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Posts Tagged ‘Vintage Art’

Free Vintage Pink Rose Scrapbook Paper

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Here are some old-timey-looking free vintage rose scrapbook papers and a coordinating stripe design that I hope you’ll enjoy using. The pink rose I used to create the designs (pictured at right) comes from Vintagerio, which has an insanely large collection of vintage roses and other flowers that I’ve featured on this site and some of the pages linked from the sidebars. By the way, if you click on the rose art to the right, you’ll find a lovely large-sized version you’re free to use.

Speaking of the the sidebars, you can see from looking at them that I’ve been playing with designing scrapbook papers for a while now. Creating them is the perfect hobby for me, since I love vintage art and clip art in general. Working on the designs has allowed me to justify spending hours looking at beautiful artwork and it’s definitely art therapy for me. I hope my therapy will benefit you as well when you make something pretty from these or my other vintage flower scrapbook papers!

The Art of Collecting Vintage Guitars

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Have you ever considered becoming a collector of vintage guitars? This can be a rewarding, albeit expensive hobby. However, if you make wise choices, your investment can pay you back ten fold. Many famous rock stars have had their guitars sell for as much as a million dollars. While this is most likely too rich for your blood, there are still some great vintage guitars out there that you can invest in. One good thing about the vintage guitar market is that it has rarely if ever fallen off, like sports card did when they hit rock bottom in the mid 90s. The appeal of older guitars has seemed to grow over the last several decades, and many of these guitars have not only held their value, but increased substantially.

While monetary gain is a great reason to start collecting, there is more to investing in vintage guitars than a return investment. There is something to be said for hanging one of these beauties on the wall of your favorite room and showing it off to friends and family. It is a major understatement to say that it is a good conversation piece. Vintage guitars come in all shapes, sizes and types and like a vintage muscle car, just being old doesn’t qualify it as a collector’s piece. It must have been discontinued by the manufacturer or some other influence to make it a collectible piece. Many other factors also come into play such as condition, rarity, previous owners and of course the manufacturer.

Buying and selling these guitars takes a good amount of dedication and learning about the history of each manufacturer. It simply isn’t possible to become an expert on the subject overnight. This “hobby” has a way of sucking you in and enriching your life in many, many ways. If you do your homework, it is very plausible that a vintage guitar you buy today could double or triple in price within a decade. Talk about a return on your investment! It simply doesn’t get much better than that.