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The Anatomy of Buying Local

People often ask us what we mean when we say that buying American-made helps the community, so we decided to make this graphic to help show all the amazing ways that spending your dollars on local-made goods helps. Purchasing items that are made here in the USA helps the economy on both a micro and macro level! Aside from the obvious results that shopping local at UNIQUE USA gives us all (getting a quality product and feeling good about buying from someone in your community), when you buy items made abroad you're helping another country's infrastructure but when you buy things made here at home you're putting money right back into local infrastructure. Here are a few ways your dollars help:

  • Business owner tax dollars (city, state AND federal) go toward public services. That's everything from our public schools and police safety patrols to highway improvements and local parks!
  • As a small business grows they have to outsource, hire freelancers and/or begin to hire employees, helping to create jobs in their community.
  • They also use numerous service providers, who are themselves each small business owners in the neighborhood, such as printers, couriers, manufacturers, accountants, etc. The cycle is continuous!  

So while you may spend a few more dollars on things made in the USA, when you're buying American-made your dollar is going toward much more then a beautiful, locally-produced product. Yay!

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November Desktop + Phone Wallpapers are here!

We're so excited to share with you our November series of desktop and phone wallpapers! We wanted to make a cozy, minimalistic reminder to keep pushing, reaching and generally kicking ass - like a boss, of course. Enjoy and share with your friends! 

For your laptop/desktop: (click image to download)


For your phone: (click image to download)

 
 

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OCT PEP RALLY: Geronimo Balloons!

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Holy moly, are you ready for this month's Pep Rally?! We are all high around here (on helium of course...) with excitement because Jihan Zencirli, founder and head balloon trooper of Geronimo Balloons is our guest speaker! Join us at The Unique Space on Thursday evening, October 16, from 6:30 - 8 for a night of inspiration, tales and small biz smack-down. Aside from being one of the coolest people on the earth, Jihan created an entire industry within the wedding/events industry with her balloon creations - spawning thousands of copy-cats around the world! Don't miss this awesome talk, RSVP NOW.

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Polite Society Paper!

We love discovering new brands making super rad Made-in-America products!

POLITE SOCIETY PAPER is a mother + daughter design team based in Los Angeles. We asked the duo to fill us in on their brand and what inspires them every day.

What lead you to start POLITE SOCIETY PAPER? 

POLITE SOCIETY PAPER was formed out of our passion for stationery and the realization that we had a unique esthetic to bring to the market. 

What do you use as inspiration for your line?

Our inspiration comes from a shared love for vintage, clean + minimal style, and our inner tomboys that occasional come out to play. Together we collaborate on every item - brainstorming ideas, sketching + perfecting designs, choosing colors + card stock... and cooking some pretty amazing lunches in our studio! 

Where do you hope to take POLITE SOCIETY PAPER in the future?

We’ve launched POLITE SOCIETY PAPER with a collection of graphic and text, all occasion cards, but plan to take our design approach into other areas of paper + home goods in the near future.

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Hashtag Awesomeness

We love interacting with you and discovering new talent, so we have created three awesome hashtags on Instagram for everyone to use! Tag and share your pics and we will regram our favorites every week... Fun times!

  1. Share your adventure and road-trip photos with us using #uniqueroadtrips
  2. Got great travel spots to share, secret cafes you love, hotel discoveries, packing tips? Share them with us using #uniqueusatravel
  3. Inspired by the great Fourth of July flag photos we saw, we created #uniqueusaflags so you can share fab flag pics with us!

Here are just a few stunning photos that you'll see:

By @igreen97

By @igreen97

By @jillithtay

By @jillithtay

By @evill

By @evill

By @blossomvintage

By @blossomvintage

By @steph_m_collins

By @steph_m_collins

By @sonjarasula

By @sonjarasula

By @brittstreiss

By @brittstreiss

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Hats Off to Autumn!

While we are going to miss catching warm rays on the beach, there is one season we love the most because of the amazing wardrobe options: Autumn! It's Back-to-School time, which means the great new Fall lines and trends have arrived. One of the things we are loving seeing is how many Made in the USA hat designers there are in stores right now! We've rounded-up our favorites for both men and women... Enjoy!

