Lately, Facebook groups have been gaining more and more attention from the general public with such collectives as people role-playing ants exploding on the internet. One of the groups that recently gained an influx of attention is “Terrible Art in Charity Shops,” where people share various questionable art pieces they find at charity shops or similar establishments. However, as the coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay home and wander charity shops less, the group’s activity saw a decrease until someone had a genius idea. One person decided to try and recreate the art posted on the page, prompting a new, hilarious trend that not only brought the page back to life, but also sent its activity stats skyrocketing.

Bored Panda reached out to the administrators of the group for more information and one of them, Becky Gouverneur, kindly provided some additional information.

“The group was started back in 2017 by myself and Laura (we are old school friends!)” she explained. “Laura had posted a photo she'd taken of some terrible art in a charity shop on her private Facebook page, it went crazy and got hundreds of comments, I spotted it and suggested she make a group... and it went from there!”

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Annabeth Chase
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4 months ago

If all people looked like that...

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Annabeth Chase
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4 months ago

Well done. Ahahahahaha!

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Becky also provided some background on how the trend of recreating the art first started:

“When lockdown began across the world, the group interactions dropped dramatically as most of the charity shops had closed. We were a bit worried about the group, which had been so active until then. Then, one day, a member called Ceri Ashton asked if she was allowed to post a 'recreation' of a post from the group. Matt and Ann (two of our key admins) mulled it over for a couple of hours. We are normally quite strict about what we let in as we don’t want the group to become swamped with all those kitsch statues of ladies dancing or awful cat plates…. The group was originally aimed at awful paintings or drawings by amateur artists (this is also something I’m really keen on as I’m an artist myself) and we try to keep true to that original vision. In the end, Matt and Ann thought 'what the hell, only a few of them will be bothered to join in so what harm can it do?' and the group had become so quiet during lockdown they thought it would provide some entertainment… little did they know! None of us expected the reaction we got!”

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Annabeth Chase
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4 months ago

Upvote if this is the best one you've seen

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

...wHaT dO i SaY?

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“When it hit, the group went crazy! Everyone was up for it, people were sat at home with nothing to do and the world was full of death and awful news, this was EXACTLY what people needed to lighten the mood and we got some truly hilarious interpretations of terrible art from the group,” Gouverneur detailed why the recreations became so popular. “Ceri also ended up creating her own group (Recreate Artwork With Things You Find At Home) as well so the craze can carry on long after TAICS (Terrible Art in Charity Shops) reverts to normal life!” she explained.

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Baroness SlightlyOdd.
Community Member
4 months ago

Me with my yellow towel hair and well practiced sneer!

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

that...that...I...I don't know what to say

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Ray Martin
Community Member
4 months ago

Michael, is that you?

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satan hears a scream
Community Member
4 months ago

honestly? i'd buy the painting on the left bc it made me laugh so hard for no reason

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Carole Knaus
Community Member
4 months ago

Deranged Charcuterie, Upvote ^ if you like that I made it entirely with stuff found in the kitchen! lol! Thank you!! EtsyFeb202...04ab4e.jpg EtsyFeb2020-5ed179e04ab4e.jpg

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

lol the cat

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Emperor Kitten
Community Member
4 months ago

Honestly, I kinda love the original

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Rex Shirazi
Community Member
4 months ago

i set my desktop background as this

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

ok...um...what exactly happened to the first one?

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Helen McSmith
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Yaaaaargggg ....Ahoy me sharties ( shit art fans ) Sadly this was the best pic we could get before the toilet roll nose started to droop and the Linda McCartney meatball snout at the end started to defrost and smell... And yes, I have always known that shart has a different meaning...

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

This is beautiful. Also, notice the small person exploring his/her (honestly can't tell) mouth

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Tristan McGregor
Community Member
4 months ago

the face of the first one is what we call in the English language, "priceless"

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尺ㄖᄃᄃㄖ.ⱠØⱠ
Community Member
4 months ago

wow!

