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October, 2007
In this issue: Featuring Gift & Decor Manufacturers “Made in the USA”
  • Frankoma Pottery Produces Collectible Keepsake Medallion
  • Featured Vendors In GiftsWholesale.Com
  • Trade Shows

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Gift and Decor Manufacturers "Made in the USA"

“There aren't any gift and home decor products made in America anymore,” said a Gift & Decor industry marketing consultant in a position to know. “Everything's made overseas now, mostly in China.” Many others we talked to concur. There's no use looking for Made in USA products; they don't exist in this industry, says the conventional wisdom. It's too expensive to manufacture in the U.S.

But it isn't true!

Just in the relatively small universe of OmegaNet B2B web site clients, there are more than two dozen manufacturers who make all or most of their products in the United States. For example, Crown Mulling Spices of Alabama, which has had a link on GiftsWholesale.Com continuously since May, 1998, makes its product in the US.

Jon Hogue of Channel Craft was interviewed by Fox News Channel about Made-in-America toys.

The recent rash of recalls of products made in China has a lot of retailers asking about the availability of products Made in America.

Toymaker giant Mattel may have been hit hard by the China recall scandals (about 1.5 million toys recalled for lead-based paint), but Pennsylvania-based Channel Craft makes toys right at home so they know what materials are being used. Channel Craft's Vice President Jon Hogue was recently interviewed on the Fox News Channel, talking about their made-in-America, hand-crafted toys, games and puzzles. "What we are really geared towards," Hogue said, "are authentic toys, games and puzzles that are still manufactured right here in the U.S.A." (view video clip)   (read more)

Kiss Me In The Garden's factory is located in Northridge, California.

Kiss Me In The Garden, Inc. produces all of its Body & Bath products in its Northridge, California facility. “Because we do it all,” says President Karen Mandell, “from the raw ingredient to the finished product, we have superior quality control and can afford to put in large amounts of the finest ingredients...and still sell them at a competitive price.” The 15-year-old company has over 100 made-in-America products to choose from and a free custom label program. (read more)

The recent rash of recalls of products made in China has a lot of retailers asking about the availability of products Made in America.

North of New York City, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, nestled between dairy farms and back country roads is Fiddler's Elbow. For 35 years, the family-operated design and manufacturing company has been dedicated to producing fine hand-printed gifts including screen-printed textile, soft sculpture and kitchen textile products. (read more)

“We have brought the assembly of our product back to the USA,” says Karen Helenthal, president of Expressions from the Heart, Inc., who had problems with the quality of work done overseas even before the recent recalls. “While still a small company, we have created jobs for about one dozen Americans. Our clear glass hearts are painted by a U.S. coating specialist and then returned to our Winter Park, Florida facility where our 'heart specialists' hand-set the Swarovski crystals, hand-tie the ribbons and bows, and imprint each heart with its individual name.” (read more)

The historic river port town of Plymouth, North Carolina, is home to Way Bags, maker of eye-catching handbags. Way Bags believes there is still a market for American goods sold for a fair price; that there is still a market for excellent quality that remains long after the price is forgotten and for a product the retailer will be proud to pick up and show the customer. (read more)

Camille Beckman's Idaho facility.

The small Boise suburb of Eagle, Idaho, is home to Camille Beckman, which is known worldwide for the quality of its fine creams and lotions. Its formulas are based on rich and wholesome ingredients, blending small batches and using hand-crafted, old-fashioned methods. The Classic Camille Beckman Line originated in 1986 and was created for specialty shops. (read more)

Applelicious' gourmet chocolate apples and specialty candies are prepared by hand and packaged in its north Alabama kitchen. Applelicious Apples are large, delicious Washington State apples, hand-dipped in delicately rum flavored caramel, rolled in pecans and dipped in your choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate.

