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Every Little Bit Counts!

Here at Frame USA, we are extremely passionate about charity.  This is why we give $0.75/online order placed to our Monthly Charity.  We also support a local Charity through our Retail Store in Cincinnati, OH each month.

On top of our specified monthly Charities, different organizations always reach out to us asking for help.  Sometimes we can help, sometimes we can’t, but when we can it is great!

Two months ago, Second Chance Pet Adoptions in North Carolina reached out to us.  They were looking for a way to display gift certificates that had been donated for their Annual Auction for the Animals.  While our charity had already been set for the month, we jumped in to help with the donation and asked Second Chance Pet Adoptions to cover the freight.  They agreed and we got the frames out immediately for them!  A few weeks later, they contacted us letting us know they received more gift certificates for their event than expected and needed more frames.

This past weekend, we received an email from Bonnie Millis, the Auction Chair of the Event stating:

“Thank you so much for your generous donation of frames, and for giving us the wholesale pricing on the additional frames we needed.  Our Gift Certificates were displayed very professionally, and I think added to the elegance of the evening.”

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We were happy to help Bonnie, and so glad your event was a success!  We look forward to working with Second Chance Pet Adoptions in the future, and helping out in as many other areas as we can!  For more information on this organization, please visit: http://www.secondchancenc.org/.

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Memorial Day Savings Event! Expires 5/26/2014

Memorial Day Weekend is here, so we’re taking 10% off everything on the site!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s a great time for remembering those who have not only fought for our country, but for remembering all who have served and given their service to the USA. As a company, we are very grateful! All of our products are sourced and made in the United States, and we couldn’t do that without our rights and freedoms.

As for our sale, we’re taking 10% off all four tabs on our website! That means everything from Frame USA, Posterservice, Mat Designers and Frame Closeouts is 10% off across the board! You can save big on any imaginable combination of items, like some from the following:

Build A Frame

- Since all four of our websites are on sale, this is an automatic 10% off your entire Build a Frame order — regardless of what you choose! If you’ve been wanting a framed print from Posterservice with matting, this is the perfect opportunity to save big. (Even if you just want a nice frame with great matting, you’ll save big!)

Laser Engraving

- With Father’s Day and Graduation creeping up on us, this is a great option for personalized gifts. Some of the best examples we’ve seen with engraved frames have been engraving based on great family vacations, or remembering a summer road trip with the whole family.

Remodeling

- With Build a Frame and Posterservice being 10% off, it’s a perfect time to remodel your wall art. Nobody likes a totally bare wall, so think of some ways to save money if you’re in the process of remodeling or decorating your very first home! (College students, this is also the perfect time to stock up on the biggest collection of humor and art posters from Posterservice.com!)

Graduation

- With graduation season drawing near, diploma and certificate frames are great choices to give to your graduate (or to yourself!) A framed college diploma brings with it a great sense of accomplishment that will be remembered for years to come. Hang it in your personal office, or when you finally arrive at that perfect job you’ve always dreamed of!

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Memorial Day Weekend is here, so we’re taking 10% off all sites to help celebrate!

 

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Heroic Frame Savings!

We admit it, we’re a bit biased toward our Build a Frame product. But what’s not to love about building a custom framed image, poster or print at a fraction of the cost? We’ve all been in that situation where a mainstream hobby/art shop has tried to charge us outrageous amounts for only one custom frame job (even after supposedly taking off something around 60%! We’re just saying, $300 for an 11×17 just sounds wrong!)

This is what makes Build a Frame that much more simple. No hassle about getting the best deals. No getting any false discounts. No worrying if they’ll get your order right. Just measure your image or send us your image file using our simple Build A Frame web app. Then pick your frame of choice, matting, backing and glazing. We’ll ship it all, ready to hang and at a price that retailers can’t beat!

This super frame deal won’t be around for long though, so be sure to shop and save today! Just click on the ad below and you’ll be taken to our Build a Frame page, where your only limitation is your own imagination. If you can dream it, we can frame it!

