I found this oil painting today at a thrift store for $5. It’s oil on stretched canvas. The canvas is 14″ x 17″, and it came in this frame. I believe this painting may possibly date to the 19th century. Everything looks very old. There is no signature that I can see. There is some subtle paint chipping. The frame has minor damage also. For $5, I think it is incredibly cool to own a painting over 100 years old and from a couple centuries ago.
I bought this old frame today at a Goodwill for $3. It is made to hold a 14.25″ x 18″ picture. At some point it was painted over with brown paint, probably house paint, much of which has peeled off, leaving mostly bare wood. There is some gold color exposed under the peeling brown paint. Not sure it is was gilded, or was just painted gold. I am pretty sure it is paint. I used my multi-tester to see if the gold was conductive, but it didn’t seem to be. It should be pretty easy to clean up. Strip the old paint off. Then I will glue the corners which are a little loose. Then either paint it, maybe use gold leaf. Other than the paint, the frame is in pretty good shape.
I visited a thrift store that was going out of busines. Everything was 50% off. I found this antique picture frame along with another. The other antique picture frame was was priced at $11.99. With 50% off it was only $6. This one wasn’t priced. I asked how much it was, and the manager told the clerk to price it at $5.99. So this frame only cost me $3. It’s not in as good of condition as the other, but I think it is older. It was built to hold a 21″ x 21.5″ painting. The worst part of this frame is the paint along the top edge.
With one of my favorite thrift stores closing, I stopped in to see if they had lowered the discount from 50% to maybe 75%. No such luck. But I browsed the paintings to see if anything jumped out at me. Nothing new. The monoprint that I had been eyeing sold. Oh well. I did buy a couple antique picture frames. I had seen them before and not bought them. But this time, I decided to buy them. This one was priced at $11.99. But with the 50% off, it was only $6. It is made to hold a 20″ x 24″ painting. Overall, it’s in pretty good shape. One corner is dinged. I have no idea how old it is. There were a lot of very rich millionaires in this area at one point. I wouldn’t be surpised to see some very old, very valuable antique picture frames show up now and then.
I found this antique picture frame today at the thrift store near my work for only $5. It is actually kind of small and odd sized, made to accomodate a 7.75″ x 10″ painting. The picture in the frame is just a picture that someone cut out of a book. I bought this for the frame. Not sure what I will do with it, but I am sure I will find something. Just couldn’t pass it up for $5.
I actually bought this painting for the frame. It seems like it is pretty old. I am thinking of playing around with restoring the frame. It only cost $10. The painting is signed Marg Stelzle. It’s 16″ x 20″ and I believe it’s acrylic. The painting doesn’t do much for me. Like I said, I bought it for the frame.