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The Collectors Newsletter #966--August 1, 2014
The Collectors Newsletter #966--August 1, 2014
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1. Why buy new? Summer Specials and Sales at TIAS.com!
3. This Week's Stories and Requests for Help
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. A Vintage Recipe
8. Vintage Recipe Requests from Readers
9. New On line Merchants
10. Helpful Resources For Collectors
11. Come sell with TIAS.com!
1. Summer Sales and other Specials going on now at TIAS.com! Why buy new? We've always know that collectors are the original recyclers and repurposers! Many sellers offering discounts and free shipping.
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 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 added a new board for Militaria. Please visit
Be sure to check out the board for July Birthstones - Rubies!! Some beautiful things displayed on this page:
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 and Requests for Help
Every week we post stories and comments from our readers. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
If you don't have access to FaceBook, but wish to comment, feel free to send your comments to email@example.com.
Last week, Diane L. sent us an interesting, thought-provoking email about her antiques and what to do about making sure they and their stories are passed on. Here are some of the responses:
"Surely a dilemna .. I think that Diane L. should ask each of her sons
and their wives to pick a few special items that they would like and
then ask any other family members (brothers, sisters, etc.) to do the
same. The sons then could have an estate sale and split the proceeds
50/50. We can only do just so much .. but know we did our very best
to preserve the family items during our lifetime. Jaci"
"Diane L. has a problem of what to do with the antique heirlooms and other collectibles. We are almost all in the same position, but I know that once I go home, it will not matter. I've also found that my daughter who once really didn't care about such things now has a deeper appreciation for them. It will be her responsibility to take care or dispose of the items. Some I have designated for my son, but the rest is her responsibility. Worry about the unknown is useless. Enjoy what you have and let the other worry about later. Marilyn J. C."
"Diane L wanted to know what to do with her antiques. I solved my problem when I had so many dolls, toys, and dollhouses. With the help of the community we started the Children's Toy and Doll Museum..and others added to our collection. Today it is a tourist attraction and everyone can enjoy the collections. She could give her collection to a museum , her grandchildren and those to come could enjoy them..It would be so gratifying to know they are safe, and that others are enjoying them. S.H. "
"If the wife is not an antique lover any items left to her will go into the next garage sale. Bonnie F.T"
"Leave any important to you items to someone of your choice but be aware that you cannot control anything after you are gone. Charles S."
Another story from www.dinnerwarereplacements.net:
Selling and dealing with people is a challenge and not always a joy or a blessing. Most of the time it is fun and lucrative and makes your day. The shopping for what to sell, the picturing, the listing, the washing (of course that depends on what you sell), the packing. Buying supplies so your packages look nice, so the items do not break in transit, taking the time to do the labels, shipping them. Paying for gas and vehicle upkeep in hunting down your inventory. Having ample storage space and inventory control. Making sure the web page is up to date and accurate. Making sure your computer works and you have a good camera. All the hours and time put into selling even one item. All of the hard work! The list goes on and on. All of those things go into being successful and having satisfied customers. And each of those things is very important to even try and have a good business for your customer and for you as a business owner. It really does not matter if you are small time or big time. It is important to do the best you can in having any business or endeavor in your life.
And now here comes the BUT --- sometimes it is very hard to remain cool, calm, and collected when you have a difficult customer to work with. A couple good friends of mine have said for many years we are going to write a book about the "people" we meet in our business. It would be in Volume 20 by now if that was ever done!!
I have ran this business to the best of my ability for almost 16 yrs. now. Most of it truly has been a joy and a blessing too. But some of it:
1. One lady told me to shove my plate where the sun doesn't shine. She was replacing a broken plate and when she received the new one from me she sent back her broken one that she had had for years and got mad when I refused to refund her money!
2. A man bought a $5 Johnson cup and saucer and it happened to be out of stock. I refunded his money in full the same day and explained why. He wrote back and said he was going to put a lien on my house because I lied to him so I could relist the cup and saucer for more money!
3. I received an email from a person I had never heard of who told me I was a $#$$%^+@%^ seller and should be banned from the internet and put in jail for selling used items that could be found at a yard sale for pennies instead of the dollars charged on the internet.
4. Another guy called me every vulgar name possible (some I had never even heard before). The email was several paragraphs long. And all because HE didn't read the listing description and thought he had purchased 12 Lenox dinner plates for a total of $18.00 instead of only one dinner plate for that price.
