By the looks of the walls in our home, you might think we just moved in. We did….almost three years ago. We wanted to upgrade our living room decor but haven’t been proactive about it.
One of the goals I set at the beginning of the year was to address the plain walls. Repurposing ideas are great, but I’m not artistic. So, when hunting for artwork that won’t break our budget, I found several options.
I bought the framed picture above for $10 at a garage sale last weekend. It is large enough to take care of the wall above our larger sofa. I figure at that price it doesn’t have to be something I live with forever.
As a side note I use Yard Sale Treasure Map to plan the stops saving time and gas.
Around here swap meets are popular and are like attending 100 garage sales at once. You pay a small admission fee and walk around seeing what’s offered.
The prices can be higher than your neighbor’s garage sale but you get one stop shopping. Ours is a combination swap meet/farmer’s market so it’s a good place to pick up locally grown fruit and vegetables.
I don’t mean Sotheby’s when listing auctions. Auctions with good art buys are estate or storage business sales for example.
Everyone is going and usually there is no minimum bid. Most buyers won’t be there for these items so little bidding competition (unless there is something of large value).
Local Art Institute
Your local art institute may be a good option for bargain-priced works. No, you won’t find garage sale pricing but you can find original art at good prices. Plus you’re supporting the local artist community.
The San Diego Art Institute has an event twice a year where you can buy pieces right off the wall for as low as $100. Check out your local art institutions.
This site is an online marketplace of artists from all other the world selling their wares directly to the buyer. By cutting out the middleman and overhead of a brick and mortar location the prices are often quite good.
To avoid shipping fees or gas to find your treasures Craigslist is the best option. In my city many artists are selling signed, original works for as low as $25.
If you haven’t used Craigslist before be sure to read their information on scam and use common sense.
We’re happy to have one more blank wall taken care of that was light on the wallet. Where have your found inexpensive art?
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