Framing Collections – why all the stuff?


How do you showcase and preserve a collection? You frame it!

Collections! We all know someone who collects items like Beanie Babies, shot glasses, seashells, or wine corks. A collector’s item is any object regarded as being of value or interest to a collector (not necessarily monetarily valuable or antique). Why do we collect items? Is it because we hope to make a profit someday? Is it to create a legacy after we are gone? Is it for the thrill of the hunt or an emotional connection to the past?

Everybody collects something. You think you don’t? What about all the concert tickets you kept? Or the baseball cards & comic books you had as a kid? Or the record collection you’ll never throw away? Celebrities often have world-famous collections. Collections represent more than a bunch of stuff. They represent a moment in time; an emotional attachment; an experience. A collection evokes a smile every time you see it.

So how do you showcase and preserve a collection? You frame it, that’s how! And, believe it or not, there are very few collections can’t be framed. If your collection is hidden in a shoebox under your bed or tucked away in a closet, consider framing it. Our creative designers can come up with a safe, attractive way to display your collection so you can enjoy it every day.

The ‘Has to be Framed’ Collection

Art & Photography collections typically require some sort of framing. Photographs can benefit from uniform framing styles and conservation materials, while art can be enhanced and protected with the right frame.

Celebrity Collections:

Steve Martin: Paintings by Pablo Picasso, George Seurat, & Edward Hopper

Jamie Lee Curtis: Modern Photography

Elton John: Photography

What is a Shadowbox?

Collectibles tend to be three-dimensional objects. Quite often, framing a collectible involves building a shadowbox that can accommodate the object’s size. A shadowbox means there is depth to the frame display, usually achieved by using a tall frame moulding and lining the insides with matboard.

The ‘Perfect For Framing’ Collection

Pictured: an example of a Model Car of personal project vehicle – Frame painted to match!

Some collections use framing to unite and tie multiple pieces together. Collections that include small items like coins, bugs, or spoons can benefit from framing all the items in one place.

Celebrity Collections:

Chris Pratt, Anna Faris & Claudia Schiffer: Insects

Angelina Jolie: Antique Knives

Nicole Kidman & Wayne Gretzky: Coins

Dan Aykroyd: Police Badges

Harry Connick, Jr.: Cuff Links

Whoopi Goldberg: Bakelite Jewelry

The ‘After You’ve Played With Them’ Collection

There are entire industries built around toy collectibles. Vintage board games, rare dolls, and old books & magazines are rather valuable items. Certain toys and games are connected to a fond memory of childhood. Framing them properly can highlight their nostalgia while also preserving them for future generations.

Celebrity Collections:

Johnny Depp: Limited Edition Barbies

Quentin Tarantino: Vintage Board Games

Demi Moore: Porcelain Dolls

Conservation Grade Materials

We want your collectibles to survive for a lifetime without change of color, damage from glues, or out- gassing from materials that are not acid-free. Our framers use the very best materials for your projects.

Pictured: Frames can open to remove your toys!

What do you collect?

We can frame it!

Stop by to see how creatively we can frame your collection!

The ‘Focal Point’ Collection

Many collections are either too large or numerous to frame all of them. One or two special pieces get framed and displayed, acting as a focal point for the collection.

Celebrity Collections:

Jimmy Page, Keith Richardson, Kiefer Sutherland: Guitars

Rod Stewart: Model Trains

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