Picking with Reyne – Vol 5 – By Reyne Haines

May 28th, 2010 by

First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for reading my column and commenting on things. Your input is not only appreciated by me, but by other collectors who are reading.  Your suggestions have been great, timely and informative!

In last week’s column, Marko asked me a question that inspired this column.  He asked: “What was my favorite find and why?”

I briefly elaborated but I thought I’d go into a bit more detail here for those who catch my reply last week.

I used to run ads in the Antique Trader. For those of you who have been in the antiques world for a long time, most dealers and collectors used to consider The Antique Trader the bible. It came out on Monday every week and we all anxiously waited for the mailman to deliver it in our mailbox.

You’d rush home, and flip to the classified section in the back to see who was selling what.  This was pre eBay, pre online antique malls, digital photos, etc.  (And keep the comments to yourself, I’m not that old!)

You read listings in black and white text and had to envision what people were describing, or even if what they were describing was real.  Anything that sounded good, you picked up the phone and called on.  Time and again I’d call on things and they were already spoken for.  DRATS!

I met many pickers through this publication which was great. They went out picking all week long and would call me when they found something on my “want list”.  Some could describe things to a “T” and knew exactly what I was looking for. I’d buy it just from their descriptions and rarely if ever was disappointed.

I decided I’d place a display ad in the WANTED TO BUY section of the paper.  “Buying Tiffany lamps, glass, bronze and other art glass items.”

One day I was heading out to lunch and I received a phone call. I almost didn’t answer it because I was running late.  I grabbed the phone and it was an elderly man on the other line saying he saw my ad in the Trader.  This always got me excited. You never knew what those kinds of calls might bring.

He began describing an all too familiar piece of Steuben glass; a console bowl in amber with threading and controlled bubble decoration. It was worth about $250 and was not very exciting to me.  I told him I’d call him later in the week as he was about 40 miles out of town and he wanted me to come by and see it.

I almost forgot to call him, but when I finally did I arranged to go take a look.  There were a few small antique shops I hadn’t visited in some time along the way and I thought I’d make a day trip out of it.

I got to the gentleman’s house and low and behold, it was exactly the bowl I envisioned it to be.  YAWN.

I decided I’d buy it as I had already driven all the way out there. Boy was I glad I did. Once I made the purchase he asked me if I bought other art glass and he pulled out a decorated tendril Loetz vase which is on the cover of one of the Loetz books.  I was shocked.  I asked if he was a collector, to which he said no.  Of course my next question was “Did you inherit these items?” to which again he replied no. He then pointed and said “I found them in the barn in the back.”

You just never know what you might find in the barns of a country home!

I’d love to hear more about your favorite finds.  Comment here with your stories!

Happy Hunting!


9 Responses to “Picking with Reyne – Vol 5 – By Reyne Haines”

  1. Carolyn COBAYLEY Says:

    Doesn’t it just make your heart race when these “finds” happen…a friend has said many times, “who needs drugs to make you high, just go into the antiques and collectibles business” Finding that hidden treasure is the best rush I know.

    I do have a favorite find and it is not the item, but the way it was found. A friend and myself were out garage sailing. We approaced the driveway from opposite sides….he spotted the Roseville Mostique pedestal and jardy and snapped it up for $25.00. I stomped my foot and exclaimed..”not fair, I want that”. The person having the sale said, Ok , I’ve got another one in the back yard and you can have that one. It was a different color, but that was fine by me. I had to pay $30.00.

    Thank you again for a wonderful article. I look forward to these every week.


  2. Reyne Haines Says:


    I do think it is the stories we remember the most. The circumstances surrounding how we find these treasures can often be better than the treasures themselves.

    Great find by the way!!!


  3. Marko Says:


    First, I must say…I’m lucky when I found this blog. With Professionals have a great comment.
    I’ve noticed that your country has a lot of antiquity and the design enthusiasts. It is a wonderful thing!

    So! this yours treasure….It is absolutely gorgeous! I congratulate you! My hunt continues, so sometimes I could find a similar treasure :-)

    I look forward to the summer, and genuine farm auctions. Of them I can find genuine and orginal treasures.

    I can send photos of you and other antique freaks of these auctions .

    Hunting continues … stay tuned !


  4. Dan Halperin Says:

    1) When I was twelve I used to collect comics. I was in a comic shop one day and the guy behind the counter gave me…GAVE ME FOR FREE…Superman #12. Granted it was in Poor condition but still it was Superman #12 from 1942 which I still have today.

    2) Found a Liberty nickle from 1888 in my change about 4 years ago. Worth about 25 bucks.

  5. Reyne Haines Says:

    Tell us about the farm auctions.
    Over here, that means they are auctioning farm equipment and cattle.

    What does it mean in Finland?


  6. Kat Barton Says:

    Love it. I think the best thing I found was an Italian king size silk brocade bedspread, Hand tied silk tassels in mint condition. I paid 50.00 for it, and sold for way under the value, at 300.00 I had it looked at, and it was early 1900′s and mint condition. I could have gotten around 2000.00 for it. It’s the only thing I regret letting it go.

    Around my parts, the great Northwest, we have a lot of people in antiques. I love the hunt. Occasionally I will find that rare item.

    Thank you for the posting. What a great story~

  7. Antiques.com Says:

    Hi Reyne and others friends :-)

    Here is rainy day, so good time to write this blog.

    You wanted that I tell you what kind is a Finnish farm auction.
    First I would say, there doesn´t sell animals. They are sold at various events.

    The farm auction sold only: old furniture, old farm equipment and
    other fun stuff.

    I like these auction, because the summer people are happy , the
    athmosphere is good and the prices are low.
    I go to a farm auction in the summer 2-3 times.Every time I’ve found
    something nice stuff.

    I will show you some pictures of these auctions.

    Enjoying this day …… and of course hunting continues !

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