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Two Lady Artists with Bees in Their Bonnets

20 February 2007

Overheard at IKEA

(in the frame department)

"I don't get why anyone would spend money on art when you could just get some paint and cardboard and do it yourself"

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Blogger Barry Hoggard said...

I bet those people don't see why they should spend $20 to attend an art fair, either. I'm wondering about that too.

1:36 AM  
Blogger This Broad said...

Those people think that an art fair is the vendors at Union Square during the holiday season.

But I can't decide how I feel about this quote. It sounded very anti-art on first hearing. (And this is in a store where you can buy "art" for $40!) But if this woman really intended to buy some paint and cardboard and decorate her walls accordingly, more power to her!

10:44 AM  
Blogger John Holdway said...

A real art lover covets the object. It is a love affair.

How about...Why would someone buy a reproduction when you can own original art on any budget?

I blame HGTV. They are corrupting peoples minds. I always think that their projects must look like crap in person. Gluing cardboard to the walls? and.." I painted your couch brown. Doesn't it look like leather? I only spent $15 on a can of paint from the mis mixed shelf. A leather couch would have cost $3000."

1:19 PM  
Blogger This Broad said...

I painted your couch brown. Doesn't it look like leather?

That cracks me up! I'm going to try that on my style-conscious friends when they're out of town.

It works great if you're vegetarian and don't want leather furniture, too!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

A few years ago, when I was trying to decide what color to paint my walls, I painted some pieces of plywood in different shades of blue and propped them against the walls. More than one person mistook them for "art."

11:23 AM  

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