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How to Start An Art Collection On a Shoestring Budget

Collecting is a hobby enjoyed by many. Some collectors enjoy collecting all kinds of collectibles such as music boxes and other mechanical music, cars, jewelry, figurines, and many other types of items. Then there are those who enjoy collecting art. As a matter of fact, many individuals are inclined to forgo reprints and posters and start collecting their own unique art pieces for their homes and offices. If you are one of these people, here are some tips on starting your own unique art collection.

Before beginning an art collection, ask yourself if you interested in starting your own collection of original art. Keep in mind that if you, like most people, do not have thousands of dollars to spend on famous original artwork, then it's time to consider alternative creative sources.

For those who are short on time and are not particularly interested in cultivating their own tastes, an option you have to rent from a local gallery in your city or town. This way, you can get original art from local artists at a fraction of the cost. Once you tire of a particular piece, you can trade it in for a new art collectible piece. These also works very well for a business environment or even to update a personal space in your home if you are not sure what pieces will suit you in the long term.

Students also do great artwork. Therefore, another option you have is to go to local art schools or check your paper for shows by student artists. At the art schools or art shows by students, you can purchase original pieces by local artists for a very small investment when compared to the going rates for established artists. This unique art collectible strategy allows you to invest in the growth of local talent, and possibly make an investment that will appreciate enormously in value should the artist truly excel in their field.

Some communities have thriving art communities. If there are studios that are rented by local artists in your area, you may also find that they hold open houses during the year. This is a great way to find artwork on sale as many artists promote themselves through this avenue. This also provides you an opportunity to speak with the artist and get a real history on the work you select.

Many art collectibles experts like to find out about the career of an artist as well as what influences their work. If you find an artist that you click with and whose work moves you, you may need to consider collecting from a single artist rather than creating a diverse collection. Following the career of a new artist may give you a more valuable, as well as meaningful, collection in the future.

Antiques and collectibles shops, markets, and consignment stores are also great places to search for art pieces. Always keep your eyes open for artwork that appeals to you. Art is always subject to individual interpretation anyway. So while value may be important, if you find a piece you can afford and love, go for it!

Fall in love and immerse yourself in your art collecting. Whether it is a simple hobby or part of an overall love of collectibles such as music boxes and mechanical music, cars, jewelry, figurines, or more, follow the above strategies and develop an art collection worthy of the master collectors!

Copyright 2006 Monique Hawkins

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Monique Hawkins

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