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Old 04-09-2012, 11:12 AM
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Gallery/Frame Shop Combo

Several years ago I bought about 85 frames for my paintings, from a frame shop. I am pleased with the quality and price. Now I have some new work that needs framing, but not so many pieces, maybe 8.

I could go back to the same place, which is strictly a frame shop.
Or I could go to another frame shop, which also sells paintings. This place is on the walking street, the owner is friendly and I assume makes some sales as she has been in business a long time... but her frame prices are much higher.

Basically, I would frame there, if she is willing to exhibit and try and sell some of my paintings. But if not, of course I will go to the other frame shop, as the quality is fine and price is better.

How do I explain this frankly, without putting her off? I had thought I would just go in there, with my paintings, and ask about frames, and then ask directly if she is interesting in exhibiting my work for a specific time period, and then she can sell to the end user the painting and whatever frame he/she wants (which is her main money business anyway, I suspect). Do this make sense? Is there a better way to approach this?
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:00 PM
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Re: Gallery/Frame Shop Combo

If this lady already knows you I would just go in and ask, if not I would go in and introduce myself, make chit chat, take her card, send her an email the next day clearly outlining your proposal, with some of your pictures, she will remember you then and you have then paved the way to discuss it further when you next go in.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:33 PM
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Re: Gallery/Frame Shop Combo

Have you asked what the wholesale price of the frames would be?
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:20 AM
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Re: Gallery/Frame Shop Combo

Originally Posted by painterswife
Have you asked what the wholesale price of the frames would be?

A very good question. Do they have an artist's discount? Many framing shops do.
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