Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thrifted Artwork

We had this great antique and thrift store right by our house that I always loved going to.  Unfortunately now Walgreens has decided that they need to have a presence right there (which even more annoyingly is literally next door to a CVS) and so my beloved shop has disappeared.  I had been eyeing these colorful, hand drawn images for some time.  My husband and I happened to stop by the store when they were having their going out of business sale and I saw that the art pieces I loved were not only still there but they were marked down to $2 each.  To top it off, my husband liked them.  Can we say SOLD?

I quickly snatched them up and then took them to my framer for ideas.  Originally I thought that I would get all new frames, mats, glass, etc. but the frames were actually in decent shape and I liked the antiqued look they had rather than something new and perfect.  The pictures themselves are antiqued so I liked the frames they had.  (Plus, I'll be honest: keeping the original frames saved me hundreds of bucks.)

Here they are in their original state:

So, all that was required were some new mats and I went ahead and got new glass just since the old glass was pretty dirty.  Individually they are really cool but I love seeing them all together.

I wish I knew more about their origins.  They are definitely hand drawn in ink and then hand colored.

They are currently residing in my bathroom which is NOT the ideal spot for them but I'm a little tight on wall space in my tiny house.  I can see these being displayed awesomely (yes, that is a word to me) down the road one day...


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