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Colorful Picture Frames – Frame Closeouts

Colorful Picture Frames can be as fun or as classy as you decide. In this post, we’ll show you our personal favorites.

Sometimes, you need a frame that goes beyond your typical ornate look or standard simple black. Sometimes an unfinished look is needed for accentuating certain colors or features of a print, or maybe something in brown or cherry would help bring the piece a more “homey” look. Or, if you like to really step up your color game, you’ll invest in a bright yellow, green or red picture frame.

Colori Picture Frames

Our most popular color-focused frame series, Colori comes in 7 colors and two profiles (wide and narrow). Being flat, these can be used for professional framing, but the colors suggest a more playful and creative use. We invite you to experiment, however: For instance, if your brand has a specific color that matches something from this series, you would be hard pressed to find anything better! You can find the medium and large series under “wood frames”.
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Clean Cut Picture Frames

While not as vibrant as our other colorful frames, the Clean Cut series has a defined, narrow profile thanks to the lines along the edges. They still come in some unusual colors, offering some alternative interior design choices while also being conceptually contemporary and modern. You can find them here.

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Kid Stuf Picture Frames

One of our discontinued mouldings, the Kid Stuf series can still be found around our Closeouts department… On a rare occasion. If any of these frames look appealing to you, we’d be glad to help you find something similar on our website. We recommend Corporate Round if you’re looking for comparable roundness to your frame, or the Colori Medium series for the wide range of colors.

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Regardless of what you need, it’s a step in the right direction to experiment with color and push the envelope in cases where it’s appropriate. That’s why we decided to have a sale specifically for our colored closeouts this week. You’ll save hundreds (or thousands!) when you use this code today. Thanks for shopping with us!

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One of our sales on colored closeouts on FrameCloseouts.FrameUSA.com!
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Photo Frames and Standard Photo Sizes

Standard Photo Sizes for your Photo Frames and Fine Art

Have you ever had trouble knowing at what size to print your photographs? Maybe you’re a beginning photographer, or you’ve taken a really great shot and want to print some of your work for friends and family. Knowing exactly how to size your printed photographs can be tough, and so can the daunting task of finding some appropriate photo frames. This week, we thought we’d share some industry standard photo sizes and how to get the most out of displaying your photography.

4×6 / 5×7

The standard size for displaying photos on your desk, table or counter space. A popular size for children’s photos and building a frame collage on your wall. When you order these from us, we attach an easel to the backing for ease in making them stand on any surface in your home or office. In addition to all of the above points, they are also the most affordable. You can pick these up for relatively cheap, insert your photos or art prints, and sell them for a good profit. Your audience will be best suited to families with younger children and newlyweds, so if you’re a portrait photographer, these are some great frames to stock up on.

8×10 / 8.5×11

Two of the most popular sizes in both photography and framing alike, you can’t go wrong by having a stash of these sizes. A great size to start with, these are perfect for either wall mounting or for standing display on a flat surface. Much like the smaller photo frame sizes, these are great for portrait and family photography. It is a popluar choice for mantlepieces, photo walls, staircases and for standing on end tables. When you buy from us, we typically include an easel backing for standing purpose. Luckily, they’re also easy to hang!

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We use 8×10 and 8.5×11 frame sizes on our retail wall for customers to use as reference to their art.

11×14 / 11×17

The preferred size print for most musician venues and unofficially dubbed the “mini-poster”, these are probably the best route to take when you’re looking to print something to be mounted on the wall as art. The 11×17 and 11×14 sizes are standard for posters that need to be downsized into a smaller form. Should you be planning to sell bulk prints of your work online or at a convention space, this size will the the perfect way to sell your photographs. Not too big and not too small– if you’re advertising for anything in a creative setting, these two sizes will draw far more attention than a smaller size, so be sure to use these to your advantage!

Some great frames in this size would be our Architect and Corporate series.

