The Power of Simplicity

Amy Faust is an Oakland California based jewelry designer who uses color and a confluence of organic shapes combined with a variety of recycled materials to create contemporary, elegant and highly wearable jewelry.  Amy is also a dedicated “Green” artist and is as eco-friendly as possible in her business. She has received [...]

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Autumn in August

Despite what it might feel like (we’ve been having record heat here) Fall is coming fast. That means a long string of holidays to get ready for; starting with Halloween and Thanksgiving.We’ve put together a collection of Autumn themed packaging to make it easy to get all the packaging you need in one place.Don’t let the [...]

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How to Make a Gift Basket - (Video Tutorial)

Creating a gift basket may seem like a challenging task, because of all the options available. But don’t get overwhelmed; a great looking gift basket is only a few simple steps away. All you need are:1. A basket2. Packing Paper3. Shreds4. The items you want in your basket5. A hair dryer6. Shrink Wrap7. Glue Dots8. Curling [...]

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Bringing Value By Breathing New Life into Products

If I were to describe Angie from a. j. wear in one word, it would be enthusiastic. We’ve only corresponded through email but you can feel her energy through the words she writes. She has a good reason to be enthusiastic as she runs a unique jewelry business that specializes in bringing old jewelry back to life.She prides [...]

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A Product You’re Proud of is Worth It

Suzanne is the owner of Artizanns Gift shop and Gallery. She graciously shared her story with us.“I started my small gift/gallery with 35 Finger Lakes artisans in Naples in 2004, and after 2 years we had grown to represent 125 regional artisans.  In 2006 I took the plunge and purchased a 1905 home on Main Street w/ample [...]

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Raffia, Ribbons & Bows, Oh My!

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy uses a gingham hair bow to pull back her hair into pigtails. Today, I believe a modern Dorothy would choose a more environmentally friendly way to tie her hair. Perhaps she’d even go as far as using a natural ribbon like raffia. What Is Raffia? Raffia is made from the dried palm leaves of the [...]

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Passion Makes Dreams Come True

The story of Laura and Guardian Angel Thrift is one of true inspiration. Laura began telling me about her business by describing it as, “A burning desire to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research.” She started Guardian Angel Thrift and in less then two years had to expand to a second location. Her local community caught on [...]

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10% Off Holiday Packaging for Christmas in July

Despite the record heat here in upstate NY we are in the Christmas Spirit. Mostly because we like giving gifts, (but also because our fall catalog will be coming out next month and we need to make room in our warehouse for all the holiday packaging) we are offering 10% off all winter holiday packaging.Just use the coupon [...]

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Great Bargains On Packaging!

We have great deals every day in our bargain packaging category on closeout packaging. If you happen to consider yourself an above average bargain hunter though, you’ll want to subscribe right now to our weekly email newsletter. It gives you the first notice of upcoming sales, current discounts and info on the latest and [...]

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Because a Brand Adds Value

The Eleventh Hour is a local boutique gift shop here in Rochester and is a loyal custom packaging customer of ours. We recently asked Sue (the owner) why she continues to print her packaging. She gave us many reasons why she is confident that custom printing adds value to her business“We have chosen to get our bags and [...]

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