Art collectors protect their pictures the same way that crime bosses discipline their children—by having them framed. Guard your pictures before they take a fall with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of custom framing at Frames Unlimited.
The expert framers at Frames Unlimited dress two-dimensional mementos in a multitude of styles and finishes with museum-quality framing tailored to each piece. Talented matting maestros help customers choose from an extensive collection of styles and materials, such as copper borders for graduation photos or gold accents for CPR certifications. Eyes gallivant across myriad moulding styles (which start at around $5 per foot), from luscious hand-finished Italian designs to elegant gilded gold leaf harvested from gold trees. To keep pictures sitting securely, all matting projects recruit the talents of computer technology for precise cuts and acid-free backing for protection against color deterioration. Though Frames Unlimited’s custom works fluctuate based on the project, 5"x7" frames start at $30, 8"x10"s start at $37.50, and 11"x14" items start at $49.50, with exact prices depending on materials.
While artwork may gain immortality by challenging traditional aesthetics, the life of a painting or photograph is only as secure as the frame that contains it. This dedication to preservation is what inspired Michael and Ellen Mintz to open Frames Unlimited in 1979. That same spirit extended to their business itself: when Hurricane Hugo took its toll on their original shop, they gutted it and reopened, this time with more square footage for a gallery and design space. They remain in that space today, helping their staff members create custom frames and matting. In addition to paintings and photography, the staff helps customers guard heirlooms and specialty items such as sports jerseys or athletes still wearing their sports jerseys. Their services also extend to museum-quality archival framing, with special UV-filtering glass to protect art from light’s harmful rays. No matter the job, their shop stocks the materials to match it. Thousands of mouldings run the style gamut from very traditional to ultracontemporary, and colorful frames include hand-finished Italian designs and water-gilded gold leaf.
26 Windermere Blvd.
Charleston, South Carolina 29407