24×36, 27×40 and 27×41

For those with the “go big or go home” mindset, you may want to aim for these sizes. At this point, we definitely recommend a frame to keep your art scratch-free and to highlight the print as a whole. Plaque-mounting your image is another option that would work well, which is basically a way to display an image without a frame. (They do get considerably heavier with size, though!)

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We also offer great poster and photo frames to showcase your work.

 

Which sizes are the best for your line of work? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear what your line of work is and how you maximize your return from sizing your picture frames correctly.

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Posterservice – Your Place For Posters!

Many of you may not know much about our sister company, Posterservice.com. Posterservice actually started before Frame USA was around. We license and distribute posters to customers all around the country. We are also the exclusive US distributor for GB eye, a poster company in Great Britain. Anyone who wants a poster in the GB eye line in the United States can only order it through Posterservice. Along with GB eye, we create many in house posters and concepts as well. We work to find some of the best images around, and become the exclusive licensor of those images.

Our Posterservice team just got back from the Camex Show in Dallas, Texas, March 9-11, 2014. CAMEX is the largest college bookstore trade show in the industry. Each year, Posterservice works hard to bring the best product forward to these shows. With our largest market being college bookstores through the United States, this is the perfect show for us.
We mainly focus on selling two main products at this show:

1. Shrinkwrap Dumps
These are boxes of 50 shrinkwrapped posters per box. It comes complete with a cardboard box that you can simply set up in your store and immediately sell the product. Not sure what to pick? We are happy to pick a mix for you! Just tell us about your store and we can do the rest!

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2. Poster Racks
Join our Rack Track Program and you will not be disappointed! We offer 48 and 60 slot racks, which allow your customers to fan through the full size image at the top, and then select their rolled poster down below. Each rack slot is numbered, and matches the full size poster in the upper sleeve. Once again, we can choose the product mix for you or you can choose your own. A great benefit of our Rack Track program is that you can also return any posters that are not selling to us. We will take those back, provide you with a credit, and we can get new posters into those poster slots almost immediately for you. This is a great perk  that helps to keep your poster rack up to date at all times.

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If you are a Retail Store not currently selling posters, now is your chance to change that! Our poster team is always here to help! If you have questions, please feel free to call us today at 1-800-577-5920 or email us at [email protected]. Our website is also changing daily so check it out today at www.posterservice.com!

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Six Framing Industry Tips from Decor Arts Now!

We recently posted some of our big tips that we’ve learned in the framing industry (click here if you haven’t read yet!) but we also found a great article that gave some extra tips on framing. Decor Arts Now is a great blog covering topics such as interior decorating, design and home artwork.

In the article we are featuring today, writer Lynn Byrne discusses her son’s artwork and the process of framing his artwork at a New York custom framing favorite, J. Pocker. She does a great job of showing the inside work of a custom framing operation, and showcasing some ways that you can make your art shine… Even if you’re doubtful of the quality of your art, sometimes a simple frame is all you need to bolster its value.

To find out more, visit her original blog post!

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Photo: Author Lynn Byrne and Framer Robyn Pocker

 

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Some historical framing, indeed! Custom framing from J. Pocker in NY.
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Weekly Picture Frame Sales – Are You in the Know?

Frame USA: Your source for cheap, high-quality picture frames

You may follow us on our social networks, and perhaps even glance at our website banner advertisements every now and then to grab the latest big deal. But did you know we also have an option to sign up for weekly emails, giving you the latest savings on your favorite products? On the front page of our website, in the lower left-hand corner, there is a signup box where you can enter your email address. Do this to receive updates and sales from Frame USA that apply to both retail AND wholesale customers!

Below, you can see an example of one of our weekly “Frame of the Week” promotions. This sets one entire series on sale on FrameUSA.com and one specific frame on sale from FrameCloseouts.FrameUSA.com. Usually for the weekly closeout, we try to offer a customer favorite style of frame that also has plenty of inventory to go around!

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