Hello friends,

I’m back at work in my living room.  I’m working on artwork for the walls.

By now you all know I love the thrill of the hunt to get something at a good price.  But occasionally I splurge on something that I really love and can’t stop thinking about.  I always thought I could never afford professionally framed art.  But Minted has got me second guessing myself.  Here’s why…

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why Minted art is faster and cheaper than bargain hunting art

Put a dollar value on your time.  If you are looking for art specific for one room, you don’t have time to spend an entire Saturday running all over town to only still come home empty handed.  If you say $25 is what an hour of your time is worth and you spend 4 hours looking around town.  You’ve just invested $100 (metaphorically, of course).

Now add in what you spend looking for the right frame (that is on sale).  Let’s say another $50 in time…

Does that frame have the right kind of hardware on the back to hang it?  No?  Make another trip to the hardware store.  Let’s say $6.  Now add in the time to attach it to the frame.

Add in the cost of the actual art and frame.

Have you figured out gas money for all of this yet?…  Oh, and you haven’t included the actual cost of the art and the frame yet…  Uffda.

why minted is cheaper and faster than bargain hunting art


I’m going to be totally honest with you.  Minted Art generously sponsored the artwork I am using in my living room makeover.  Of course all opinions are my own.  Heck, they don’t even know I’m writing this post.  This is me just sharing my most recent “eureka!” moment.

I’ve been more conscientious of how I spend my time lately.  And when I did all of the math above, I no longer see Minted as the “out of my league” original artwork site that I thought they were.  Yay!

I spent a rainy evening surfing the artwork and clicking away on the Favorite heart icon for all of the images I liked.  It was a lot, just saying.

I was looking for:

  • art that was edgy but mature
  • black frames (or maybe throw a white frame in for fun)
  • white mats

Because I want to grow my art collection and can see myself moving art around on walls, I went with three smaller prints.  All with white frames.  Two have black frames, one has white.  I got a mix of photographs and abstract art.

Remember that dollar amount you figured out a minute ago?  Okay, now check this out…  This is one of the pieces I got, with the cost breakdown:

why minted is cheaper and faster than bargain hunting art

$48!!!!  That’s it!  I know I could not have found this art, a mat, frame, and hardware’d up in 2 hours.  I’m good, but I’m not that good 😉

I have to give them props for their packaging…

why minted is cheaper and faster than bargain hunting art

why minted is cheaper and faster than bargain hunting art

They even include silicone adhesive wall protectors.  Looooove it.

So I’m going to hold out on what I picked until you the big reveal.  Sign up below to get the final reveal in your inbox.  I just wanted to share this mind-changing bit of info with you all 🙂

Until next time!

XO, Jen

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