WHAT’S YOUR PREFERENCE in art?
Do you shop for mass-produced art at a big box retailer?
Or are you the gallery type, purchasing one-of-a-kind fine art?
Maybe you shop flea markets, rummage sales or thrift stores for hand-crafted or vintage art.
Perhaps you’re artistic enough to create your own art to hang in your home or workplace.
If you know me as well as I expect you may from following Minnesota Prairie Roots, you would rightly guess that I prefer to find one-of-a-kind art at a bargain by shopping second-hand. Notice that I didn’t say bargain art. I said art at a bargain. There’s a difference.
My collection includes original paintings by hobbyist painters, prints by unknown artists, embroidered pieces by someone’s grandma… I’ve purchased most at unbelievably low prices—try 50 cents or $3.
Through the years I’ve even acquired an original Jose Maria de Servin painting and a vintage print of South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn’s “The Prairie is My Garden” at steal prices. Both times I had no idea what I was purchasing. I simply liked the art.
That’s the thing with me and art. I buy a piece of art not as an investment, but because I like it.
That said, I recently picked up a three-dimensional rendition of “The Last Supper” at the Salvation Army Store in Faribault. I debated whether I should pay $14 for the made-in-Spain art. In fact, I set the 24 x 17-inch piece down twice before watching another woman pick up and admire it. At that precise moment I decided I really wanted the unique art. I had to restrain my urge to run over and snatch it up after she set it back on the shelf. I waited until she was well out of grabbing range.
Later, the woman stood behind me in the check-out line and told me how she wished she had “The Last Supper” I clenched in my hands. “Then I saw you pick it up,” she said.
I responded with a seemingly casual remark: “Yeah, if you see something you think you might buy, you shouldn’t set it down…”
HOW ABOUT YOU? Where do you shop for art and what deals have you found?
© Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling