I bought this print for Matthew when I was at the World Market Center trade show in Las Vegas in July, covering the show for the magazine. I was wandering around one of the exhibit halls trying to find a particular vendor, and as I passed the booth of a print dealer, this print stopped me in my tracks. Literally. I walked into the booth and just stood there, staring at it, pretty much transfixed.
Remembering a previous bad experience with not buying a print I loved and then not being able to find it later (and I still wouldn’t have it unless Hannah had taken on the mission and scoured every Kirkland’s in Oklahoma), I decided to buy it on the spot. Since this was a trade show, the exhibitors were looking to sell to a company like Bob’s Funiture Extravaganze or Kirkland’s, which would then resell thousands of *insert product here*. They’re not looking to sell one piece to one random person from Rhode Island. But the dealer was really nice and sold me the print at wholesale price, and shipped it to me after the show.
Custom framing is not cheap (Stacey, remember the time we went to Michael’s to inquire about a small custom framing job for me?). So I left the picture in its mailing tube for months, trying to figure out what to do about framing it.
I was at Ocean State Job Lot, a New England discount chain, on Saturday, and they had huge, 20×30 pieces of hideous, framed artwork for $12.99. You don’t EVER see a deal like that even at Wal-Mart. Yes, the artwork was really ugly, but the frames were great.
The back of the frame was not designed to come off…but after wrestling with the thing over two days, I got it all taken apart, the new picture put in, and it looks gorgeous in our Paris-themed bedroom.
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