Peanut memorabilia collectors' club


April 28, 1991|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I have some Planters Peanuts collectibles I would like to sell. Can you give me an address for collectors?

A: Write to Carl Schweizer, 831 E. Washington, West Chicago, Ill. 60185, phone (708) 231-2242, enclosing a description of the pieces you have and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, appraisal or offer. Mr. Schweizer is looking for 3 1/2 -foot-high Mr. Peanut metal scales from the mid-1950s; people would weigh themselves by inserting a penny in Mr. Peanut's top hat.

Collectors of Planters Peanuts memorabilia belong to Peanut Pals, which offers an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter for $15, or $2 for a sample copy, from Peanut Pals, in care of Bob Walthall, Box 4465, Huntsville, Ala. 35815; (205) 881-9198.

Mr. Peanut will be 75 years old this year.

Q: I have a lovely antique wire fruit display stand on a pedestal that I want to fill with realistic-looking artificial fruit. I've seen some at antiques shows priced from $35 to $75 per piece. Is there anything comparable that's more reasonable? Also, is there a company that makes old-looking tallow candles for antique chandeliers?

A: You can get realistic-looking peaches, pears and red, green or yellow apples ($5.95 each), strawberries ($1.25 each) and blackberries (85 cents each) from Alexandra Pifer, in care of the Seraph 1817 Shoppe, 5606 E. State Route 37, Delaware, Ohio 43015; (614) 369-1817. Shipping is $3.50 for one piece, plus 50 cents for each additional piece. Also available from the same source for $15.50 postpaid are six hand-dipped 10-inch-long tallow-colored, honey-scented beeswax candles hung on a metal dipping stick. The company also offers its catalog of country furniture and checkered fabrics for $3.

Q: How can I learn the value of retired Hallmark ornaments, and where can I find examples?

A: For an extensive list of retired Hallmark, Enesco and Carlton ornaments for sale, send $1 to Pat Andersen, 9001 S. Cicero Ave., Box C, Oak Lawn, Ill. 60453. Retired Hallmark ornaments can be found in "Hallmark Ornaments -- Official Ornament Collector's Secondary Market Price Guide," available for $13.95 postpaid from Rosie Wells Enterprises Inc., Route 1, Canton, Ill. 62520; (309) 668-2565.

Q: Where can I reach collectors of hammered aluminum?

A: Write to the Aluminist, the bimonthly newsletter of the Hammered Aluminum Collectors Club in care of Dannie Woodard, Box 1346, Weatherford, Texas 76086, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information.

Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.

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