View Full Version : Getting your 16x20 auto framed question

08-20-2011, 04:56 PM
So my question is I have a 16x20 auto of Brett Farve that I want to get framed? I tried calling a few arts and crafts stores in my area. I told them what I wanted a 16x20 frame with UV protected glass and a double matte that is acid free. The problem is they both quoted me over $175 and that is with a 50% off coupon from one of the places. Anyone know of a spot to send your pic or where you can order the supplies and do it yourself? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

08-21-2011, 09:36 PM
Yeah, those big box arts and crafts stores are a rip. I needed custom framing for the first time about a year ago (not memorabilia related) and immediately thought of Michael's and Aaron Brother's. They had those perpetual 50% off or 60% off sales. I swear they mark things up 60% then go on "sale" for 50% off.

I ended up going with a mom and pop shop. Their standard prices were below the big box stores and we* were able to talk them down to about 20-30% below big box. If you're in the SF Bay Area I can let you know what store it was. Not sure if they do mail in framing orders.

*Mostly our expert negotiator, my mother in law.

08-21-2011, 10:38 PM
My local sportscard shop sell some...they can get whatever i would want...i would start there.

08-21-2011, 10:54 PM
I've had a lot more luck with the small, local framing places than chain stores, as well. Recently got a special John Kuhn (about 11x14) piece of mine double-matted and framed for under $50. Granted, a 16x20 will be more expensive, but the smaller stores should get you a better price if you want it done professionally.

08-22-2011, 12:07 PM
I can cut you a double mat and ship it to you for $30. PM and we can work something out. I bought a professional mat cutter a few months ago. Here are some examples.

Rickie Fowler 16x20 in a 20x24 frame

Joe Mauer 16x20 in a 20x24 mat, not framed yet

Graduation gift for my brother. 6 4x6 images around an 8x8 opening for a varsity letter. 24"x24" frame.

Phil Mickelson signed 4x6 with an 8x10 in a 20x12 frame.

Phil Mickelson 11x14 in a 16x20 frame.

Charles Barkley signed 3x5 card with 8x10 in an 11x14 mat.