Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thrift Store Treasures

I truly enjoy thrift store treasure hunting.  While visiting a Goodwill thrift store recently I found this unique painting.  I immediately called my son and described it to him and he asked me to buy it for him. My son is a bit of an artist himself and he likes unique items like his mama. :)
I did buy the painting at the extremely fair price of $5.99.  My son really likes it!  We looked up the artist on her website and apparently she has been selling these paintings for $100 to 150 each!  On the back her name is painted on, SybilNestor.com  
She paints on old windows and it almost looks 3-D.  I wish you could see that is the pics, but it's really one of those things you need to see in person.  Anybody want to visit Orlando? LOL
Apparently she travels Florida selling her paintings and will be traveling to New York soon as well.  Pretty cool!  
Do you shop thrift stores???  I just love the fact that you can find such unique and very unexpected items. :)
There's a lot of difference in lighting in these pics.
The sand looks totally real!
It measures 24"x25"


23 comments:

Beth said...

I like the window painting very much.

I love shopping in thrift stores!

Lynn Proctor said...

i love thrift store too--how great is it that you and your son enjoy them together--i love your find!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, wow! that is really cool! a unique medium with a very neat effect.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, wow! that is really cool! a unique medium with a very neat effect.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a neat find! I do wish Goodwill would stop raising their prices all the time though.

Mamabug said...

That's really neat! I would love to have a window with the beautiful smoky mountains painted on it.

Sandra said...

i love the frame of the window and what a cool idea to paint like this. beautiful and a read deal of a find. i have not found anything that was worth more than i paid for it

Ann said...

That is very nice and quite a bargain for what you paid for it. I love thrift shops, you can find the best treasures there

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow!! you got a treasure! good for you!!! my last thrift store find was a .99 sugar bowl....i searched everywhere for one I liked...finally found it at Goodwill then saw it in Target for $19.99...oh I was so smug.
have fun shopping!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

that's a wonderful find, Marie! Don't ya just love it when you find such a great bargain? Thrifting is fun!

That corgi :) said...

I do like that painting! Neat too that you were able to find out something about the artist too! What a great find too! I read recently how someone bought a painting at a Goodwill store and then found out it was by a famous artist and worth a lot of money.

I know there are bargains at thrift stores; I like to go there and get clothes since I work at home, I don't need to pay $30 for a top.

If one knows their stuff, I am sure they can find great things to buy there and then re sale on eBAY. I know in my dealing with hubby's parents' estate, I can see why some people who don't have time to dispose of things like we are doing would just bag it all up and take it to Goodwill with lots of valuable items given away. Which if Goodwill takes the time to research it, they too in turn could turn a little profit on things.

Having said all that, I do like the painting!

betty

SquirrelQueen said...

I like to shop thrift stores too but I've never found anything that pretty. I really like the frame. what a unique idea.

Chatty Crone said...

Are you saying that you found a painting worth a hundred and fifty for six dollars. You did good. It was pretty but hard to see.

Hey have you ever heard of the Holy Land Experience in Orlando?

Deb Crecelius said...

That is very different; what a great idea!
Which I would love to copy if I had any painting talent :)
(not gonna happen :)
I, too, love Goodwill and thrift stores.
I've often thought I would love a vacation where we visit libraries and thrift stores instead of sightseeing.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good find, Marie !
I like that your son wanted it- you've taught him well!

ImSoVintage said...

My sister and I were just talking about how we hate to shop anywhere except thrift stores. What a great find you got. The thrill of the hunt is so wonderful.

Hugs,
Laura

Catherine said...

I love going to thrift stores. And finding unique things adds to the enjoyment. That frame is cool!
xo Catherine

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

What a clever idea! It'd be perfect for a room without windows.

Maple Lane said...

I am enjoying browsing your blog tonight. I see we share a lot of blog friends.
This painting is fabulous. What a great buy.
I walk thru thrift stores several times a week. Always fun to see what I can find!
I am your newest follower. Mildred

Marie said...

Fascinating artwork! Boy, did you ever get a steal!!!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

we call them "charity shops" here and there are some bargains to be found in some.

petspeopleandlife said...

This painting is unique. I've never seen anything like the beach through a window pane. The price you paid is a real deal of a bargain.

mare ball said...

Oh my gosh, this is so cool! That's exactly the kind of windows I have, they're just white. How beautiful.