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Retail Custom Framing VS Our Build A Frame Custom Framing Feature

Retail Custom Framing VS Build A Frame

Framing is expensive and time consuming, with so many options it’s hard to find the right frame for the photograph or art that you are trying to frame. Having that piece be an odd size will make it even more expensive and time consuming.

There are so many online retailers out there that sell ready-made frames, including Frame USA, but very few that offer the option of purchasing completely custom made picture frames. Most online frame companies don’t offer the option because it’s hard! Custom framing by nature is so personal and requires a lot of back and forth between the customer and framer. There are so many options that are offered in your brick and mortar stores for custom framing, which are just not realistic for online companies.

We admit that the options available on our Build a Frame are nowhere near the options available in our retail frame shop, with that being said, Build a Frame is one of the best options for online custom picture framing on the market today, from our perspective in the industry as well as the feedback we’ve heard from customers who have used it.

I was curious how Build a Frame matched up, price wise, with your traditional brick and mortar retail custom framing, so  I did some research. I thought I would share my results for those of you who are skeptical of our Build a Frame.

During my lunch this past Friday I took a field trip to two very well known frame shops here in Cincinnati. These two frame shops feature a lot of advertising and newspaper ads and are known for their crazy sales so I thought I would see how our Build A Frame Matched up to them.

I went to these two frame companies and ask for a custom framing quote for an 8×10 picture with a double mat in a simple 11×14 black picture frame. This is a standard picture frame size, but it is often used as the beginning of a custom order.

Here are the quotes:

Retail Custom Framing Competitor #1

When I went into this frame shop I was actually worried that my results would not work out in our favor— they had a huge sale going on where everything was 50% off and then you were able to take an additional 30% off that sale price. The price for my 8×10 picture with a double mat in an 11×14 black picture frame with standard glass backing and assembly which included a wire hanger was $75.62.  I saved a total of $131.56; I don’t want to imagine what the cost would be without that sale.

Retail Custom Framing Competitor #2

My lunch time was coming to an end rapidly so I decided for this next shop that I was going to call and get a quote. The price for my 8×10 picture with a double mat in an 11×14 black picture frame with standard glass backing and assembly which included a wire hanger was starting at $70. That means that there is a chance that it could go up depending which picture frame molding I went with.

Our Custom Framing tool: Build A Frame

Custom Framing Online vs Retail Framing

So using Build A Frame I priced out myself exactly what I asked the two frame shops for. Since this is an Online Custom Framing tool the convenience of not having to stand in lines or even leave your pajama is there. The total including shipping and tax since I was shipping it to my home in Cincinnati was $51.23  without the tax for those of you who are not having it shipped to somewhere in ohio would be $47.99

Using Build A Frame would save me around $24.39.  Want to know what you could buy with $24.39?

  • Miracle Berry Tablets—alter your taste buds for an hour so anything sour tastes sweet
  • LifeStraw- drink from any water source and have filtered clean water to drink from
  • Rock-It— it turns just about any surface into a speaker
  • Bubble-Calendar— a calendar made from bubble wrap that you get to pop every day
  • A new pair of shoes
  • Two Chipotle Burritos

I could go on but the point is not only does Build A Frame have all the convenience of shopping online ( no lines, no leaving your bed) but it also saves you money, So unless you have a really complex custom framing job, give Build A Frame a chance, it won’t disappoint you, or your wallet!

10 Gifts To Buy Your Adult Children That Will Make Them Cry

As your children turn from kids to adults, buying them presents for the holidays or birthdays can become a difficult task. They become far less easy to please and far more expensive to shop for. You may have given up the fight and settled with money, gift cards or clothing (that they will probably end up returning for the money). We thought that we would end this madness and give you a few gift ideas that will guarantee make your kids cry or at least give you a really big hug! The best part about these gifts are you most likely will have almost every one of them, and with the help of Frameusa.com you won’t even have to leave your house this Black Friday because you will be all set for your presents.

