Monday, May 27, 2013

Thrift Haul: Thrifting for Art, Daily Deals, and Michael Jackson Surprise!


Oh art, I live for thee. Yet thrifting for art is just troublesome. It's fun to store in your home, the trouble is that it takes long to sell. Ah well, here's a look at the art and impulse purchases I've been having behind-the-scenes around there parts:


I found two of these prints, one is a gift for a special friend who does a lot of bring culture and art to the city of Jacksonville, Florida. I bought it from a yard sale run by a former art gallery owner. It's a painting of Jacksonville's beautiful downtown skyline circa 1994, it's developed exponentially since then! Selling this for $15.00 if a Jax lover is interested. It's poster-size.


Remember this from my Thrift Wish List? Yep, I broke down and bought it. I am suffering buyer's remorse, so you can buy it off my wall if you desire. Shoot me an e-mail! She is an absolutely gorgeous 1962 "Big Eye Art" print with a gorgeous color palate. I love her huge almond-eyes. This is another poster-size piece.


I bought these adorable girls from a church sale. I must seek out more church sale, the low prices were beautiful, I tell you! They're $25 on Etsy but I'll sell them on the blog for $12.00.


I bought this donkey planter at the same sale, he's too adorable and filled with a pothos tropical plant at Southern Crossing at the moment.  $15.00 on Etsy but you can earn it for $9.00.


Another find from the church sale, a groovy mushroom teapot. I can't resist a groovy 1970s mushroom no matter how hard I try. It's hanging out on Etsy.


It's no secret that I love the hell out of some Michael Jackson, a day is not complete without at least one MJ song playing in the background while I work.


Of course I had to have this adorable Michael Jackson book for 15 cents. Released at the height of fame in 1984, it's a thing of beauty.


There's a quiz in it, I dare you hardcore MJ fans to take it! Let me know if you want me to follow up with the questions in the comments or on Facebook. They're challenge questions, I'm an informed fan and I missed a few. One answer I only knew from listening to Quincy Jone's commentary from an "Off the Wall" re-release CD!


I love a utilitarian satchel and always scoop them up when I see them. This one is On Etsy for $30.00 but I'll sell it on the blog for $17.00. Matches everything!


This art piece purchase was a complete impulse buy, a beautiful piece by a local artist. Selling it with the matting for easy framing for $10.00, it's called "The Great Speckled Bird" and it's a limited edition print by Desirée Kantrim.

Let's Wheel and Deal: It's ALL for sale, so e-mail me if you'd like to buy anything you see. I've been making group deals and general deals on my Etsy items for blog readers, let me know if you want multiple items and I'll apply and group discount. 


Find anything amazing at the thrifts this weekend?! Do share your finds and posts in the comments.



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24 comments:

  1. Wall hangings and art don't sell very well here either. I wish they did because I always see cool pieces that I feel like I need to buy just so it doesn't get ruined at the thrifts.
    I've learned my lesson though. I've had three different wall hangings crowding my booth for a while now. No more until those are gone!

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    1. I just ordered a bigger backdrop so I can get my big, beautiful pieces out of the shop and online where they will hopefully sell promptly, and for more money! It's sad to see them languish in the antique malls, they deserve better. ;P

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  2. Ok, now I'm showing my age because I remember the "wide-eyed" paintings. My sister and I used to have them in our bedroom. The mushroom teapot looks like the set that my mother painted in ceramics in the 70's!

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    1. They're pretty irresistible. I want to buy each one I see, but hold back when they're damaged. Though it's hard.

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  3. Speaking of art at the thrifts! I have been holding on to this bizarre block print for months that I got at the thrift store for $3. I was about to take it to the booth and price it around $25 (because it had a nice frame) when my friend said the signature looked familiar. After some research I found out it was a salvador dali original print! One of only 386! Holla! To ebay it goes and a lesson learned. Always research your items!

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    1. Score of the century! I've never been that lucky at a thrift but wow...that's incredible. Love reading stories like this. Definitely inspires me to research more!

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    2. What thrift did you find that at?

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  4. You really should hold on to your Keane "big eyes", the movie about the Margaret Keane is in preproduction and the market is going to get even hotter than now.

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    1. Thanks for that helpful tip, gotta look into that. It would be no problem holding on to it, love looking at it in the meantime.

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  5. Charlotte-- my sister and I had the wide-eyed girls in our bedroom too (and I hate dating myself too!!). Good luck, Van. Art is hard to move which as an artist, I don't understand.

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    1. For me, oddly enough, the simpler I make my art the better it sells. I guess it makes it more universal. I always like to buy at least one print from every artist I love. I have several gallery walls in the apartment.

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  6. Oh I do love those sweet girls in their bonnets and the almond eye girl. But the donkey planter made me giggle he is a spitting image of the donkey from my kids favourite book called The Wonky Donkey. It's a hilarious book, I love reading it.

    I too love me some Michael Jackson too.

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    1. I haven't had luck with Bonnet girls though, I must stop getting them! And smalls in general ;) But they're so fun...

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  7. You're right about those satchels...I have a similar one that I used as a nappy bag. My Mum and a bunch of the other new mums in my coffee group found it a bit strange. But it worked a treat, and if the hubby ever needed to carry the bag he wasn't put off by a girls flowery sac!

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    1. Yep, I love how universal a nice solid brown bag like that is. Guys can use them, too.

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  8. I love big eye prints. Own a few myself.

    Pictures were doing well in my booth for quite a while, then those sale just dropped off.

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    1. I had all of some prints I made sell at once so I added vintage art prints I found at a flea market. They're all still sitting in there, sold one or two only. Quite unpredictable, the fickle antique mall market. ;P

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  9. I read recently that Tim Burton is going to make a movie about the Keanes (of the big-eye art fame). Awesome!

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    1. Cannot believe I haven't heard of that before this post, it's like the wedding of my two favorite things! Gotta check that out.

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  10. I'm going to date myself here, but yeah...I totally had that MJ book as a kid. I bought it at the Scholastic book sale at school. It was part of my extensive Michael memorabilia collection, ca. 1984-86. ;)

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  11. I feel sheepish that this might be the first time I've seen this blog, and that I might also have just instantly become addicted. Don't mind me. I'll be here a while, perusing the entire archive. You had me at "thrift."

    ~Katie
    www.katiemullaly.com

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Katie!

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