This summer I’ve scored at garage sales with great framed art prints for the kids’ walls. Now all three of the kids have framed art on their walls, and each print somehow reflects their tastes and personalities and interests–bonus! This print hangs above the mantle in my 13-year-old’s room. It’s perfect for his passion of this summer, FISHING! It’s really large and beautifully matted and framed too! Garage sale cost: $15. Cost new: $75-$150
Ezra got the coolest print, nabbed by me at the Congressman’s garage sale mentioned earlier in this blog. It’s also nicely framed, and the print is from a poster for the 2005 Great Lakes Conservation Conference, obviously a gift to the Congressman for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Great Lakes! And it’s signed by the artist! That alone floors me, because Ezra is our artist in residence, AND he has a “water” theme for his room. The print depicts the vanishing sturgeon fish, which is also perfect for our family’s eco sensibilities. The congressman charged: $10 (“It’s worth alot more than that,” he muttered, nicely). Cost in the real world. I have no idea. I’d say maybe $100? Fabulous!
Finally, Phoebe got a darling, hand-painted painting of pears with all her favorite colors–lime, pink, blue etc. It’s exquisite, and works perfectly in her pretty little blue bedroom. If I had the energy I’d snap a pic and share that too. Maybe later. For now, it cost me $5, and I think something similar would have been about $25 (it’s painted on a canvas which is wrapped around a box frame and I popped it right on the wall).
How about you? Have you ever picked up a piece of art at a garage sale or thrift store? Tell! And show! I’d love to see whatcha got!