Really, is custom framing that expensive?
July 19, 2008 8:27 PM Subscribe
I went to Michael's arts and craft store to get an 18" x 24" picture custom framed, and they quoted me at $400. For those of you who have delved into the world of custom framing, does that sound right? Further description inside..
posted by waywardgirl to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The frame I chose was extremely unadorned and thin, not at all fancy, and the employee assured me that it was one of the cheapest frames they carried. I also wanted a mat, but again, nothing fancy--just plain white with no fancy bevels or colors.
I mean, I know that framing takes a skilled hand, and I expected it to be expensive, but I was thinking more like $75-$100 for the simple options I chose.
Anyway, does $400 sound right for this sort of job?
(Also, I know they publish a 50% off coupon every other week, and I know that I can buy a frame and some pre-cut matboard or even uncut mat board and frame it myself... I have it covered, so I don't need advice about my other options. I am just really curious if this store was about to rip me off because I am something of a consumer watchdog).