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Oklahoma clay is the raw material used by Frankoma Pottery to create their nationally recognized bakeware and kitchen products, which are molded, glazed and fired in their Sapulpa, Oklahoma plant. One of the oldest potteries in the US, Frankoma collectibles are consistently listed among the top ten collectibles on EBay according to Martha Stewart. (see story below) (read more)

Quality and attentiveness to environmental impact characterize the products produced in Surrey, Maine, by The Borealis Press. Borealis says it is one of the fastest-selling lines in the industry, partly because so many of the greeting cards seem perfect for many different occasions. The first Quote UnQuote cards, which quickly became the company's best-selling product and eventually, as one person said, "changed the look of the card industry" because so many others started copying the photograph-plus-quote idea. (read more)

Aspen Bay Candles' fragrances are designed in-house at their Starkville, Mississippi location, with the assistance of the finest perfumers from all around the world. The company has always used only American-made zinc core wicks, which are more expensive than plain cotton wicks and which give you the advantage of an easy-to-light (or relight) wick. (read more)

The Lone Star State is home to Judy Havelka Enterprises, Ltd., which produces 31 fragrances available as "Blended Botanicals" (potpourri), candles, linen and room sprays, and more. Founder Judy Havelka says, "We no longer use the word potpurri to describe our product due to the erosion of quality we have seen across the industry." Havelka's “Designer’s Blend” was included in the coveted “goodie bags” given to celebrities during the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.(read more).

These manufacturers and many more have bucked the trend of looking overseas for cheap labor and found that it is still possible to produce quality products in any region of the United States. Other OmegaNet Inc. clients that manufacture and/or assemble their products in the United States include American Picture Company, Bay Pottery, Great American Puzzle Factory, The Greeting Place, Laura Leiden Calligraphy, Plentiful Pantry, The Professionals, Sugar Street Weavers, Suzy's Zoo, and Wellspring.

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
indicates a CAMEO EZ© web site. indicates a Made-in-America product line.

American Picture Company: Great quality framed art at very competitive price points for gift & décor retailers. Primitive, Folk, Americana, Landscapes, etc. Always adding fresh new art images while maintaining top repeat sellers! Available glassed or textured.

Applelicious: Whether your business is gift baskets, gourmet foods, special occasion gifts, or florist, Applelicious Apples will set your business apart. Applelicious Apples are large, delicious Washington State apples, hand-dipped in delicately rum flavored caramel, rolled in pecans and dipped in your choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate.

Art Glass Imports provides retailers and distributors with reasonably-priced, high-quality gift items. From our gorgeous Designer Collection Perfume Bottles to our incredible Oil Lamps, our imported glass artwork will increase your sales due to their high demand.

Aspen Bay Candles: SIMPLY BETTER CANDLES! It’s a big claim, but we back it up with facts – the Aspen Bay Candles are the best candles on the market – a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Aspen Bay invites you to take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. It is quality you can see, and most importantly, smell! Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times of our candles, we are sure you will be back again and again... Check us out at

Badash Crystal: Our 24% hand-cut lead crystal is produced in the finest factories in Europe by the same artisans that manufacture for Mikasa, Waterford, Lenox, and Sasaki. Every piece is individually and safely gift boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving and/or personal pleasure.

Borealis Press is one of the fastest-selling lines in the industry, partly because so many of the greeting cards seem perfect for many different occasions. Store after store reports that these cards and magnets are their top sellers, and that customers often buy several (or even a dozen or more) at a time.

Camille Beckman products are as timeless and charming as the shops that sell them. The jars and bottles of the Classic Line are adorned with our signature trademark - the tiny hand-tied satin rosebud. The New Generation Spa Line was recently introduced with a whole new look. The New Generation's contemporary fragrances are reflected in their modern marbleized packaging.

Channel Craft For almost 25 years, Channel Craft has been manufacturing Authentic American Toys, Games and Puzzles that are "Quality Crafted" right here in the U.S.A. You'll find American Pastimes that are produced by skilled craftsmen and women to ensure aesthetic beauty, durability and great play value. Order online by October 31st, and receive FREE FREIGHT on your first web order!

