Salvation Army thrift shops have a reputation for hidden gems, and Salvation Army shops in Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale, FL, have even begun to capitalize on that reputation with silent art auctions, reports the Sun Sentinel.
“Art is all about what you like,” says one Salvation Army shopper. “If I find something I like, I’ll buy it no matter where it came from.”
With prices for original art skyrocketing (per usual), savvy art lovers are heading to Salvation Army shops to find inexpensive pieces to lighten up their living rooms. Great finds can include paintings, sculptures or even stained glass windows and doors.
Some shoppers might even find a one-of-a-kind masterpiece lurking thrift shop shelves. For example, in 2009 The New York Times reported that a thrift shop in Houston was carrying a small collection of paintings by Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, complete with documentation from the Salvador Dalí Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Although it’s unlikely that every Salvation Army store is carrying a priceless masterpiece, most of them probably do have more than a few great pieces to decorate your home. Shopping for art in thrift stores is a matter of patience and determination that won’t take a heavy load off your wallet.
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