The Finer Things turns treasures into cash

With the stock market and our nation’s economy in turmoil, a majority of Americans are feeling a strain on their pocketbooks. With the holidays right around the corner, many are looking for ways to save on purchases and put cash back into their wallets.

The Finer Things, based in New York with an office in Cincinnati, Ohio, has seen business pick up recently as more buyers and sellers have taken advantage of the unique opportunity to purchase or sell new and gently used luxury goods. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry, fine art, couture clothing or a valuable antique, The Finer Things has been connecting buyers and sellers in the upscale secondary market for more than 20 years.

Co-owned by renowned 20th Century Decorative Arts specialist Reyne Haines, The Finer Things recently acquired several items for clients including a 1968 Fastback Mustang valued at $32,000, a collection of 1860s jewelry valued at $75,000 and has remarketed a 5-carat emerald cut diamond which sold for just over $225,000.

“Our service offers people not only the ability to obtain the highest price for their objects, but also the opportunity to upgrade their collection, often at greatly discounted prices,” said Haines. Co-owner Jennifer Rofé added, “The amount of fine goods coming through the door has increased dramatically in the past two months as buyers are looking to save money on luxury purchases and sellers are looking to raise cash.”

Haines, who for the past 20 years has been collecting and selling rare pieces, got her start as a collector in New York. Since then, she has been a long-time dealer of decorative arts and a familiar face on the PBS award-winning series, Antiques Roadshow, as well as an author to a variety of antiquing and collecting books including Watches: Warman’s Companion and The Art of Glass.

Rofé, who began her career in the fashion world, sees even more growth for The Finer Things in the foreseeable future as word of mouth from satisfied customers continues to spread.

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