Everyone knows REAL art is always expensive, right? Like, hundreds or thousands of dollars?
Art can be expensive (and if you’re buying direct from the artist, you should pay what they’re asking), but every day there are people ditching art that was once their style but no longer brings them joy. Lucky for us!
Here are a few pieces that I’ve found at thrift stores. Some are paintings, others are lithographs. All are awesome.
This Charley Harper print.
I saw this haphazardly hanging out in a pile with the other wall decor. I actually thought it was someone’s student art from graphic design school, because I remember having to do things like this is Adobe Illustrator class. The sentiment appealed to me, as we’ve moved a lot and have ambitions to settle down at some point, so I spent the $4.00 and brought it home.
Then I did some research and found out it’s a Charley Harper lithograph.
It needs a better frame and a mat, but that’ll have to wait. For now it’s fine in the silver frame it came in.
This painting by Dorothy Johnston.
Not to be confused with Dorothy Johnstone, who was a very well-known Scottish painter. I don’t know how many paintings Dorothy Johnston ever painted. But I can smell the salty air of an east coast village when I look at it. It makes me smile.
This limited edition print by Kelly Ventura.
I texted my 12 year old to ask if she and her sister liked it. The answer was “YES.” I love it when I can find art that they’ll enjoy.
This pretty little oil painting that I wish I’d bought.
This is “the one that got away” for me. Buried between some picture frames, it was $16.99. I hemmed and hawed. I decided against it, but put it up in a prominent place on the shelf so that someone else could see it, and so it wouldn’t get damaged.
This Nashville weather forecast from 1922.
I acknowledge that this isn’t technically art, but I say it is. Because it’s my house and old papers you find inside really old books are awesome. Also, if you add a vintage book it’s suddenly a well planned arrangement.
This painting by Gene King.
I love this painting because one of the things I love most about Middle Tennessee is the rolling hills. The only Gene King I found online was the leader of The Gene King Band. Maybe they’re the same guy? I’ll find out someday.
I hope you liked some of the art I’ve found at thrift stores. Keep your eyes open and remember to look for art that makes you smile!