Frame USA has been using a product called styrene—which is a plexiglass type material– in our larger picture frames since we began operations over 30 years ago.
For most of this time the styrene used in our picture frames has been purchased domestically from a large plastic manufacturer in the United States.
In the 4th quarter of 2013, this plastic manufacturer, through its distributor, came to us and let us know that they were raising the price of our styrene product by 67% over the first six months of 2014. This huge price increase came despite almost no increase in raw materials prices or resin increases. According to the sales manager at this manufacturer, “we believe the styrene product was undervalued in the marketplace” and this lead to the incredibly large 67% increase that is taking place.
“We want our customers to know that we are shocked at our vendor’s behavior which has lead to a major increases in our product prices effective today”, said Daniel P. Regenold, CEO of Frame USA. We are even more shocked that a vendor we have worked with for such a long time would take such negative action.
This increase in price is happening after consolidation in the clear styrene market took place in the last several years.
Frame USA is taking every step possible to find a more stable source of plastic material that will go in our picture frames in the future. We will not allow one company to artificially move the market price of material used in our American Made picture frames to the detriment of our customers. We are sorry about the need to increase our prices of our picture frames because of this unwarranted large raw material price increase.
An artist from Visionaries + Voices is creating some big excitement here at Frame USA and Posterservice. Posterservice is continuously licensing work from great artists internationally to use for posters, and we are excited to announce that we have officially licensed artwork from an artist from V+V for poster production! “Light of Hope” from Candi Branham is now available as a 24×36 poster in our store, and on the Posterservice website.
Candi has worked as an artist from the V+V studios for about 3 and a half years. She was initially inspired by her mother’s creative ability as a t-shirt designer. She says the best part of being an artist is sharing her work with others.
Candi’s colorful painting embodies her infectiously positive attitude, and the angels you see in ‘Light of Hope’ are her signature design. These angels carry a very important meaning; they stand as colorful memorials to loved ones she has lost. In particular, they are meant to reflect the vitality of her late nephew, whose passing has had a significant impact on her life. She believes that creating each angel helps her to keep his energy alive and to share it with the community.
‘Light of Hope’ was created for V+V’s biggest fundraiser of the year — Double Vision. Artists working throughout Cincinnati and artists working from V+V come together to form new partnerships and collectives. The results of these collaborations is then showcased and sold at a live art auction. Double Vision is in its fifth year of celebrating creativity and supporting the nonprofit programs at V+V.
Candi collaborated with Jill Romansky, and when asked what her experience was like, Candi said “Fun! I really liked working with Jill”. Jill painted the sky and the white light of the background, and together they painted all of the angels. When ‘Light of Hope’ was auctioned at the end of the event, Frame USA had the winning bid. The original painting now hangs in the upstairs offices.
When Candi created ‘Light of Hope’ with Jill, it was her first time participating in Double Vision. She plans to return to the show in 2014, and is excited for what this year has in store.
Lastly, we just had to ask how Candi felt about being at the center of all the buzz surrounding her image being produced as a poster. She just had one word to describe her feelings on being published with Posterservice: “Proud!”
Frame USA’s Annual Charity Campaign Gains a Great Community Ally for Fill The Truck 2013
This holiday season, Frame USA is continuing the annual FillTheTruck.org campaign, where we pick a few outstanding charities around the Cincinnati area that help a wide range of people who are down on their luck. Around the holidays, these situations are made worse by the drop in temperature and the need for food, warm clothing and supplies to get through the winter season. That’s where Frame USA and Fill The Truck come in. Springing from a company-wide charitable initiative started four years ago, Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold decided to keep filling supply trucks for charities all around the Cincinnati area.
Fill The Truck initially started as one of Frame USA’s monthly charitable initiatives, where we donate $1 for every online order (and ask our customers to join in.)
This year, Furniture Fair is joining the Fill The Truck 2013 initiative to spread the good cheer to even more charities. Our first year running, we mainly focused on supporting one charity. In our second run, we expanded to eleven charities and eleven businesses supporting those charities. Last year we supported six, and this year we’re planning to help a total of seven charities. Furniture Fair’s multiple locations in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will be hosting storage units, ensuring that each charity will be receiving the means necessary to keep stocked during the winter season.
How to get involved
Helping “Fill The Truck” is actually very simple, and anyone can do it! Here are three ways that YOU can make a difference:
1. Visit FillTheTruck.org and donate to your charity of choice. Frame USA is donating to The Healing Center, but you can choose which of the seven chartities you’d like to support. On each “product” page, we have a list of supplies that are requested from all charities. Simply purchase any of these items and we will organize and distribute them. If you’re not sure what to buy, that’s okay! You can select “donate cash” and we will allocate the money into whatever that specific charity needs the most.
2. If you’re a Cincinnati local, you can drop off the listed donations at any of our truck locations. You can find information on locations by visiting FillTheTruck.org.
3. We understand if the holidays aren’t a great time for you to donate. The poor state of the economy is the reason we run Fill The Truck (as well as spreading some holiday cheer, of course.) If you “like” Frame USA and Fill The Truck on Facebook and even follow us on Twitter, that is a great way to help us out. Share our posts with your friends and help us spread the word that NOBODY should be cold or hungry this holiday season. We’d love to see as many families as possible have good food, warm clothes and the supplies they need for this season.
