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Thread: Update to cost of framing pictures

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    Update to cost of framing pictures

    I went to several stores that were having the 50-60% off sales (JoAnn's, HobbyLobby, Michael's, etc.) and a funny thing happened. They all quoted a price very similar to each other and with the "coupon" it came out to the cost of the framing at a local framing shop that I had used in the past which had no coupon.
    That was weird. I would have expected the "big box stores" prices to be half of the local speciality shop since they were 50% off.
    So without the coupons, these stores would be twice the cost of the local store. I think not.

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    The real price is a joke because they run a coupon for it every week.

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    Yep; there sale price is really the REAL cost, not a sale at all.

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    I hope you went back to the local shop

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    absolutely! I like to shop local anyway when I can.

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    I use the local shop in Montgomeryville, PA and have never had a bad deal or bad work. I forget the name but it is at five-points.
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    Same thing happened to me - 70% off at Michaels - $180.00. I laughed and said "yeah, sure". but she wasn't joking. Are these people for real????? So now I have another project to put in a drawer. It's a good thing that I enjoy the journey rather than the finished product.
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    And you will probaly be happier with the local store as their service and quality would be better.
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    I had a 5x7 embrodered piece I made for my granddaughter and was shocked at the cost of framing.
    I wanted a mat making the piece 10x12. Aaron brothers wanted $90. Joanans & Michaels with coupon
    wanted $40. This is for a piece that I payed $6.99 on E-Bay. So I decided to frame it myself. Got another
    shock, the choice of mats is limited. Black, white & gray, did not to go with the project. So decided to
    go to an art supply store. Found an off white on the pick side. Worked great, brought out all the colors in the project.
    Pay the $2.50 went back to Michaeles found an off white frame. All is good. Went to frame it took the wrapping off
    the mat and found that the sun had faded the mat except where there was sticker. So now have what looks like
    a stane on the mat. Back to Michaels to find some flowers to cover stane. Found some pink flowers in the scrap
    booking section. Put one over the stane, lower left corner and one in the upper right coner to make it flow.
    I am so happy with the results. I would not have thought to add the flowers if not for the stane but it just makes the whole thing pop. I love the results but I spent almost as much time trying to frame it as I did working it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Yep; there sale price is really the REAL cost, not a sale at all.

    I agree!! I won't be having any "custom" framing done. I'll do it myself.
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    Same here in Australia, framing is very expensive. DD & SIL had frames done while living in Malaysia. My neighbour does frames for professional photographer and they are way out of my budget.

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    my daughter did a painting for me a few years ago so I bought a frame at Michael's to put it in, but needed to add a wire to hang it so I went back to Michael's and was asking the framer some questions about what to use and when he asked what size, etc I said I'll show you. I bought the frame here, I picked up the frame and took it to his table and he said if I bought the frame there just bring in the receipt and he'd put it together for me. I did and he put it in the frame put backing paper on it and put on the eye screws and wire-no charge! Oh it was a simple painted wood frame for a standard size canvas, about $12.

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    Custom framing is expensive but the results can be amazing. Keep in mind that the shops have to stock a lot of mats, etc. i have had a lot of pictures custom framed due to the shape and size of the project. They were not stock sized pictures.

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