7 resources for affordable art

I have been lusting after this piece for quite some time.  
I just don't want to spend that much right now.
But where can you find beautiful art without shelling out major cash?  

1) Shop Etsy.  They have everything from graphic prints to photography to paintings.  They're handmade, unique, and beautiful.
11x14, $28.00, but you can order them in any size.

16x20, $15.00 

2)  Frame your favorite calendar.  It does not have to be a large grouping like this but try for more than one.
I'm sorry I don't have the original source for this image.  Anyone know it?

3)  Did you know you can visit the New York Public Library and search countless documents for fantastic prints?  Here are a few examples that I love. These are FREE!  Did you hear that?  Free.  All you need is a printer.

A series of fashion prints?  Yes.

Feel free to click on the pictures to be taken to the site!

5)  Check re-sale shops like Goodwill or if you live in Grand Rapids visit New 2 You.  You may remember that I found this sweet painting hiding in the corner.  Originally they were asking $50.00 but I gave them $20! Just visit often because you never know when they have your perfect piece.
6)  Find a piece of wallpaper or fabric that makes you delighted and frame it!  Julie says so and it's a great idea.  I have found good deals on fabric at Fabric.com.  
Better Homes & Gardens

7)  Frame pages from a book.  I am a botanical print junkie and these from Emily Clark were framed from this book.  

Which one will you try?

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  1. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing these sources. Have a great day!

  2. I am really looking for ideas for my wall right now.Thanks !

  3. Thank you, Abby, for the great coverage of Etsy! I mentioned to someone earlier that one reason I rarely sell original fine art is to make my prints affordable and accessible.

    I appreciate the coverage. You're a gem!❤

  4. Both Etsy and eBay are great places to find inexpensive art. I have also used pages out of a book and had them framed. So many great options out there for not a lot of money.

  5. Great ideas...so many lovely things to chose from. Thank you!

  6. Love your ideas and I also love Etsy. Check us out for great fabric to frame also

  7. great ideas, thanks for sharing! i'm a etsy junkie, gets addictive! check out my blog for some fun finds -

  8. Thanks Abby for the great insight.. those are some fabulous freebies! xo

  9. I was in the same boat. I wanted to buy nice artwork but no cash. I made my own. Check out my post on "DIY Artwork". I love Etsy, you can always find something fantastic!

    Amy R.

  10. I've saved all my fav calendars from the past few years with the intent to frame the pages! Now I just need to do it - but great ideas. :)

  11. What gorgeous selections!
    Especially loving that first painting and the vintage fashion illustration!


  12. Great ideas! I've framed photos from a photobooth and used stencils to paint geometric patterns on canvases.

  13. I love these ideas! Finding beautiful art for the walls is such an adventure.

  14. Wonderful post Abby. Great to have tips consolidated in one place. Going to bookmark this! Hope all is well.

  15. Keep working and great job on the posts, I will come back again and check your feed out soon.


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