If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I LOVE Facebook Marketplace! I've been buying/selling on there for years and nearly every room in our home has a piece from there. We’ve bought vehicles, a piano, copper, vintage furniture and so much more over the years!! Just ask my husband about that one time when we were on an anniversary trip out of state when we had to rent an extra vehicle to get home. LOL. I always check Marketplace when we go out of town or on vacation - even foreign countries. It’s one of my favorite resources to shop vintage and more!
During quarantine, I figured there would be many people cleaning out spaces and posting items for sale. A few weeks ago I searched, “Vintage Easel” with no local hits. Typical. That’s usually how my search starts. I rarely find what I’m looking for the first time, but once I’ve searched something then similar items will show up in “Today’s Picks” when I check Marketplace in the future. Well... over the weekend guess what my top pick was?! Yes, a beautiful vintage easel priced ridiculously reasonable. There was only one photo, but I didn’t ask any questions. I confirmed it was still available, double checked with my husband (recommended, ladies) 😉 and told the seller I would take it!
My husband was kind enough to drive to the next town over and pick it up for me. It was even larger and more amazing than shown in the photo above. We learned that the easel belonged to a local art instructor and it originally came from an art school in New York. It is made of solid wood by Anco Bilt complete with iron casters. After researching, we believe it is from the 1950's. Values online range from $1,600 - $2,000. What a gem!
For now, I put one of my favorite pictures from Provence on the easel. I'm working on gathering supplies and hope to test it out soon. I am planning to use the vintage metal shop cabinet to hold my supplies.
I hope this gives you a few ideas to search for vintage items! Nearly everyone has Facebook and it is a quick way to look for something before you purchase new.
As always, thanks for following along!