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?