My mom actually got me collecting these pieces. She bought me a really cute Lee piece (that I've since lost in a move or something) gosh probably about 15 years ago or more. From there it just grew. I would buy one every time I saw one in a thrift store which wasn't very often. It seems they never charged very much for them back then and I've gotten several of these for $1. I hardly find them in thrift stores anymore. I always look but usually never find any so I really haven't added to the collection in a while.
The last time I found one at a thrift was last year. I found two really great Maio pieces in great looking frames and they were $5 each. Of course they are all over ebay but the sellers want a lot for them--usually more then I'm willing to spend. Most of my ebay purchases have been small pieces. So if you want to start collecting them ebay's a great place to start and know your artists--Keane, Maio, France, Eden, Lee, Idylle are some of the main ones you see. There are plenty more artists of the genre out there too--not to mention Gig who did the Pity puppies and kitties if you like sad animals.
One of my faves by the artist Eden. I love this because I'm an artist and I have a cat. Another great score I got was a Maio. I got it at the flea market for $4.00! It is a bit different because it shows a more adult person and not a small child. I love how beautifully it is painted.
My absolute favorite of my collection is this Keane painting. Margaret Keane is the grand dame of the genre. She has a definite style and her pieces are usually filled with such emotion and are almost always sad or depressing. I love thin one about 2 runaways. The long alley really gives you a sense of loneliness.
Hanging them all together really gave me a sense of how many I actually had and I have! I love looking at them and I love the hunt for them. That's half the fun of collecting anything really--the hunt for them. Because I don't see these in thrifts much anymore when I do come across one I get so excited!
Crystal's collection makes me excited! I love that I can geek out with her when it comes to these sad eyed beauties. Thank you so much for sharing your collection with us, it is amazing!