Thrift Score Thursday – No. 136

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday everyone! This week I want to talk about one of my favorite things to buy second-hand… ART. Whether you find the weekend project of a no name artist or a hidden treasure you can always count on finding something that is one of a kind. This month I wanted to share some photography I fell in love with at one of my local second-hand shops.

Actually, I fell in love with a whole box of photos by the same photographer months ago. They were not a bargain but I thought the price was fair for such beautiful work, the only problem was the store was cash only and I was fresh out. I passed them that day only to find them still there months later and the price drastically reduced. Originally I was only going to buy one but with the priced drop I decided to buy two. One for me and one as a gift.

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The photographer’s name is Charlotte Oakley out of Jacksonville, FL. I know this because of the stamps on the back, not because Charlotte is famous. I looked but I couldn’t find any information on Charlotte at all.  The writing on the back of the photos dates them to 1957. They were shown in an exhibit that year and again in 1962.

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The woman is titled “Unpoken Words”

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And the man “Vaquero”- cowboy in Spanish.

I love these two! There were a few others I would have loved to have but let’s be honest I have to pace myself or I will be out of wall space.

Now on to your finds…

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But first, if you are new here, let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures and how you style them in your home.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs once a month and Instagram weekly on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

The first Thursday of each month, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Cassie Bustamante and I will pick our favorite thrift scores to feature. So please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

Now, in honor of my new art I decided this week to focus on some of your art finds.

I loved this  pretty portrait  annabode shared anh the styling is perfect!

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jmedecor  Shared her favorite detail in her recent bathroom redo. This original painting scored at a thrift store. “I knew I needed a bold piece of art for this wall. I scoured through my personal collection, pieces elsewhere in the house, and I had nothing. Then later that week I was out sourcing at my some of my usual spots when my eye caught a painting from across the room. In that moment I knew it was THE PIECE. I bought it, took it home, and hung it immediately. It still is THE PIECE, and this is one of many reasons I love to thrift; you never know what treasure you may find.” Me too jmedecor!!!

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Who is this awesome fella pleasantdrivevintage shared? He has a pocket protector and everything. This is what I’m talking about, truly one of a kind!

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And if color is what your looking for casacavaliere found it in her new (thrift) painting. Beautiful!

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mesavintage  say this one is To be viewed while singing, “could you beeeeeeee, the most beautiful girl in the woooooorld.” I think she’s beautiful, the style of painting is pretty fantastic too.

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You guys know how I feel about paint by numbers and the thrift store is always a goo place to find them. Check out this beauty srosen44 shared!

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jessicadwolf found this pretty lady a few years back at a yard sale. “The woman had entire barn full of art. It was a junkers paradise. . . . “

I’m super jealous!

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So the next time you are out scouring the thrift stores, don’t forget to check out the art!

And don’t forget to check out what my co-hosts have been up to this month…

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Getting the Gallery Wall

Photo Via Domino Magazine

Photo Via Domino Magazine

As a artist and collector I think a gallery wall is a great way to show off a grouping of art and objects. It also allows you to give a grouping of small pieces the feel of a large piece of art. Many people are a bit bewildered about where to begin and how to make the pieces work together. There is no one “right” way but I can give you a few ideas that will help make the process a little easier.

  • It is easiest to start with your largest piece in the middle and radiate the other pieces around it. Remember don’t start too high, A good rule of thumb is to hang  art centered at eye level but, on a gallery wall this will mean you START at eye level and work your way around. The exception to this might be if you are hanging items over a piece of furniture like a sofa or desk you might even go a little lower so the items can relate..

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    Photo Via Domino Magazine

  • Practice your layout on the floor first that way you can rearrange until you find a good balance without pitting a bunch of holes in the wall. ***before you start hanging take a quick photo*** You are sure to forget what goes where once you start picking thing up to put them on the wall.
  • Hang piece close together, an inch or two apart is usually plenty, and try to keep that spacing consistent. You want the pieces to work together to give the feeling of one solid work not a bunch of random pieces scattered around the wall.

