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The Collectors Newsletter #899 -- August 2012
The Collectors Newsletter #899 -- August 2012

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1. Do you sell antiques or collectibles online?
2. Even more new photo albums on Pinterest.
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

1. Do you sell antiques or collectibles online?

The Holiday shopping season starts in just a few months and we are looking for a few quality antiques & collectibles dealers to join us at TIAS for the 2012 shopping season. Even if you already have an online store you can increase your sales with a store at TIAS.com. Have you got the right stuff? Check out how easy it is to get started today at: http://www.MakeAShop.com today!

2. Even more new photo albums on Pinterest.

We've put together even more photo albums containing a wide variety of fun & interesting vintage items and posted them to Pinterest.com . These hand picked photo albums include vintage Halloween cards, Christmas cards, cut glass, vintage clocks, antique Christmas ornaments, Cameos, vintage children's books, salt & peppers shakers,Disneyana, incredible teacups, gorgeous dolls, Art Deco, fancy teapots, carnival glass, depression glass, vintage clothing, postcards, civil war photos, hobnail glass, toys, furniture, handbags and a huge jewelry collection.

Take a look at: http://pinterest.com/TIASAntiques/

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

Facebook at http://facebook.com/TIASAntiques
Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/TIASAntiques/
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.

Over 25 years ago we had a small shop in southeastern PA. An elderly man lived across the street in a low income high-rise apartment and stopped into the store. He invited my wife over to see what he had. He had a pile of old postcards of little interest and worth, but for some unknown reason she pulled one from the pile and looked at the back as well as the front. It was addressed to the person who lived in and built the very house we had purchased several years ago, a big Victorian farm house with a porch that wrapped around all 4 sides. She asked to purchase just the one but he declined as it was sentimental. He inquired if the porch was still intact as he was living there for a short time a a very little boy when his parents fell on hard time. He recalled riding his tricycle around and around the porch while there. She assured him that the now rather rickety porch would remain as long as we owned the home. We later spent 2 years totally restoring it to it’s original condition. He then produced from it’s hiding place, a nice cast iron mechanical bank and told her that it had been a gift to him from the home’s owner on the Christmas he stayed there. He insisted she just take it. She bought the bank and the little house is back inside the big house once again. Further scrutiny revealed that none of the remaining dozens of cards were from the same sender. What made her choose that one will always remain a mystery....Charles

--Another Story--

I had an aunt who was like a mother to me. She had purchased a set of Noritake dinnerware and I was with her at the time and helped pick out the pattern. I was just a little girl at the time. She had always said I was to have that dinnerware when she died. She was ill for quite a while and those dishes had not been on the table in for years. I was her only relative and I would go to see here as often as I could even though I lived out of state. One day I was there and the subject of those dishes came up and I asked if I could take them home with me. "Oh, no, you can have them when I die" she said. I really think she was afraid in her mind that if she gave me the dishes I might not come to see her any more. At any rate, she passed away a year or so later and I got the dishes (along with everything else she had). To this day I can not enjoy eating off those dishes because I had to lose my aunt in order for me to have them. I offer stuff on our house to my step-kids all the time because I don't want to take a chance that they will not get things that hold memories for them. I have had "custody" of all this stuff for a long time and it wont hurt me a bit if it goes home with someone else.

-- A Comment --

I enjoyed reading about how families fairly divided up material possessions after mom and dad passing. Oh, how I wish that could have happened in our family. Sadly, the oldest got everything in a very under-handed way and left the two younger siblings with nothing – no material things or monetary – which caused an immediate estrangement. The oldest passed away 16 months later leaving all to their spouse (the in-law) and their children. In the end, it’s not the material things we miss – but the family. (Anonymous)
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
The Internet Antique Shop, http://www.TIAS.com today released their list of the top 20 categories of antiques & collectibles that sold online in July of 2012. The list is based on the total number of items sold in each category of antiques & collectibles purchased online at stores hosted by TIAS.com in July of 2012.

Here are the top 20 selling antiques & collectibles for July of 2012
1. China and Dinnerware - See:

2. Vintage Sewing - See:

3. Glass - See:

4. Jewelry - See:

5. Kitchen Collectibles - See:

6. Paper and Ephemera - See:

7. Porcelain and Pottery - See:

8. Memorabilia - See:

9. Figurines - See:

10. Clothing - See:

11. Lamps and Lighting - See:

12. Advertising - See:

13. Toys - See:

14. Militaria - See:

15. Art - See:

16. Books - See:

17. Music Related - See:

18. Autographs - See:

19. Dolls - See:

20. Bed Bath and Vanity - See:

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. Skinner Country Americana Sale to Feature Important Collections
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804058

2. Quality consignments now being accepted for Shannon's Oct. 24 fine art auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804057

