Folk art, Antiques, Outsider art : Tramp art, Folk Furniture, Carvings, Quilts, & More
An extremely intricate bottle whimsey of two men playing checkers.
A wonderful folk art church birdhouse with writings on it.
Dynamos, a wood engraving print Signed, dated 1933 by John Farleigh.
1940's Bright Geometric Quilt:Trip Around the World variation
A folky decorated seven drawer cupboard. Exceptional and unusual,
Quintessential 1960's Psychedelic folk music carving. Woman Folk Singer.
Two folk paintings from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic.
An architectural cast iron star tie-in on a base.
Our Service PledgeWe want you to be pleased with your purchase. All items are guaranteed as described and pictured. We try to respond to all inquiries and orders within 24 hours, but this may be longer if we are traveling. Please feel free to call us or email if you have any questions or concerns.
Artisans was started in 1986 by Matt Lippa and Elizabeth Schaaf - that's us. We were living in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, had an open shop and also did some shows. It wasn't long before we also added mail order sales; and decided to establish a "Mail Order Gallery". Over the years we've done many shows and advertised in lots of Magazines and trade papers. We launched our web site in December of 1995.
Since 1986, we have been offering unusual, one of a kind folk art and antiques. We encourage you to contact us if you would like more information or are looking for special pieces. We also offer web site design and hosting to related businesses, dealers, artists, and collectors.
We invite you to visit our full web site [Artisans] which has many hundreds of other pieces. Please see the FAVORITE LINKS page here for more information.
Artisans is a mail order and Internet gallery of unique antiques, folk art, and outsider art. Since 1986, we have offered a wide variety of interesting, unusual, and fun stuff. It ranges from funky to formal, with selections for the beginning to advanced collector, and museum quality pieces. You can view our on-line inventory which includes many of these pieces.
More and larger images are available for you to view on our business web site - [Artisans]. Just go to the "Favorite Links" page here for a link. Enter the Item ID in the search. It should take you to the page this piece is on.
Pricing: The prices here are slightly higher than on our business web site [Artisans] - which you can get to from a link on our "Favorite Links" page. That is because they include shipping and Paypal. Sometimes they are actually less here when all that is figured in.
Our prices are pretty much firm. This does not mean that you can't make an offer or ask if we would consider reducing (or increasing) them. We are open to that.
Discounts: We try to give a discount for multiple purchases. That means if you are ordering more than one item, and if we have room, we will try to take off a little. Please feel free to contact us about that.
Our business is located in Mentone, Alabama, USA, a small town on Lookout Mountain in the Northeast part of the state. We are just 6 miles off Interstate 59. If your travels bring you near Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham, or Chattanooga we are an easy drive. There are some other folk art and outsider art dealers in the area, quite a few antique shops, some well known folk and fine artists, and some good flea markets. There are also Bed and Breakfasts, good restaurants, State and National Parks, and lots to do and see.
We do not have an open shop, or even a sign out front, but you can call us ahead of time to make an appointment for a private showing. We would prefer AT LEAST a weeks notice. If it is a "last minute thing", we are liable to say "no something else is going on - try another time". We tend to be irritable, self-absorbed, informal, blunt, and opinionated. If you can put up with those kind of attitudes and a little abuse, then you might like looking through the mess. We do have literally thousands of pieces of art and antiques.
We sell almost exclusively through our web site and a few other select venues - like Ruby Lane. You can reach us by E-mail, letter, or phone. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Any items ordered can be returned if you are not satisfied for any reason. We realize that until you actually get a piece into your hands and can feel it; you really don't know if it a keeper. We also maintain your privacy and do not share your email address or other information you give us.
If you would like us to contact you directly when we get in something you are seeking, please take a few minutes and drop give us the details. Send a note, e-mail, or call. We keep a good record of what people are looking for and DO actually get in touch with them directly when we get in something that may be appropriate. Many items sell this way before ever making it onto the web site.