I saw a sign in an antique store once that said, "I found it, cleaned it, and hauled it here and you want to know
if I'll discount it?" That sign was addressing the behind the scenes effort that goes into running a business. On the surface it may seem that someone is making a killing on junk they found in an attic, but the reality is that they have lots of hidden costs including utility bills and labor.
Most people think that the biggest cost in custom framing is the materials and they have the idea that a large piece will be expensive and a small piece will be inexpensive. Well, for the most part that is correct. The small piece requires less moulding, glass and matboard etc. What they forget to consider is that a large part of the expense of custom framing is the labor involved. It takes just as much time to design, build a frame, cut and clean glass, embellish and assemble a small piece as it does a large piece. I know that I put as much of myself into designing, painting and carving a mat for tiny needlework as I do a large one. I try always to work with the thought in my head that this piece was important enough for a client to send it to me, so it doesn't matter how large or small it is, I have to give it my best effort.
I found a way to get Midge and Gidget to eat their dry dog food again. I put puppy chow into a ziplock bag
and hid it in the pocket of their kennel. They thought it was a treat and waited until I wasn't looking and pulled it out and fight over it. Whatever it takes!
I hope you're all enjoying a lovely long weekend.
Here are last week's treasures.