With spring cleaning comes the question as old as the tradition itself: What should you treasure and what should you toss? In some cases, discarding an old keepsake stuffed in the back of a closet feels akin to betrayal. It’s hard let go. Subsequently, a good cleaning is not as thorough as you had hoped. However, framing provides a way to hold onto some of those dusty treasures while simultaneously giving them a fresh purpose.
Some of your junk may be hidden art. If you have saved magazines for nostalgic reasons, for instance, take a fresh look at the covers. You may discover one that would look great in a frame. Another example: Every car compartment used to be stuffed with road maps. And National Geographic printed beautiful wall maps from across the globe. If you still have a few that evoke happy travel memories, imagine how they would look in your den.
A few more ideas to get your mind thinking creatively about framing possibilities:
- Artistic book jackets
- Songbook covers or song sheets
- Vinyl records and album covers
- Photocopied and enlarged stamps
- Old handwritten letters
- A child’s first grade progress report
Frame worthy pieces are not limited to flat objects. Consider any items stuck in the back of a drawer that, if framed, would add a nice touch to a den or bedroom.
- Scout and hiking patches
- Sea shells
- Race t-shirts and medals
- Buttons of every size and color
- Vintage tableware like silver knives and forks
As you encounter items during your cleaning effort, look at them in a different light. Are they serving any purpose packed in a storage bin? See them as what they are: potential items brought back to life in an ideal frame.
Frame Warehouse has 12 locations in North and South Carolina with endless options for your framing needs. You can shop us in-store or online.