With the biggest shopping season of the year nearly upon us, I’m going to add my 2 cents worth and encourage you to buy original art for your family and loved ones for your holiday giving.
Anyone can go to X-mart and grab a vase off the shelf. Anyone can dash past the carrots and celery, through the underwear aisle and past the computers and bike tires to snag a bracelet that says,
"I love you just like a thousand other guys love their wives".
Anyone can join jillions of people milling through stores that can be found in any faceless mall in the world and paw through piles of merchandise looking for that one special thing that says,
"You’re just as special as 10-thousand other fellas”.
It takes a classy person to resist all that and shop for a one-of-a-kind item for a one-of-a-kind person.
Choosy shoppers choose fine art.
Buying fine art puts you in a class of your own. Why stand in line at a jewelry counter to buy the same rock or watch or pendant fifteen other schmucks are hoping to impress with? Do you really want your sweetie seeing her jewelry on some other woman? Investigate a local painter or sculptor who will share a creative vision with you that extends far beyond the reaches of the cash register.
Fine art, whether thrown and baked, framed, sculpted or blown will always, always be in style. No matter what Martha Stewart is doing, no matter who HGTV puts in the screen, you will be assured of having taste. Think about that before you paint everything according to the latest Modern Copycat magazine. Buying art that stirs something deep within, a memory perhaps, or an idea, will help it retain its interest and personal value long after you’ve re-covered the sofa and your easy chair and yanked the curtains off the walls.
"Honey, let's be different and buy one-of-a-kind, original art. All the cool kids are doing it."
There are lots of great galleries in your area waiting just for you. Drop by and say hello, and tell them a bit about yourself. Let them help you in a way that no bored teenager who would rather die than wait on you can. They'll guide you to a purchase that will have your loved ones feeling truly cherished.