1. Frame ticket stubs and program from an event you experienced together.

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Almost all kids will attend concerts and/or plays that impacted them greatly in some way. By framing them you are providing your children with someplace to not only protect those precious ticket stubs and play bills but to display them as well. We have three types of shadow box picture frames that you can choose from: Shadow box Boxers, Shadow Box Showcase and Shadow Box Elite. All of which come in our standard sizes. Just like all of our other picture frames our Shadow Box frames are back loading. This will allow for your children to put in their precious ticket stubs and play bills, close up the frame to display and then add more ticket stubs and play bills as they receive them! Only have one particular show that was special? Just frame those elements with Build a Frame

2. Frame your child’s favorite childhood toy

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Our picture frames come in variety of depths so they will accommodate everything from a puzzle all the way up to a matchbox car or train. If the toy itself is rather thick I suggest looking at our shadow box picture frames. They range in depth from a little over 1 inch all the way up to 3.5 inches

3. Take a childhood “Blankey” and frame it

Framed Blanket

You can Use the aforementioned shadow box picture frames and have the blanket sewn onto black foam core. The other option is to unfold the blanket and frame it in a traditional wood frame.

4. Combine your child’s catcher’s mitt or dance shoes with a picture of them in the uniform/costume

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Take your child’s equipment and find a photo of them wearing it. Use our Shadow Box Showcase picture frame and combine them for a meaningful gift.

5. Turn your childhood’s art piece into a masterpiece

Our Customer Kandy Myndy Turns Her Artwork into Plaques!
Our Customer Kandy Myndy Turns Her Artwork into Plaques!

We can take a copy of your child’s artwork and turn it into a plaque that can be hung on a wall. For more information about the plaque process, click here!  A Plaque is a great picture frame alternative that allows for you to protect your pieces but in a simple inexpensive way!

6. Frame a memento from an important life experience

Framed LIfe Experience

You can use Build a Frame and choose beautiful mats and high quality made in the USA picture frames to turn that moment into a lasting memory.

7. Framed pennies from the birth year of each of your family members

Framed birthyear pennies
These can be especially wonderful to use as a gift for your grown children, especially those that have new families of their own. Once you have the pennies you can lay them out however you please, in a more artistic way such as in a family tree style, or a simpler layout such as a straight line.

8. Frame a map of your home state or city

Framed Map

If you’re really crafty you can do something spectacular to the map, but for those of you that are like me, all you need is an image of a map, scissors and a made in the USA picture frame.

9. Framed Image of Childhood Home

Framed Childhood Home

We suggest turning it into more of an artistic style photographs using an online generators.

10. Frame a family letter

Framed Family Letter

The easiest gift of all is simply writing your child a meaningful letter letting them know how much you love them, and are proud of them and getting it framed

 

After hearing of the topic of this blog, one of our employee’s shared with us a personal experience that really showed us that these gifts really do mean the world to our children. With approval of this employee we thought we would share her story with you to  show that this really is a worthwhile post and is not just an attempt on our part to push our products.

“My senior year of college I was required to go through a portfolio show in which I displayed my portfolio to friends, family and professors. All of the projects in it were an accumulation of my 4 years at school and it was extremely important to me. My mom took the postcard invitation that was sent out about the show and got it framed for me. This simple gift that my mom gave me serves as a daily reminder of my accomplishments and I cherish it deeply.”

Framed Portfolio Card

Giving your child (or anyone for that matter) a worthwhile gift isn’t about how much you spend or how trendy it is, it’s about coming up with something that makes that person feel cherished. That is why these gifts that we gave you are so effective; they will make your child see that what is important to them is important to you.

Life Hacks: Frame USA Edition Part Two

Last week we posted the first part of the life hacks that we provide to our customers and as promised here is part two! We hope that these will serve you well as the holiday season approaches:

Frame USA’s Life Hacks

Life Hack #6: We offer wholesale Prices! 

This one is kind of a no-brainer. We value our customers, so when we find one that is planning on ordering only large orders of picture frames, we want to reward them for giving us their business. The only thing they have to do is fill out our B2B form. Once they are approved, they will see a brand new list of pricing for all of our products!  

Life Hack #7: We make it easy to save big.

It’s safe to say that our picture frames are inexpensive high quality products, but we love our customers, so we give them numerous opportunities to purchase our products for even lower prices. The best way to stay up to date on our products is to sign up for our email newsletter. (we promise not to bombard your email  with useless information) If you by chance love to see and read useless information, well you should check out and follow our social media pages. Not only do we post sales that are exclusive to our followers but we give you insight information into our company!

 

Life Hack #8: Have a problem? We’re just a chat away.

Just because we’re an online business, doesn’t mean that we aren’t here for you. Our team of customer service agents is here to help you solve any problems or answer any questions that may come your way about our website, or our products. On top of being a critical part of the company these agents are available via live chat (accessible on our website) to help make things easier for you, don’t hesitate to reach out them during business hours (9AM-5PM est)

Life Hack #9: Track your order easily online. 

If you’re one of our more active customers, you may be familiar with our tracking system, and you may hate it, well we have heard the complaints and we listened to you and have updated the tracking system. Although it’s not as real time as the Dominos pizza tracker, we’re pretty happy with it and we hope you are too! You are now able to see just what stage of production your order is using our ‘Track My Order’ feature. Not only is this available for our customers that order picture frames online, we have also made it possible for customers that place orders over the phone to use this feature (ask your agent about this the next time you call in!).

Life Hack #10: We will give you 110%

I bet you’re scratching your head about how exactly this is a life hack for you, but trust us it is. Think about your worst shopping experience ever, was it the company’s product that angered you or was it the service you received from that company? More often than not a company that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth did so by giving you awful service. Not only do we all want exceptional service all the time, we expect it and when a company doesn’t deliver they end up on our list of bad companies.  At Frame USA we’re different from your everyday company; on top of creating amazing high quality made in the USA Picture Frames, we are dedicated to creating what we refer to as “raving fans”. Raving Fans are our repeat, loyal, and happy customers. At Frame USA our number one goal is to prove to you why we excel at our work and have you “rave” about our products and services. The employees at Frame USA go about their day with one thing on their minds: how is what I’m doing going to create raving fans. We give our customers 110%,we are prompt, accommodating and understanding; three things you are looking for during the Holiday Season.

 

Well there you have it, Frame USA’s Top 10 life hacks for our customers . We hope that you enjoyed these and that they have provided some simplicity in your life! Comment and Let us know if you would like this to be a reoccurring theme in which we give you life hacks for things like DIY projects and custom framing!

Life Hacks: Frame USA Edition Part One

There is a trend that has been all over the internet lately and we have become obsessed with it. The growing fad of life hacks is something that everyone no matter your age or moment in life can jump on. There have been many different names for this, but the simple explanation of it is this: Changes that you can do to make a task you’ve been assigned easier. These usually are accompanied by genius ideas that are so simple they make you hit yourself for not coming up with it on your own. The people that work at Frame USA are no different than you and your family. When we make decisions involving our picture frames and the way we do business, we think about what we as a customer would want from a company, and we make that happen. As consumers we know that people want things that are effortless and easy which is why life hacks have become so popular and is exactly the reason why we provide our loyal customers with life hacks! Instead of making our customers guess to the many life hacks that we have implemented we thought we would give you a compiled list that you could refer to, especially during the holiday season! We have come up with so many life hacks that we have split them up into a two part blog post.

Frame USA’s Life Hacks

Life Hack #1. We offer 24 hour shipping.

We’ve all experienced the panic of forgetting to purchase something and not realizing it until the day before. You scour the internet for the things you need only to realize the price tag associated with it would be enough to send you back to college. Frame USA isn’t like that, we have made a large selection of our picture frames, including all of our best selling picture frames, able to be shipped in 24 hours. To make your life even easier, we’ve created a page that includes all of our fast shipping series for easy picking. Just look for this banner on our website and you’ll have your picture frames in no time.

