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What is your business, in addition to framing?

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AnnieS

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Hi! Sorry I haven't been on here is a looong time.

I am a small picture framer. I have a unique business in that I am located inside an art studio that teaches art to kids. So, my main customer base is to the parents of the students.

My question is, I know you do picture framing, what other services do you provide? Printing? Selling art? Selling prints? Sports?

I need to "do" something. I am leaning to doing small "craft" workshops that people can make something. Either to be framed, or doing something to the frame (unfinished wood). We are an art studio so we tend to gravitate towards creating. I don't have to, but that's what I'm good at (crafting).

I am also leaning to scanning and selling prints of the students' artworks. I am not quite sure how to do that yet, still working out the bugs, and whether or not I have a market for it. Anyways, I am extremely grateful for any advice!!!

~Annie
 
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Andrew Lenz Jr.

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Art materials. Rooms and rooms of art materials.

Andrew
 

Terry Hart cpf

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Art materials here too. We do about 60% framing, 40% art materials. Just about opposite what it was 15-20 years ago.
 

couture's gallery

PFG, Picture Framing God
Retired now, but in addition to framing we did local and regional fine art sales, art supplies, wood and metal wall decor, calligraphy, small home décor items ( lamps, glassware, sculpture, mirrors etc ), small decorative furniture, sold local and regional photography, art classes. Average year: 50% framing, 30% wall and home décor, and the 20% for the other misc stuff.
 

echavez123

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
In addtion to framing, we provide the following:
1) Sell art
2) Art reproduction (scanning, photography, giclee printing)
3) Photo restoration
4) Art Classes, Photography Classes, Photoshop Classes
5) Large format printing
 

Grey Owl

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I am past normal retirement age and spend a lot of time taking others to medical appointments. (2 to 3 a week). I do watercolor sketches, primarily dogs, while in waiting rooms, or waiting. I probably sell 3 or 4 each year, but I also then sell the mats and frames.

And it fills the wait time. And the quality of the sketches is getting better each week!
 
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Justan2

Guest
I’m an artist and my works (and exhibit) have been juried into major Art Fairs in my State. I found out last weekend that my work was accepted for one of the top 10 Art Fairs in the USA and am very happy about that.

Framing is a new addition to my offerings.

I also own a business in information technology that I’ve run for about 30 years.
 

troyveluz

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Photo restoration
Large format printing
Sell "on-demand" art prints/home decor online
 

cjmst3k

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Paintings and some limited editions. I don't want to give a percentage of sales, but given that I'm in big-box land, its more than 50% depending on the year.
 

Carmichael

Grumbler
Large format printing, canvas... is almost almost even with framing sales!
Copywork for local artists, is a big part of that!
C2
 
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oldguy

Guest
We are in a small town in Saskatchewan Canada, and we actually bought the frame shop to supplement our income from a music store. We also have a large Seal laminator.
 

Steve Collins

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
These percentages vary year by year but are close:

25% framing
30% digital imaging & printing, 75% for local artists, 25% for photo restoration and misc.
20% art classes for kids and adults
25% a mix of art and print sales, art supplies, painting commissions, and weird stuff (forensic photography, Bulgarian passport photos, etc.)

For the past month, it's been 90% moving from our old building.
 
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Dermot Cox-Kearns

Guest
I am in Ireland. ..

I started adding conservation supplies to my business about 5 years ago....today it makes up 100% of my business. ..I have not framed even for my own needs in about 4 years...

I am in the process of getting my Valiani CMC back up and running to produce archival storage boxes....
 

simplymatted

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
100% picture framer, 20%snowmobile rider, 45% facebook, 45% texting and about half the day teaching my cats to fetch. I dont know, depends on the day.
 

StompingGrounds

True Grumbler
a little bit of everything:

- fine art printing
- digital archive of antique imagery
- framed original ephemera (lots of maps)
- High res art scanning
- Used and rare books
- Rugs and furniture
- gifts made by local artists
- decorative accessories

Framing, Books, and Prints are the biggies. Just added Rugs and furniture, hope those will turn into biggies.
 
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KingstonJW

Guest
My three big lines of business are custom framing, photography studio, and fine art sales. Smaller services incorporated include photo, film and slide conversion to digital media, digital restoration and print, and fine art printing.
 

Less

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Sales? last year approx.
65% framing
30% fine art original sales $200 - $10,000+
5% art restoration, digital photo work, mirrors, prints, art hanging, etc.
 

John Ranes II CPF GCF

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Hi Annie,

We operate a 37 year old business that progressively diversified over many years. In addition to custom framing, we offer gifts, home decor, Christmas Collectibles, Women's Accessories (Purses and Jewelry) to a major degree. Each area is of major volume and compliments our image. Custom framing still contributes about 40% of our annual sales volume.

AnnieS said:
...I need to "do" something. I am leaning to doing small "craft" workshops that people can make something. Either to be framed, or doing something to the frame (unfinished wood). We are an art studio so we tend to gravitate towards creating. I don't have to, but that's what I'm good at (crafting).

I am also leaning to scanning and selling prints of the students' artworks. I am not quite sure how to do that yet, still working out the bugs, and whether or not I have a market for it. Anyways, I am extremely grateful for any advice!!!
Adding a complimentary service or diversifying with other product lines is tricky but it can be a good thing both in adding additional traffic, revenue and profit. It requires a careful analysis of your resources, space and business model & identity.

You want to make sure that you have the space and money to do this additional business professionally without taking away from your core business.

John
 

Gilder

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
We do custom frames, handmade frames, museum quality hand carved gilded frames, fine art/antique frames restoration. We also sell fine art.
 

Kirstie

PFG, Picture Framing God
[QUOTE="AnnieS, post: 961393, member: 19255"

I am also leaning to scanning and selling prints of the students' artworks. I am not quite sure how to do that yet, still working out the bugs, and whether or not I have a market for it. Anyways, I am extremely grateful for any advice!!!

~Annie[/QUOTE]

Here's my advice: Start slowly, one area at a time. If you have a large format printer, for example, learn to use it well, then advertise your services in a newsletter and on your site and with signs in the window. Word will get around. Also use services like Photo Wonder to take in restorations and print them. I would not diversify too quickly or add items that require inventory unless you know you have a market. Profit margins are very different on retail items and if framing has been your lifeblood, then prioritize that. Always test the waters.
 
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