You never know what you may find at a rummage sale, garage sale, yard sale, estate sale, tag sale-- or as the people across the sea call them= boot sale.
I had long ago purchased, for 50 cents, a tiny wooden frame with silver paint very worn from what I believe to be many decades or maybe even a century of wear. The tiny size spoke to me even though the picture featured inside did not. Many times that is the reason I purchase--for the frame and not its contents.
The frame sat, neglected, tucked away and almost forgotten in a box of other frames. In searching through things to sell or donate, or to find inspiration to finally art again when the time presents itself to me, I became reacquainted with that tiny frame with touches of remaining silver paint. Since I had a RARE moment to myself (for a change) that did not involve being behind a bathroom door (!), I thought I would empty the unwanted contents of the frame.
I found this scrap of artwork hiding between the front image which was not going to be kept and the backing paper! What a thrill! I immediately smiled. I immediately wondered about this beauty as I held the fragile paper in my hand. Who drew it? How long ago? Was she a real person or the imagination of the artist?
The torn edges on two sides were wonderful. The discoloration almost magical the way it forms an oval around her. I was so excited that my 50 cents had revealed such treasure beyond the tiny wooden frame.
She had, all this time, waited patiently for me to rediscover her after rescuing her from the sale.
You just never know what your "thrill of the hunt" thrifting adventures can reveal to you.
Use her in your art! Help her to live on --whether she was someone real or an image in some long ago unknown artist's imagination. I wish I could give the artist credit, being an artist myself.
Please play nice and do not sell her as is without making her over in your creative endeavors.