Sunday, September 25, 2011

FREE-lation: Artist Unknown

There must be a formula to calculate levels of thrifting elation. For example, finding a 1960’s spaghetti swag lamp in pristine condition for $40 is kinda exciting, but finding that same lamp and paying $8 and I'm grinning wildly all day. I’m picturing a Venn Diagram that factors in cost, condition, and awesomeness. In the center where everything intersects is the holy grail of thrifting. Needless to say, when I find something super cool for FREE, I’m happily smack-dab in the middle. This usually happens when least expected…

After final exams last year, it didn’t take long for the hallways of Washington High School to clear out. I found this incredible busy/artwork on the floor. What luck! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect artifact from this urban public high school.

There is so much to love: sparkling grill, blood-drips tattoo, huge square diamond earrings, and glimmering money sign eyes. The faint footprint and maze on the back are icing on the cake.

Elation levels through the roof! Move over Mona Lisa, this is one for the mantle.


  1. I found your blog through an Etsy thread and just wanted to say first of all that it looks great, but also I love this post! I totally understand what you mean--I love finding these little things that seem worthless but are really WAY more interesting than anything you can buy!


  2. I know. I feel like there could be a semester long college course on this picture alone.