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.
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.
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.
If you have received any of our recent emails, you may be asking yourself: Who is Superframer and where did he come from? See, it’s kind of a funny story…
Superframer was developed several years ago by one of our own employees, Neil Herrin. Neil, our IT Manager, has always had a love for comic books and action figures. At the time, our Marketing team was considering developing a new website called SuperFramer.com. We thought that this new website needed a face and identity to it. From this concept, Superframer came about! Neil took it upon himself to create this great identity for Superframer and we loved what he developed.
As we started to develop our new Frame USA website in 2011 and 2012, we knew we wanted to add a Build A Frame feature to the site. What is Build A Frame you might ask? Build A Frame allows you, the customer, to choose an image, mat, frame, glazing, and backing all together in a simple ordering process.
We wanted to develop a way for our customers to order everything together, instead of having to continue to order these items on different websites. One of our number one goals has been and will always be to simplify what we do for our customers. We want our customers to love our ordering process, think it is simple, and always want to come back to Frame USA. Raving Fans is what we are all about and our main goal is to make you a Raving Fan of Frame USA!
SuperFramer is the designing force behind our new Build A Frame feature on www.frameusa.com. He puts a name, face, and identity to this feature and certainly adds some fun as well!
We will be releasing our new Build A Frame feature to our customers any day now. Check back soon for more details on Build A Frame, Superframer, and more exciting things to come at Frame USA!
Later this month, Cincinnati local artists will start giving 24 Metro bus shelters, downtown and in Over-the-Rhine, a face lift. Back in January the Cincinnati City Council voted to ban advertising on public right-of-way. The idea was to get rid of the garish billboards and bus stop bench advertisements. The unexpected consequences of this is that all Metro Bus shelters were required to remove all advertising, leaving the bus shelters barren and unsightly. In the end the decision caused the unintended effect of leaving the downtown shelters without advertising, but looking abandoned. Spots where the old bus benches had set are now just scars on the sidewalk. In the end, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) found that most folks had a negative perception of safety around bus shelters.
In steps ArtWorks and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). Instead of seeing this as an aberration they saw this as a grand opportunity to do something new and unique. Starting later this month Cincinnatians downtown will begin to re-purpose this old space with the help of local Cincinnati artists. 24 of the bus shelters in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will receive new murals representing works of literature.
“Through this collaborative partnership between ArtWorks, SORTA, the Main Library and DCI, these 12 bus shelters will receive a playful facelift and add to the public art vibrancy in our Central Business District,” explained Cait Barnett, marketing manager at ArtWorks.
Barnett went on to say that SORTA will clean and paint the shelters and the lead artist for ArtWorks, Ryan Little, and youth apprentices between the ages of 14 and 21 will design graphic prints for the empty spaces.
The 24 literary works that will be the themes for the bus shelters were voted on by the community through a survey conducted by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County through June 30. They include:
“Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by Alex Haley
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
“Six Dinner Sid” by Inga Moore
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
“Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
“Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown
“The Odyssey” by Homer
“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank
“The Man in the Iron Mask” by Paul Mantell
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathanial Hawthorne
“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
“Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
“The Tortoise and the Hare” by Aesop
“Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu
“The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck
The Metro Art Shelters project has also been championed by the Downtown Residents Council (DRC), which is hoping to raise $5,000 for public art throughout Downtown. Those interested in giving to the project can do so through the DRC’s power2give webpage.
According to ArtWorks, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Johnson Foundation.
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!
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…
Did you know that at Frame USA, we have our very own engraving machines?
Previously, we’ve stuck to taking laser engraving orders over e-mail, volume framing quotes or phone calls, but with the launch of our new website, we decided to build an engraving web app from scratch! Today, we’re going to walk your through the process of placing orders for your very own engraved frames–without the outrageous prices you find in retail.
Your First step is simple–just click on the “Laser Engraving” tab on the top navigation! (In the image above, we have highlighted the tab in yellow so that you can locate it on our site.) This will set you on your way to creating your very own, unique product.
Once you’ve clicked the Laser Engraving tab, you will be taken to this page. This lists all the different frames that you can engrave and personalize! Just as a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to try to stick to darker colors. We highly recommend our Corporate series for engraving–customers can’t get enough!
We’ve selected our best-selling Corporate series for this demonstration, so let’s begin! First, you will select the color that you would like to engrave. Please note that not all colors are available for engraving (mainly due to color issues with wrap/MDF construction.)
Once you’ve decided on a color that you’re pleased with, it’s time to scroll down to the volume order form. Here you will select the color and size of the frame you would like to engrave. You’ll do this by clicking the boxes right-most column called “Engrave?”. After clicking, simply select the quantity that you would like. After you’ve added all of the frames you desire, scroll below and click “Engrave & add to cart”.
You will then be directed to this listing page, which is mainly to inform you of what you have selected. Click on the prompted button to continue to the custom Laser Engraving application.
