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Frame USA DIY Picture Frames Featured in HGTV Magazine!

HGTV Uses Frame USA Picture Frames in HGTV Magazine’s DIY Feature

If you haven’t seen the recent post by Molly Mesnick (Bachelor ’13 winner), you may have missed the exciting DIY projects that our customers have been doing! (Don’t worry, you can find her blog post right here!) Along with the cool projects Molly mentioned, we also had a customer from HGTV order some of our Clean Cut White frames for a special segment on DIY picture frames!

Picture Frames

Our frame can be seen in their flash card example – They spray painted our Clean Cut White frame to match the color of the card! How cool is that?

Needless to say, we were thrilled to see both posts! Aside from being obvious good business plugs, we love seeing our frames put to use in creative ways. From matching colors with spray paint to re-wrapping our moulding with colorful patterns, we’ve seen a lot of great DIY concepts for our picture frames. In fact, many of our products end up on Etsy stores, where customers will use our frames in their artwork or craft projects and sell it as its own photo frame! Even better is the price point, where customers can make a nice profit from their work from simply decorating a frame to their heart’s content!

What exciting kinds of DIY projects have you found? If you haven’t caught up on this trend of cost-saving and niche design, have a look at Pinterest (making an account is free!) and search “DIY”. You’ll find some great inspiration for your own hand-made projects, whether that’s picture frames or making your own furniture! You can also follow us on Pinterest while you’re at it, where we not only share information on picture frames, but also DIY inspiration as well!

What other sorts of fun projects have you taken lately? Leave a comment below and we’d be glad to feature it in a future blog!

Wholesale Custom Framing at Frame USA. Now with Build A Frame!

Custom Framing with “Build-A-Frame” has Arrived!

Online Custom Framing at Half of the “Big-Box” Retail Price

Custom framing has been a large portion of the work we do here at Frame USA for years. Our customers range from fine artists to large corporations, photographers to educators, advertising firms to small business owners. If there’s anything this has taught us, it’s that high-quality and affordable custom framing is in high demand. It’s why so many people won’t bat an eye at spending hundreds of dollars for a single custom frame job.

Here at Frame USA, however, we like to save customers their hard-earned cash by offering better alternatives. We’ve already announced our upcoming “Super Framer” / Build a Frame feature, but we wanted to take the time to explain what this feature is all about.

Custom Framing
Already have your image? Or maybe you need us to print it out on some nice paper? Maybe you want on ouf our Posterservice images insead. It all starts but picking an image!

 

 What exactly is Build A Frame? How will it help in custom framing?

Build a Frame is a web application designed to take the trouble (and expense) out of custom framing. With Build a Frame, you’re given direct control over how your frame looks. Everything from frame size, single, double or triple mats, the color of those mats, your glazing and backing and more! This feature brings the great prices of FrameUSA.com, Posterservice.com and MatDesigners.com into an easy-to-use web app that lets you create your very own personalized frame.

custom picture framing
Choose an image, 0-3 mats, your frame, glazing and backing. Even a wall color-picker at the end will help you decide what looks best on your wall!

We encourage you to shop around and check out our competitor’s pricing as well. Frame USA’s prices are the best in the market–not only in wholesale picture frames, but in custom framing as well. Our goal from the very beginning was to produce an application that would be much easier to use while also offering a much lower price point. Based on our research, we think we’ve succeeded in every way! (Of course, we can’t name names… But we challenge you to find someone with better deals than ours!) Let us know what you think of our new feature! Give it a try by clicking this link: Build A Frame

If you’re a local to the Cincinnati area, this will be a great feature for you. With Build A Frame, you can build your frame online and pick it up from the store! (Though if you’re local, we recommend just coming by to see first-hand what frame and mats might be best for your piece.) You can also use the app to see which frame and mat combination will look best on your wall before coming in. We can even help make recommendations!

For the folks who want to go the extra mile, share you creations with us on Pinterest! Right-click the frame area of Build A Frame and click “save image as.” Pin it and let us know you gave it a try! You can also show us by posting a link to the image below in the comments.

Banksy Art - For sale in NY

Street Artist – Banksy Sets Up Art Booth Selling Original Works in NY

This past weekend several tourists and New Yorkers found themselves with an opportunity to own an original painting from renowned street artist – Banksy.

On Saturday, October 12, infamous U.K. street artist Banksy setup a booth in New York’s Central Park. The booth and the opportunity to pick up an original Banksy piece was not announced, nor is it expected to happen again anytime soon. Upon watching the video below, Banksy notes that he made a total of $420 for the day, so he sold 7 works @ $60 to 7 lucky and aware individuals.

