I’m all sure you know how much I like collecting things and finding treasures at garage sales, antique stores, and flea markets. One of the things I love to find is paintings. It’s the only way I can afford to buy original works of art. The most I ever paid was $60.00 but the majority of these were under $5.00. And although you can’t tell it from the pictures most of these are small from 3×5 to 8×10. The largest is around 15×16.
This picture is a pencil drawing that has a bit of red and green outlining. I bought it when we lived in Ohio. It was stuck behind a pile of stuff at an antique store.
I realized as I was taking photos for this post, I like paintings of flowers. The one below came from an antique store in Concord. The bright colors makes it one of my favorites. This one is from a flea market in Seattle.
But I also like landscapes. I didn’t like the frame the one to the right so I took it out.
The one above and the one below remind me of New England. The one below I bought for a dollar at the thrift shop on Hanscom Air Force Base.
The picture doesn’t do the one below justice because the white flower looking parts are raised and the frame is so sweet. I found it at a Goodwill in Seattle when I was visiting my sister.
I bought this one at the Hanscom Thrift Shop too.I can’t remember where I bought these but I think it was at a Goodwill in Seattle. I loved the bright colors and primitive feel of these. (Sorry the light faded the center of photos a bit when I took the picture.)
One of the reasons I love buying art this way is I feel like I’m rescuing something that someone put a lot of work into. It also allows me to switch things out without spending a lot of money. Readers: Do you have something you love to hunt for?
I used to look for paintings too, but since I have not been able to stand for more than a couple of minutes nor walk well at all, I have not been able to go to antique stores, etc. etc. for almost three years now. I always looked for glass paperweights to add to my daughter’s collection which she inherited from my Mom, and I always looked for jewelry that I could repurposed to suit my tastes (and a large neck too, haha). Right now, I would just love to be able to get to a really nice yard sale when spring comes, but I know that just isn’t going to happen. I miss it terribly.
I hope you can get back to it some day! Glass paperweights sound like a fun thing to collect and how lovely for your daughter to have your mom’s collection!
When I commented before, I forgot to mention how for three or so years I looked for Amuse Bouche spoons so that I could make a really great dessert table for my book club members. There are 12 members and at most I have found 14 spoons in all these years, none matching,, which is just enough for guests to sample one bite of a dessert at a book club meeting. That is surely not going to work that way. I wanted an easy make ahead dessert tray, but it was fun trying to find the spoons no matter what. Oh well. I tried. I can order some plastic ones online, but that isn’t the same as finding some nice china ones or glass ones to use.
I also used to try to find English bone china tea cups and saucers, but most were priced way too high to be worth getting at a yard sale or flea market. I didn’t NEED more, I just wanted another one, so price was a factor.
And I am still hoping to find some real sea glass/beach glass if I ever get to another yard sale again. I cannot get onto the beach anymore, so hopefully some day I will find a box or bag of it that someone else was lucky enough to find and not want anymore.
Thank you for reading my ramblings.
Amuse Bouche spoons sounds like another fun thing to collect! I’ve heard prices of china are going down because so many baby boomers are getting rid of theirs. I love sea glass too and have a big jar from when we lived in Monterey! Thanks for stopping by Cynthia!
Sherry, I really enjoyed looking at your art finds. I’m going to take photos of my thrift shop art too and post them in my blog. Amazingly, I found and hung a print that looks like yours with the three raised white flowers, but the background of mine is yellow instead of green. And the frame is similar too!
Let me know when you post it! How very interesting.