24 hour Shipping

Life Hack #2. You can purchase mats, frame and posters all from one location

Have a party to go to, need a present for someone? We’re a one stop shop. We have combined 4 of our sites that were previously on their own so that our customers could purchase everything they need for picture framing from one location. We wanted to let you know that you don’t have to shop each website separately, if you fell in love with a poster on Posterservice and would love to make it pop with a nice mat and a picture frame that is made in the USA, well you can flip between the tabs and add each item to your shopping cart and pay for them all in one order.

Frame USA Tabs

Life Hack #3. You can get a custom framed piece without even leaving your home using Build-a-Frame.

We took life hack # 2 and made it even easier for you. You don’t even have to frame your items yourself; you can use our state of the art online custom framing tool called Build-a-Frame. Build-a-frame allows you to use a poster from PosterService or even upload your own picture to be used. You then will select your mats and the frame to go with it. The best part about it is that we take all of this information and give it to our custom framing experts and they create your masterpiece and ship it to you. Just look for this custom framed picture on frameusa.com and have a one-of-a-kind framed piece with a click of a button. Build A Frame Custom Framing

Life Hack #4. You can get special volume quotes right from our website.

Custom Frame Quotes
For bonus life hacks we’ve linked the pages to the images so just click this and be taken straight to our quotes page !

Life Hack #5. We sell Photo Frame hangers and accessories

Picture Frames are kind of useless if you have no way to display them. What kind of company would we be if we sold our customers useless products? Not only do all our frames ship with some type of display item whether it be an easel back(E), sawtooth hanger(WH) or V-clips  depending on the size and style of picture frame. (All our Picture and Poster frames list what they come with (w/), refer to the corresponding guide to decode what each letter means (E,G,M,S,WH))However if you would like to hang one of our picture frames that come with an easel, you can purchase hangers and frame accessories right from our website . As with all our Picture and Poster frames, all of our hangers and accessories are Made in the USA right here in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Picture Frame Hangers_Life Hacks

 

Stay tuned next week for Life Hacks:Frame USA Edition Part Two!

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Custom Framing: Online vs. Retail

Being both an online picture frame company and retail store location, we’ve learned the ins and outs of the framing business. This is not to say that we know everything — far from it! However, we do know a good deal about the difference of the custom framing process. When we released Build A Frame, we changed how custom framing operated.

In our store, retail and online custom framing are of equally high importance. Both orders are assembled with utmost care, attention to detail and design sensibility. The main difference is price point, which is different with every framer out there. Our Build A Frame process and price in the store is the same as it is online. The main difference? Customers in the store can physically see the products in person.

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Have you had a great experience with either a retail or online custom framing experience? Let us know in the comments what made it unforgetable!

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Build A Frame – Custom Framing Options and More

As most of you know, Build A Frame is a great web application used to custom-build your frame without the expense of visiting a custom framer. (When you’re spending $150 online vs. spending $300-$400 at a retail framer — the only difference is price!)

Now at these great prices, how can you be sure of the quality? Luckily, we have that covered. Our framers are top-notch experts in the framing industry – extensively trained on joining frames, cutting precise meaurements, mat selections and fine-tuning the details exactly like you want them. These framers also work for our retail store at our warehouse in Cincinnati, OH – not only are they experts in the field, but they deal with custom orders and customers on a daily basis.

Whether you’re wanting to frame a piece of art you have at home, a Posterservice art print or upload your own image for us to print, we’ll customize your piece to be the perfect fit for you. Check out the Build A Frame feature here!

 

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Floater Frames: The Perfect Frame for Canvas Paintings

Floater frames are in high demand among painters and photographers who prefer canvas prints. Framing a canvas is a great alternative to simply hanging a standalone canvas: when framed, the art has  much more of a safe shell around it to protect from damage to the outer edges. It also improves the look of the art, with the frame acting as a focal point for the artist’s work.

Floater_ArtComplete

The above was a great piece done by our specialty framing and retail manager, Jennifer Miller. A skilled artist, painter and framer, she used a great color pallette to work with the frame. Along with the American Maple shown here, we also offer the floater frame series in black. Perfect for nearly any piece of canvas art!

