Pinup Calendars and Michelangelo

My wife and I recharged our cultural batteries when we spent the Martin Luther King three-day weekend in New York City and I almost forgot about putting stuff on eBay through the entire experience.

Almost.

The one exception was when Pam was standing in line to buy a few things at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop. I spied a display where they had some famous artist “sketch pads” on sale for $150, marked down from $750. That’s the kind of margin I’m looking for when I buy something to resell on eBay.

I didn’t have time to pull out my iPhone, go to my eBay app and research sketch pad sales, but I was tempted.

After I got home I took a few minutes to see if reproductions of artist sketch pads sell well on eBay. The answer was a definite “yes and no.”

There were a number of artist sketch pad reproductions listed and sold on eBay, but the style of art featured wasn’t exactly like the “old masters” reproduced in those sketch pads I saw at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The eBay items were all vintage sketch pad style pinup calendars. Quite, ahem, appealing in their own right, but obviously not exactly the kind of item I found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s gift shop.

However, the museum seems to be suffering something of a budget crunch right now, so they might consider adding some of these “sketch pads” to their gift shop inventory.

I’m just sayin’…

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