Sunday, March 6, 2011

Vintage Hometown Art for under $20

Because I just wrote a post on our dining room window treatments, I figured I'd follow that thought up with a post on one of my favorite pieces of artwork, which just so happens to also hang in our dining room.


When we first moved to Plymouth, MA, I knew that I wanted to find some artwork that would reflect our hometown. This house is very special to us, not only because we are in love with the coastal location but because it's our first home as a family.


I like artwork that can be used as conversation starters, such as an usually shaped piece of driftwood, an old photograph or a vintage map of an area that is particularly meaningful to its owners (such as a first date, etc.) Besides making for interesting conversation, seeking out vintage artwork is also a great way to get your hands on some original artwork that can often times be less expensive than today's original (and even reproduction) artwork.


My first instinct was to check out ebay. That site really does have everything and all I had to do was type in "Plymouth" and "vintage" into the search box and literally hundreds of vintage Plymouth possibilities instantly appeared. By quickly skimming through these items, I was able to further narrow down my search to "Plymouth," "vintage", and "print." I then noticed that a lot of postcards were popping up, so I decided to exclude "postcards" from my search because while I do like vintage postcards, I was specifically looking for a print that was at least 8x10" in size. Being aware of what I didn't want helped narrow my search down even further.


When I came across a vintage 1960's menu from a Plymouth waterfront restaurant, I knew I had hit the jackpot:









 I loved the colors of the menu, the price (it was under $20) and the character (the menu even had a lobster surcharge receipt intact and stapled to the top corner of the menu):






 I was blown away by the price differences listed on the menu - $2.79 for a whole lobster???!  Even with the 50 cent surcharge that's a world of difference from today's lobster dinner price!!










I purchased a dark wood picture frame from Walmart. Are all picture frames created equal at Walmart? No - there are definitely some items I walked ran by without turning back. But, this store did have a nice selection of solid wood frames with high quality mats at very reasonable prices, and I knew that once my pretty menu was framed and hanging on our dining room wall, no one would notice (or care) where the picture frame came from.







When I began my search, I didn't know I was looking for a 1960's vintage menu of a Plymouth restaurant. All I knew was that I wanted to find something vintage and representative of our hometown. By putting in some time to my ebay search, I was able to see what's out there and what I didn't want to ultimately steer me in the right direction of exactly what I was looking for. So my suggestion is this - it's okay if you don't know exactly what kind of artwork you are looking for. Be open and willing to search, and it's very important to pay attention to what you don't want, especially when you're not exactly sure what you're looking for. It will help you narrow down your search and you just might stumble across your own needle in the Plymouth haystack...or wherever your haystack might be.

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29 comments:

  1. What a cute idea. I love it in the dark frame.

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  2. What a great idea Erin! It looks perfect in that frame!

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  3. Hi Erin,

    That menu is so neat! And I love the lobster surcharge addition on it.

    Thanks so much for coming by my blog. I'm your newest follower and look forward to seeing what you post.

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  4. Hi Erin! I love your blog and that menu is amazing! I especially loved reading about Kaylee! She is adorable! I loved reading about how you got her and to me she couldnt look any happier with her new family:) Great story! New follower here and thank you for following me as well:)

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  5. Erin, thanks for stopping by Type A and following and commenting! I'm your newest follower too! I love this art idea, can't beat the price either. Looks great, Nice to meet you! xx

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  6. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for being a new follower! I'm definitely following back - I love it here! I'm excited to see all your upcoming projects! :)

    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  7. Hi great find! At that price I would have lobster everyday! Nope you never know what your going to find. I am your newest follower, wishing you luck in blog land!

    Carol

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  8. great idea!

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    Check it out
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  9. Erin, thanks for your nice note and following along. Following you back! Love the title of your blog!

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  10. Thanks for visiting my blog. I followed you back and love your dining room. I love the way your curtains pool slightly on the floor. I will have to look more closely at the shade tutorial, I need some of those.

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  11. Hi Erin, thanks for visiting my blog. I love your shade tutorial! I think i'm going to use that idea at my parent's house! Great job!

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  12. This is such a cute idea! And seeing 'Plymouth Mass' put a smile on my face. I am originally from Massachusetts :)

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  13. Very cute idea for artwork! Looks great in the room. What I am in love with is your shade!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

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  14. What a great idea! I love momentos from hometowns, and vintage is even better!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

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  15. That's so neat! I love that you happened upon the perfect thing, by doing such a broad search. Looks great framed up, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Hey, Erin! Thanks for visiting my blog, and btw, I was already a follower of yours!!! :) Love your blog!

    http://lanis-hammertime.blogspot.com/

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  17. Really original find! Thanks for visiting my blog, I am following you too now. Looking forward to seeing more!

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  18. It's so fun to see those old prices! What a great piece of art. I am following you back.

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  19. Such a cute idea! My husband and I went on our first date to Olive Garden so I don't think I'll be putting that menu up on my wall. lol.

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  20. Great idea! I love meaningful artwork. Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower

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  21. I love it. I am always so nostalgic for places I have lived.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  22. Very neat idea. I really like it and it works perfectly in your diningroom. thank you for sharing.

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  23. I love this idea! We're planning on moving out of the country in a year, and it would be nice to have a reminder of our roots! Thank you for sharing!

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  24. That is so sweet! I love the colors in the dining room! Beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  25. I'm new to your blog (came over from Chich on a Shoestring) and love what you have done. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. What a find!

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. Love the unusual on my walls also. I think a menu like this is very fun! Thanks for linking to JFF this week. hugs, Linda

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