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The Collectors Newsletter #477 November 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #477 November 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
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
This week only, we are offering a special holiday sale of "Fine Antiques".
We've set-up a special page, just so that you can view all of the sales
that are currently running. Take a look at:
Thousands of newly listed items are being offered at huge discounts.
This is a perfect time to get your Holiday shopping done and get
some amazing deals as well.
1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
A note from your editor:
We need some vintage Holiday stories about a past Christmas, New
Years, Chanukah, etc. Perhaps a story about an interesting gift you
received or an unusual event that occurred when you were a child that
involved a gift. Send your story to email@example.com . Thanks, Phil
As most Grandmothers houses are, mine was always full of wonderful
things to look at and I never tired of looking.One of my favorite things
was her dining table and the tea pitcher she always had full of tea that
sat on it, I thought it was the most cleaver pitcher I had ever seen. It
was shaped as a pig. the tea was poured from it's mouth. When my
granny crossed over I inherited the table but the pig was nowhere to
be found.I had never seen another like it until one day my boy friend
was given a box of old dishes and inside was a pig pitcher.I asked for
it and received it. What memories that pig brought back. A few rears
later my stepfather and mother were visiting her home town and
returned with another pig pitcher for me.More years passed and my
brother, Gale, entered my home one day with the announcement that
he had found something that reminded him of me. It was a big fat,
McCoy piggy bank.Reminds you of me I! I certainly wasn't big and fat!
No, He said you collect pigs.Ok , from that day forward my pig
collection thrived with my brother contributing a good portion of them I
have over 300 pigs with very few duplicates. I once asked Gale why he
didn't collect them himself since he also seemed fond of them. His
reply was his wife wouldn't allow them in the house. I guess my pigs
are kind of our pigs. Yes I did eventually find that the pitchers are
Shawnees' Smiley Pig. Still my favorite. Rita R
In 1980 My business partner and I opened our newly formed Reel
Estate Office. My private office has a very long unadorned white wall.
I went shopping for art work for this wall. In a art gallery, I found a
lovely Harp Seal by "Frace'. The seal is coming up out of the ice
and is beautifully framed. It was just what that wall needed. When
clients came in they always admired that picture, and pretty soon I
had a wonderful collection of seals from everyone I knew. One lady
walking on the sidewalk in from of my office saw the picture and came
into the office and gave my secretary a darling seal for me. She said
anyone who had that picture had to be nice and she wanted me to
have it. The collection has really grown. Next picture I buy for that
wall is going to be a diamond. But I still love all my seals. I have
wood, porcelain,crystal,marble, As well as pictures.
Keep up the collecting. Its good therapy. Thanks to all,
Reading about the presents under the Christmas tree reminded me of
when I was about 11 or 12 years old and I am the youngest of 9
children in our family. When it was close to Christmas eve there were
all sorts of presents under the tree except for me. I remember being
so sad thinking no one loved me and that I wasn't going to get
anything for Christmas that year except for coal in my stocking. I was
crying my sob story to my girlfriend who lived a couple of houses
away from us when she took me to her shed and told me to just peek
in the window. There I saw the most beautiful 10 speed bike with a
big bow on it. Needless to say the biggest smile came upon my face
and I had the same smile Christmas morning when I got to see that
bike under my Christmas tree. Janice in Ohio
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
Tradewinds Holiday Online Cane Auction
HISTORIC HEISMAN AT DEC. 6 GREY FLANNEL AUCTION
Bath City presents - Delightful December Estate Sale
Barber shop antiques, carousel animals highlight Inman's Dec. 8-9 auction
db's Antiques in beautiful downtown Weston Missouri
LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Slave Era Photography in its Weekly Free
Article. Click here--
1920 Buick speeds off for $16,500 at Four Seasons
Jewelry & Timepieces (Session 2) SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th
Antique, and Fine Arts Auction
What's New at JP Things; Black Friday & Cyber Monday what is it all
About! Click here--
J.K. Galleries Grand Opening
Baby Boomer Toys on The History Channel
Eisenhower office realizes $391,000 at Red Baron sale
Former Sothebyís furniture specialist, Sebastian Clarke, joins
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 210,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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4) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
In the late 1960ís or 1970ís the girls played a game that had to do with a
date. They opened some doors and there stood their date. My daughter is
41 and had mentioned different times she would like to find that game again
for some party fun. She does not remember the name of the game but
she and her friends had such fun playing it. Does anyone out there
remember the name or any details about it? I would like to find one for her.
email@example.com Becky Owens
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at LostAndFound@tias.com
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Here's a tip from KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter:
If you wash the carpet or an old rag rug and it is still damp, don't walk on it.
