Picking with Reyne- – Vol. 8 – By Reyne Haines

June 21st, 2010 by

American PickersNext weekend is the summer antique market at the Red Barn in Round Top, Texas.  I’m excited about going!  The summer fairs are often smaller, have less customers, but you can often find people more willing to deal.

(Note to everyone: summertime is always slow in the antiques world – what a great time to try to strike up a bargain on some of those items you have been considering buying)

One of the aspects of the world of picking I love so much are the stories.  I can never get enough of the excitement someone expresses when telling about a hot find.

My friend Ed Akers whom I’ve never met but have conversed with online (isn’t the Internet great?) for years told me about a find he had in Florida.

“I was garage saling one Saturday for cool finds for my antique biz and found this vase. The person was only asking $7.00, I asked if the would take $5.00 and they agreed.

The vase is a Bauer design by Russell Wright.

Ed went on to tell me, “I have seen pillow vases by Russell Wright selling on ebay for $300 – $600. I even found where this style was offered at $1200.

It just goes to show the deals are still out there to be found.

Another friend of mine (who asked to be anonymous) just scored a bargain at Rago’s Great Estates Auction; a sculpture by a contemporary artist that they could not identify. It was by Hollis Fingold, an artist who she happened to be quite the fan of. The sculpture cost her $150.


I’d like to propose a challenge to my readers. Who is the ultimate picker? Who can take the least amount of money and turn it into the most? Or if not the least amount of money, who can create the greatest amount of return on the cash they lay out?

Post your finds here!

Happy Hunting!


4 Responses to “Picking with Reyne- – Vol. 8 – By Reyne Haines”

  1. Betsy Says:

    Hi, Reyne,
    Love your blog – and as it happens, I jumped the gun on the Hollis Fingold attribution. Ms. Fingold emailed me back promptly stating it was not her work. Oh well, I still love it, and her equally amazing pieces. Best, Bets

  2. Reyne Haines Says:


    I know you will figure out who made me. It just goes to show how one artist
    can inspire another!

    Let us know when you hear something definitive!


  3. Betsy Says:

    Well, a second signature emerged on the piece – looking again like Hollis something. But it turned out to be ROLLIN, for Rollin Karg, and I thought we had the whole thing nailed. Not so. The good people at his establishment knew for a fact that the work in its entirety was Rollin’s friend and fellow glass artist Steve Brewster, and the paperweight pieces were Rollin’s. I then found a Steve Brewster piece on the web which was shown at a recent festival and it was a sister piece to mine. So Steve Webster it is. Now, where he got the glass, or the idea for one of the pieces of the glass which just screamed Hollis Fingold to me, is a story for another day. I’ve written him. Hope he answers.

  4. Reyne Haines Says:

    And the plot thickens…

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