I scour thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets for my treasures. It’s an addiction. I get a lot of gratification. Particularly when I come across paintings. Paintings that somebody lovingly, carefully painted. They’re thought out and coming from a place of passion and energy. If they’re good. I enjoy them more than slick reproduced art bought at a big store. Now, if I was loaded I’d be buying myself Picasso’s or Basquiat’s, but sadly I am not, so these are lovely acceptable substitutes. Check out my store to see what I have for sale right now. More will be coming in the near future.
Behind the scenes of the brain factory here at GotchaChaCha. First I am showing off my new soft light boxes, which hopefully will make my product photo’s look better.
Then you see a table of the journals I have put together in search of ways to utilize old books. Nothing quite work, sadly. It has been a while since I have looked at them, so I wanted to see what I had done with fresh eyes. Back to the drawing board! Hope to get something figured out to put in the store.
When I went to China in the fall, I found some interesting books to bring home.
Here is an orange book I know nothing about, except it is stab bound, and in a cardboard sleeve. It has funky orange fabric on it. I bought it an excellent bookstore in Shanghai on a street filled with art stores and some book stores.
I found this book in their upstairs gallery space. It was 150 yuen, which I figured was around $25, which I thought I was a fair price. When I went to purchase it, a man was astounded that I was buying it, claiming, “even Chinese people have trouble reading these books”. I said, “I thought it was a journal”, because I really did, I was too timid to open it up and see what was inside. The sales clerk quickly swiped my credit card and felt like I had just been taken for a ride.
At the hotel room I opened it up and was very pleased what was inside. It is cheap paper, yes, and not a very elegant book, and of course I will never be able to read it, but I like the pictures and I like how it looks which is why I bought it. See for yourself: