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I went to a church tag sale this weekend. I am not part of the church in anyway, I just like a good tag sale. I bought a painting (for $1) that I was drawn to. I was going to hang it out on my back porch (I'm going for the whole living room outside thing). I thought it would be a good idea to google the artist first.<br><br>
Well it turns out prints of this painting that I have go for $250. And mine is old and textured. I don't think it is an oringinal but I do think it may have been an older print.<br><br>
So if you were me what would you do with it now?<br><br><br>
If it really is worth something I want to sell it. My family could really use the money. Both boy's need new shoes.<br><br>
Part of me is feeling quilty because I bought it from a church like maybe I should return it or something. Yuck, but I really don't want to as I don't even supprt this church. (I didn't mind going to the tag sale as the money was going to young moms in need).<br><br>
So what would be you're next move?
 

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I don't see where you need to return it. You bought it for the asking price, and you didn't even know that it might be worth more. I would look into it, and if you can sell it for money, I'd go ahead.
 

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You bought it fair and square - it's yours to do with as you want! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Personally if I really loved the picture I'd keep it, but if I just felt so-so about it I'd sell it for profit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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IMO, it's just like any other garage sale, and this kind of thing happens all the time. I'd get it appraised and see if I could find someone to buy it if it is worth something.
 

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I don't think that you owe them anything on any level.. moral, etc... Since it is a charity that you do support (the young moms) maybe if you sell it for a nice profit send them a note and 10%. Or, simply continue to be a good customer of their tag sales.
 

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Sell it. They had the same oppurtunity to research the value of the painting. They could have sold it on ebay.
 

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I'd call it your lucky find! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> No moral issues there IMO. You bought it for the price they asked, and if you find you can sell it for more and you need the money.. go for it!
 

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I say sell it.<br><br>
Recently, there was a story in the paper about a guy who bought some sort of cool looking print (he thought) at Goodwill for like $2. It was an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. He sold it for some crazy amount of money, cause, well, it was his.<br><br>
Yes, the person that donated it could have sold it themselves. The church could have asked more money for it. But, they didn't. They asked what it was worth to them. Maybe they didn't know....maybe they didn't want to go to the trouble of ebay or selling it privately or....there are a thousand different "maybes". The end thing is, they sold it to you, it's rightfully yours, and now you do what you need to do.<br><br>
The person that gave it away wanted to bless someone else with it. They wanted to bless themselves by clearing out clutter. They wanted someone else's house to enjoy the painting. And they wanted to help the church out by helping them raise money. You are just a middle man in the being blessed-ness. You're going to get new shoes for your kids out of the deal. And someone else will be blessed with a painting that they treasure. Everyone wins.
 

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That was here in Nashville - at a thrift store that is actually just a few miles from me! I don't know why I never find cool finds like that there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'd sell it. Even if it was bought from my own church, I wouldn't feel obligated to give them any money from it. They chose to sell it for $1, it's not like you saw it in their basement, knew it was valuable, and talked them into giving it away to you. That's one of the rewards of going rummage saleing--finding that diamond in the rough.
 

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Sell it. It's yours, you should do whatever you want with it: hang it, sell it, whatever else.
 

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there was an episode if antiques road show a couple weeks ago where this lady bought 2 pieces of jewelry for a church sale for a buck each. turns out 1 was a tiffany necklace, and one was something else from another high profile company. they got valued at like $60k i think
 

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You got lucky <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't think there's anything wrong with selling it, but if you feel guilty about it, maybe donate a small portion of the proceeds to the shelter you bought the painting from.
 

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I don't know what I would do if I were you but if I were me I would sell it if I really needed the money. It's called a bargain shop there is no reason why you should feel guilty it's yours you bought it.
 

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I'd sell it, especially if I really needed the money. I don't think you should feel guilty about selling it and using the money for your family's needs, but I would probably feel the same way if I was in that situation.
 

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The church probably collected the items sold at the sale from members or the community. If somebody donated it, and you bought it, it's yours. The possibly high value is your reward for doing research! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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heck, i'd sell it w/o batting an eye (unless it was my favorite)!
 
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