We’d all love to bring a bit of class to our homes with a bit of art, but sometimes this can be more expensive than we originally bargained for. For those that want to spruce things up on a budget, there are affordable art options, if you know where to find them.
Go to Local Shows
Local art shows can allow you to pick up some exceptional art without the big price tag. You get to help out community artists and also get yourself a bargain, what’s not to like? If you’re having trouble finding these in your community, then you can look on social media and community calendars.
As they’re not in curated galleries, there’s not as much commission to pay to the gallery either. This means that you don’t have to spend as much and you’ll know that the artist is getting more out the deal too.
Shopping around and comparing prices for similar art pieces will give you a better handle on whether you’re getting a good deal or not. Auctions and dealers rely on you making a quick decision, so you’ll need to do your research in advance to figure out if this is a good deal for you.
You can also look online for wall art if you want to suss out how pricing is in your local area and whether it would be cheaper to buy online. Do remember to take other costs, like shipping and insurance, into account if you’re really splashing out online.
Consider a Trade
If you’ve already got some art in your home and want to refresh things, then consider trading instead of buying. This can save you money, although if you want something a lot more valuable then you may need to trade art and money. This keeps the art in circulation and ensures that it’s going to a loving home too.
Look for Prints and Reproductions
If you’re not overly bothered about having the original painting, then you can save a lot of money. Prints and reproductions look virtually the same as the original, with dramatic savings to be made on the cost.
With a good frame and placement, it’s unlikely that anyone would ever be able to tell the difference, unless you choose something really extravagant!
Create your Own
Looking at all that art might just have started your creative juices flowing, so put them to good use! By spending a little on the materials, you can create an entirely unique piece of art without a lot of expense.
You don’t need to worry about style or technique, just get busy creating the type of art that you like. If you get some interest for your piece then you could always trade this for something else in the future instead of spending a lot of cash.
Affordable art can be found in many places, so don’t be afraid to look! Enjoy the art scene without all the costs and spruce up your home with a brand new piece.
All the best,
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