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Moulding Resources & Supplies

What do you all recommend as the best resources for Moulding and other supplies taking quality and customer service into consideration over cost?
Thanks.
Steve
 
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Ylva

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
You will get 100 answers and none the same.

Where in Maine are you? Who will deliver to you? Assuming you are buying length as you were interested in the chopper.

I have LJ and everything that Donmar offers, moulding and most of supplies. I also use Amazon and eBay for supplies. Check out 888 manufacturing, I get hardware from them.

If you ever find yourself in Gloucester, MA, feel free to come in!
 

wvframer

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Yep, like Ylva said. Start with who will deliver to you. It is amazing how important that becomes as your business grows.

Not always, but sometimes timely delivery is more important than price. And generally, doing most of your business with one supplier makes you an important customer faster. But it is also good to establish relationships with 1-2 others. More than that can get time-consuming to manage.

I buy most supplies, glazing, & moulding from a distributor that delivers. I buy some moulding, though lately mostly chops and other small things that can be shipped inexpensively from a couple of others. I try to do business with companies that support framers, so 888 is a good choice for hardware.

And it is worth finding someone who can ship you reliably great quality chops. It can allow you to offer higher-end frames right away without the expense of maintaining inventory.

Some folks are really good a managing inventory, but it can grow exponentially and eat up all your space and spare cash if you aren't vigilant!

I was lucky to find a mentor early in the process. You probably won't find one in your home town, but an hour or so away you might find someone to be a big help. If you have the time, make some trips and visit some shops. You will know right away when you find the right one. You will be welcomed even if they are busy!

Good luck. There are a lot of fine framers that will help you along the way.
 
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