Johnny and I splurged on this poster back in December and we’ve been meaning to get it framed ever since. But life got real busy real quick when Baby Girl made her debut, so the poster’s been spending it’s time just begging to be bent in any area of our home where our cat can’t sit on it or try to create a makeshift fort from it. I thought I’d finally found a safe place for it in a storage closet. And then jackets somehow magically appeared on top of it when my family came to visit us for a weekend. That was our final cue: this poster had to get framed or it was going to get destroyed.
Serendipitously, Johnny and I received a “60% Off Custom Framing” coupon from Michael’s a couple weeks ago. We’d never really framed anything before, but we knew custom framing was probably pretty expensive. But 60% off? What a deal! So on Saturday, Johnny, Baby Girl, the Poster, and I went on an adventure to Michael’s. I say “adventure” because with a baby, even a seemingly mundane trip is always full of surprises.
We strolled into Michael’s with Johnny carrying Baby Girl in her car seat. We had intended to stick her seat in the front part of a shopping cart, but apparently Michael’s has miniature carts that creak and bend in open defiance if you try to put your car seat on them. So Johnny continued carrying the car seat in his arms, and we headed back to the custom framing counter. I laid the poster on the counter with a sense of relief that it would now be in good hands, as I handed the the desk attendant our coupon. She and I then began talking about what kind of frame we wanted (just a simple white wood one), the matting (none), and the glass (non-glare). She calculated the costs and said that with 60% off the total would come to $195.
Say huhhh?? That couldn’t be right. Clearly she hadn’t taken the 60% off yet. We were thinking maybe $50, $75 tops… and even that would be a lot of money to spend.
Meanwhile, Johnny was walking in some nearby aisles with our girl who had inexplicably begun crying quite loudly. But I had to have his input on this price!! So I called Johnny over and gave him the lowdown. And for whatever reason, having a screaming baby with you while deliberating any decision makes said decision 1000x more stressful.
Johnny: (very confused and unbelieving) So you’re saying that it would normally cost over $400 to get this framed?
Desk Attendant: Yes… the total would be blah blah blah. And you’d sign your name in blood on this line.
Baby Girl: AhH!H e2hi9r0qjJIO!!!! JLKJlkJ!!!!
We then began discussing cheaper frames and using regular glass (instead of non-glare) to get the price down to the cheapest possible point… which was $149. All this time Johnny was swinging the car seat back and forth trying to console our baby girl, and we were both wanting to just be done. But still… $149 bucks to frame a $70 print? Yikesy pants.
Joanna: So should we do it?
Johnny: Uhhhh…. I don’t know. You think we can get it framed cheaper somewhere else?
Joanna: Johnny, this is 60% off.
Baby Girl: [cluck] (She’s started “communicating” with us by striking her tongue against the roof of her mouth. So that was her contribution to the conversation.)
So we started the custom-framing process (Name? Phone number?). And just when we were about to sign our poster and our financial souls over to Michael’s money-sucking framing department, Johnny leaned in and said, “Let’s just go look at their generic poster frames.”
I was hesitant, but I nixed the custom-framing process we had started, grabbed our poster, and went and looked at poster frames with Johnny. The only option for our size was a black frame, and we had wanted white wood. But it was so much cheaper. So we grabbed the poster frame and headed toward the register, both feeling a sense of relief already.
Johnny: And, ya know, if we don’t like it, we’re only out $30 bucks, and we can get it custom framed somewhere else.
Joanna: Johnny. The frame is 50% off…. We’re only going to be out $15.
We both laughed, barely believing that we almost spent $150 on something that was now only going to cost us $15. With only $15 out of wallet, we were all very happy to be heading home (especially Baby Girl!).
And once we got the poster in the frame, we both really liked it! So it’s a keeper. It doesn’t look expensive, but it looks nice. And we managed to stay true to our financial selves. Crisis averted!
So do you think we made the right decision? Would you have chosen custom framing in this situation? Did you have any almost-splurges this weekend (or recently)?