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Cat
Community Member
4 months ago

I got a better one:

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Kristina Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

The recreation is even scarier. Well done.

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Rex Shirazi
Community Member
4 months ago

that was actually pretty good

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG is the smaller cracked egg his younger sibling?!

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

O-o

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bossy
Community Member
4 months ago

ahahahahahaha

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Aurora Graham-Hayes
Community Member
5 months ago

wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Marissa Wyatt
Community Member
4 months ago

GRU? is that you..?

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尺ㄖᄃᄃㄖ.ⱠØⱠ
Community Member
4 months ago

i love the glasses

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Beatrix CHOI
Community Member
4 months ago

is that from Mars?

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Shauna Hicken
Community Member
4 months ago

Yikes.

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Amanda Hunter
Community Member
4 months ago

The likeness is uncanny.

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I’m The One Who Knocks
Community Member
4 months ago

The cats expression is priceless

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Su Fradley
Community Member
4 months ago

In anticipation of some questions you may have. I am a woman, that is cocoa on my face. It is a large mushroom on my head. Other questions may not have answers. Thank you.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Who's a God boy? You are!

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Zac
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

When you can’t meet someone... why not use skype?

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

Great expression!

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Aurora Graham-Hayes
Community Member
5 months ago

lol

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PKMN Trainer Link
Community Member
4 months ago

I like the first one

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol, does anyone else just end up curling their lip like that for no reason?

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
4 months ago

Hah hah, this is great! I love how they even have the token lens flare!

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AJA MASON
Community Member
5 months ago

This is not that bad

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Christy Arington
Community Member
4 months ago

This is lovely work.

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Cynthia Vanaria
Community Member
4 months ago

OUTSTANDING! I adore those earrings! That was really inspired!

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

I like food more than flowers. Yes. A very good swap

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尺ㄖᄃᄃㄖ.ⱠØⱠ
Community Member
4 months ago

all face are creepy

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

This...this is beautiful

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ZooMom
Community Member
4 months ago

That dog is the back is the perfect little surprise hahaha

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Jessica Cole
Community Member
4 months ago

Seriously... Like wtf

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

I is turtle.

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Susan Mansi
Community Member
5 months ago

What did you do to your poor dog! Ha ha ha ha!

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Better than the Cats movie in both versions.

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NavyDave
Community Member
4 months ago

This reminds me of the movie Cats.

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

Me trying to laugh and realizing I sound like a maniac

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Jane
Community Member
4 months ago

Which one is the original bad art?

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Perry Edward Matthew Franz
Community Member
4 months ago

The artist’s original model on the right.

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

make sure all is fair in court

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尺ㄖᄃᄃㄖ.ⱠØⱠ
Community Member
4 months ago

ehm... cool but... the eyes... ok...

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

The new cow over there

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hobbitly
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahaha Andre Hazes hier XD

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Tylernol
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't always recreate paintings, but when I do, its with pizza

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

Bear DSM?

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Moby Dick? ...um....what exactly happened...?

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Indecisive
Community Member
5 months ago

Thats actully a pretty cool painting

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Kristina Thomas
Community Member
4 months ago

Waaaaaait, the PAINTING is the original? That makes sense, but earlier in the post it was on the right side like it was the remake. I was impressed. Haha

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Julie Merrill
Community Member
4 months ago

cool idea!

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scrappyrat
Community Member
4 months ago

This should be way higher up just for getting the manic expression and crayoned makeup so spot on.

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Tweelia Tweelia
Community Member
4 months ago

The highlights are perfect! Love it!

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
4 months ago

Cat on its wedding day?

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Tadeusz Misztela
Community Member
4 months ago

Nasty habit

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YoyoSthlm
Community Member
4 months ago

Is it just me or is there some kind of ghost shadow in the first picture??

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Julie Merrill
Community Member
4 months ago

so creepy- good job!

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