I just found another thing to love about Thailand:
Last week we took our rather large pile of pictures, paintings, temple rubbings, batiks, etc that we’ve been intending to frame for the last three years to a framer just outside of our neighborhood.
We spent about an hour picking out the frames, the silks to use as background, and the various shadow-box styles we wanted. And then we watched as the owner spent about 20 minutes totaling up our 3 pages of charges on her enormous calculator. As we waited we discussed our bargaining approach and I mentally tallied the items I could pull from the order to try to bring the price down or to use as a bargaining chip.
And then she told us.
All 16 pieces – some huge, some small; some with silk; some 3 dimensional; some in a “glass sandwich” – for B18,000 or US$600.
Given the fact that I was expecting an extra zero on the end of that price, I just kind of stood there in silence for a minute. Then we bargained her down to B16,000 or US$525 (including delivery the following Saturday). And then we hightailed it out of there giggling the whole way.
The irony is that while I think it was a total steal, she probably could have done it for half the price… Either way, our items arrived, perfectly framed, this past Saturday:
And we spent the rest of the day re-arranging our living and dining rooms and hanging our newly framed artwork (one of my absolute favorite hobbies and Alex’s worst nightmare):
It’s like a whole new apartment! I honestly can not believe the difference framing makes to a piece of “art” – and I definitely can’t believe how much nicer something framed makes a whole house look! Now that I know, all my souvenirs are going to be things I can get framed and hang on the walls. I guess this means I’m going to have to look for a bigger house, since every inch of space is already taken on these walls…
Next up: selecting some of my favorite pictures from our recent holidays, getting them printed, and then back to the framers!