Banksy Art - For sale in NY

The sale provided an opportunity for tourists and passerby’s to purchase original art canvases for $60. The artist also posted a video on his website: http://www.banksy.co.uk/

We just wonder where all of those fine folks are going to get an awesome frame to display these great pieces on a wall at home or work…

Would you have recognized these works on the street? Would you have recognized Banksy’s work immediately, or would you have thought this was just another street artist?

Just in case you have no idea, here’s a little explanation from Wiki:

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Our new manager - Jay

Remodeled Picture Frame Retail Store — to Open November 1 in Cincinnati, OH

So why do you change something as successful as the Frame USA Retail Outlet at our Headquarters in Cincinnati?    Four Reasons:

1)      Our new manager - Jay We are looking to improve the customer experience in the store.   By moving the counters up closer to the entrance of the store we want to greet you and deal with you in a way that will help us fulfill our mission of creating Ravings Fans*.    Our new manager Jay Scozzafava has been chosen specifically on his ability to deliver a great customer experience.   (His past involvement with Chick Fil A—a great foundation). Picture Frame Store Counter

2)      We want to introduce you to our new exciting Build-A-Frame concept that will be available on our web site within the next two weeks.   When you walk into the store you will see virtually a live copy of frameusa.com.    All of our made-in-America mouldings will be all together on the wall in a real frame where you can pick out the one that best fits from your artwork or picture.

Then, you will be able to tell us what you want us to build the frame with—including mats, glass options, backing options and more.   We’ll even print your picture for you.    This one step process (because we are utilizing our whole building full of inventory) will allow us to have our warehouse manufacture your frame with in-stock materials and have it ready for you within 48 hours.

Once we have given you a chance to work with Build-A-Frame and kick the tires you’ll be able to order your own frames from home at http://www.frameusa.com, or come to the store if you feel you need a little hand-holding or advice from a professional. Frame Store Remodeling

3)    Value.   When we first opening this facility ten years ago our real vision (other than to create Raving Fans) was to create value for the customer.     Where else could we take $1 million in picture frame inventory and mix it up with people and combine all of this into an incredible value driven custom frame for you?   Because we are changing the way your frame is manufactured and better utilizing our mass production techniques (Henry Ford here we are…), we will be able to save you tons of money.   This won’t be a la Groupon 50% off type of savings where you don’t really know what you are getting….this will be real savings and you’ll see it whenever you come into the store.     When you come in and see the first price that you get on your first frame we’re hoping you pass on the good news.

4)    Offer Great Closeouts—We manufacture thousands of picture frames everyday and some come off the line a little beat up with imperfections and we set them aside into our closeout area which now has over 27,000 closeout frames in stock (www.framecloseouts.com).   Some come back to us for a variety of reasons—including people ordering wrong sizes, colors, etc.     What could be more fun than us passing these along to you for about ½ of the price?   Offering these closeouts in the store is a bargain shopper’s delight and we want you there picking and choosing the best closeout frames in our retail store.

   Retail Store Remodeling You may think that it sounds like we are promising a lot in the new location.    The store is really coming along and we being final prep this week for opening on November 1.    Take a look at our new manager, Jay, and a few pictures of the retail store.      We’re excited about welcoming you and giving you a great opportunity to try our new array of products and services.

 

Man in the Iron Mask - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project

Update – Downtown METRO Bus Shelters to Receive a Facelift From Local Artists

Last month we did a short feature on Artworks Cincinnati and their plans to add an artistic touch to 12 of METRO’s Downtown bus shelters. Today we just want to take a moment to update folks on how this is going and post some new images…

ArtWorks - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project 1

From Facebook: Metro shelters featuring art created by youth apprentices ages 14 – 21 were dedicated on Sept. 26 by ArtWorks CEO Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks Project Manager Ryan Little, ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Annabelle Gordon, ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Jalyn Hill, ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Tyler Dunbar, Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Kim Fender, Metro CEO Terry Garcia Crews, ArtWorks Public Art Manager Katie Labmeier, ArtWorks VP Colleen Houston, and ArtsWave COO Alecia Townsend Kintner. — at Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

ArtWorks - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project 2

Below you can see the booth from the Cincinnati Public Library:

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ArtWorks Booth at The Cincinnati Public Library
Grapes of Wrath - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
Grapes of Wrath
Charlotte's Web - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
Charlotte’s Web
Man in the Iron Mask - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
The Man in the Iron Mask
Scarlett Letter - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
The Scarlett Letter
Wizard of Oz - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
The Wizard of Oz

ArtWorks Mission: ArtWorks empowers and inspires the creative community to transform our everyday environments through employment, apprenticeships, education, community partnerships, and civic engagement.

