Crescent Corner Sample Setup

Stephen Enggass

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
So I got my corner samples from crescent. Came with a rack too. Yay. Rag mat, select, bright core, everything. They came with black dividers and stickers specifying orange, red, whites etc. what is the most professional way to set these up? I will probably need another rack as one looks too small for all of the samples. Love to see pics of your crescent corner setup if at all possible and how you organize them. Thanks!
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It’s the ever ongoing question, everyone has a different set up.
I have a 3 tier cart. Upper level is all Bainbridge. They used to have this great notched system that I have since adapted for everything.
Second level is crescent which is sorted by color and fabrics. I marked them on the side to crest groupings. Mine are marked by texture and then color within that group.
Bottom is all rag mats and at the end all my metallics.
On my design table I have two long displays. Peterboro, artique , my plain go to mats, plus suedes. I used to sell that a lot but it has slowed down. I sell a lot of fabric and textured mats.

My 8ply is separate.


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We group mat samples by colors within product. All are in the triangle shaped racks, by general color group. Whites at front, followed by some order of yellow/tan, green, red, blue, black. The mats themselves are all stored by number. Artiques together, then Bainbridge, then all the Crescents.

Jim Miller

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Have you seen Peterboro's new specifiers? They have actual pieces of matboard top paper. Very nicely done, too.

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
The road to h3ll is paved with good intentions.

No matter how you do it, it will be a never ending project. After a busy day when 37 customers have each spread 726 mats samples across the design table are you really going to perfectly reorder everything or is it sorta, somehow going to get meshed together?

When I still had a shop, it seemed like I spent more time putting the mat samples back in order than I did with the CX.

Pat Murphey

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
When all the specifiers were made with real mat samples, I kept all mats in numerical order within type. Initial color choices made from the specifier, then sample(s) pulled. It made it easy to return samples to the right place, along with making initial choice easier. Of course the new cheap specifiers have made that harder, but it still works.