I was walking to a coffee shop in my neighborhood last night when I passed a picture framing shop. I stopped for a moment to admire a particularly pretty frame in the window and thought briefly about a piece of art work that I’ve been meaning to get framed for roughly three years now.
I love the picture and I’d love to better display it in our house but every time I think about framing it, I remember again how crazy stupid expensive framing is. The painting I’d like to frame is on the larger side and the estimates are well into the hundreds of dollars, even with the ubiquitous Michael’s coupons that are always floating around.
The thing that always gets me about the cost of framing is that I just don’t understand why it is so expensive. It seems like such a basic thing: please put four pieces of wood around this thing, thank you. How is that $475?
There are other things like this, of course, things that the cost of is always an unpleasant surprise, even though it shouldn’t be. I’m always taken aback by dental bills (why, oh why, does all dental insurance suck?). I feel deeply annoyed by the cost of practical household goods like batteries and cleaning supplies. I’m not a wine drinker so when I go to purchase wine to take to a party I’m always briefly shocked at how expensive wine is, even the cheapest stuff. Don’t people know that you can buy Diet Coke for far less money?
Perhaps these things seem outrageously expensive to me because I just don’t value them enough. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between a $4 or $40 bottle of wine. I can’t tell a custom frame from a Target clearance rack frame. This makes me curious: what kinds of things are on your “this is stupidly and surprisingly expensive” list?