When I was young, I bought poster frames at K-Mart.
When I'd been married a while, I assembled mats and frames at the Frame Factory.
(Hey - I wonder - It is Saint Louis, Gateway to the West, and everything is "Gateway" downtown. Is there a "Gateway Drug Store" downtown? Aw, damn. Google says no.)
Okay, so one of the prizes I found at Mom's was the tattered newsprint silkscreen of me by my ex-boyfriend now esteemed artist and Pew Fellow Virgil Marti. And I found that if you carefully unfold the newsprint at the bottom it is signed, and titled "Ellen" and numbered 1/__ . Essentially, I have the only surviving copy of a Virgil Marti print. I was surprised the print was 'titled' "Ellen" since if I recall we always called it "The Booger Print" since there was an unfortunate slip of the art glue on the print right under where my nose is represented.
At any rate, the framing consultation took an hour and the frame will cost an ungodly amount of money, even with the half-off coupon, even so much that other customers in the store asked our saleslady if that was indeed the correct number they heard.
I comfort myself that the same saleslady told us that the tri-color Obama hope poster would be worth some money someday. I was a little hesitant about framing it, because that's just a little too "Our Glorious Leader" for me, but I got it for free, it fits into a poster frame I already have up on the wall, and I went to the Obama tax cut calculator (http://taxcut.barackobama.com/) and I'll get enough back to pay for the Virgil Marti frame.
Luckily I kept the Obama poster even though it was banned at work this past Friday. I had to bring it home. Freedom of expression doesn't extend to the cubicle walls paid for by the TeddyJ company, and that's fair, I think. Does anyone know of something subversive yet clean I can put in its place?