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The Collectors Newsletter #956--May 23, 2014
The Collectors Newsletter #956--May 23, 2014
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1. Celebrating Memorial Day, Dads and Grads!
3. This Week's Stories
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Need help returning US Navy Discharge documents
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. Vintage Recipe Requests from Readers
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
12. Come sell with TIAS.com!
1. Our dealers are having special sales on everything relating to gift ideas for Father's Day and Graduates for the next few weeks. See what our TIAS.com sellers are offering!
When you buy from TIAS.com you are supporting small independent merchants who sincerely appreciate your business.
Your online purchase is also backed by the TIAS.com Trusted Merchant Guarantee.
To view the most recently added items by all TIAS Merchants, please visit:
2. We're always adding new items to our current Pinterest boards. We have over 180 boards dedicated to antiques and collectibles so you might want to stop by to check them out. Here is the link to our Pinterest boards:
Feel free to stop by and check out all of our boards and while you're there, please "follow" us!
We just started a board with gift suggestions for Dads and Grads! We'll be adding more ideas over the next weeks. What could be better than an antique or vintage gift!
Of course you can always go to
to look over all the various items that our merchants are currently offering.
3. This Week's Stories
Every week we post stories and comments from our readers. Send your story to email@example.com and we'll publish it in an upcoming newsletter. Did you know that you don't have to have a facebook account to use the links to see the various photos that we mention below? Just copy and paste the link into your browser. However, if you do have a facebook account please "Like" us!
Remember that you can check out our Facebook page for some interesting updates. Here's the link:
If you have photos of items you would like to share you can post them there as well.
Also, everyday, we post a "This Date In History" story, along with an item for sale on
that relates to the event. Check it out!
Here's a story from another one of our sellers, Linda, at
"My grandmother started teaching me to sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch and more when I was less than five years old. I absolutely loved to sew and constantly asked to use her sewing machine. She was widowed at a very young age and 4 of her 5 children were still at home. My mother being the oldest one had married and “left the nest.” Her second husband, who was the only grandfather that I ever knew, bought her a brand new 1935 electric, cabinet model, sewing machine when they got married. It was Singer’s top of the line, a model 201 and she always said that it was, “Too good to use.”
When she passed I purchased her well used Singer model 66 red eye sewing machine. It was still in its treadle base but they had added a motor to it and her Singer model 201. I now had three sewing machines and preferred her Singer 201. It’s sewing motion is simply as smooth as silk. That machine is now about 80 years old and other than the cleaning and oiling that they and we give it, it has never needed servicing and I do use it frequently.
I continued going to garage sales, estate sales and auctions and simply couldn’t leave a sewing machine or sewing related item behind and of course I started picking up some things to use and especially to decorate with. We also fell in love with antiques. Forty plus years later I still love the vintage sewing machines and use them instead of the modern plastic wonders. In my opinion the machines that are being produced today will be in the landfills and these great old, all metal sewing machines with proper care and storage will still be sewing even 100 years from now.
I accumulated sewing related items including lots and lots of manuals for them and even some repair information, mainly when the local sewing machine repair guy passed on. At his estate auction we bought his file cabinets which were full of repair information. I also bought his needles, bobbins, etc. When the auctioneer came to the plastic cabinets that they were so carefully sorted in and lovingly labeled, he took the drawers out of the cabinets and dumped the contents of them into a box. I could have screamed “No!” when he was emptying those plastic cabinets. Well, he auctioned those empty plastic cabinets off and then asked for a bid on the box of junk. Well, I was as mad as an old wet hen but, I bought that box of sewing machine parts, needles, etc.
We couldn’t get the file cabinets into our car so we emptied them out and left the file cabinets behind. Fifteen years later we are still sorting through both the paperwork from that auction and the needles and parts and identifying and entering them into our database and the site. Well, this is becoming the story of the development of our site in TIAS. I will add that they wouldn’t let us start selling reproductions of sewing machine manuals until we had permission to do that. So, we paid an attorney and he got that permission for us to reproduce them back in 1997. Yes, we have been in TIAS that long.
