Collecting Thrift Store Floral Paintings


Yesterday when I shared my fluffed up family room you may have noticed the great floral paintings. Yes! I’m particularly excited about these because I have been looking for ages for artwork at the thrift store and not had very good luck. This week was finally my week! I scored and found two new paintings of flowers that I just love.

I have been collecting floral paintings for a long time. Because I don’t go to the thrift very often and almost never find paintings I like, I haven’t been able to amass a very big collection, but I love them anyway. The first painting was actually one that I found on eBay. It’s a mixed media painting that includes paper and tennis shoe prints and fun colors. To be honest, I didn’t realize it was mixed media when I bought it, and while I love the colors I wish it were just a painting. But it felt good to support an independent artist and I’m glad to have it.

Along with it is one of the new thrift store paintings, this still life with red geraniums. I really like this painting.

By far my favorite painting, though, is this new one. It’s a teapot full of zinnias and I just love everything about it.

The other green cabinet has the second painting I ever found. It’s a painting of a pretty garden scene that I found at the thrift store several years ago. I had begun to think it would be the only thrifted painting I would ever find.

I just love the color and character the paintings are bringing to the family room right now.

Now the big question is whether or not to paint the frames. I had assumed I would paint them when I bought them, but now that I have them home I’m not sure I want to. The frames seem to be part and parcel with the paintings. It doesn’t seem right to paint them now. Though the one on the zinnia painting does need some TLC, so we’ll have to take care of that.

What about you? Have you had good luck finding art at the thrift? Would you paint the frames or leave them?

Love, Angela



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