Here we are, the personalization page! At this step, you will personalize your very own engraved picture frame. The choices are limitless–not only can you select any of our engraveable frames, but you can select whether you would like to engrave DIRECTLY onto the frame OR use one of our four plate options. These options include Rounded and squared shapes in both gold and silver. We also have a wide selection of fonts to choose from, as well as the ability to upload your own logo or image!
Speaking of uploading your logo, your results will be at their premium if you upload a high-quality image. The image will upload to the page small, and if you have uploaded a color image, please not that it will be adjusted to monochrome. Therefore, for best results, we advise that you upload a high-quality, black and white version of your logo. Also, please take note that there is acharacter limit for this app, but you can contact customer service for ANY special requests and we would be happy to find a solution and create a detailed mockup for you.
After you have customized your frames and are satisfied with the result, your next step will direct you to this page. You will be able to view all of the information that you entered into the previous page. Be sure to proofread your information, then confirm your information by clicking the checkbox. To check out, click the “Add to Cart” button and continue.
That’s all there is to it! If you have any questions about laser engraving, feel free to contact us!
We are often asked what our most popular frame sizes are. It is first important for us to clarify how our sizes work in general. Here is the list of all of the sizes that we consider to be standard frame sizes:
In our experience, these are the most popular and most utilized sizes overall. These sizes cover a wide range of photograph sizes, poster sizes, art print sizes, and many other common sizes we see every day. Our most popular sizes are:
5x7’s are a very popular frame size because so many photographs are printed off in the 5×7 size. 5x7’s are the perfect size to display your photos on a desktop at work, home, or to give a precious memory to someone close to you.
Our 8×10 picture frames are top sellers at Frame USA. Once again, 8×10 is a common picture size, but it is also a perfect frame because it includes a mat. Our 8×10 frames come with an off white mat for a 5×7 image, allowing you to mat your 5×7 picture to help highlight your memories.
11×14 frames also include an off white mat but for an 8×10 image. Many of our customers love this size because they can use the frame with the mat, or remove the mat and highlight their 11×14 photographs. Our picture frames all offer this versatility, making Frame USA’s picture frames perfect for any occasion or event.
If you are looking for a medium sized picture frame, the 16×20 size is a great choice. Our 16×20 picture frames include an off white mat for an 11×14 image. This option provides just over 2” of matting on each side of your image. This is a great size picture frame because you can make it a highlight piece on your wall, or part of a mixture with other frames to form a collage on your wall.
Our largest popular size picture frame is our 24×36 size. 24×36 is the main size that most posters that are sold come in. Therefore if you are looking to frame a poster for a dorm room, your office or house, or to give as a gift, this is the perfect picture frame size for you.
When choosing the best picture frame size for you, always make sure to measure your image first. All of our frame sizes are based on the inside dimensions. Therefore if you have an 8×10 image and do not want to use the mat, you still want to order an 8×10 frame. If you have an 11×14 image and do want to include a mat, it is important to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.
Now the question is what is a custom size frame? A custom size frame here at Frame USA is any size outside of our standard 32 sizes (refer to chart listed above). We can produce almost any size frame your heart can imagine. Our only limitations come into play with the width of the moulding- the thinner the frame, the smaller the maximum size will be.
We hope this article on our most popular frame sizes has provided you with all of the information you may need when ordering our picture frames. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
We’ve had requests for a product like this, and with the great success its had in our retail store, we decided to add a new ready-made product that’s sure to be a hit! The picture frame is very large, as is the inside mat which is used to collect signatures. The best part is, the kit comes complete!
Like a guest-book that you can proudly display on your wall, our Special Event Signature Mat Set will give guarantee you memories that will last a lifetime!
From our E-bay pages:
Commemorate your special event with this signature mat set. Instead of your loved ones’ well wishes hidden from view in a signature book; they can be displayed encompassing your photo. This 5” wide white mat will accommodate over 150 signatures and messages from your guests. The wire hanger is included but not attached, so you have the freedom to choose if your frame will hang vertically or horizontally. A beautiful 2.5″ wide matte black wood frame with a shiny inside lip handsomely adds the finishing touch. A comparable picture frame and matting at a custom frame shop would cost over $140.00.
What comes with this set:
1 Custom sized picture frame, mat opening suitable for an 8×10 or 11×14 photo.
1 White double mat; ACID FREE conservation grade so your signatures and photo will not age, fade, or turn yellow.
2 Signature pens; permanent black ink, smear and water resistant when dry, and acid free
1 Cardboard backer
1 Styrene front protective sheet; a lightweight type of plexiglass
1 Wire hanging kit
AND FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the continental United States
This frame is easily disassembled making it a breeze to use. Lay the frame face down on a clean surface. Bend flexpoints up away from the cardboard backing. Remove everything from the frame. Tape your photo to your mat and place your matted photo and the backing back into the frame (keeping the styrene safe for later). Push the flexpoints back down against the cardboard. After your event, open the flexpoints again and remove everything. Remove the protective films on the styrene and place it into the frame along with the signed matted photo and backing. Push the flexpoints once more down against the cardboard. Install the wire hanger and enjoy!