Only a few cases of crazy people I have dealt with over the years!! The list is truly much longer! On the flip side of the coin, I have made some really, really good friends by having a store and website. Those are the blessings for sure when dealing with the public.
1. A couple from GA wrote and asked me questions about how to sell things and what to do to be a success. That was 14 yrs. ago. We have still never met face to face but we have become lasting friends over those years. We email or call each other often and share our lives and experiences.
2. One gal wrote and said I had the wrong name on a cookie jar. We started chatting back and forth. She came from FL to AZ to meet me and stayed with me for about a week. We have been friends ever since. That was probably 7-8 yrs. ago.
3. 4 yrs. or so ago another gal bought a pair of salt and pepper shakers from me. She came to my home and picked them up because she lives close by. She was here for about 4 hours asking questions, etc. I taught her how to list and sell and she now has a great little business going. Plus she works for me when I need help and we have become fast friends.
4. In addition there have been several others who have asked for advice and direction in deciding to sell or not. Some have done so, some have not. But the experience of trying to teach and help them has been lots of fun.
None of this is mind blowing or really even important unless you are involved doing this kind of a business, part time or full time. It is very stressful, lots of hard work on the down side. But on the up side, it is the BEST and most FUN business I have ever had and I enjoy it immensely even if some the customers need to wear a strait jacket!! Just kidding. No I am not, some really should! I pity their family and friends if they even have any. Being rude and nasty to a complete stranger is so uncalled for and certainly not a good way to conduct your life.
So as you keep selling or if you are thinking about selling, remember that the UP side is way more and much better than the few trouble makers out there. Either side keeps you on your toes and puts a smile on your face or makes you wonder why they are so miserable and take it out on others. Oh and by the way TIAS is a great site to have a store. They care and take very good care of their clients!! They know what business is all about and how important it is to have a good customer relation program no matter who comes across the internet!
Happy selling and buying too!!
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
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
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. Chalk studies for lost paintings by Benjamin West sell for £138,880 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction
2. Garth’s Auctions August Eclectic Features Ohio Pottery & Much More
3. XCNTRIC CHICAGO ESTATE SALE PROFESSIONALS | CHICAGO AREA ORLAND PARK ESTATE SALE JULY 31, AUG 1 & 2
4. British & Irish Drinking and Table Glass
5. Olympic Gold Medal among Highlights of Grey Flannel’s Auction Opening July 29 through Aug. 20
6. Collectors get ready to fill ’er up at Morphy’s Aug. 1 Iowa Gas Auction in Des Moines
7. Durham Whiskey fifth bottle, circa 1876-1882, one of maybe six known, hammers for $13,440 at auction
8. Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments Sale
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:
Astronaut Dome Lunch Box Thermos Vintage Metal Lunchbox
Beat the dog days of summer with these cool-downs
14K Scottie Dog w/ 1/4 Carat Diamond Pin Brooch
Berkey and Gay dining room set
It is HOT in AZ - time to do some summer shopping at Dinnerware Replacements
Collectibles Sale at Tennessee Antique Shack
Spode from Dinnerware Replacements
25% off anything in the store on orders $50 or more at Neema's Curios
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. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Sherryn F was looking for a recipe for Soft Molasses cookies. Here are the responses. Thank you all!
Sherryn F. asked for a recipe for soft molasses cookies. I immediately thought of my Mother-in law and her lovely recipe for Spice Balls.
There is a trick to these cookies! The recipe makes crisp cookies. My Mother-in-law made them lovely and soft by layering the baked and completely cooled cookies in one of those big square Tupperware containers, putting a quartered apple in the container (one quarter in each corner of the container), then sealing up the container for a few days before eating ANY of the cookies! The apple made the cookies soft and moist. When the apple quarters shrivel and the cookies are nice and soft, just remove the apple - it has done it's job. Be sure to keep the cookies airtight.
Here is her recipe:
3/4 c. margarine, softened
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. dark molasses
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/8 t. ground cloves
2 1/4 c. flour
1/4 t. baking soda
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
additional granulated sugar
Cream margarine. Add sugar & beat until fluffy. Add molasses and egg, beat well. Add remaining ingredients gradually, mixing until smooth. Cover and chill 2 hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape level teaspoons of dough into balls. Roll in granulated sugar to coat evenly. Place balls 2" apart on greased cookie sheets.
Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack. Yield: 4 dozen
They will spread a little in the oven, making a nice dome-shaped cookie.
If you like them soft, and with a little more flavor, be sure to use the quartered apple in an airtight container mentioned above.
