Reno’s passion for carousels never waned, and she drew in her husband Clay (the two met in Sandpoint in the late 90’s).
Clay reminisces, “We would (still do) stop and ride every carousel we came upon. Reno’s passion was infectious! and it wasn’t long before we both starting dreaming about finding an old carousel abandoned in some farmer’s barn, just waiting to be discovered and restored.”
However, their efforts to find a carousel were not encouraging. In the carousel world by the late 90s, intact, original wooden carousels were a rarity, with little expectation that any unknown carousels were left to be re-discovered, and one appearing at auction would need to meet the per-piece hammer price, a daunting proposition.