gura
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803388

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803387

3. 'Photography Month' announced at Wikicollecting.org
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803386

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803385

5. Skinner to Auction Fine Jewelry
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803384

6. United Country – Auctions, Appraisals & Realty, LLC Brings 12 Auctions to Proxibid for Online Biddi
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803372

7. Petroliana and automobilia at Check the Oil auction, June 23 in Dublin, Ohio
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803371

8. The Gallery @ FOUND presents Laurie Hanley Raba: My Mother's Jewels
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803350

9. Massive three-day multi-estate sale planned for June 14-16 by Philip Weiss Auctions
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803349

10. Arnhold Collection Achieves 100% at Auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803348

11. Oil painting by Paul Cornoyer soars to $96,000 at Shannon's April 26 fine art auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803336

12. Memorial Day and Memorabilia
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803335

13. The estate of Donna Phillabaum will be sold June 23 in Marianna, Fla.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803328

14. New Jersey’s Sterling Associates Announces June 9 Major Fine Art & Estate Auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803327

15. Asselmeier & May Antique Estate Auction (6/2/2012)
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803326

16. Top Ten World’s Most Expensive Banned Books
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803325

17. Rago’s Announces a 20th /21st Century Design Auction on June 16-17
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803317

18. Rare rhino horn libation cup to be re-offered at Elite Decorative Arts, June 23-24
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803316

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803315

20. Rolex Watches, Rare Gold Coins, Fine Gems In Government Auction’s May 27 Sale
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803305
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:

5, Your Classifieds...
A Time Remembered

Beautiful Dinnerware in Many Patterns & Makers

Faceted Cherry Amber Bakelite Beaded Necklace

Teplitz Frosted Cranberry Glass Flower-Form Lamp Shade

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

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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Thursday May 31, 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

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.
I laughed at the story about the little boy trying to tell his mum that the kitchen was on fire ....it reminded me of my daughter. It was a 'lazy' May bank holiday and she came into the lounge and calmly announced that the TV had suddenly gone off and the she couldn't see through the glass panels in the kitchen door ....so it was 'probably' on fire! I went into a panic - yelled out to my husband who was in the bath....phoned the fire brigade .....and did what you definitely shouldn't do....rushed up to my room ....to get dressed.....no way was I going out of my house in my PJs! In the meantime my husband, dripping wet but quickly dressed, went to investigate and found the kitchen full of black acrid smoke but couldn't open the window. Just before the firemen arrived the phone rang and it was my brother in law telling me excitedly that their baby boy had arrived ...by now the firemen in breathing apparatus were coming up our stairs ...sounding like a team of Darth Vaders! I cut him short saying that I must go as the fire brigade was here...and rang off. With that the phone rang again....this time it was a friend telling me that their baby girl had just arrived! Again I cut him short and rang off ....just as the firemen left having managed to open my kitchen window to let the smoke out! My darling daughter had made herself some toast in the grill in the top oven of my lovely halogen cooker, shut the door but not turned it off. The wiring to the hob had melted in the heat and this had left a lack oily slick everywhere that the smoke had reached....the smell was awful! Despite all the chaos caused my daughter only wanted to know how long it would take to change the fuse and get the TV going again.....I nearly throttled her! She conjured up an awful lot of 'homework' rather than clear up the mess too......and I fell for it!

That was 18 years ago and we have never let her forget that she nearly burnt the house down! The 2 babies are now at college ......can't forget their birthdays!

Must say that I have enjoyed your newsletters for many years.......thanks!

Sheena (Brown) from Portsmouth, England
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?

WANTED: Antique Wood Artists Box of Watercolor Paints
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.

One of our readers "Janet" requested a recipe for "chocolate chip cookie recipe that a lot of people made and it was made with Jello Vanilla Instant pudding". We received the following...
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. softened butter
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. (4 oz. serving) instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1 c. nuts (opt.)
Combine butter, the sugars, vanilla and pudding mix in large bowl. Beat until creamy. Then beat in eggs. Gradually add flour, soda, chips and nuts. Batter will be stiff. Drop by teaspoonful, about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes 7 dozen.For chocolate chip cookies, use chocolate flavor instant pudding....Randee

--Another Recipe--

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mix and beat:
1 1/8 c flour
1/2 tspn baking soda
1/8 c sugar
1/8c brown sugar
1/2 tspn vanilla
1/2 pkg instant vanilla jello pudding or pie filling
Add 1 egg, 6 oz. chocolate chips
tspn 2 in. apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
375 for 9 mins
Makes 3 1/2 dozen
FOR CHOC CHOC COOKIES, use choc pudding ...Terry
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: 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 tasted the recipe.
Our Mother use to make what she called Spanish pie back in the "50s. My brother and I loved it. I lost the recipe. I have no idea where she got the recipe from. We lived in north east Pennsylvania. It wasn't a desert. It was a casserole. We remember it having a crust and filled with sliced (like scalloped) potatoes and onions and maybe ground beef in a tomato type sauce. Does it sound familiar to anyone? Would love to have the recipe. Ruth in Georgia
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 that just opened store at TIAS.com .....

Simply Sterling
Welcome to our internet selling site! We bring to you over fifty years experience buying and selling antiques and collectibles. Our inventory includes a variety of vintage Sterling Silver items, Jewelry, Flatware, Art, and porcelain.

Garryannie Classy Glass & Collectibles
At Garryannie, we offer an eclectic mix of vintage to contemporary glass, pottery, home decor and giftware, updated every week and specially selected for quality and uniqueness. Shop with us for free shipping on every order and great customer service!

Now and Again Antiques and Collectibles
Now and Again Antiques and Collectibles is a well known dealer of antiques, autographs, and modern collectibles. We strive for complete customer satisfaction so if its not right, let us know, and we will make it right!

This & That from Two Carolina Girls
Hi and welcome to my store. My inventory is very eclectic with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Please feel free to browse and ask questions. Enjoy!!!

A-Rod's Curious Corner
Who knows what you might find but I promise an ever changing mix to include Antiques, Vintage, parts of collections of all sorts and a flair for the unusual. So Check back often.

Carta Del Passato
Carta del Passato specialists in rare antique books, photos, manuscripts, sculpture, paintings and prints from all parts of the world. We offer thousands of items from the 15th to the 20th centuries, illustrated and described.

China Chats
Our store is full of very interesting & affordable pieces, from collectables and crystal to bone china & everyday dinnerware replacements. Visit us - it's a fun experience!

Missing Pieces
We buy, sell and consign discontinued patterns by over 30 manufacturers: Aynsley, Coalport, Denby, Hammersley, Hutschenreuther, Midwinter, Mikasa, Minton, Noritake, Paragon, Royal Albert, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Spode, Wedgwood, etc.

Olde Fridgies
Decorative Magnets - Art images from the late 1800's thru the early 1900's, large 4x6 size, encased in plastic, full sheet magnetic backing. No shipping or handling charges!

12. 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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