From Carol T:
Soft molasses cookies
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1.Heat oven to 325°F. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg
with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in remaining
ingredients except granulated sugar.
2.Shape dough by rounded tablespoonfuls into 1 1/2-inch balls. Dip tops into
granulated sugar. On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls, sugared sides up, about
2 inches apart.
3.Bake 13 to 16 minutes or just until set and cookies appear dry. Immediately
remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
375F about 11-12 minutes Makes about 50 to 60 cookies.
The trick of having soft cookies is to make a test cookie to make sure enough flour has been added. Also, when removed from the cookie sheet to a rack I always cover them with a tea towel so they don't dry out.
1 c. sugar
1 cup margarine or butter (butter makes a richer cookie but is trickier to handle)
1 cup molasses
1/2 c. water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teas. salt
1 slightly heaping teas. ginger
4-5 c. flour
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Mix molasses and water in a large cup as soda tends to make it foam up. Stir in soda. Add salt and ginger to flour, stirring well. Fold into butter mixture alternating molasses mixture with flour mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Roll and cut at least 1/4 inch thick, or make drop cookies. Bake at 375F about 11 to 12 minutes. Bake a drop test cookie to make sure enough flour has been added.
I want to add that Penzey's online also has a wonderful Gingersnap cookie. As they say, left out, the cookies are chewy. Put into an airtight container, they are crispy.
Patricia C. was looking for a recipe for Nockerl:
7 egg whites
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 1/2 tbsp flour
zest of half a lemon
jam or custard s
1.pre-heat oven to 200°C/~400°F
2.beat the egg whites, gradually adding the sugar, until they are very stiff
3.quickly beat in the two yolks, zest, and vanilla sugar without beating too
4.fold in the flour carefully
5.butter two oven-proof dishes (you may now line the bottom of the dish with jam
6.heap three large dollops of the egg mass into the dish, sitting alongside each
other, slightly offset
7."mount" them to resemble three little mountains
8.bake in the oven for 10 minutes until your “Nockerl” have become slightly brown
*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.
8. 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.
One of our readers wants to know if anyone has a recipe for salsa similar to Jack's Special. If you do, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
9. 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.
The Melange Mezzanine
I sincerely welcome you to my shop. I do offer China, Porcelain, Glassware, Pottery, Lucite items, Linens, Vintage material, Vintage jewelry, Artisan created jewelry and so much more just for you.
Hello Friends and Welcome to my world of Memorabilia and Collectables which I have amassed over the last 25 or so years. Feel free to make a reasonable offer on something that you might want to purchase. So take your time and browse around.
Original Spanish Antiques
Original Spanish antiques 16th to 19th century. Furnitures, religious objects, art, etc.
I have always love selling anything. I can remember as a little girl my mother always taking me with her on weekend garage sales where she would find some of everything - that's how I got by my start.
I must have been 17 when I discovered my first antiques in America, using a pitchfork as a probe. In Europe, surrounded by history, I continued collecting. Now, after deciding to focus on one area, I am parting with collectables from different ages.
Welcome to Brownstead Antiques! From humble beginnings in upstate New York in an old green barn to the vast expanse of the internet, we bring you an eclectic selection of fine primitive treasures. Second generation antique dealer.
Classic Cameras & More
Welcome to Classic Cameras & More-place where you can find vintage film cameras and other collectables. We are buying & selling classic cameras for over 20 years and we are committed to providing excellent customer service on our online store.
Laura's Antiques and Collectibles
Our store is dedicated to finding interesting antiques and collectibles that others will enjoy! Come browse our inventory of glassware, paperweights, salt and pepper shakers, art glass, and other collectibles.
Doe Run Antiques & Collectibles
Welcome to our place on the web! We've been dealers for over 25 years and we have many satisfied customers. We currently offer Early American Pottery, Glass and other Unique Antiques and Collectibles.
My Ricka's Attic
From bisque dolls to Princess Diana dolls, you can find here. We have items from Africa, Asia, Germany, Russia and from right here at home. Come, browse, and choose something to add to your collection.
We have a wide variety of collectibles and antiques. Look for vintage glass, porcelain, radios, cameras and unique items. We're out of the ordinary and a little unique. Sit back, relax, and take a peek.
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.
Priscilla's Plethora of Paper
Welcome to Priscilla's Plethora of Paper! I have been a dealer for over 39 years and have collected paper of all types since I was in my 30's. All of my paper is guaranteed authentic. Satisfied purchase with a right to return for 7 days!
10. 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
11. 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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