Goodwill Hunting: Art Finds

I recently took a couple of short trips — one to the Atlanta area and one to Orlando — to eat, shop, and of course do some thrifting. I got A LOT of amazing goodies, but figured I’d update first with my most recent art finds. I simply love all of these pieces. I don’t know anything about the artists (all of the pieces are signed), but find each piece fascinating in its own way.

I got the first two pieces from an estate sale. They are both massive (honestly it was hard to fit them in the car) and I felt like I had to rescue them. They were stuffed in a corner of a garage, priced at $10. The woman working the sale even asked me why I wanted them. Why not?! They’re so interesting. I am calling the guy “The Gym Stud” and the woman is Susan.

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This little piece was just $1 at an antique fair. I love the colors and shapes.

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These prints are pretty major. I knew what they were as soon as I scooped them off a shelf at a Goodwill, and a glance at the back confirmed it (they still had their original tags). Fornasetti Faces, for $2 each.

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This piece was more expensive at $50. I’ve been #blessed by the thrift gods to get art for literally pennies, but as an art-lover, I fully realize the value (I also collect new art, by contemporary artists, so I have certainly forked over more than $2 before.) For this piece, $50 was still a great buy. It’s from the 70s but in great condition. Beautiful colors.

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And this is my favorite piece of the bunch. I scored her at a thrift store in the greater Daytona area. According to the volunteer at the shop, the painting had just been dropped off, so I really lucked out. It’s signed ’83, but looks so ’70s. Excellent condition, really a museum-quality piece. Oh, and the best part? The tag said $10 and it was 50% off day, so I got her for $5.

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Goodwill Finds

Another great weekend spent thrifting. Here’s what I found:

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  • Art Deco-style clock, clearly made in the late ’80s/early ’90s, by Empire Art, a Miami company. If you are lucky enough, you might find items at a thrift store with original tags attached. This one had an Empire Art sticker so I was able to easily track down the provenance. This piece is seriously so fun and I’ll be listing it on Chairish this week (though I’d happily keep it for myself).

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  • Hammered brass footed platter. This was my favorite find of the weekend — and that’s before I took off the tag and found the signature. It’s signed by Egidio Casagrande, a midcentury Italian designer/metalworker. I love the little feet and it’s a large piece (measures over a foot across), so it would make a dramatic centerpiece or look fabulous on a kitchen counter. His work is fairly well-known and some pieces have even been auctioned off (his work usually prices within the $400-$1,300 range so finding this for $2.99 was, yes, a good find).

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  •  Painted fish vase by Italica ARS, a well-known (in collector circles) Italian pottery maker.