4.21.2011

Thrift Score: Butterfly Specimen Display

I scored major big time when I found this amazing butterfly display at one of my favorite antique shops in Jamestown, Ca.  It's not antique, in fact the creator signed it '92.  I have had a long time love affair with preserved butterflies (sounds sad, I know, but they are so pretty).  Behold:


17 butterflies in a 17x13" acrylic box for $35.00.  Yes, you read that right, $35.00!


I'm not sure where it's permanent home will be, but for now it is in front of my marbled paper artwork and I am kinda digging the effect.

Just to give you an idea of what these have been known to go for, check out these from etsy seller Butterfly Artwork:

3 butterflies in a 3.5x3.5" box- $39.95

Around 30 butterflies in a 12x17" box- $595.00

Mine is starting to sound like the deal of the century right about now! I am in no way discrediting the value of this sellers' work, I've even had them on my wishlist for some time now.  I just get uber excited when I find a look for less.


And some inspirations for you:













So what do you think about butterfly specimens?

10 comments:

  1. I love yours- such a deal! the inspiration pics are so pretty.

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  2. Lucky find! It looks amazing layered with the marbled paper, the colors are just right.

    I once scored a framed pair of butterflies for next to nothing on eBay- but the seller shipped it in an unpadded envelope and it arrived in tiny pieces. I was definitely not so lucky as you!

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  3. stunning! i especially love it in front of the marbled paper.

    the bigger font makes me 'read' your voice differently!

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  4. What a great find - love it! butterfly specimens always remind me of morpho eugenia.

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  5. AMAZING!!! Oh...my...gosh, just breathtaking. What a great find. I would have had a hard time maintaining my calm at the thrift store. :)

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  6. Oh my gosh, what a find! I love preserved butterflies. They remind me of my grandparents, who have a lovely little collection in their home.

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  7. Wow - totally fab find! I love preserved butterflies (and moths) too. Yay!

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  8. There is something so strangely beautiful about captured butterflies. It is amazing that unlike us, they do not lose their color when they pass on. Beautiful!!

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  9. I'm completely jealous! I love butterfly displays! Your with the red butterflies is particularly pretty! Great find!

    MotherNatureInspired.blogspot.com

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  10. Oooo. Beautiful AND a deal.

    I love butterflies. They have a short lifespan anyway, so I think it's OK to preserve their beauty.

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