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  • Try using matching frames or similar art. For my gallery over my desk I used only black and silver frames and all the art is black and white.

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  • Use a common color theme. 0082dbc328ced42d6cad533b88e0529d
  • Hang single size pieces in a grid.wpid-securedownload-131
  • Don’t think a gallery wall is only about framed art, by combining any like item for your display you will create your very own sort of gallery.
Here is a gallery wall I hung at my Mom's house made out of her mirror collection.

Here is a gallery wall I hung at my Mom’s house made out of her mirror collection.

Or try any collection you like, plates or even clocks make a great gallery wall especially when you are repeating the same shape!

Or try any collection you like, plates or even clocks make a great gallery wall especially when you are repeating the same shape!

  •  Make sure to keep it balanced, this does not mean it has to be symmetrical. If a gallery wall is properly balanced you can keep adding pieces with out anyone every knowing where the gallery began. While the wall below looks random it does not feel lopsided and still allow plenty of space to add new pieces.7d11e267908bbdea32ff8261352af57e
  • Keep going! I never want to feel like their isn’t any more room to add a piece of art, so when all else fails hang you gallery wall floor to ceiling!

    Floor to ceiling gallery wall by designer, Eric Cohler

    Floor to ceiling gallery wall by designer, Eric Cohler

Passion for Paint by Numbers

Image by BHG.com

Image by BHG.com

One of my own favorites (12'x16"), I think the Asian themes lend so well to Paint by Number.

One of my own favorites (12’x16″), I think the Asian themes lend so well to Paint by Number.

I have been collecting Vintage Paint by numbers for years. There is something about  the way the pictures have been broken down into basic color blocks (similar to that of a silk screen image) that intrigues me.  Paint by numbers were hugely popular in the mid 50’s but the popularity was short lived dying out by the end of the decade. Recently their popularity has returned.  I first began seeing them quite often in magazines hung as collages but I have since notice a wide variety of articles on all sorts of paint by number themes. In 2001 the National Museum Of American History at the Smithsonian even organized an exhibition on Paint By Numbers. I discovered a website for a Paint by Number Museum that catalogs thousands of vintage Paint by numbers as well as information on the artists who designed them. Maybe it is the appreciation for paint by numbers as a part of out American pop culture but for what ever reason they are popping up everywhere. I have found some of the most creative ideas all inspired by paint by numbers. From fabric inspired paint by numbers to creating your own, Paint by Numbers are back, and hopefully here to stay.

This creative blogger at Under the Sycamore created her own Paint by Number out of a thrift store print

This creative blogger at Under the Sycamore created her own Paint by Number out of a thrift store print

Paint by Number inspired fabric line - Lush

Paint by Number inspired fabric line – Lush

Paint By Number Wall Mural so cute for a nursery. Find out how to do it yourself at Honest to Nod

Paint By Number Wall Mural so cute for a nursery. Find out how to do it yourself at Honest to Nod

After reading this you may decide you may want to start a collection of your own. Now that paint by numbers have become more popular they are pretty easy to come by on Ebay and Etsy, just be sure you read the condition carefully as imperfections may not be apparent in the photos. I like to buy my paint by numbers at garage sales and thrift or antique shops. Here I don’t tend to spend any more than $20 on them and most I have gotten for about $3-10. You can see what you are getting up close and if you compare them to the prices online they tend to be a much better deal, but as with most things you have to hunt for the bargains. If you are feeling Artistic you can even paint your own. There are hundreds of kits you can still buy today, but I will tell you it is harder than it looks.

Paint by numbers drawer fronts.Kate Sears at Country Living

Paint by numbers drawer fronts.
Kate Sears at Country Living

Etsy shop StudioLiscious makes these lovely paint by number art blocks out of recycled 1/2″ thick birch plywood scraps.

Etsy shop StudioLiscious makes these lovely paint by number art blocks out of recycled 1/2″ thick birch plywood scraps.

These are a couple I already own but the flamingo Paint by Number is the one I long for.