We now have a catalogued selection of over 3,000 different sewing machine manuals and some repairing information. This information goes from as far back as the 1850’s and includes many fairly recent manuals. Only about two-thirds of them are in the site so I still have many more items to get entered and if you don’t find the manual that you want listed in the site, please email me, Linda at Relics and ask if we have it. Or if it is in the site and not available in the PDF / downloadable format, again email me and I’ll put your request at the top of our “to do list” and have my husband scan it. He does a fantastic job and is the one who makes this a we instead of an “I’ll” do it business. I’m just the one on the computer."
To view the images she provided, please visit:
Noella T. responded to the story about the persistent haggler at a fundraiser garage sale:
"The $1,000-1,500 chandelier - Maybe the commotion could have been avoided if he had explained to her that if the higher-end items didn't sell for asking price, they were placed in an antique shop (that didn't take a percentage) until they did sell. Although the woman in question may still not have liked it. It was very appropriate that she was escorted from the premises."
Patrice J of Richmond, VA shares her collecting story:
"Hello. This story is for Myrna or anyone who would be interested. I have a passion too. Even though I really enjoy platters and dishes that is not my passion. I have a cookbook fetish. I have lots of cookbooks but I am really into old cookbooks. I think my oldest is from 1912 the year the Titanic went down. My most expensive was around $100.00 and was from the 1920's I believe. I just bought a rare one from 1938 for just $5.00 at an antique mall. Truth be told I have no more room for them but I cannot help myself. I enjoy cooking and enjoy seeing what people cooked many years ago. I use almost every excuse in the book to keep buying them when I can. I tell myself that I will pass a few to my kids when they grow up that I will make a million dollar receipe out of one or that moving to a bigger house will help my "problem".
I admire the way Myrna is making money from her passion but I have no idea how to make money from something I do not want to give up. Maybe I can write a book about my vintage collection or something. Who knows but like Myrna I need to go to a Shrink too or some type of cookbook therapy. But in the meantime I will just keep collecting."
For anyone else interested in collecting cookbooks, TIAS sellers have over 4,000 listed! Please visit
WE NEED YOUR STORY ABOUT COLLECTING. DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY TO TELL? SEND IT TO firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a story you'd like to share, tell us about it and if you have any photos, we'd love to see them! Send us an email to email@example.com so we can share your story with the rest of our readers.
Thanks to those of you who have been responding! We really enjoy, and appreciate, the feedback!
4. This week's Antique News
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1. June Festival of Antiques
2. Early 1958 painting by American Pop Art icon LeRoy Neiman hits $162,000 at Shannon's May 1 auction
3. Kaminski Auctions to Sell Collection of Paintings donated to benefit the Artist in Residence Endowme
4. Rago Arts and Auction Center’s Fine Art Auctions on May 17 Bring an Impressive $1,795,906.
5. Massive two-day estates auction slated for June 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans
6. The Military Sale
7. Collection of First Edition Novels by the Brontë sisters sells for £111,600
8. David Bailey’s ‘Box of Pin-Ups’ at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
9. Rummage Sale Find Sells for $10,000 at Leonard Auction
10. Murfreesboro Antiques Show
11. Asselmeier & May 2 DAY "Nastran" Antique Estate Auction (5/30 & 31/2014)
12. Work by Nakashima, Evans, Powell, Voulkos and Chihuly among Highlights of Rago’s June 14-15 Auctions
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5. Your Classifieds...
Newest classifieds are listed here:
Father's Day/Graduation Gifts - Dinnerware Replacements
Treasured Sentiments Music Jewelry Box - Roses
Antique Biscuit Jar
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:
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure. Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
7. Need help returning US Navy Discharge documents. One of our readers sent in this request for help:
"When sorting through my late mother's papers, I came across the Honorable Discharge Certificate & Statement of Service for Sea. 1 c, John Allen Murch. He served for four years on the U. S. S. Concord from June 1934 to June 1938.
I have no idea who the man is nor his relationship to my family, but I would really like to get these documents to him or his heirs. Your help would be greatly appreciated."