Don Mark Lifelike puppies & kittens that actually breathe. These adorable pets offer a real pet ownership experience without the work or expense. Perfect petzzz -------the ultimate pet. We now offer 30 breeds of puppies and kittens to choose from. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Expressions Of The Heart: A wonderful assortment of colorful designs and heartwarming stories in this collection that are sure to bring smiles, laughs, and even tears of joy! There are collectable hearts for every holiday which makes them perfect for year-round gift giving.

Fiddlers Elbow: All of our products are Made in the USA, functional, decorative and reasonably priced. Three things make Fiddler's Elbow unique, great original artwork, high quality gifts that sell for under $30 retail and products in collections that complement each other to help increase the average value of a sale. Our tradition remains to provide exceptional customer service and convenient ways to do business with us. We welcome the opportunity to become one of your preferred vendors.

Frankoma Inc. You can feel the difference when you touch a piece of Frankoma Pottery. Since 1933, Frankoma has the perfect gift. Whatever you’re looking for - heartfelt keepsake, kitchen or home accent, or even a new collectible - you’ll find it here. In fact, Frankoma collectibles are consistently listed among the top ten collectibles on EBay according to Martha Stewart.

Gallery Art Glass is the leading resource for all-weather stained glass - fun and functional garden giftware and home décor. We offer affordably priced, handcrafted home and garden accessories that add beauty and color to any setting. Collections include windchimes, birdfeeders, plant stakes, nightlights, windows, holiday and wine accessories.

Judy Havelka Enterprises: JHE is an "Extraordinary Botanical" design company revolutionizing the way fragranced products are developed and utilized within interior spaces. JHE products are "handmade" all natural explosions of fragrance, color and texture!

Kiss Me in the Garden: Kiss Me In The Garden, Inc. is a family owned business dedicated to manufacturing high quality, American made bath and beauty merchandise.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

So Seong Inc.: We invite you to visit our online HOME, where you will find the very latest in Baby, Tween, Teen and Family photo frames and gift accessories. Browse each room for UNIQUE and FUN Photo Frames, Keepsake Boxes, Wall Décor, Lap Desks and Desk & Vanity Organizers. Our products have a lot of value!

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Way Bags strives to bring you the most eye catching superbly made handbag or accessory we can possibly make. Way Bags are distinctive fashion handbags, totes and novelty accessories for the gift and fashion retailer. "Pride. Quality. Hard Work. Faith in God."

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes™, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens™, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

Frankoma Pottery Produces Collectible
Keepsake Medallion

Just in time for Oklahoma Centennial festivities and the approaching Holiday Season, Frankoma Pottery is introducing a hanging ornament which is a commemorative Centennial "Keepsake Medallion". Coordinating with Frankoma's top selling Centennial Plate series, their hand crafted terra cotta "Keepsake Medallion" includes a new Scissor Tailed Bird and Red Bud Tree design by Tahlequah Native American artist Murv Jacob on the decorative side and special commemorative copy on the flip side of each unique piece.

The Medallion in its packaging.
Trimmed all around with silky gold braid, each 3 inch "Keepsake Medallion" dangles a 4 inch matching gold tassel from its bottom rim, and sports a gold hanging loop at the top. Displayable as a Christmas ornament during the Holidays, the Medallion is intended for year round use and can be hung from any cabinet, dresser, door knob, wall or even decanter, lamp or towel bar. Considered to be jewelry for the home, the "Keepsake Medallion" with a $24.95 MSRP is offered at fine stores and in a choice of three glazes: Antique Red, Antique Green, and a soft neutral shade called Parchment.

The Antique Red Keepsake.
Frankoma's Centennial design is the first in a "Keepsake Medallions" collection to celebrate special events and days. Also orders for corporate and private custom designs are now being accepted, and a special division called "FanTassels" has been created especially for college, university, and professional sporting teams and events. The hanging Keepsake Medallions collection was inspired by elaborate antique key tassels used to decorate keys to important cabinets and chests.