Yard Sale Art – Look for Uniqueness & Quality!

Why buy art at yard sales?
 
Why not?!  Because if you get tired of it, or you find you’re redecorating a room, or maybe your styles have just changed over the years – having not spent much money on the art makes it very easy to pass on, to sell at your own sale, or to take to Good Will.
 
I look for UNIQUENESS and quality, when I look for art at a yard sale.
 
Like my 2 Kathe Kollwitz prints.
 
It’s a rather humorous story, how these 2 prints ended up in my home.  Years ago, my husband and I were out and about yard-saling.  We thought this “one” print was unique, so we bought it. 
 
The NEXT year, we ended up going to the same home and we found the 2nd print.  Of course we snagged it for $5, and we told them we had purchased the other print the year before.  The people said they turned their house upside down looking for the 2nd print (not realizing they had sold it the year before), so they could sell them as a pair.
 
Little did they know, or did we know, that WE were meant to have this set.
 
Do you ever look for unique art at yard sales?

(This post is linked to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures!)

13 comments on “Yard Sale Art – Look for Uniqueness & Quality!”

  1. Those prints are so beautiful! They make me want to go wake up my baby and give him a hug :)
    .-= Molly @ The Creative Maven´s last blog ..May Wrap Up =-.

  2. I haven’t found two matching prints a year apart, but I have bought something back from a thrift store that I had donated! So lame.
    .-= Janice´s last blog ..Vintage Goodness =-.

  3. That is truly a meant to be story :) If you look at some of my recipe posts you can see one of my yard sale paintings in the background. It is so much fun to find a treasure and bring it home.
    .-= Tickled Red´s last blog ..Letters of Appreciation =-.

  4. Sandy, you have inspired me to look for things, to search and find a wonderful treasure. I don’t think I”ve ever bought any art at sales. I just haven’t done it, but I’m going to start looking now (C:

  5. that’s a great story, I love those prints
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Latest garage sale find =-.

  6. Great story and art! I agree with you about buying art that you are not married to it for life! Recycled!

  7. Years ago I took my Mom to a book sale at her library and they were selling some of their framed prints also. We picked up a few and then came across an original oil painting in a nice frame. All for a few dollars. We also scored a bagful of wonderful books that we both enjoyed and passed along to family and friends. That day is still a great memory for me.

  8. I love those prints. What a find. Anymore I have to ‘be in the mood’ to yardsale, but usually find something I love. Where in your house are these hung? I can’t ‘picture’them.

    Happy Sunday Sandy.

  9. Such a funny story…and beautiful prints. So precious!
    .-= Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home´s last blog ..Reusable Canning Jar Lids-Giveaway! =-.

  10. I had the print on the left in my room growing up! I always loved the picture…I wonder what happened to it?
    .-= Mimi´s last blog ..May 10th I ♥ Faces Celebrating Moms Entry =-.

  11. Yes, yes and yes! I love surprise artists discovered in un chartered territory! It’s like buried treasure!
    ~kristin
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  12. Great story…I so agree on this…pay a little…then it’s not a big deal to change it out! Hop over and share this with all of us at my PAR-TAY!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  13. Hey, Sandy, that is a great story! I’ve found so many great pieces of art at yardsales myself. I love this set. And what a funny story that is.

    Thanks for linking up!

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