So here are some examples of cheap, but priceless art:
This is actually a bag. I go all the way to Thailand, to the home of The Silk King, Jim Thompson, and somehow can't find anything to buy. That always seems to happen to me. I'm at the original Thai Silk Company, and nothing. I do find some treasures to bring back for my family, but nothing for myself. It was my resourceful mom who kept the paper sack her souvenir came in and framed it. Genius. Luckily I kept the other bags, so I have 2 of these beauties in my dining room.
My sister got these arrows in Mexico for next to nothing. For a long time they sat in a box, until my mom had the idea to mount them like this.
My grandmother collected small spoons (random, I know). When she passed, the spoons were split up among the family. This one that's been mounted on a grass-cloth sample found a happy home on my wall. (Thank you, Mom.)