She added: "I did just discover that he was given a travel allowance of .05 per mile from San Diego to Houston, so maybe someone in TX may be a relative. Here's hoping."
If you can help find John Allen Murch or his heirs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put you in touch with her.
8. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
This recipe was submitted in response to Jack M's request for crumb cake:
Janice from Delaware sent this, taken from a 1979 copy of the Pillsbury Kitchens' Family Cookbook:
Crumb-topped Butter Cake
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup softened margarine or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (not oil) bottom only of 13/9 inch pan. In large bowl, blend all Cake ingredients at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into propared pan. In small bowl, combine Topping ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cooled.
*Note - the recipes are submitted by fellow Collectors Newsletter readers and are not checked for accuracy or tested by the TIAS staff. Keep in mind that many of these recipes were created at a time when there were no worries about such things as raw eggs, for example - so modern kitchen safety should prevail.
9. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"I am interested in a really good dill pickle recipe - I'm trying my hand at pickles for the first time this year. Thanks! Cindy R. in My. Pleasant, IA"
"When I was a child (1950's) my Mother made a dessert she simply called Chocolate Rolls. I remember cocoa (the only kind of chocolate she ever cooked with), butter, and sugar either rolled up in dough or put inside of dough like a fried pie. There may have been milk involved. About the only kind of dough she ever baked with was biscuit type dough. When baked it made a chocolate sauce which is why I think there may have been milk added to pan before rolls were ready to go in oven. I hope someone can offer some suggestions." Bonnie T.
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.
If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
TIAS.com merchants have well over 4,000 cookbooks for sale! You can see them here:
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
10. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants that just opened a store at TIAS.com. and please don't forget the rest of our merchants. Your support goes a long way in helping our merchants.
Cindy's Corner Cupboard
We specialize in glassware, dinnerware and china, vintage costume jewelry, vintage kitchen items, vintage buttons and more! We love vintage!
Dandria's Heavenly Treasures
Come on in and check it out. From Paper Collectibles, Books, Comics, Glass, Kitchen, Cast Iron, Christmas and Holiday Items, Toys, Linen, Crafts Supplies, Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Floral and Greenery and so much more to choose from.
Time is lost in a bottle- bottles have changed shapes sizes and the cures from yesterday no longer exist. I will be bringing several hundred bottles of all types to the store and collectibles of yesterday
Priscilla's Plethora of Paper
Priscilla's Plethora of Paper offers a wide selection of antique and vintage ephemera including postcards, valentines and trade cards! All items carefully researched and guaranteed to your satisfaction.
Diamond Violet Co, Inc.
Fine Antique & Vintage Dealers for over 25 years! GIA/EGL Certified Diamonds. Great customer service and best value!
Antiques, Art, Porcelains, Collectables, costume Jewelry, And Misc. Vintage items, collected from estates, and shops all over New Orleans by all walks of life... these items were salvaged over many years and saved for you today.
Vintage Sewing and Craft Supplies 1950's to 1990's. Inventory includes Sewing and Craft Supplies including patterns, fabric, kits and other accessories.
Ken Frank Collectibles
With over 50 years of combined experience, we sell antiques, vintage clothing, miscellaneous items for both the serious and whimsical collector, jewelry both fine and costume, and a diverse selection of unique accessories for home decor.
Each piece is chosen with the greatest of care and attention to details. We love art and beautiful objects, this makes us highly respected in the antiques market.
Coins and Collectibles
Specializes in collectible coins and memorabilia. Prices are realistic and market related.
Willows and Magnolias
Our store specializes in unique antique and vintage estate finds. We offer a 7 day money back guarantee and accept Paypal.
11. Helpful Resources:
a) Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
b) What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
c) Make money with your Web site. Join the TIAS.com affiliate program today. Go to
12. COME AND SELL WITH US!
It's easy to open your very own online antique shop with TIAS.com! There are no setup or listing fees, and we'll even help you with a custom logo and banner at no charge! For more information, take a look at
and you can start building your store at TIAS.com today. If you've got questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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