An old saying but in this case it is definitely true.
I occasionally do picture framing but since moving to Metung, a small village, I have no close access to picture moulding. If I have made frames here in Metung I have had to go to Canberra for moulding or send away for online moulding. The online moulding is expensive as you have to pay for postage too.
There was an ad in the classifieds of the local paper recently advertising artists supplies and picture moulding, going cheap. I played phone tag with the seller for a few days but was eventually able to catch up with him and visited to see what moulding was on offer. I had assumed there would just be a few pieces left over from a hobby framer like me.
The guy was getting rid of literally tonnes of mouding that his wife had kept after they sold their framing business. He said the moulding had been in his garage roof for many years and he was now getting rid of it. No one, other than me, had been to see it. I was amazed at what was there. Much of the moulding was not my type as it was too ornate or it had gold on it but after searching through we were able to find some plainer samples.
That would cost an absolute fortune to buy ( cheapest estimate would be $300 plus postage ) but he was going to give it to me gratis. I insisted on paying at least a token sum and he was happy to accept. I now have the moulding so I can do several framing projects that have been waiting to get done. I am one very happy lady.