Organizing Your Art Studio With A Mid Century Theme
My art studio at The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT reflects the Mid Century themes which inspire my Mixed Media abstract collages and paintings. I like to surround myself with objects from the 1950s which carry through the design elements that I integrate into my work (hopefully).
Hunting For Collectibles For Your Art Studio
I hunt for collectibles in all the wrong (and right places). I have my favorite Antique Malls and Junk shops that I periodically visit as well as snooping around Craigslist and other online sources.
Finding Bargains For Your Art Studio
The best place to find bargains is in a place that doesn't care to be sellling what you are looking for. For example, let's say a shop specializes in Victorian antiques but dabbles in a few other odds and ends. This might just be the place that you actually find a quirky piece of pottery or decorative item (which is out of place with the other itmes for sale) but is just what you want and is not priced too high.
Look For Furnishings And Decor In Unexpected Places
Now it isn't always the case, but when a dealer comes across vintage items that they are not fond of or well versed on, they generally are happy to unload those items quicker. So you may actually do better finding what you are looking for in unexpected or even odd places. Some of my best finds arrived this way.
The dealers who mostly carries collectibles with a Country kitchen theme may just have a funky vase mixed in among the baskets. A collectibles dealer in Vermont who like Primitives is probably going to part with an Atomic era lamp for a better price than the Mid Century dealer who has a shop in New York City.
There are no hard and fast rules here, but be open to finding what you are looking for all kinds of places and travel off the beaten path for real bargains.
Reader Input: Tell us what you have found in an unexpected place? I welcome your comments and feedback.
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café.
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