You could spend hours--days!--browsing the bottomless array of throw pillows and trinkets for sale on Etsy. ??

But if you know where to look, you can also find legit artwork that might actually go up in value while it hangs on your walls.

Chicagoan Leslie Baum is an established artist whose large oil paintings can fetch up to $7,000 each, and several of her elegant, contemplative watercolors are in the permanent collection at the Art Institute. (Pretty major.)
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Baum recently came across a forgotten trove of tiny, intimate paintings that she'd made and stashed away in drawers in her Logan Square studio. Now she's priced them to sell and posted them in an unconventional venue: an Etsy shop. (The works go for between $125 and $250.)??

Our favorites are Baum's index-card-sized images of animals depicted in unexpected colors and painted with a light but exacting touch.??

We'd love to hang a surf-and-turf pairing of a blue giraffe and a purple seal in a hallway nook--or slip a pink-cheeked pig into a highbrow silver frame and mix it irreverently among a display of family photos.

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