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The Story of the Multi Million Dollar Chinese Vase Imagine our dismay at this news story breaking this past week just after last week’s edition of our publication talking about art as an investment. First, we offer congratulations to the British family who found a treasure amongst a relative’s belongings being passed down. This is truly a Cinderella story. We’ve reprinted and cited two major media source reportings on this story (see following pages) but wanted to focus on the fact that the underlying market trend with anything Asian and Oriental is that there is a huge movement to repatriate their history and heritage by acquiring back their antiquities. It goes without saying that the moment mankind appeared on Earth, there has been a running documentary of wars and conflicts between tribes of people. During the course of conflicts, the plunders and rewards of their conquests included art, jewelry, anything that increased the conqueror’s wealth base. To the victors go the spoils, as they say.

The probable story on this 16 inch vase is that it was caught up in history and ended up like a needle in a haystack. It is not uncommon for people with such pieces in their possession do not know of the true value of the item considering the history behind it. For those readers who follow the world economy, it comes as no surprise that a Chinese buyer is the proud owner of this vase. This speaks to the fact that the economy is hot in China and that there is a large segment of that population who have the ability to spend beyond the actual value of an item in order to own it. This is what all of us sellers and buyers call the ‘emotional’ factor. It is universal for all of us collectors of whatever. And that’s what makes auctions fun a lot of times, watching two or more bidders give in to their ‘emotional attachment.’ Since I am personally a lover and go weak inthe knees when it comes to anything Asian and Oriental, I am planning on doing a wonderful series on the 1

upcoming Chinese New Year which starts February 3rd and will be the Year of the Rabbit. We’ll be featuring more Asian and Oriental antiques, collectibles, furniture, reproductions, etc. Who knows, maybe there will be one of our readers who discover they have the next antique that is their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Renee Newstories on Chinese Vase continued next pg

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders is an eclectic mix of unique items, passions, events and bargains and the people who love them. Our mission is to provide more exposure on a monthly basis for antique and collectible dealers in order to connect to consumers who want to find those dealers. There’s always this unquenchable thirst to add to one’s collection and to find that ever elusive item, whether it be a piece of period furniture, a doll, a tea pot, or a vintage piece of farm equipment. We just want to connect folks so that everyone can buy and sell the things that we all love.

Relatives find vase, sell it for $83 million by JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON -- A Chinese vase that sat, little-noticed, in a suburban London home has become one of the most expensive artworks ever sold, evidence that China's sizzling art market shows no signs of cooling down. The 18th-century porcelain vase, sold by a family clearing out a deceased relative's house, went to a Chinese buyer for $83 million - more than 40 times the presale estimate and a record for a Chinese work of art. For Peter Bainbridge, a small independent auctioneer who specializes in house clearance sales, Thursday's result was an extremely pleasant shock.

"How do you anticipate the Chinese market?" he said Friday. "It's totally on fire." Bainbridge, whose 8.6 million-pound buyer's premium is included in the sale price, said the outcome was "a fairy tale" for the family who owned the vase. He said the sellers, who wish to remain anonymous, are the sister and nephew of a deceased elderly woman clearing out her "very modest home" in the London suburb of Pinner. The vase had been in the family at least since the 1930s, though they don't know how it was acquired. Many Chinese artifacts surfaced in Britain in the 19th century, having been looted

from Beijing's Summer Palace when it was sacked by British and French troops at the end of the Second Opium War in 1860. The vase was spotted by the auction house's specialist valuer and given an estimate of up to $2 million. But on Thursday Bainbridge's sale room was "full to bursting," and there was excitement in the air. "There was a silence that wrapped itself around the sale as the figure grew slowly but surely up to the sky," Bainbridge said. The vase was bought by a Chinese bidder on behalf of an undisclosed buyer. Read more: 2010/11/13/799286/relativesfind-vase-sell-itfor.html#ixzz15GVfe7SN

Qing Dynasty Relic Yields Record Price at Auction By JOHN F. BURNS Published Nov. 12, 2010 LONDON — As treasure-inthe-attic stories go, the 18thcentury Chinese vase sold at a suburban auction house in outer London on Thursday night will be hard to beat. The delicate, decorative 16inch vase started at a not-inconsequential $800,000, but after a half-hour of unexpectedly spirited bidding, the gavel fell at $69.5 million. It was the highest price ever paid at auction for a Chinese antiquity. Adding in the 20 percent buyer’s premium levied by the auction house and Britain’s value-added tax, the total came to

