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Mecianne

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
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Alabama
www.liebermans.net

You have to buy their catalogues (of different art publishers), but they sale wholesale to retailers and they will send you their catalogue showcasing the different art publishers for free.

Phone # is 1-800-221-1032

I browsed the website (pretty extensive) and then called for more info. They were very helpful.
 

Ron Eggers

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
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Wisconsin
My suggestion would be to do it "big" or not at all.

Getting a bunch of catalogs and special-ordering prints for people sounds like a great idea. There are no minimums from Liebermans but there are reasonable shipping and handling fees and it isn't practical to order a print-or-two.

So you find yourself ordering a few extras each time for stock. Swell, if you sell 'em. Not so swell if they take up space and tie up money for years.

Those catalogs needed to be updated regularly and it is NOT difficult to spend more on catalogs than you make on prints.

I wouldn't discourage you from selling prints - just don't plan to dabble.
 

Kit

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
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Rochester, MN
Better than catalogs is the Leiberman's disc (ArtBrowser?) It allows many search perameters so you can look for a Victorian landscape in shades of red and orange and larger than 16 x 20. Assuming you would want to.

It also lets you make personalized lists. If I see a print that I think one of my regulars would like, I can put it in their folder. Customers enjoy this sort of attention; they stop in to see if there's anything new.

Even if they don't buy the print, the process provides my with an opportunity to talk with them about other things they might need to have
framed.

Kit
 

JbNormandog

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
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Apr 8, 2004
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NJ
When I opened I ordered a bunch of catalogs from Liebermans. The service is great but other than store items framed for display I haven't had 1 order for a print.

Like Ron said unless you plan on carrying a LOT of prints for people to look through you might want to consider the software or less catalogs before you spend a couple hundred bucks on catalogs and even more on a less than full art bin. Trust me you will be married to them for a LOOOOng time.

I used to work at chain store for framing and after we opened they pulled all of the prints out of the stores. At the time I thought they were nuts, now I know.

Hope this helped.
 
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