If you must get across the room, make a path of pieces of waxed paper.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
Nov. 18, 2006 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
When our first son was about 18 months, he was busy little fellow, and we
were concerned that he would pull the Christmas tree down on him as it
reached for the bright ornaments. So, I hit on the idea of putting the tree IN
the playpen (he sure wouldn't stay in it!). We put the tree in the playpen, put
all the wrapped gifts around it, and wrapped the whole thing with a big red
ribbon. He could look at the tree and all the gaily wrapped packages, which
afforded him a lot of entertainment, without us worrying about him getting hurt.
We kept up that tradition when our second son arrived. For about 4 years,
the playpen served as the Christmas tree "wrapping." Eileen, Tx
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.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
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Joanne B. requested a recipe for " mincemeat pie made with apples
and other fruits and did not contain any meat".
Here are some responses. If you have a variation of this recipes that you
would like to share with our readers, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
This is a recipe Mother used from the old Betty Crocker cookbook:
In a bowl, mix together 1 1/3 Cups sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon,1/4 tsp
ground cloves, and 1/4 tsp ground ginger.
Add 1 1/2 Cups finely chopped pared apples, 1 Cup raisins, 1/2 Cup canned jellied
cranberry sauce, broken up, 1/3 Cup coarsely chopped walnuts, 1 tsp grated orange
peel, 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel, and 1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Line 9 inch pie plate with pastry. Fill. Dot with butter or margarine. Adjust top crust
over filling, tucking edge under rim of bottom crust. Seal. Crimp edge. Cut design in top
crust to let steam escape.
Bake in hot (400') oven for 30-35 minutes or until browned. Serve warm.
Joanne, this is an old recipe that has been in my family for several generations.
Green Tomato Mincemeat
6 cups finely chopped green tomatoes
6 cups chopped apples
3 cups raisins
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
4 cups brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp allspice
2 tsp salt
Put chopped tomatoes into pot, cover with cold water. Bring to a boil; boil for 1
minute. Drain well, repeat process 2 more times. (This gets rid of the bitter taste
from the green tomatoes.) Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Turn to low
heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring often, until thick. Put into jars & seal. Use in tarts
or pies as needed.
Note: My mother says you can also buy pre-made mincemeat & add chopped
apples & raisins to it.
This recipe served me well when I was a vegetarian and I still enjoy making it.
MOCK MINCE PIE
Pare, core & slice 4 MEDIUM TART APPLES
In a pot, put the apples and add 1 1/2 CUP SEEDLESS RAISINS. Combine.
Add, 1 GRATED ORANGE RIND, JUICE OF THAT ORANGE and 1/2 CUP
FRUIT JUICE OR CIDER.
Cover and simmer until apples are soft.
Blend together 3/4 CUP SUGAR,
1/2 TEASPOON CINNAMON; THE SAME OF CLOVES; 1/4
TEASPOON NUTMEG and 2 or 3 TABLESPOONS FINELY CRUSHED
Add 1 or 2 TABLESPOONS BRANDY.
Line a pie pan and fill with the mock mince mix. Cover with top crust or lattice.
Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
NOTE: Mix will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Kathie from Kaneohe,
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. 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.
For many years i frequented a local Chinese restaurant called China Sun
in Bay Shore, Long Island from 1945 until around 1995. They were quite
well known and always busy. My mother used to take us by bus once a
year to go school clothes shopping and we always went there for lunch.
I always had the same lunch, egg drop soup and chicken chow mein. I
so looked forward to this treat. When i married and moved to Bay Shore,
it became a weekly treat.Then it became a special Christmas Eve dinner.
Sadly it closed, when it re-opened, nothing was the same. There was
no chicken chow mein. If someone can remember how to make it, or
knows anything about it, it would be so appreciated. It had celery,
onions, some kind of brown sauce, and on top of the carton it would
have slivers of real chicken meat, it of course, came with white rice.
Just the smell of it brings back memories of bus rides, lunch and mom.
I am now 67yrs. old and would love to be brought back to that time. The
vegtables were not crisp,were very limp. Close to it is Hoi Ming Chinese
restaurant in Oakdale, New York. Thank you so much. I have made
many of your receipes and love all the stories. LIGranny
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:
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merchants at TIAS.
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and Crafts, novelty, Mexican, Scandinavian, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's,
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Scarlet Road Collectibles welcomes you to our site! We offer FREE
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This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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