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What Does Made In America Mean To You?

Made In America

These days, we hear so much in the news and media about being Made in America or Made in the USA.  While this “phenomenon” is new for many businesses, it is not a new initiative for this picture frame manufacturer.

At Frame USA, we have been focusing on being Made in America since we started over 30 years ago.  We manufacture on average 2,750 picture frames a day, in all categories:

In 2010, we were even featured on a Diane Sawyer special that focused on American-made businesses: http://www.frameusa.com/pages/worldnews.

So what does Made in America mean to me?  Made in America means working hard to keep American jobs here in the United States, and offering great opportunities to so many throughout this great country of ours.  While politics may be a focus on your opinion of Made in America, it is not a focus of mine.

We produce great American made picture frames, at low wholesale prices every day here at Frame USA.  As our economy changes, our small American made business notices it quickly.  Do we lose business to China?  Yes.  Do we care?  Yes and no.  In our experience, many people come forward and are looking for the cheapest option all the time.  Then when they find out it will take them 6-12 weeks to get their picture frames from China, they appreciate our 4-5 business day turnaround a lot more.

We care because no one wants to lose business, however, do we waiver on making great American made products, no way!

Kelly Ackerman
Kelly Ackerman

This Guest Blog was written by Kelly Ackerman, Sales Operations Director of Frame USA.

 

 

The First Day Of Spring Is Here!

spring 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017 marks the 2017 spring equinox. The equinox occurs every year on the 19th or 20th of March and this days marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and happens at the same moment across the entire world.

The word equinox is derived from two Latin words and means equal night. This is important because on the equinox, day and night are equal duration on the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. During this time the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards that sun and that’s what’s causes longer days and warmer weather as more light hits the hemisphere.

To celebrate the first day of spring Frame USA is offering 10% off all Colori Picture Frames all month long. Use Coupon Code: Colori10 & enjoy these wonderful savings.

Welcome-To-Spring

Spring is upon us so get ready for the longer days and warmer weather!

Frame USA March News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

March-News

 

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Colori Picture Frame Series is a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

March Charity of the Month: The ASPCA

ASPCA-Charity-Page

“The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the ASPCA in appreciation for your online order for the month of March.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Need Your Frames In A Hurry?

Looking for a last minute gift? Have an art show that you need frames for immediately? Worry not, Frame USA has just what you need.

Here at Frame USA we have what we like to call Fast Ship Frames (aka FAS). This means that some of our most popular frame series, sizes and colors are kept in stock to be shipped within 24 hours of an order being placed. It’s true!

Spotting a fast ship frame is easy enough. You can easily these ship frames by their unique item number. Their item numbers are the same as the picture frames we normally ship except that it begins with the letters “FAS” and are in red.

Fast Ship Frames
Fast Ship Frames

Another way to locate our FAS frames is by going directly to our “24 Hour Shipping” section on the website. This contains every picture frame series that has fast ship.

So if you need picture frames in a hurry, you can place an order for one of our FAS Frames on Tuesday and it will leave our warehouse by the end of the day Wednesday. So now you know that if you need a high quality and affordable picture frame in a jiffy, there are options at Frame USA.

Additionally, Tuesday February  21st – Thursday February 23rd, enjoy 10% off all Fast Ship Frames with Coupon Code: 10FastFrames!

 

DIY Picture Frames – Mosaic Picture Frame

Mosaic Picture Frame
Mosaic Picture Frame

Whether you have old picture frames lying around unused or you’re just a creative person who loves new projects, our DIY Mosaic Picture Frames are just the thing for you. A mosaic is art that’s made by combining pieces of glass, tile, stone, etc. in a decorative manner.

Turning your frame into a mosaic is not as difficult as the fancy name suggest. There are a few items you will need to complete your very own DIY Mosaic Picture Frame:

  • Picture Frame
  • Colored Glass (tile, mirrors, stone or pottery would be an acceptable substitute)
  • Grout (or other adhesive)

To start this project you first need to break the items you plan on using to decorate the picture frame with.  Once you feel you have broken your items into enough pieces to cover the picture frame you need to spread some grout onto the frame. With your picture frame covered in grout you now place the broken pieces of your item onto the grout covered frame. Next you need to fully allow your frame to set and dry for a couple of hours. After your picture frame is completely dry there will be a layer of grout on top of your mosaic pieces but it will come off with a damp paper towel.

