Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Survey

The Question: Would you prefer to buy art framed or unframed?
I have been occasionally selling small pieces on the blog unframed. I have not been framing them to keep purchase cost and shipping costs down for my art collectors. Robin's Nest sold unframed last night to a very sweet woman in CT. I told her I had become very attached to that piece and will be sorry to see it go!

My question for you to consider though, do you think that the pieces would sell better, faster, if I had them for sale framed and ready to hang or ready to give as a gift? Is the unframed piece feeling like more work than you want to do? I value your opinion, if you have a moment to comment.

8 comments:

  1. I'd rather buy unframed, especially online, because my taste in framing so often is different than the artist's, and also because of shipping costs. I have a local framer who I trust to do work I will really like.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I agree with Jo, unframed is best.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think it depends. I would think about where it would end up. At my house I would be comfortable with unframed and may even prefer it, but with my extended family, I could see them as being more comfortable with it framed. I agree with Jo though that taste in frames vary widely. I also wonder about markup - i.e. would it be considered of more value if it is already framed and you are able to mark it up higher. It would require more work to sell, but are you making more money?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yes, since I buy my frames wholesale, there would be markup room in there for me. AND I was thinking that a ready to go piece might make a better gift. BUT picking a molding is a personal thing, people like to match their own d├ęcor. Hard to decide.... Thanks for taking the time to comment!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think, personally, I would more likely buy unframed. It saves cost to ship and I can frame it as I choose once I receive it. I have a feeling most artists would buy this way - those who would want it all framed and ready to go are probably those who don't have a local framer or shop handy and aren't used to framing work. Not sure that helps, but I do love you work!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I also prefer unframed. The wrong frame can keep me from actually buying the piece. Art that conforms to standard size frames is such a bonus! And I'll often leave gallery wrapped canvases unframed!

    ReplyDelete
  7. you could offer framing as an option and just charge more. then, if someone wanted it framed and didn't mind the extra cost, it would be an option. if you have a standard size you work on, you could get some frames/mats to fit that and then have them ready to go if needed.

    ReplyDelete
  8. thanks for all your great comments, thanks for taking the time! I think I will continue to sell unframed pieces in a 10x12 size, for which I usually do have frames. I will offer it framed or unframed for two different costs. Then it's up to the buyer how they want to do it.

    Oh great, more coding and blogging to figure out! LOL

    ReplyDelete

thank you for taking the time to read and comment! :)