$85.9 million. Auction insiders said the buyer was from mainland China and bid by telephone. Of the sellers, the auction house, Bainbridge’s, said only that they were a brother and sister who had found the vase “in a dusty attic” when they were clearing out the family home in west London, near Heathrow Airport, after their parents died. The other Chinese knickknacks they found sold for as little as $65. “They had no idea what they had,” said Helen Porter, a spokeswoman for Bainbridge’s. “They were hopeful, but they didn’t dare believe until the hammer went down. When it did, the sister had to go out of the room and have a breath of fresh air.” 2

The vase dated from the period of the emperor Qianlong, who reigned from 1735 to 1796, at the height of the Qing dynasty. He vastly expanded China’s western territories and left a legacy as a great patron of Chinese arts, including ceramics. Experts who have examined the vase, which bore an imperial seal, have said it was likely to have been made for one of the imperial palaces. Ovoid in shape and predominantly pastel yellow and sky-blue in color, the vase has a narrow neck, four enameled circular motifs known as cartouches that show colorful fish and flowers, and elaborate perforations in the $68 Million Chinese Vase continued pg 4

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Tips on Cleaning Sterling Silverware Yes, you can wash sterling silver flatware in the dishwasher. It’s not the best method, and over many years your silver won’t look as good. The experts will tell you that you should never wash it in the dishwasher, and compare that to taking your Bentley convertible through the gas station car wash. But then again, I only have to wash the Bentley on Saturdays, and I’d have to wash sterling silver every day. First steps Wash your sterling silverware immediately after each use. This helps to avoid staining and tarnishing that some foods accelerate. You can either handwash your silverware (recommended), or use the dishwasher. You can use the dishwasher even for gold accented patterns. Hand-washing sterling Use a mild dishwashing liquid, and dry your silverware completely with a soft cloth-like flannel. Always wash your sterling and stainless separately, and only store silverware after it has cooled. Dishwasher tips Before you use the dishwasher, wash your silverware by hand the first four or five times of use. This will prevent the miniscule amount of copper from forming brown spots on your sterling. Rinse all Sterling Silverware cont. next pg


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outer vase that give onto a smaller vase inside. It was believed to have been fired in the imperial potteries in Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi Province, west of modern-day Shanghai, which functioned for 1,000 years as the porcelain capital of China. Ms. Porter said the sellers had no knowledge of how the vase came to be in their parents’ possession, although they believed it had been in the family since the 1930s. One theory, according to Ivan Macquisten, the editor of Antiques Trade Gazette, a British magazine, was that it could have been among the treasures looted by British troops when they sacked the imperial palaces in Beijing during the second Opium War, from 1856 to 1860. It was one of Mr. Macquisten’s reporters who found out what little was known about the buyer. With China’s wealth rapidly rising, mainland Chinese buyers have been a major force in pushing up the prices of Chinese antiquities, reversing, at least in Sterling Silverware continued

excess food off of the silverware, and do not let sterling and stainless pieces touch. Avoid lemon-scented detergents, those containing chlorides, and use slightly less than recommended. Remove the silverware before before the dry cycle, and handdry with the soft cloth. Polishing your silverware Occasionally, you’ll have to polish your sterling silver. How occasionally? It depends on a few factors. For example, if you use it every day, you might only have to polish it once every three

small measure, the flow of Chinese artworks to the West during the centuries before the Communist revolution in 1949 — and the loss of imperial treasures when the Chinese nationalists fled the Communist victory for Taiwan, taking huge quantities of antiquities with them. The vase’s price exceeded the record for Chinese antiquities set just last month in Hong Kong, when another Qianlong vase sold for $34.2 million. For Bainbridge’s, the sale price of the vase represented a huge leap, putting the auction house, at least momentarily, in a league with the blue-ribbon art houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s, where sales running into the tens of millions of dollars have become almost routine in recent decades. Bainbridge’s biggest sale before Thursday was $160,000 for a Ming enamel piece it sold two years ago. The sale was held in the London suburb of Ruislip, neighboring Pinner, where the vase was found. Pinner is best known in modern times as the place where

the singers Elton John and Simon Le Bon went to school. As the auction house was trying to establish a selling price, Ms. Porter said, the vase had been taken for viewing at the Arts Club in London, where it was deposited for some time on a “metal table next to the kitchen.” The auction house itself began to realize its rarity only when a consultant on Chinese ceramics, Luan Grocholski, was called in to evaluate it. “Luan took a long, hard look at it and could hardly believe his eyes,” Ms. Porter said. Still, Bainbridge’s had set its presale estimate between $1.3 million and $2 million. “We are absolutely stunned,” Ms. Porter said after the auction. “This must be one of the most important Chinese vases to be offered for sale this century. How it reached Ruislip is something we will never know, and that it is in such fine condition is amazing. “We’re just a very typical local auction house, so as you can imagine it was something of a surprise.”

