How to Buy Art on a Budget

Most people only dream of having original artwork adorning the walls of their homes. After all some original artwork can be expensive right?

I have visited numerous Art Galleries over the years and fell in love with so many different artists’s work that I would have been the envy of all my friends if I had had the money to purchase them all.

If you are planning to buy art for your home, don’t worry about having to max out your credit card to be able to afford what you like because their are ways you can have beautiful art in your home at a fraction of the cost.

Below are just a few ways that you can buy art to suit your budget and still create a home of your dreams.

1/ Prints

If you happen to stumble upon an artist that you love but cannot afford the original, remember that they usually do reprints at a much lower price. All you have to do afterwards is buy a suitable frame for it.

2/ Charity shops

Sometimes great art is snapped up from charity shops at ridiculously low prices and even if the frame is dated you can always remove the picture an re frame it it. I have done this in the past with a lovely piece of art. I just bought a new frame and hung it in my bedroom.

3/ Junk shops

Junk shops are very similar to charity shops where the items inside are second hand and the profits do not go to a worthy cause but to the shop’s owner. i think these shops are little treasure troves and I have bought some great art in them.

4/ Art Fairs

I love a good old art fair. i have been to a few small local ones and even large scale ones in the city centre and with each one I have usually found some great bargains. I must admit that some of the art on sale is very pricey but if you have a good look around you will find some to suit your budget. It is in these places that I have also met up and coming artists that I still follow to this day.

5/ Craft Fairs

Craft Fairs are similar to Art Fairs but with these you tend to get hand crafted items more than paintings but occasionally I have picked up some lovely prints which I have framed at home.

6/ Auctions

I don’t tend to go to as many auctions as I used to do in the past but they are not to be scoffed at. However, do bear in mind that the bidding process can be quite addictive (trust me I know). I have had some great bargains from past auctions.

7/ The High Street

If you shop around you can find some lovely mass produced art on the high street. Although, you have to remember that your next door neighbour might have the same one hanging in their living room. However, the way I see it is if you love it then buy it.

8/ Etsy

I was scrolling through Etsy the other afternoon looking at my competitors and found some great affordable art. If you know beforehand how much you want to spend then Etsy allows you to set your budget and give you hundreds of results. You can check out my Etsy store HERE.

9/ Social media

Where would we be without social media? There are tonnes of artists on social media these days and places like Facebook and Instagram will let you do a search in their own search bar. Just type in “artist” and you will see what I mean. Here is my Facebook page Here and my Instagram page HERE.

10/ Sales

Yes even artists have sales now and again, counting me. It could be that they are starting a new collection and to sell art that is taking up space in their studio or home. Look out for the January sales or mid season sales and you will be quids in.

11/ Payment Plans

Never rule out the payment plan. if you see an original piece of art either in an Art Gallery or from a website then it doesn’t hurt to ask if they do payment plans. Most galleries offer this service and I know quite a few artists that do it too.

12/ Commission

Commissioning an artist to paint you an original does not necessarily have to break the bank. If you communicate with the artist then most will agree to a budget that suits you.

No matter where you go to look for that bargain always remember the different avenues available. Save those hard earned pennies before hand until you have the required budget and do a little research. One way or another there is a beautiful piece of art waiting for you to buy it.

Most of all have fun.

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