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Vermont Hardwoods solid wood picture frame molding

Selling mat board

Krw0871

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Good afternoon,
My grandfather that did framing recently passed away and I have come into possession of a TON of mat board in all different sizes and colors. I believe it all came from crescent cardboard co. I was wondering if anyone can give me some insight of what to do with it. I know how much he spent on it so don’t want to throw it away. Thanks for any advice in advance. :)
 

framah

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Rarely would a frame shop buy that stuff, but check with them first and then when you still have a ton of it left, consider donating it to schools for their art classes.
 

tedh

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What are some of the numbers of the colours that you have the most of? Knowing their current value would give you an idea of an asking price. There’s a big difference in prices. How old are they? Are there a lot of full sheets? Off-cuts have little value, but you should be able to sell the full sheets if their condition is OK.
 

prospero

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It's not so much the stock in cases like this as much as getting it to the buyer. 🙁
 

bobtnailer

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I think Prospero said the magic words on this. It would probably only make sense for a near-local shop to buy it. Getting it from his shop to the buyer's shop would cost a fortune if it had to be shipped, and that could totally negate any savings on buying the stock - especially if there was a bunch that the buyer couldn't use (damage, scratches, fading, etc.).

Where are you located? There may be a Grumbler near you who can / is willing to look at the mats?
 
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cjmst3k

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Not disclosing the per-sheet wholesale cost here, but knowing the risks of selling fragile material second-hand, I would think the price would need to be about $1 per full sheet to get serious interest. At that price shops could use them as slip-sheets at the very least.
 

Jim Miller

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Yes, a local framer or artist might be interested in purchasing the lot at a very low price, but packing and transit would probably make that an unprofitable transaction for both buyer and seller.

Have you considered donating the board to a local school's art department? Since you can establish the purchase price, maybe the write-off would be better than trying to sell.
 

Keith L Hewitt

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The OP said a TON of mat board. 🤨 One ton is about 1000 sheets if full size and depends on caliper. I very much doubt its 1,000 sheets!
Best to donate to local schools if you cant find a local framer interested
 

Wilson

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Not disclosing the per-sheet wholesale cost here, but knowing the risks of selling fragile material second-hand, I would think the price would need to be about $1 per full sheet to get serious interest. At that price shops could use them as slip-sheets at the very least.
Less than this if open boxes.
 

prospero

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Not denying it's worth having. But a framer here in the UK who was moving premises once offered a
huge amount of good moulding FREE - for collection. He got no takers so the lot was ditched. And that
was the UK where everything is closer together. 😂
 
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cjmst3k

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Propero, I think its because framers know all framers are pack rats and save "everything". ;)
 

Larry Peterson

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He hasn't been back here since the day he posted this so much ado about nothing. He was here shortly after Framah posted and not since.
 

prospero

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Propero, I think its because framers know all framers are pack rats and save "everything". ;)

Well you never know when something will come in handy. 😁🤔🙄
 
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