Opinion on framing and suggestions for supplier of inexpensive frames?

I am rather new to showing, and have been framing my work in a variety of frames purchased from Michael's Craft stores, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, and what have you.  Buying each frame individually, and using a coupon (of course!), I'm able to get a pretty nice looking frame at a reasonable price.  However, while each piece looks good with the frame individually chosen for it, I'm wondering if this look will detract from the overall appearance of my booth.

What is the opinion on that out there among you veterans?  Should I go for a more cohesive look and frame all my work in a similar fashion?  Or is it ok to have each frame be different?

And, irregardless of the framing style, can anyone recommend an inexpensive supplier for frames?  I'm looking for sizes ranging from 8" x 10" up to 16" x 20", and I would be purchasing in small lots of less than five at a time.  If I go for the cohesive look, I will be looking for a simple light natural toned wood frame with white matting.

Thanks for any and all recommendations and opinions!

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    James Looram

    Check out canvas place.com. Frames can be bought in packages of 3. I use floater frames exclusively and I think it has a very professional look in the book since they are all the same. This of course only works when your pieces are on canvas........also I think the best professional presentation of my work. canvasplace also sells canvas in packages of 6

    good luck

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      Chris Fedderson

      Hello Sonja,

      I am a photographer and I, too, do my own framing.  Many folks would say you should have a cohesive "family" of frames for visual presentation sake.  Buuuuut... if the frame for each of your pieces is intimately tied to the imagery somehow so that it is not artwork-that-is-framed but rather it is a single artistic presentation then kudos... mix it up!

      I use 3 online sources:
      Good Luck,


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        Fletcher Dean

        Always a tough call. I do my own framing and try for moderately priced plein air frames from Jerrys Artorama, wholesaleartandframes or Metropolitan Picture Framing (esp for hard to find sizes). I'm a photographer so also offer prints matted and unmatted. Frames - especially nicer ones (not Michaels) add to the look and appeal. Plus it gives a 'take home and use' allure. BUT ... be prepared for people to say 'I'd like it ... in a different frame.' Which is why I graviate toward solid dark colors. Good luck.