2/21/13

Today's Surprise Thrifty Finds

 
Today I was running a few quick errands and while I was in the neighborhood of this little thrift shop which is part of our local food pantry, I decided to pop in to see if anything there caught my eye!


The first thing I found was this darling metal watering can. As you might be able to tell it needs a little TLC, but the rope like trim is what drew me to it. I will probably paint and then distress this sweet little can. The price...two dollars!


Next I came across this picture in one of the shop's picture bins. It was kind of hiding down in the bottom of the bin, so I really had to dig to get it out!


I flipped over the painting while in the store and this is what is on the back.


 So of course I had to google the artist when I got home. Issac Israels was a Dutch painter who lived at the turn of the last century. He was one of the leading painters of the Amsterdam Impressionists.  The name of the piece is "Donkey Riding on the Shore" and is believed to have been painted sometime between 1898 to 1900.


Although this is probably a low cost reproduction of the artist's painting, I am still thrilled to have only spent $5.00 on it. I have been looking for smaller pieces of framed art to use as accents on end tables, book shelves and dressers. This thrifty piece of artwork fit the bill perfectly!
Have you had any thrifty finds lately?
Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!!!
XO
 
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12 comments:

  1. I love that little painting. What a great find! I, too, love the rope trim on the pitcher- xo Diana

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  2. Barbara, WOW what a great find. The watering can is very sweet and will be a thing of beauty when you get through with it, BUT...I love that little painting. Anything with children at the seashore is very desirable in my book, but, you say it much more lady like than whoever wrote on the back. I don't know what I'm doing, but I did have two (2) headers on the blog!!! Still can't figure out that last part..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  3. oh that painting,,you might have something worth a little bit a change..did you check it out on the value/and I love it. and of course I love that watering can. You did good on those two

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  4. So awesome! That painting is so cool! I love the rope on the water can too. It's pretty as is but would look good painted too. LOVE a good find!

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  5. What great finds. Lucky you :-)

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  6. Wow - you really did find some wonderful things. Love the water can - have a few my self and the picture is great. I would check on it maybe it's an original, never know.
    Great post.
    Mary

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  7. You never know what you will find while out thrifting.
    It's the joy of the hunt. Love the painting!

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  8. You did good, great finds. The picture is sweet and so different and the watering can is good sized. Love to junk so much, but I'm afraid I have had to curtail it a bit as my house is just too full of wonderful things!! ha. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day, Linda

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  9. Reproduction or not, the painting is gorgeous! Knowing about the artist is a wonderful bonus. It gives life to the artwork.
    The rope trim on the watering can and the frame ties the two pieces together perfectly and will create a lovely vignette once you've worked your refinishing magic, Barbara.
    I really want to go thrift shopping now!
    ~ Wendi

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  11. YOu have a great eye for a bargain... and art! Your picture tells such a great story. I am a big fan of any impression era art. Lovely!

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