3. Vintage Music Related Collectibles make top 20 list of antiques
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804056

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804055

5. The Curator's Eye Adds Rare, Antique Musical Instruments
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804054

6. What's Trending at Prices4Antiques.com
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804030

7. Four prominent estates will be sold Aug. 11 by Stevens Auction in Aberdeen, Miss.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804011

8. Asselmeier & May
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=804000

9. Sandy Alderfer is inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame, July 19 in Spokane, Wash.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803998

10. Rago Arts and Auction Center - Fall 2012 Auction Schedule
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803997

11. One-of-a-kind Matchbox Prototypes on Auction to Benefit Charity
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803983

12. Lap desk and quill used to end the Mexican-American War in 1848 will be sold at auction Sept. 7
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803981

13. Dealers Celebrate Back to Basic Approach at Vintage Garage Chicago
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803980

14. Kathy Kuo Home Featured in Architectural Digest
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803968

15. Historic national treasure on the auction block
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803966

16. Over 2,000 quality lots will be offered at Showtime Auction Services, Oct. 5-7
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803965

17. Cartier Watches, Gold Coins and Diamonds In Government Auction July 29 Sale
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803963

18. Picasso’s Visage de Femme ceramic pitcher headlines Gray’s Summer Auction.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=803961
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:

5, Your Classifieds...
Fenton Art Glass

A Time Remembered

Beautiful Dinnerware in Many Patterns & Makers

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

6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Thursday August 2nd, 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.
When my daughter was around eight she decided to run away. I didn’t argue with her I just said well if you want to I can’t stop you but you will have to leave all of your clothes as I would miss you so much I would have to get another girl who would need your clothes. That was the end of that. EV
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: Large Cobalt blue serving plate

WANTED: Images of USA legal executions; regular killers, etc,

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 "Bev" requested a recipe for "Christmas Crack" We received the following...

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.
Easy Toffee
Amount Measure Ingredient
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
Saltine crackers OR Graham crackers
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Place one layer of saltine crackers (touching) to fill a cookie sheet,
saltine side up.

2. Melt butter and sugar on stove top till bubbly and foamy.

3. Pour or ladle foamy sweet/buttter mixture completely covering all

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.

5. Remove from oven and sprinkle semi-sweet chips over all crackers and let
sit for 5 minutes to melt. With rubber spatula smooth out chips to cover
all the crackers.

6. Sprinkle top with your favorite topping while chocolate is warm so that
topping sticks to chocolate. It's OK to tap chopped nuts with knife to make
sure they stick.

7. Cool completely. Then break apart and serve after chocolate is set up.
(Refrigerate 20 minutes if you are in a hurry.)

8. Variations: white chocolate and mint chocolate chips swirled; also
toppings can be peppermint chips which are festive on dark chocolate too;
use holiday sprinkles for special occasions.

--Another Recipe--

Christmas Crack
1 sleeve saltine crackers
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 package chocolate chips
¾ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a 10” x 15” with foil (the kind of sheet that has raised edges!). Spray with Pam, or grease VERY lightly with butter. Cover the cookie sheet with a single layer of saltines. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Pour over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. When you remove it, the caramel mixture will be molten and boiling; allow to cool about 3 min, or until you can see the crackers distinctly, which will have shifted while baking. Push them back into order with a fork or knife.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee and let sit for about 5 minutes to melt. Once melted spread chocolate evenly. If desired, sprinkle on pecans and press lightly into the chocolate. Let cool a bit and then transfer to fridge to harden.
Once hard, break the candy into small pieces and place in containers. .. Carol Thomas
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 .....

Paddy's Place
Fun and interesting antiques and collectibles. Included in our inventory are Railroad items, Magazine Ads, Old Photos, Silver, China, Sheet Music and a little bit of everything. Check us out!!

Sterling Treasures
I have been in business for over twenty years. I am proud of my vintage quality merchandise. I guarantee your satisfaction with a 7-day money back guarantee. I accept checks, money orders, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and, Discover.

Johar's Closet
We feature everything from vintage china, toys, games, prints, and sports collectibles. We're constantly on the search for unique and collectible items. Be sure to come back often to see what's new in our inventory.

Nana's Vintage Home
Welcome! You can find mid-century china, depression glass, vintage linens, prints, vintage books and more. Your satisfaction is important to me. Items ship within 2 business days of payment receipt.

Past and Presents
Welcome to our Store. We have a Huge Selection of Canadian Pottery and Art Glass. Our inventory is always changing, so be sure to check back often! Thanks for Stopping By.

Nicky's Unique Items
My store will sell many unique items - whatever I find at estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores habitat etc. Many patterns of Corning Ware. I only sell vintage Corning Ware - no Made in China Corning Ware

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)

Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at newsletter@TIAS.com ©1995-2012 TIAS.com Inc.

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