Traditional Artwork: 10 Affordable Sources

Traditional Artwork: 10 Affordable Sources

Sarah Coffey
Oct 25, 2010

Trying to get that old-world library look in your dining room, or maybe you've got a hallway wall that you want to fill with clustered vintage artwork? We're here to help — let us direct you towards 10 sources for traditional art ranging from $20 to the low hundreds.

  1. The Loaded Trunk: This web shop collects traditional accessories and artwork from around the world and has a nice selection of Indian miniatures. Shown above: Miniature Elephant Painting from India, $58.
  2. Postcards from Provence: Julian Merrow Smith has a "painting a day" site, where he sells both originals and giclees (editions printed with archival inks on heavyweight cotton rag paper). Shown above: Lemon Giclee, $50.
  3. Flea Markets: Vintage paintings and sculptures consistently show up at flea markets for anything from $25 to $2,500. Shown above: A cluster of vintage artwork, photographed by James Merrell for Elle Decoration and Elle Interiors via Decor8.
  4. Ruby Lane: This antique aggregate site allows customers to search by price, and they have both high and low artwork for sale. Shown above: Still Life Oil Painting, Judy Jones Fine Art, $150.
  5. Etsy: As a hub for hundreds of thousands of sellers, Etsy consistently has good and inexpensive vintage artwork for sale if you're willing to wade through some mucky e-shops. Shown above: Pair of Framed Winter Landscape Paint by Numbers at the Vintage Cabin, $39.
  6. Lost Art Salon: The walls of this San Francisco gallery are covered in reasonably priced vintage artwork, and their website lists their current inventory. Shown above: Mid-20th Century Oil on Canvas, $235.
  7. ShopGoodwill.com: One of the few non-profit thrift shops with a strong online presence, Goodwill's website hosts auctions on secondhand merchandise. It operates the same way eBay does — you can bid against other people on goods and "win" an item. Shown above: Lakeside Retreat Paint by Number, currently up for auction.
  8. Shorpy / Juniper Gallery: Shorpy is a blog that collects historic photos, and Juniper Gallery is their retail arm. Through the gallery, you can order high-resolution prints in a variety of sizes. Shown above: JG-175 Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910, $20 - $300, depending on size.
  9. Library of Congress Prints and Photos Online Catalog: As the national archive, they have over 14 million items in their collection, and you can order copies of prints for a small fee through their duplication services. Shown above: Sioux Chiefs by Edward Curtis, 1905, Library of Congress Prints and Photo Collection, public domain.
  10. eBay: Like many of the sites listed here, they have both good and bad art — all of it up for online auction. Shown above: French Landscape Painting, currently listed for a "buy it now" price of $175.

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