years, and it’s not a lot of work. If you store it in a tarnishresistant flatware chest, you probably won’t have to polish it more than once every two years. My chest keeps out the tarnish so well, I’ve only had to polish it once in the last seven years. * Use a very soft cloth, such as flannel, to polish your silverware. * We recommend using a nonabrasive foaming paste cleaner, or Hagerty’s Spray Polish. Avoid all-purpose metal cleaners, and dip cleaners.

* Avoid excess rubbing, and be sure to rub lengthwise, never in a circular motion or crosswise. * Try to keep polish away from gold accents, if you have those accents on your items. Like most precious metals, silver will scratch and chafe as it is used. This is normal, and adds to the silver’s character. The scratches will eventually give silver its patina, the soft, rich glow that is prized in old silver. Polishes can vary widely in terms of abrasiveness, and Sterling Silverware cont. next pg


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someday I’ll have a review up here for you. For now, make sure that you use a true silver polish, and don’t ever use a general metal polish. The one polish to avoid is called “silver dip”, and it will strip off all tarnish including the tarnish that the factory put on there to make the design show better. I’ve known someone who put their Grande Baroque silverware in the silver dip, and it stripped off all of the tarnish in the grooves, making the pattern look absolutely terrible. Save the silver dip for the punch bowl you left out in the garage for a few years (I’ve done that too), and look for a silver polish that claims to be mild. Storing your Silverware If you use your silverware regularly, store it in a clean drawer free from moisture. If you store your silver for a length of time, place it in either flannel flatware rolls, or in a wooden storage chest with protective lining. Never, never, never wrap your silverware in any type of plastic, rubber bands, or newspaper. These items contain high amounts of sulfur which will accelerate tarnishing. Avoiding Tarnish The best way to avoid tarnish is to use your silver! Constant use of your silverware will keep it bright and shiny, and will certainly enhance your dining table. Tarnish is caused by certain foods that contain sulfides, such as: Eggs, fruit juices, tomatoes, vinegar, ketchup, salt, salty foods (such as butter), mustard, salad dressings, and tomato sauces. If these foods remain on your

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Make - Plymouth 2 door Coupe Model - 1936 Engine - 350 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp Color - Torquoise Interior Description - Bench cloth seat with tan dash and door moldings, power steering, tilt wheel, air condition Exterior Description - Torquoise with chrome spoke wheels Price - $34,000.00

Make - Chevrolet automatic with air conditioner Model - 1938 Engine - 350 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp Color - Red Interior Description - Bucket seats, tan leather, power steering, brakes, air condition Exterior Description - Red with chrome rally wheels Price - $32,000.00

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1940 Ford 2 door Coupe Make - Ford 327 C.I., automatic transmission Model - 1940 Engine - 327 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp Color - Red Interior Description - Bench tan, leather seat, tan dash and moldings, power steering, tilt wheel, power windows, air condition Exterior Description - Red with chrome spoke wheels Price - $42,000.00

1936 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Make - Chevrolet 2 door pickup Model - 1936 Engine - 327 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp, Chevrolet automatic transmission Color - Maroon with black fenders Interior Description - Tan bucket seats with black dash and moldings, automatic tilt wheel Exterior Description - Maroon with black fenders, chrome wire wheels Price - $26,000.00 8

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders Classified Items Red Hooiser w/ Metal Top, price $625, Minnie Mouse Breadbox, price $50, Fire Extinguisher lamp, price $325,The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3) Green Tint Book Stand, price $395, Aidan Gray Tin Top Table, price $325, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

Weathered Mantel w/ Coat Racks, price $475, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3) License Plate Bordered Mirrors, 2’ x 2’, prices ranging from $185 $235, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

Buckeye Corn Sheller, price $650, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk3)

Company Shops Tin Chest, price $275, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

Child’s Red & Black Toy Box, Handpainted w/ Tin, price $150, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3) See something but have a question? Visit or email 9

Fire Extinguisher Lamp, price $325, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

Worlds Away 3 Drawer Mirror Chest, price $1,390, Crystal Tree, price $95, CeCe in Wonderland lamp, price $275, Harry Potter Case (SOLD), The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk3) NICE Custom Made Bird House, made from receycled materials, price $500, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk3) For only $14, run your classified item ad with us for 4 weekly editions. Email or, or call 336.340.6299 for details.