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Rockin' Out at First City Festival

Last week Team Unique packed into a car for an epic road-trip up the California coast to Monterey, for the First City Festival. Every year we partner with the awesome music festival/carnival to create an American-made Marketplace filled with vendors. This year's fest was amazing with Beck, Phantogram, Tanlines, The National, Tokyo Police Club and more. The truly unique thing about the fest is that it's in a beautiful atmosphere by the ocean, so the temperature is perfect day and night, and that admission includes all the carnival rides!!! It's a chill, fun festival. Here's a peek at the good times, photographed by Bryan Dale.

Sonja and Kellie roadside on the way up to the festival.

Sonja and Kellie roadside on the way up to the festival.

Phantogram blew our minds... 

Phantogram blew our minds... 

The National

The National

Beck and his band were AMAZING!

Beck and his band were AMAZING!

The festival includes a carnival and free rides!!!

The festival includes a carnival and free rides!!!

Heads up!

Heads up!

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New Desktop & Phone Wallpapers!

You've been asking us for phone and desktop wallpapers for awhile, so we got our act together over the summer and are proud to introduce UNIQUE USA Wallpapers! Every single month we'll bring you rad designs and photographs to download for free. Here is our very first round of images... You can say we went 'bananas', hehe!

Your desktops and phone screens have never been so unique! Enjoy...

or for your phone:

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Thanks LaLa Land!

Thank you LA! Our 6th Annual LA Summer Market, took place in downtown LA August 9 & 10 and it was a blast. Cool shoppers, awesome participants and loads of fun perks like photos from Smilebooth, free DIY crafting, free drinks from RUNA, Joia, GT's Kombucha and more! Here is a collection of our favorite photos from the awesome weekend of American-made shopping.  *CLICK IMAGE TO SCROLL THROUGH THE GALLERY

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Biz Card Ballin'

Our fearless founder, Sonja Rasula, finally agreed it was time to get a business card. But she didn't want just any old business card - she insisted on designing something fabulous, crazy, shiny and most of all, unique. Here is what she came up with: the thickest card stock she could get and letterpress with copper foil. Thanks to Underwood Letterpress who made Sonja's wildest 'bling biz card' dreams come true!

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NEW! The Unique Clique Classroom

  We are excited to announce a new attraction within our UNIQUE USA Markets: The Unique Clique Classroom! Now you can come see our hand-picked experts tell their stories, give advice, teach a class, answer your questions and more - and it's included in the price of admission! This August 9 & 10 head over to the Unique Clique Stage within the LA Summer Market to get inspired. Scroll down to see the speaker schedule... SATURDAY, August 9 2014 2 - 2:45pm: Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett           "The Real ABCs of Taking Your Idea and Making It Into a Business" 4 - 4:45pm: Sonja Rasula, founder of Unique USA/The Unique Space/CAMP           "1 Part Destiny, 2 Parts Washing Dishes: How to Go from Crappy Jobs to Owning Your Own Empire" SUNDAY, August 10 2014 2 - 2:45pm: Bonnie Tsang, photographer                       "The Power of Marketing through Visual Social Media" 4 - 4:45pm: Andrew Gibbs, founder of TheDieline.com                      "Global Trends in Packaging & Design"

 

We are excited to announce a new attraction within our UNIQUE USA Markets: The Unique Clique Classroom! Now you can come see our hand-picked experts tell their stories, give advice, teach a class, answer your questions and more - and it's included in the price of admission! This August 9 & 10 head over to the Unique Clique Stage within the LA Summer Market to get inspired. Scroll down to see the speaker schedule...

SATURDAY, August 9 2014
2 - 2:45pm: Ellen Bennett,
founder of Hedley & Bennett
          "The Real ABCs of Taking Your Idea and Making It Into a Business"
4 - 4:45pm: Sonja Rasula, founder of Unique USA/The Unique Space/CAMP
          "1 Part Destiny, 2 Parts Washing Dishes: How to Go from Crappy Jobs to Owning Your Own Empire"

SUNDAY, August 10 2014
2 - 2:45pm: Bonnie Tsang, photographer
                      "The Power of Marketing through Visual Social Media"
4 - 4:45pm: Andrew Gibbs, founder of TheDieline.com
                     "Global Trends in Packaging & Design"

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