Picking with Reyne – Vol 9 – By Reyne Haines

June 28th, 2010 by

Knowing what sells best from one place to another can greatly help you in your antiquing adventures.

For example, if you happen to be a buyer of Depression Glass or American Art pottery such as Roseville or Rookwood, picking in Ohio would be the way to go.  Both items were made in that region, so it can easily be found in flea markets and yard sales.

This can also be a little tricky.  The common pieces can often be found for a song, but because the items are made in that region, people are also pretty knowledgeable about their values, so the rarer colors, patterns, artists, shapes can also be found, but only purchased at a retail price.

The same can be said for visiting markets in New York. You might be more apt to find European antiques, as many people relocated to New York from abroad over the last 100 years.

The same would not be said for areas like Alabama, Mississippi, Texas or Louisiana.  Instead, you would find French antiques, great silver, Southern art, and also black memorabilia.

Try to keep these same thoughts in mind when hunting new areas.  Meaning, if you are in California on a picking adventure, and you come across a painting by let’s say a New Hope, PA artist, you might be able to buy it for a song.  That artist wouldn’t be as desirable as it would be if it was selling in the region the artist was from.

This can also apply when buying from one region to the next.  For example, Scandinavian mid century modern items sell very cheaply abroad, yet command strong prices here in the US.  For years, many American dealers have traveled across the pond loading up containers full of European antiques to sell for a handsome price at their stores and at shows in the US.

What do you find selling strongly in your region?


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

  1. Marko Says:


    Oh, damn! This is my territory!
    Do not tell everyone that here we have cheap products.
    The truth is, here is expensive, the quality is poor and all the cheap products are in my home.

    Revenge !…. I will come to U.S. and I buy your nose in front of all Tiffany products :-)

    Sorry Reyne !

    Nooo, That was a joke ! Welcome to pick up the treasures. I am glad if I can help you picking out treasures.

    So and notified to all!
    Scandinavians, Europeans, Asians, Africans, etc…..Welcome to Reyne Gallery !
    You will find there a wonderful selection Tiffany etc. of products.

    ( This was a paid advertisement! My bill comes later :-)

    Stay tuned!


  2. Reyne Haines Says:

    Now now Marko, I did not give away any trade secrets nor did I announce
    that you can buy great Scandinavian design at just about any flea market for pennies on the dollar in Finland

    Oh ooops


  3. Marko Says:

    Reyne…Oh no!!!

    Shut your mouth! You can not keep secrets.

    Small children can keep secrets better than you!

    murmur…I’m soon bankrupt!!

    Goodbye treasures!

    Marko…..= the ex treasure hunter!

  4. Reyne Haines Says:

    Marko – holds a sign on the corner

    “Will work for antiques”


  5. Marko Says:


    This is not fun! This is serious matter.
    I need to get food, drink and enough antique stuff.
    I have an antique junkie! Really serious illines.
    Be careful that u don`t fall ill to this disease.

    I have noticed that u already have symptomsn :-)

    When I get home from work, i go to take a dose to the local antique flea market.
    Otherwise, I have withdrawal symptoms…and then I`m really difficult man :-)

    Hey! We had to talk about something else, like my illness.

    You surely don`t know products, which are called: Muurla( glassworks), Pinetta ( woodworks) and the artist Viljo Hurme. These products I can find a lot of my “territory”. Here they are cheap, but when you go away from this area, their price to rise.

    Urfortunately, I don`t like of these products a lot, because I see them so often. Even they are really quality products.

    Now when you´ve become a little more familiar to me, I have begun to likes Tiffany, Loetz, Steuben etc. products.They are really stunning!
    I don`t see these often in Finland…very rarely!!

    But I promise, if I can find, I will tell u :-)

    hmmm. hunting continues…stay tuned !


  6. Reyne Haines Says:

    I am not familiar with Pinetta.
    I like wood products.

    I am not surprised you don’t see Tiffany and Steuben in your area,
    but I would think you would see Loetz from time to time.

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