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders Classified Items Round Table w/ Tile Mosiac, price $195, Custom Made Wood & Black Metal Chairs, price $162/ ea., The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

Robert Jacobs Chair, price $850, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk3) Refurbished Cart Tables, price $350, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

Kitchen Island w/ Pullouts, price $675, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk3)

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Fabulous Wrought Iron Patio Table & Chairs Set, price $812, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk3)

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Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders Classified Items Photogravure Print by E. Renouf, c1881, price $350, Booth 185 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) 54 piece Silverware Set in Box (silver plated), price $79, Booth 280 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Walnut Hall/Window Table, Knoxville Table & Chair Co. (orig. label), price $425, Booth 187 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 5701997 (wk4) Indian Motorcycle Sales & Service Sign, price $14, Booth 127 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Evinrude Outboard Motor Sign, price $145, Booth 124 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 5701997 (wk4)

Coca-Cola Sign “Refreshing New Feeling”, price $55, Booth 127 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Marlboro Sign, price $23, Booth 124 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4)

Coke Fountain Service Sign, price $45, Booth 127 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4)

Light Colored Wooden School Desks, price $375, Dark Colored Wooden School Desks (4 seats), price $425, Booth 164 at at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) See something but have a question? Email or visit 11

Industrial/Commercial Size Adjustable Pipe Wrench, c1914, 4’ length, price $85, Booth 280 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) c1930’s Restored Barber Pole, price $3,500, L. Cox at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Green & White Barber Chair, Koken, price $425, Booth 285 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4)

White Atlanta Wood Cookstove, price $295, Booth 75 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4)

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Inside Granddaddy’s recreated General Store are items from toys to signage to tins and many other items. Prices vary and a shopper could easily spend a couple of hours looking over featured items.


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Mitzi & Louis Cox decided to take a snapshot of what their own personal general store looks like and recreated a whole display in their antique mall, Granddaddy’s Antiques. Pictured above are a Coca-Cola sign stand for $225, Shell gas pump for $975, Shell air pump for $695, Fat Boys Speed Shop display rack for $145 (featuring misc. tins priced $12 and up), Shell wall mount cabinet for $60, and a Wurlitzer jukebox which is functional and ready for purchaser to fill up their favorite 33s & 45s vinyl records priced at $1,800.

Lorain Triple Oven, Grey Enamel, c.1926, price $595, Booth 204 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Variety of Kitchen Items, price ranges from $25 and up, Booth 280 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 See something but have a question? Email or visit

Harley Davidson Sign, price $95, Booth 127 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Wide Variety of Bottles, Cans, & Tins, prices vary, Booth 127 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4)


Framed Map of Virginia/ Maryland/ Carolinas, price $50, Booth 187 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4) Original 36 Prism Hanging Oil Lamp w/ functional chains, price $350, Booth 280 at Granddaddy’s Antiques, 2316 Maple Ave, Burlington, NC, (336) 570-1997 (wk4)

We Miss Mayberry!

