I got an email recently from RendiStyle asking me to review their products. After looking at their site, it looked like stuff I would buy with or without the incentive of getting something for free — which is kind of my review criteria — so I agreed. What they offered me was two $50 gift certificates to their store, one for me and one for a lucky Antique Mommy reader.
So here’s the scoop on Rendi. I liked pretty much everything I saw on the site, and after much hemming and hawing and then hawing and hemming, I went with this frame, which after shipping came to tad bit more than $50.
Here is what I observed about this product:
It’s bigger than I thought it would be. But this always happens to me when I order on line. Earrings are bigger, frames are bigger, purses, you got it — bigger. I once ordered a soft light box to photograph small products in and when it came, it turned out to be the size of a tent. Sean and I could play in it. So obviously I have no sense of scale.
My frame is more gold than celedon, but it works with my house. From the site I couldn’t tell what the frame was made out of but it it appears to be MDF. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, as is often said. I love the design on the frame, however it does appear to be stamped on, which is fine with me, I kind of like that. One criticism I have is that the edges are not finished as nicely as I would like. The picture is behind a heavy plastic of some sort, not glass, which is cool with me, one less thing to bust. From the back, it looks like I can change the picture out, but I haven’t investigated exactly how to do that because I probably never will.
When you choose a frame, you get the option of changing the message on the front, but any message I wanted was one letter more than space allowed, so I skipped the message.
Here’s the frame as shown on their site with their message, far more creative than what I went with, although those children aren’t nearly as adorable as mine…
Here are some other designs I considered, hence all the indecision. The brown frame was a problem as I do not have a sister and I am jealous of those who do, but if you have a sister you could get that cute frame!
All in all, I think it is a nice product, particularly for a gift. I am not likely to spend $50 on a frame for myself but if someone else wanted to buy me one I would really like it and I would send a nice handwritten thank you note.
If you would like to win the other $50 Rendi gift certificate, and you know you do, please leave me a comment telling me about your picture philosophy – do you keep them in albums? Do you frame and display them? Or are you like me and seldom get them off the computer? Are you organized or just hoping to get organized? Do you scrapbook? What exactly are you doing with your pictures??
I will draw the winning comment at random sooner or later or sometime in between….
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WINNER! Congratulations commenter #5, Leslie at Geek Mama! Look for an email from me. Thanks to all who stopped by and played along!