During a recent yard sale excursion, I found four signed costume watercolor and ink drawings marked for $4. The drawing, signed by "Santiago," each measured approximately 15" x 20". None of the drawings were identified, but after a bit of online research, I discovered that the drawings - by Emile Santiago - were from the 1950 motion picture, THE ROBE, starring Jean Simmons, Richard Burton and Victor Mature. Unfortunately, these wardrobe drawings were for secondary actors, but they nonetheless sold for $50 to $85 each (if I had found drawings for the principal actors for this film, the price could have gone as high as $500 each).
Another goodie we pulled from a pile of to-be-donated clothes was a vintage 1960's H Bar C embroidered western shirt. It was in excellent condition and subsequently sold online for $275. Apparently, any vintage western clothing with a label from H Bar C or Nudies brings big bucks, not only in America, but all over the world. The new proud owner of the shirt lives in Paris (not Texas), France. C'est bon y'all....
Finally, how about paint by number artwork. You may not realize that this kind of kitschy artwork brings some good money, especially those of animals or unique places. In my own yard sale trek, I found three vintage Disneyland scene paintings from the early 1960's which were marked for 25-cents each. Had these cardboard canvases been unpainted, in their original box, they would sell for between $50 and $75. In their current condition, they may be work $7 to $10 each. Not big money, (and certainly not in the Monet league), but well above the change I plucked down for this artwork.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting more cheap yard sale finds, and suggestions of what buyers should look for, and in the case of sellers, what not to throw away. Keep checking back with our blog