Cheap Pete's

Location: San Francisco, CA
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We get asked all the time about inexpensive ways to frame art. Our answers have run the gamut from super-cheap, cheap, inexpensive, and on and on. But, for some reason Cheap Pete's has never been profiled, and we're here to rectify that...
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Cheap Pete's pretty much covers all the framing necessities. There are aisles of ready-made wall frames (including glass and mat) if you've got a standard size picture and want a basic look. Pete's also has walls of frames made in-house from moulding remnants.
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These also come in pretty standard sizes, but there's much more variety in the style and finish of moulding. You can complete the frame with their selection of of pre-cut mats, too.
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If you still haven't found the right look, they have custom framing services which includes moulding and mat samples available for you to peruse. Sure the moulding isn't top-notch, but their selection offers a broad range of styles and we'd say the quality is pretty comparable to low-tier offerings at most custom framing stores.
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No matter which combination of items you choose (ready-made or custom), Pete's will fit the artwork in the frame for you - for a fee, of course. It's a nice service if you want the look of a custom job but aren't too savvy in the framing department. On the other hand, if you decide to frame it up yourself, the store's website has some tutorials to help you with the basics (like hinging or fitting a metal frame) and more advanced procedures (using spacers or fitting a shadowbox), too.

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