Fabulous Finds — Paintings

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. IMG_7823This one is from a flea market in Seattle. IMG_7804



But I also like landscapes. I didn’t like the frame the one to the right so I took it out.



This one is from an antique store in Conord, MA. It wasn’t framed.

IMG_7810The 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.

IMG_7803The 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. IMG_7801

I bought this one at the Hanscom Thrift Shop too.IMG_7831I 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.) IMG_7827IMG_7826







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?

  6 comments for “Fabulous Finds — Paintings

  1. Cynthia E. Blain
    February 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    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.

    • February 19, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      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!

  2. Cynthia E. Blain
    February 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    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.


    • February 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      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!

  3. February 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    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!

    • February 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Let me know when you post it! How very interesting.

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