August 27, 1999
I hope you missed me as much as I missed you! Several intrepid Accumulators stopped by to visit us at the Madison-Bouckville show. I think they'll agree that the show distinguished itself as the filthiest buying and selling experience ever. We're in the midst of a drought in the Northeastern US, and the dry dust was blowing everywhere. Even hourly Windexing of our showcases failed to prevent grime so deep we could write messages in it with our fingers. The show was, as ever, heavily attended. Most dealers reported at least moderately good sales and most buyers told me they were finding things worth buying. My own experience has been that this show is not a market for my very best merchandise, but that moderately priced items sell well there.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTREMELY SILLY CRIMES
Police in Tampa, Florida are on the case. They're investigating the mysterious appearance of almost 60 lawn sculptures in front of a house, all of them facing the building. The lady of the house discovered the ornaments, mostly trolls and ducks, when she left the house on Sunday morning. It would seem that the Tampa police have everything under control - not one of the lawn ornaments has escaped.
THESE GUYS ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HEAVEN DEPARTMENT
A Wisconsin priest and a church organist have been accused of stealing valuable objects such as antique incense burners, candlesticks and vestments from two churches. Investigators allege that the Reverend Glen Gardner and organist Kurt Schione stole the objects from churches in the towns of Thorp and Stanley. Apparently the pair felt guilty, and left most of what had been taken outside St. Josaphat Basilica in Milwaukee. But not everything - it seems that Schione had already sold some of the items to a Catholic church in Rockford, IL.
REASONS TO RUSH TO THE GROCERY STORE - OR THE ANDY WARHOL ARCHIVES
Campbell's Soup has announced that it is changing the look of its well-known soup can label. The new label, says the NJ Company, will have a photograph of a bowl of soup at the center, a recipe on the back, and a colored banner which will indicate the category of soup in the can. The current label has been in use for about 100 years. No word about what will become of The Kids.
IT'S AUGUST - LET THE HYPE BEGIN!
Tiger Electronics, maker of Furbys, has announced the arrival next Christmas of Furby Babies. The little electronic fuzzballs will actually be bilingual, speaking both Furbish and English. They will supposedly be able to "learn" to speak English faster than their ancestors, due to their infrared technology, and will be able to interract with their adult counterparts as well as us vastly intellectually inferior humans. Wonderful. Pretty soon we won't have to communicate with each other at all - we'll just converse with our toys.
AND YOU THOUGHT SHE WAS JUST ANOTHER GREAT SET OF GAMS
The forty-year-old Barbie, a woman of great accomplishment and dumb taste in boyfriends, has added yet another to her astonishing list of contributions to society. It seems her kneecaps are the perfect size and shape to be used as replacement knuckles in humans. The Mattel Company has graciously donated hundreds of Barbie kneecaps, free of charge, to orthopaedic surgeons, who have been using them as prosthetics in people's hands. Kind of adds meaning to the phrase "let your fingers do the walking". No word on whether the recipients have noticed an increased urge to change clothes frequently or begin a new career every month.
Antique garden furniture and fountains
Fireman and police memorabilia
Paper advertising fans
Cabbage Patch kids
Machine-sewn patchwork quilts
Star Wars Movie Posters: We had one on "Treasures In Your Home" during the first week of the show. It was the advance poster for "Revenge of The Jedi" ("Return Of The Jedi"). You should compare any one of these you see to a photo of the original. The copy has a few details that are different from the original.
Weller Pottery: Fake pieces have the impressed name "Weller" on the bottom,
but the lettering is different from the lettering on real Weller pieces. Be
sure you are familiar with the mark before you examine any Weller you are
Yes, Accumulators, I've gone on much longer than I should, so I'll end
here. Artie and I are going to Papermania in Hartford, CT tomorrow, where
our dear friends, Ellen and Steve Sussman will be occupying Booth #73. If
you're in the nabe, stop by and say "hi" - and bring money. The Sussmans
have a lot of stuff you can't resist.
While in Hartford, I'll be doing a telephone interview on the national
radio show, "Everything For Less". This is carried on KLSX FM (97.1) in LA
and KTLK AM (760) in Denver (Sorry, Rest Of The World, I have no idea
whether you get it where you live). On Wednesday, Sept 1, I'll be
appearing on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" during the 8AM Eastern hour.
Gee whiz! This is going on forever, isn't it? It's just that it's been so
long since we were last together. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #97
U.S. Library of Congress
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