That’s the update we have for now. We’ll be adding new images as we get them. If you would like more information about ArtWorks, please check out the website below!

ArtWorks Cincinnati

Beatles - Abbey Road Poster

Posterservice News – The Beatles Are Coming!

The Beatles are coming to Posterservice! It’s been ten long years since we have had the opportunity to offer Beatles posters. We are thrilled to be able to offer 3 new posters featuring this iconic band from across the pond.

New Beatles Posters

The 3 new Beatles posters that we have in the queue are classics and should appeal to both hard core and casual fans. These posters will be available for retail and wholesale customers very soon!

Beatles Walking Poster Beatles - Yellow Submarine Poster

 

 

 

 

 

Beatles - Abbey Road Poster

Order Posters

If you have any questions about these new posters, or if you would like to know about pricing and ordering procedures, please give us a call today at 800.577.5920! We have our folks standing by and ready…

Picture Frames

High Volume Framing: Our Top 5

High Volume Customers, High Quality Products!

We get a lot of requests for bulk ordering here at Frame USA, and the results are in for the most-sought after frames that we offer. High-volume framing has been the drive of our business for years now, and we’re proud to present our top 5 most-ordered picture frames by our wholesale customers!

Corporate Picture Frames

Always the leading star for our customers, these frames feature a standard, eco-friendly wrapped moulding with 10 colors and 3 profiles. Need a standard black, white or gold picture frame? This series will cover almost any need you may have, and it shows! From businesses to galleries, Corporate has always been a series that our wholesale customers can’t get enough of.

business picture frames
Corporate Black frames in a corporate setting! Courtesy of Eyman & Associates

Architect Picture Frames

For the more modern, structure-loving designers out there, our Architect frames provide the perfect look for what you’d like to accomplish. These frame are narrow, and are crafted from real wood! You’ll definitely want to check out our “natural” color, used by artist and game designer Scott C Lava!

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Scott C Lava’s Showdown Series, using our Architect Natural frames (Courtesy of @scottlava and @Galleries1988 )

Metal I Picture Frames

Metal frames offer another form of contemporary style to any setting. Our Metal I series is known for the shiny quality and bold, popular colors (6 total.) With metal frames rising in the art and picture frame industries, we promise that you’ll love our high-quality standards!

Frames in Use
Von Biggs shares his art in our Metal Frames

 

Deluxe Poster Frames

Poster frames were one of our first frames to make it big here at Frame USA, since we focused primarily in… you guessed it… Posters! With over 20 years of experience in art framing and poster presentation, we have mastered the craft of wholesale poster frames. And it shows! Deluxe poster frames are high-quality and extremely durable for any special job you may have.

Black Deluxe Poster Frame
With a thicker profile than our regular poster frames, everyone loves the durability and finish that the Deluxe series gives to their poster.

Barnwood Picture Frames

Finally, one of our personal favorites: the Barnwood series. These frames are made from REAL  reclaimed barn wood in the United States. Our customers love these for their rustic, “back-home” feel and the Do-It-Yourself style that the frame represents, instantly making any work of art unique.

barn wood picture frames
Photo credit by Julia & Lance Photography and Design. Just one of many uses for the barnwood series!

 

There you have it, the top 5 frames that our wholesale customers love! From businesses to hotels, advertisement agencies to freelance photographers–you’re guaranteed to find the right frame for you. Don’t forget to submit a free frame quote too: we’ll quote your order before you buy (within 8 business hours!)

Net Tax

Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold Discusses Proposed Internet Tax

Net Tax In the Tuesday, June 4, 2013 edition of The Enquirer you will find an opinion piece discussing the proposed Net Tax. The article is a Pro VS Con piece that pits the opinion of James McGowan of Macys VS Dan Regenold of Frame USA.

Mr. McGowan’s opinion takes the stance that a Net Tax will level the playing field for brick and mortar stores that have to compete with internet sellers. He states, “It is hard for Ohio’s retailers to compete when remote sellers have a .5 – 7.5 percent built in price advantage..”

Dan Regenold of Frame USA Mr. Regenold ‘s opinion discusses the difficulties and costs involved with the poposed tax collection. “Now, instead of waking up every morning trying to compete with China and Korea, our company, FrameUSA.com, (an American-made manufacturer), gets to become a tax collector for the 50 States and 9,600 jurisdictions across the U.S. We are now in the tax collection business.”

You can find Dan Regenold’s full opinion editorial here: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130604/EDIT02/306040011/Small-businesses-would-hurt-by-Internet-sales-tax-proposal

So what do you think? Do you have an opinion as to whether the proposed net tax is fair for retailers? How about for consumers? What are your thoughts?