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Frame USA Celebrates Halloween

  Halloween at Frame USA

Frame USA loves to have fun, we host several events for our employees however we rarely share them with our customers. Since today is all about being someone you’re not we thought we would let our customers in on the fun! Today’s festivities included: a pumpkin decorating/carving contest, a costume contest, and festive snacks. All of today’s winners for both the pumpkin decorating/carving contest as well as the costume contest will be posted on our instagram, so check it out!

  It’s A Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

We posted early last week a sneak peak picture on our instagram of all the pumpkins that we got to give out to our employees. Two employees spent hours weighing pumpkins to find the perfect selection, and boy did our employees deliver with their creations! We have some hidden talent for pumpkin decorating/carving in our midst. Our CEO gave us a challenge that if 50% of all of our employees decorate a pumpkin Frame USA will donate an additional $250 to our November Charity of the Month­­­­­ The Freestore FoodBank. Our employees delivered and we had 35 pumpkins that were brought in decorated/carved. Our employees then voted on what their 3 favorite pumpkins were. We had 4 winners for this competition, with a tie for second place. We would absolutely love to hear what our customers think are the best pumpkins and to see some of the creations you and your family came up with!

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When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

You probably are thinking to yourself how can employees that work in a warehouse really  dress up during the day. Well I’m here to tell you that all our employees chose creative costumes that were safe! Below are some of the costumes! Let us know what you and your family are being for Halloween, we would love to see your costumes!

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Trick or Treat!

Not only did we have fun with pumpkins and costumes, we are all now in a sugar coma! We had festive goodies during one of the breaks that included apple cider, chips, cookies and cupcakes. Some of our office workers planned a potluck and brought in delicious foods to enjoy for lunch. 20141031_143151   20141031_120740 20141031_141944

Best Wishes!

One of our employees is getting married soon, so her manager decided to be sneaky and plan a bit of a bridal shower for her. Safe to say she was completely surprised and got some great gifts off her wedding. Congratulations Beth, we all wish you and your soon to be husband a lifetime of happiness!

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It’s safe to say that we had a very entertaining Halloween Work day! I hope everyone enjoyed seeing Behind the scenes of Frame USA.

 

 

 

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.