If you have any questions as to the quality or value that a floater frame can bring to your art piece, consider emailing us at [email protected]. You can also fill out our custom quote form if you know you need some floater frames for selling or displaying your work. This week only, these floater frames are also on sale for 10% off!

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Plaque Mounting: A Look into Wholesale Plaques

Did you know that we offer wood mounting / plaquing services at Frame USA and Posterservice? Check out our video to see the process.

Recently, we’ve had a lot of great plaque customers place orders for a variety of reasons. Some are artists, looking for an affordable way to distribute their work en masse. Some are large companies, trying to find unique ways to spend their advertising budget. Some are graduates who want their diplomas preserved. Whatever the reason, plaque mounting is here to stay as one of our most recommended options for long-term image preservation (unless, of course, your print has great value or needs a more archival touch. In this case, framing is your best bet).

While we will always stand behind picture frames and their ability to preserve an image (particularly when the frame compliments the art so well), there is something to be said about wood-mounted plaques. A plaqued image shows the art in its entirety, without the distraction of an outside border. Also, since the print is laminated flat against the wood, there is virtually no chance that the inside image will warp or crease over time, which may happen in a frame if not sized correctly.

To learn more about wholesale plaques and the plaque mounting process, check out the video below!

You can also find more information about this service here.

Custom Framing and Displays at Wholesale Prices

When you need a custom frame job, we take it seriously — down to the very last detail.

Our customers at City Gear have used our products for quite a few of their stores. The urban apparel store recently requested a large custom order for frames that would be able to “comfortably” fit some of their jerseys and t-shirt brands. You can also see our frames in use on the upper walls, which were poster frames also bought from us!

The recent custom order was particularly interesting, however. Our team was tasked with finding an affordable option to frame their items (in this case, our In-Depth series), add custom D-ring attachments and provide special instructions on how to build exactly what they wanted in their stores. The result was so great, they shared their experience (and photographs) with us.

 

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A full view that showcases both our products and theirs:

 

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Need a large-scale custom framing job? Contact us: [email protected]. We can offer advice, volume discounts and alternative hanging methods to suit just about any method of display you need!

 

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DIY Projects and Crafts for Picture Frames

This month, we check Pinterest for some great DIY projects for framing and “Around the House” decor.

Doing big projects yourself can save you and your family hundreds of dollars — particularly when it comes to home renovations and making your decor stand out. It doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive, and really, that’s what crafting your own projects is all about. In this blog, we’ll show you some great ways to make an ordinary frame into something far more extraordinary. You can find these ideas and more by visiting our Pinterest page!


 

Use a picture frame shell to hang your keys

DIY picture frames

If Pinterest has taught us anything, it’s that frames aren’t just for framing pictures! Take this example, where a crafty DIY-er screwed some basic wall hooks into the interior of their frame. Search around online and you’ll find plenty of uses for frames besides hanging art: chalkboards, mirrors, hangers and more have been crafted from any standard frame.


 

Give your frames a new look with dipped corners

Picture Framing Projects

Need to spice up a frame, or add a better focal point for your image? Try (carefully) dipping the four corners of your frame into a can of paint! The result takes on the appearance of what is shown above. The tricky part is knowing how far to dip, but a good rule is to measure about 1-2 inches on each side, mark it with a pencil, and then proceed to dip. This is great for matching more than one color in a room, or spicing up your simple black picture frames you may have around the house.


 

Spray-paint an ornate frame for a more simple, subdued elegant picture frame

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While the burlap letter art within the frames are great, we’re more impressed by the paint job on the frames themselves. Some ornate, some simple–a decent spray paint job can entirely changle the look of a frame for the better. While we take pride in our premium wooden frames, we could definitely see series like the victorian and napoleon working very well in the style shown above.

 


 

As always, don’t be afraid to think outside the box (or frame)!

DIY framing projects
Framing is oftentimes most interesting when there is an experimental element added on. Take the image above for example: the separation of the branch is unified throughout the three frames. The aesthetic of the piece is phenomenal, and the crafter only used three frame shells and a branch!

Have something else unique that we haven’t mentioned? Leave a comment below and tell us about your projects!