Skip to main content

We've all had an inexpensive print from a big-box store hanging in our space at some point, or left our walls bare due to lack of funds. Original artwork seems out of reach, but there are options for finding prints you love at discounted prices.

You can order limited-edition original works starting at $20 at sites like 20x200 and ArtStar. The ubiquitous Etsy is full of affordable artwork.

Your local design school will also have studio sales throughout the year showcasing local talent. Sign up for the school's online mailing for upcoming fairs.

Story continues below advertisement

Do the same for your local galleries, some of which allow rentals so you can test-run a piece without commitment.

They may even provide free consultation to find the right piece for your place and then rent it for as little as $20 a month. If you love it the rental fee can usually be applied as a credit when you buy.



If you want to play around with personal artwork or photos then hang onto the frames from the big-box store and design and cut new mattes, roughly $10 at a local art store, to complement your prints.

There are many places to find affordable art that suits your style.

And while you're on the hunt, be sure to ask friends and colleagues if they have any emerging artists in their circles. The perk of supporting new talent is snagging a great deal.

Angela Self is one of the founders of the Smart Cookies money group. Read her weekly column on managing debt and saving money at the Globe's personal finance site.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Cannabis pro newsletter