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Many people collect tea pots. If you didn't positively loathe dusting, you'd be one of them. However, because you hate trying to dust a whole shelf of breakable items, you've decided to collect beautiful tea pot art, instead. You may still have to do a bit of dusting, but at least you won't have to worry about getting dust out of crevices like tea pot spouts or ornate curlicues on handles. Now that you've decided on a collection idea, you'd like to start buying a few pieces. However, you aren't quite sure where you should start. How do you find tea themed art?
One fun way to start a collection of original art is to check online auction sites, like eBay, for work by self representing artists. You can find lovely watercolor, oil, or mixed media paintings for well under $100, since these artists are usually undiscovered and are just starting to build a following. Since you don't have a lot of money invested, it doesn't really matter if you fell in love with a piece by an artist who never becomes the next Picasso.
Before you place your bid, just make sure you take the time to check the description for fine print. Sometimes, the artist mentions that he or she is selling a limited edition print instead of the original work of art or notes that the frame pictured with the painting is not included in the sale.