PHOENIX – An unexpected find at a Phoenix Goodwill led to a viral moment, a chance to be on Antiques Roadshow, and further proved a woman’s talent for spotting valuable works of art as a bursar.
While waiting to pick up her kids from school one day, Phoenix interior designer Grace Carpenter chose to hang out at The Goodwill on the 7thand Avenue and Indian School Road.
Of all the second-hand things, the original owners didn’t want an oil painting of a woman holding a black and white cat to have caught his eye – mostly because of the cat.
“The cat looks like my cat,” Grace said.
So, with a 20% off coupon, she took the painting home to show her family, her cat Max, and soon millions more.
Grace said her children had a normal reaction to thinking the woman looked “scary and weird”.
She took home her $32 Goodwill and soon realized that the signature on it looked familiar. So she posted about it on TikTok ask art lovers if it was an original.
“The damn TikTok blew up,” she said.
This post went viral with over 1.5 million views and Grace added thousands of new followers interested in her journey with her latest find Goodwill.
This is where the story takes a crazy turn.
One of the 1.5 million viewers who saw her on TikTok about the painting was a woman from Tennessee who wanted to give her a ticket to Antiques Roadshow. A PBS show Grace said she’s been watching since she was a little girl.
Now get this, Grace had already planned to be in Memphis to help design a short-term rental.
So, with the Goodwill tag still on the frame of the painting, she was able to show it to an appraiser at the Tennessee show.
They told him; the signature was that of Charles Craig – a late 1800s artist known for his western lifestyle oil paintings.
The appraiser told her the painting was an original, however, the appraiser said the cat, the reason she bought the painting in the first place, was added later.
“It can’t be on the show because it’s not 100% original, but if it was in his gallery, he wouldn’t let it out for less than $2,000,” Grace said in a video from followed TikTok for its new followers, eager for an update.
Grace says she’s going to keep the painting, partly because it looks like her cat Max but mostly because of the story attached to it now.
It’s obvious that Grace has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough.
She tells ABC15 that she found a watercolor at a small flea market while living in Amsterdam years ago. After a committee of experts in Paris, France examined it, she says they learned it was a Fernand Leger original valued at $1 million.
Grace posted her trip to Tennessee with artwork she found in Phoenix.
“It was really empowering, when you show up at Antiques Roadshow and you have something special and they know it’s really fun and special, that means you’re on the right track,” he said. she declared.