If you are in need of some new unique art for your home, check out a flea market. When it comes to choosing which art to display, I think the most important thing is that you love looking at it. Next, I believe it should be a unique element that reflects your personality. For me there are only 2 ways to go about accomplishing this. You can either buy new from a local artist (which i LOVE supporting the struggling artist), or look at second hand venues.
Looking for art from secondhand sources is great because it isn’t usually generic stuff that everyone already has. There is always some gem just waiting to be discovered. Here are 5 ways you can think about having your own vintage art up on your walls.
Portraits with your own touches.
Personally, I love looking at a painted portrait of someone, and wondering about who this person was. I wonder if they were real, and about the circumstances of how this portrait came to be. What kind of person were they? I like to imagine the motivation for the artist, and how it ended up for resale at a flea market.
I purchased these two portraits at a Goodwill store for $8. I wanted to add my own personal touch, and I wanted them to have some type of commonality. So I chose to paint stripes directly onto the canvas, which mimicked stripes elsewhere in the room. I simply taped it off and used acrylic paint to try to make this art my own.
Decorative Wallpaper or Stationary.
Every once and a while I will see some beautiful vintage stationary or wallpaper for sale. It’s usually a only a few sheets and nothing more than a few dollars. Using this is fun because you can find practically any style that you prefer. There is so much you can do with decorative paper like this.
I was ecstatic when I found an entire book of wallpaper samples for $5. Inside was an overwhelming amount of retro paper that I knew would come in handy for so very many things. I bought 4 frames from Michaels, each costing me $1 a piece, and painted them yellow and grey. I paired the frames with some of the wallpaper samples. Voila. I have instant art for next to nothing.
Music Posters and Albums.
This is certainly nothing new. Still, I don’t think enough people appreciate the art that came out of the music scene 20, 30, or even 40 years ago. There really are some amazing concert posters that include a ridiculous amount of colors and character. They are highly creative pieces, and have a lot of history to them. There is almost always some vendors selling old records for cheap. I think the variety in styles, shapes, and sizes, is extremely appealing.
Here I have used both albums and posters to decorate these very white walls. This is art from now, to as far back as 1965. To top it off, I found these $5 frames from IKEA. A very cheap project.
Vintage Orange Crate Labels and Tins.
You can successfully use the more durable tins for outside, or the paper labels indoors. The look of the fonts and use of colors are an instant way to add some vintage inspiration to your home.
In my family, these are huge. Everyone has at least a couple of them up somewhere in their house. I still get pretty excited when I see some that I know nobody else has. I love them as an outdoor element because it’s difficult to find pieces like this that you can hang up with such ease. The crate labels can be used with almost any frame style, and still work. Personally, I love them most in the kitchen.
Vintage Children’s Books or Magazines.
There is always old magazines or books for sale at flea markets and they have some great drawings inside. This is not so easy at garage sales unless you look for this on Craigslist first. Still, if you can find some, these truly do make some of the prettiest art elements in any room.
I found these 2 ‘Life’ magazines from 1952 and 1955. Not only are they a trip to look at, but the ads are gorgeous. I used five different pages for these five frames. They’re a beautiful way to decorate your own walls and you can choose whatever images you wish to incorporate. You don’t have to worry about getting custom made frames because the dimensions work with all generic frame sizes. Just choose whatever decade you think will suit your design style the best. Instant art.