A Gallery of Art

Updated: Mar 4, 2019


You will always find framed art at garage sales, auctions, estate sales. Rarely do you find gems. Most of what you see is mass produced. I am talking about those rare gems that are one of a kind.

Here are a few I found recently...


This windmill oil painting by Ingried Ruge is amazing. The canvas is not in great shape. It is paper thin and you can easily see through it. I think the canvas might tear if you breathe on it. But the photo of this painting does not do it justice. I won the bid for this at an auction. The auctioneers were offering choice of about 15 framed, let's call them, images. I kept bidding on the first round because I didn't want to lose this one. The woman that was bidding against me won the next round and took one a mass produced one that I would not have ever chosen. I guess I shouldn't have been so worried that I would lose this.

Speaking of windmills, this original oil painting of a farm windmill caught my eye at the same auction. I wouldn't say it is great art, but I picked it up because the farmhouse look is so popular and I know this will sell in my booth.


You may remember this gem from a previous post. Always a good reminder that good things come in small packages.


The artwork below is a pastel drawing. I bought is several years ago at an auction. I couldn't afford much back then. I attended auctions then to furnish my apartment. I waited and waited before I bid on anything else so I could spend my budget on this. I can't even tell you why I love it so much, but I do. It hangs in my home to this day.


This one reminded me of traveling out west. It needs a little work. It is practically falling out of the Fram. It is also painted on board rather than canvas. The colors are amazing. I am still torn about painting the frame or leaving it in it's well-loved, scratched up state.


Keep you eyes peeled for these gems at garage sales, estate sales and auctions. None of these cost more than $35 (which is what I paid for my pastel). I think they fit in any modern home.

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.