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Old 09-21-2005, 08:43 AM   #1
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Michaels or JoAnn Fabric for Custom Framing?

Not sure where to post this question...I need to get a couple WDW serigraphs and lithos & stamp sets matted and framed.

I've always matted my own pictures, but these will require a custom cut and I'd like them to blend in w/the other artwork I have.

Has anyone used either Michaels or JoAnn Fabric for this type of service? Were you satisfied w/work & price?

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Old 09-21-2005, 08:57 AM   #2
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I've had pictures framed at Michaels and been happy. I never used JoAnns. If you do Michaels, I would wait until there is a 50% off ENTIRE order coupon out (not just the 50% off framing). I had my DDs sketch from WDW framed and with the 50% coupon it was still around $100.



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Old 09-21-2005, 09:06 AM   #3
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Thanks, this week Michaels has the following available:

50% any one reg priced item (but it exclused special order custom frames & materials - of course) and

50% of 1, 60% of 2, and 70% of 3 custom framed pieces.

Your DD's a cutie & sketch looks great - what a nice momento, but I think my DH would commit me if I spent $300 framing my pictures.

I assume they give a "free" quote...if it's out of my ball-park, may just pick up an Exacto Knife and practice cutting.
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I used Michaels to frame a pc of cross stitch and was very happy with the work but even with the coupon it was expensive. I found out after the fact that a local framer (my mom uses him) does it just as nice but alot cheaper so you might want to browse the yellow pages and check out local people before heading to the corporate stores. Make a few phone calls for estimates. Again loved the work from Michaels but expect to pay for it.
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Didn't think to call for estimates - thanks.
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Neither, go with a local independent that you build a relationship with. My sister does this for all of her cross stitch work, she does maybe 4 per year. She gets great prices and absolutely beautiful results. She will bring in a piece and the owner/framer says, "I have just the thing..." This is how I work with my framer. SHe is also a friend. We are very much in sync with each other and have very similar ideas, when it comes to framing art and handiwork.

BTW, my sis lives in the Minneapolis area. I live in suburban PA.
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Do Not Use Michaels!

I've had several things framed there over the years (4 items I think). I've had to take back 3 to have various problems fixed. The last picture was a poster of Pooh in a garden, kind of looks like a Monet. Anyway, I paid over $200 for custom framing (after 50% discount). A year later, the picture falls off my wall because the screw they used to secure the wire you hang the picture with pulled out. The frame was busted on one side, but the glass and everything else looked fine. I had the receipt (along with the sticker on the back of the frame saying "Michaels") and took it back. Long story short, the manager refused to fix the frame. She offered to fix it at a discount of 50% (the same discount they were offering to the general public!). To say I was P-ed off would be an understatement. So needless to say, I will never patronize them again.
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:02 PM   #8
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We have always wondered if Michael's charged twice as much to offer the 50% off all the time. We have used Hobby Lobby to cut some custom mats in the past (cheaper than Michaels) but haven't tried them for framing. We have several pieces that we would like framed so we plan to get a few estimates this time.
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Old 09-21-2005, 02:15 PM   #9
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Neither, go with a local independent that you build a relationship with. My sister does this for all of her cross stitch work, she does maybe 4 per year. She gets great prices and absolutely beautiful results. She will bring in a piece and the owner/framer says, "I have just the thing..." This is how I work with my framer. SHe is also a friend. We are very much in sync with each other and have very similar ideas, when it comes to framing art and handiwork.

BTW, my sis lives in the Minneapolis area. I live in suburban PA.
I, too, live in the north-eastern Pittsburgh suburbs - who do you use?

I just got back from Michaels - still laughing...received a quote on 3 pieces, in order to obtain 70% discount. Items are:

2 - 12 X 14 inch serigraphs, just need 1 mat = $220 each

1 - 13 X 18 overall frame, dual cut (2 different items) & 2 mats = $570

After 70% discount $1010 + $70 tax for a grand total of $1080
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After 70% discount $1010 + $70 tax for a grand total of $1080
Those quotes were AFTER the 70% off?
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Don't Use Michael's for framing

Michael's changes their pricing based upon the coupon currently being offered. Even with the coupon it is not a deal. Check other local framers...many will accept competitors' coupons. If you have a Deck the Walls around you, they will take the Michael's coupon and do a great job.
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I, too, live in the north-eastern Pittsburgh suburbs - who do you use?

I just got back from Michaels - still laughing...received a quote on 3 pieces, in order to obtain 70% discount. Items are:

2 - 12 X 14 inch serigraphs, just need 1 mat = $220 each

1 - 13 X 18 overall frame, dual cut (2 different items) & 2 mats = $570

After 70% discount $1010 + $70 tax for a grand total of $1080
Ha, I would have been laughing in their faces! I acutally live in the Philly burbs, my first post was not clear, sorry about that.

I recently got a large piece 3 ft x 4 ft floated on a suede mat with glass and beautiful frame (mid priced), one original oil (with most ex*****eve line of frame) frame only 2 ft x 3 ft, and one cross stitch 14 x 20 stretched, double circle matted with frame (lower priced) and glass for a total of $480.
I paid cash and got a bit of a discount as well. This is a local one person store that does mostly custom work for residential and commerical businessses.
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If you have a Deck the Walls around you, they will take the Michael's coupon and do a great job.
Thanks for mentioning this as I was not aware. I'll call my local Deck the Walls to ask if they participate.
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I guess I should have said, "their highest priced line of frame" , instead!
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Those quotes were AFTER the 70% off?
Yep, she said they would cost more because:

1. They were not stock size mats

2. They were not stock size frames

3. They would not process the order unless I used "preservation-quality materials"; since they were collectible and needed to be protected.

Note that the original rough estimate was even higher using what they termed "medium quality" frames. I had them revise it to lower cost, plain black frames.

I think they were afraid that they'd damage the items (serigraphs, lithograph & uncut stamp sheet) so they priced it high or maybe I looked dumb enough to pay what they quoted. Whatever they're factoring in as labor has got to be the culprit, can't be the materials.

What strikes me funny is that the framing cost for the dual cut litho & stamps is almost 10 times the cost of the actual items that need framed.

I bought a beautifully framed & double matted limited edition Donald Duck litho & pin set from Disney Direct @ 70% off, and paid 3/4 less than what Michaels is asking just for matting & framing 1 of the smaller pictures.
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