I rarely find wonderful deals at thrift stores, but one day, I was able to get these cross stitch pieces for under $5 each. When you think about the price of the pattern/floss/cloth/kits and the amount of time to make these with impeccable workmanship, and the cost of the mat and frames, I feel like I stole these!
One of these has initials (J.G.) and a date (1991), and the other one does not, but I am pretty sure they were made by the same person.
Back when I made cross stitch pieces, I wondered whether people would value the time and energy it took to make them. I suppose that if they are made from a kit, or if someone followed a pattern exactly, there would be other similar work, and would not be considered "artistic." I tried making my own patterns, but that is really hard to do when you can't draw, and gave up completely. I do have some older kits and patterns that need good homes.