Thrift store sighting
I must admit that for some time, I’ve been anticipating the experience of seeing my work in a thrift store/jumble sale, and wondering how to prepare myself for this. But this weekend it actually happened: I got an email from Steve Basile, who had spotted one of my Mountain Garden screenprints that I made in an edition of 20 way back in 2008, using three of my papercuts. (see the original here).
The amazing part is that Steve spotted this in a thrift store in Minneapolis, recognised it as my work, and took the time to take a photo and to send it back to me.
So yes, my work is at the stage of ending up in thrift stores, but the fact that it was found somewhere so far away from Cape Town, and that it was spotted by someone who actually recognised it and took the time to send me this snap, all makes it all a rather fabulous experience rather than an upsetting one.
So here’s to Steve! Thanks for sending me the photo, and also for softening the blow of my first Skinny laMinx thrift store sighting. I think we can call this something of a milestone event 🙂
Very observant of Steve! I don’t think I would have recognised it – congratulations! In a few years’ time it might be worth a fortune …. just think Picasso!
Sigh. So many of us DREAM of finding your goodies in thrift stores!
What a great story 🙂
Wish I’d spotted it, I’d have bought it there and then!,
willemien de villiers
Haha, great story! I can relate … often see my books in charity shops. Actually a good feeling 🙂
Well you know what they say… One man’s trash, another man’s treasure….
But the fact that your work is recognizable is awesome!
I’m the same way when I spot a random Heath plate at a restaurant, or your tea towels, or furniture, etc.
You’ve placed your stamp on your work!
I read your blog on Wednesday, and started to leave a comment but refrained. *shy*.
Then yesterday, I got a call from a girlfriend, also an artist, in California to say exactly the same as your dear friend Steve! What are the chances… Bless her, she even went as far as to buy the pieces.
That’s crazy! A global offloading of Skinny laMinx goods is clearly trending! 🙂
Please thank your girlfriend for so kindly rescuing my work from a shabby end. I’m charmed and grateful in equal measure.