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.

estate sale art vintage portrait

Vintage portraits estate sale

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

one dollar vintage art

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.

Fornasetti Goodwill

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.

antique fair art

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.

80s doing 70s art


Vintage Art Scores

Over the past year, I have developed a problem: I hoard vintage art like nobody’s business. I sell some of it via Chairish but, I figure, even if it doesn’t sell, I’ll find a wall for it. Last weekend I happened upon the best kind of estate sale: one at the home of an artist. This one was chock full of beautiful art — nude sketches, painted still lifes, you name it.

Here are the vintage art estate sale scores I came away with. The pink and blue nude painting sold within minutes upon hitting Chairish:

Nude painting in pinks and blues


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Two nudes sketch

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Bikini sketch

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Still life of lemons

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So, what’s the best way to style vintage art? I like to take a cue from Judy at Atlantis Home, who is seriously a pro and finding (and styling) vintage art: