When you are thinking about getting your memory, your treasure framed, asked yourself these questions:
- Can I, do I want to do it myself?
- What kind of frame is best?
- What other components (mat board, glass, glues, wire) will I need?
- What about the glass; should I use UV protection, anti glare, plexiglass?
- Should I be concerned about the archival characteristics of the components?
- What about the mounting, the attaching of the artwork or treasure, how is that done?
If you decide to take it to a “frame shop”…
- Who can I trust with my memory, with my treasure?
- Do I take to a big box store or to a local business?
- Does the frame shop do all the work themselves, or would they send my treasure out?
- What about the cost? With the discount coupons offered by the big box stores, should I even consider the local business? Speaking as & for the local shops…yes! Most local shops do not play the high/low game & can often compete at the bottom line.
- Do the people who actually touch my memory have any vested interest in the business?
- Will the people helping you choose your components listen to your requests, concerns, needs & work with me no matter?
Turning the table, below are questions the frame shop should ask you:
- What can you tell me about your treasure?
- Do you have any thoughts regarding the color or style of frame?
- Are there any considerations as to where you will be hanging this piece?
- As you are being shown the options (primarily mats & frames), you will be asked to choose. Often it’s “process of elimination” which may take time.
- You should also be asked about your choice for glass, after an explanation of the cost comparison & benefits.
- Some will ask the question of your budget, or your expectation of cost.
- When do you want the project completed?
- When all is known for your framing project, the shop will quote the cost for the options you choose & will ask… should we get started?