As picture framers we’ve come across this problem more than once and with lots of customers, mostly mums. It can be a bit of problem because children can be so prolific and custom picture framing is relatively expensive. It’s quite common for the little darlings to come home waving their latest painting and asking you can you please, please, “put it up for them” for them? So how do you “put up” their art? Most school art is done on white newsprint or white butcher’s paper and nearly always in odd sizes. Further problems sometime arise when children start wanting different frames with little Johnny wanting blue frames and little Jane wanting pink ones. Of course, if you’ve just won the lottery, then you can afford to custom frame everything Johnny and Jane bring home, but this isn’t a realistic option available to most people. So what will you do? What we suggest our ... Customers who find themselves in this minor predicament is to give their little darling a simple choice. The choice would, could, or might be, Ready-Made black frames for the lads and Ready-Made white ones for the lassies. And why only those two colours? Because of 4 pretty good reasons. Firstly, those two colour finishes are the cheapest colours that can be manufactured since they are constantly being mass-produced. This lowers production costs as moulding and composite machinery need not be changed over and cleaned for other colours. This reduced manufacturing cost is passed on to wholesalers, retailers and thence, to consumers. Secondly, since those colours are the cheapest, most ready-made frame are also made in the same colours. Off-the-shelf, or ready-made frames, because of the higher production volumes, can be bought by large merchants at far cheaper prices. than most picture frames. Once more, this reduced cost is made available to customers. Thirdly, most, if not all, custom picture frames are sealed and not openable at the back. Picture framers make custom picture frames thus because these are custom built for single use and the rear of the frame needs to be sealed against dust and insects’ intrusions. These niceties dot not apply to Ready-Made frames which usually have flexible, bendable tabs or swing clips to allow the back of the frames to be opened. By bending and closing the tabs or the clips, a Ready-Made frame may be used multiple times instead of just once. Fourthly, most Ready-Mades, or Off-the-Shelf frames are manufactured at many different sizes, often a 2 or 3 inch, or 5cms size gaps. That means that most of these may be used for school artwork which, in many cases, may be folded or trimmed a little or simply placed in frame large than its size. This is possible because at Ready-Made picture frame or photo frame, or Off-the-Shelf frame, nearly always comes with a face paper which is plain white in the inner side. This plain white inner side maybe used a background against which you can place and centralize school art which is larger than the frame. Of course, a Customer has always the last word. In none of the preceding suggestions meet with your requirements, then a picture framer will always be ready and available to make a perfect custom picture frame for your little ones’ masterpieces.