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Apr 13, 2012

I MAY START GOING TO GARAGE SALES

I may have to start going to garage sales more.

They are not something I usually bother with knowing that I don’t want your junk any more than you want mine.

Typically I see things like odd ball plates, old romance novels, half of a scrabble set and if I am really lucky a hot water bottle complete with the plug.

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I never come across anything like someone here in Vancouver recently did.

They paid a high price for some artwork. About a hundred bucks. That is a lot for garage sale crap.

Except for this crap turns out to be very valuable paintings. One done by artist Frederick Varley who is one of the famous Group of Seven painters. The other by artist Tom Thompson who, although not  a member of the group was one of the inspirations for the group.

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Tom Thompson 

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Frederick Varley

Imagine finding out you sold off valuable works of art at your own garage sale for cheap. The buyer has put these up for auction and the top one could go for $250,000.00 or higher.

I will have to start going to more garage sales but in the mean time I have to get this special piece authenticated and appraised. What do you think I can get for it at my own garage sale?

macaroni art

11 comments:

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

If you were in Florida, I think the bugs would get to it before you could price it, LOL! Cute post!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

LOL, oh I think that you should get it authenticated first, that could be a first grade original....chuckling.

Can you imagine, not one painting but two...wonder if the person just couldn't be bothered, or was too old to realize that there are so many resources to find out the origin of the painting.

Remember the Victrolla music box thingy that someone got in a Cloverdale garage sale, it was worth a fortune....

Now if you will excuse me, I have some tupperware that I need to get appraised.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Lyndsay Wells said...

I saw that on the news this morning! My husband once got something neat at a garage sale. It was a box full of old books and two of them are worth a couple thousand dollars. They are turn of the century picture books from England called The Golliwogs. Mind you, they're only worth something if you actually sell them and being that the man I married is somewhat the hoarder, they remain in storage :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

Wow! This is incredible. It would never happen to me. I had to laugh at what you usually find at garage sales...that's more my luck!

XO,
Jane

Nezzy said...

Wow, and I always scoffed as Mama drug me to every garage sale and auction in the country. I said when I grow up I will never go to another.

This could change my mine. What a marvelous find!!! Lucky them.

If your artwork doesn't bring in the big bucks I have some homemade marinara I'll send ya! Heeehehehe!

God bless ya sweetie and have a great day!!

Fun post!!! :o)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

That is amazing finding those valuable paintings. All I see at garage sales is junk and I have a basement of my own. Valerie

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

I dream of finding something like that. Unfortunately, I don't have the eye it takes--or the knowledge.

MiMi said...

That NEVER happens to me. I would look at it and go, "Ugh, why spend 100 bucks on that?!" Der.

Kathleen said...

People find good stuff sometimes. I go in with the neighbors on sales sometimes, but I mostly sell new things i bought and didn t use.

Ali said...

Ha! What are the odds of that eh? Hope you had a great Easter. It's certainly yard sale weather over there now. I miss that about England. They don't do them here. "Car boot sales", which are a lot of people parked in a muddy field on a freezing cold day with a lot of crap for sale from, you guessed it, out of the trunk of their cars!

Ali x

Diane said...

Can you only imagine...now that is what you call a deal of a lifetime! I love the work of the Group of Seven. Not far from where I live is the birthplace of Homer Watson and he is very big here, highways and buildings named after him. But however, his work was the best I though. Diane

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