(Well) I miss Mayberry

One of my favorite Sitting on the porch drinking country songs is Mayberry Ice cold Cherry Coke by Rascal Flatts. Having lived in big cities and in Where everything is black and small towns, there are so white many things that are Picking on a six string different. Where people pass by and you call I grew up in medium sized cities in the Southeastern US Them by their first name but noticed at a young age Watching the clouds roll by and Louis Cox sitting on the front porch of how I longed to be out in the Mitzi their own personal recreation of Cox General Bye, bye country. Later as an adult and Store. Their faithful dog Cheyenne was also there after getting married, I was to see us off as we headed back home after a great visit seeing what Mayberry must have really been - Rascal Flatts lyrics from ‘Mayberry’ lucky enough to find a small like in many small towns across America. tract of nearly 8 acres out in the country. And much to my good fortune, my land was just a couple of miles from a very small rural town. In this town, there was a family owned and operated dry goods store. If I needed coffee, milk, fresh produce I could get these items without having to drive to the larger town half an hour away. If I needed sheet metal screws or a 90 degree PVC elbow to repair my plumbing, I could go to If you like Airstreams, you'll love an Avion! the dry goods store. I used to think it was odd that I could go to Hate to sell but I'm not using this and someone should enjoy it. a few hardware stores in the Aircraft construction, new mahogany floor, cedar lined closets and larger town looking for some bathroom, marble floor in bathroom, custom made built-in furniture obscure item I needed to (leather faced), dinette folds out into single bed, leather couch folds complete my fencing project but out to a double bed, has separate quarter berths w/ a center plug that could not find what I needed. But can convert to a California king bed, outside awning, jawless crank I could find it on a dust covered windows w/ sun shades, full sealed bottom for easy towing, does rack at the dry goods store just have built-in stereo. Features new convection microwave, fridge/ up the street from me. I wondered freezer unit (never been used). Outer shade canopy is in great shape. out loud ‘who in the heck has antiquated hardware’ at an old A must see item but needs some vinyl finishing. country store. Serious inquiries only please. Can email interior One lady born and raised in this photos. small town working the register told me that the people who ask such a thing are ‘people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.’ Renee 14

FOR SALE.... 1987 Avion Camper, 32 ft.


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Fisherman’s Pie This serves from 4 - 6 people easily. Whatever white fish is available on the market will do, whether it’s cod, haddock or whiting. Ingredients n 1-1/2 lb whitefish n 1 pt milk n 4 oz butter n 2 oz plain flour n 4 oz peeled shrimp n 2 hardboiled eggs, chopped n 1 tbsp capers, drained n 3 tbsp parsley, chopped n 3 tbsp lemon juice n salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste Toppings n 2 lbs boiled potatoes n 2 oz butter n 4 tbsp milk n nutmeg, to taste n 1 oz strong cheddar cheese, grated

For a wide variety of kitchen items, whether for your own Holiday entertaining or for gift ideas, be sure to visit Granddaddy’s Antiques in Burlington, NC or go online to their website. Pictured here are many vintage and antique kitchen utensils and tools from one of the mall’s many dealer booths.

Directions Set oven for 400 F. Lay fish in the pan, season well, pour 1/2 of the milk and dot with butter. Bake 15-20 mins. Pour off liquid, remove skin from fish and flake off the fish. Make sauce with remaining butter, flour and gradually ad fish cooking liquid and remaining milk and seasonings. Add fish, shrimp, eggs, capers parsley - stir in lemon juice and pour all into buttered 2-1/2 pt baking dish. Cream the potatoes, add salt/pepper, nutmeg. Spread the mixture, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake 30-40 mins. ‘til brown.

"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude." -E.P. Powell

June Barbour is a native of Texas, who became a journalist and speech writer for many noted local and national politicians. An ex officer of the Daughters of American Revolution, June is a lover of antiques and collectibles. She was the editor for NC Senior Citizens Association’s VOICE newspaper and continues to be a strong advocate for seniors in North Carolina. And she’s an excellent cook who is the epitomy of Southern Hospitality (thanks for feeding us, ma’m!).

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A Lil’ Thanksgiving Humor A Mom's Prank Backfires One year at Thanksgiving, my mom went to my sister's house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, my mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister that she needed something from the store. When my sister left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, and re-stuffed the turkey. She then placed the bird(s) back in the oven. When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out

of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird. With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, "Patricia, you've cooked a pregnant bird!" At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry. It took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs! True story found on the internet

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Letter from the Editor... Ah, the Thanksgiving Holiday is almost here and many of us will be gathering with our family, friends and loved ones to celebrate many blessings in our lives. Food is the common thread which inspires feelings of sheer terror to sheer bliss, and everything in between. For those who know me, it is a fact that I missed out on the infamous Southern cooking gene and am more prone to suffering some minor catastrophy in the kitchen. Thankfully, I’m not cooking this year! Renee Warren is the Editor of Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders. She grew up around antiques and collectibles while living in both NC & SC but just wishes she had paid more attention to her grandmothers about their love of antiques and collectibles. Her favorite category is anything Asian or Oriental.

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders is a NC-based publication. Mailing address... PO Box 578 Rolesville, NC 27571 Publisher... M. Dale Swiggett 336.340.6299 Editor... Renee Warren 919.880.5217 rtwdesigns@embarqmailcom

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Pickers Pedals, Nov 18, 2010  

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