When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

Send us pictures and let us know how your mosaic picture frames turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

February Charity of the Month: The GreyBird Foundation

GreyBird Foundation
GreyBird Foundation

Counting Crows established the GreyBird Foundation because we believe America is a dream in which the thoughts and needs of each and every person matter. Unfortunately, people feel small as the world expands and they forget that they ARE America.

So we find the people down the street from you who are trying to do their part to help and we try and help THEM. Get involved with the idea of being involved people. After all, it’s your town, your country, your world, and no one will ever make as much of a difference as you can just by waking up and being a part of it.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the GreyBird Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of February.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

GreyBird Foundation
GreyBird Foundation

Architect Picture Frames

Architect Picture Frames

The Architectural Style is defined by the attributes that make a design, building or structure notable or historically identifiable. These attributes are more clearly defined as form, method of construction, materials etc. Most architectural styles change over time to mirror the changes in religion, fashion, technology, materials or even the emergence of new ideas.

Architect Picture Frames
Architect Picture Frames
The Architect Series Picture Frame is a ready-made wood frame with a thinner, squared profile. These architect picture frames may be custom engraved with any name or logo and offers a contemporary look for interiors, home, or office, and is the perfect design for artwork, prints, photos, and awards. One of our best sellers, the Architect Series wood picture frames are available in a wide choice of colors and popular picture frame sizes.
Architect Picture Frames
Architect Picture Frames
As mentioned above, our Architect Picture Frames can in fact be laser engraved. Laser engraved custom picture frames offer personalization and corporate marketing with the highest-quality possible. We can laser engrave your team or company logo directly on many frames, the glass, or your matting. We also laser engrave metallic adhesive plates that can be mounted just about anywhere. Engraved frames make a great gift for family, friends or work giveaways! Get your engraved picture frame today.

Valentine’s Day Is Around The Corner

Valentines Day

Celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to showing that special person in your life that you love them. On this day most restaurants are booked with reservations, flower shops are running out of roses and jewelry stores are in heavy demand. But one of the best gifts you can give is one that has meaning. Presents that you create yourself or help design can show your Valentine just how well you know them and how much you care about them. One way to do this is by putting important photos or mementos from a special moment into picture frames and then customizing those frames.

At Frame USA we have a number of different frames that would be perfect for creating this kind of unique Valentine’s Day present.

Decorate-It Picture Frame & Unfinished Picture Frame

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

These unfinished wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that Do-It-Yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted in different variations of red or pink for a Valentine feel. The flat profile of these do it yourself frames make them ideal for gluing heart decorations in the vain of Cupid.

Unfinished Profile 1
Unfinished Profile 1
Decorate It 2" Frame
Decorate It 2″ Frame

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray
Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

These frames are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizes, so why not kill two birds with one stone. Get your Valentine a Barnwood tray and put a special picture of the two of you in it so next time they have guests over not only will they be entertained, but they will be envious of the love you have for your partner.

Shadowbox Picture Frames

ShadowBox Picture Frames
ShadowBox Picture Frames

If you have any significant mementos or items that remind you of your Valentine, shadow box picture frames are the way to go. Framing mementos will let your Valentine know that not only do you appreciate them, but you also remember even the smallest of memories.

ShadowBox

Laser Engraving

For those of us running short on time or those who just aren’t as crafty, picture frame engraving is the quintessential picture framing idea. At Frame USA we are able to make custom engraved frames with names and logos onto a select variety of our frames, glass or matting. Leave a cute message or the date that you and your Valentine met and watch their heart melt.

Corporate Wide Red Mahogany
Corporate Wide Red Mahogany

So as February 14th gets closer, consider giving your valentine something they can hang on their wall and cherish for many Valentine’s Days to come.