The holidays are our favorite time of year. Opening our store is like opening our home: we want everyone to feel welcome and have FUN! With Kindys.com, we wish to extend those sentiments online while also providing the safest, most secure online shopping experience possible.
Just like in our factory store, we're committed to delivering the BEST holiday merchandise at the LOWEST prices. After all, we're the factory that makes Christmas!
As we always say... "Stack 'Em Deep, and Sell em Cheap!"
Kindy's Factory Outlet Store opened in 1980 as part of Brite Star Manufacturing Company, a well known Christmas manufacturer, located in South Philadelphia. Literally opening its warehouse doors at the request of neighbors of this South Philly plant, the factory outlet sold the tinsel garland, icicles, light sets, tree toppers and ornaments that the company manufactured and imported since 1932.
The outlet store, operating out of a portion of the company's warehouse space, ran year-round for the first few years, selling everything from Christmas decorations to house wares and clothing. Then the decision was made by brothers Sandy and John Kinderman, owners of the family-run business, to operate strictly as a Christmas outlet during the holiday season. The idea quickly caught on.
Before long, Kindy's Factory Outlet was the premier stop for "all things Christmas" in the region. The warehouse space lent itself perfectly to the factory outlet model - shelves packed floor to ceiling, fully stocked aisles, featuring the latest in outdoor sculptures, trees, light sets, garlands, stockings, baskets, wreaths, crafting items, candles, ornaments and giftware.
As a true factory outlet, it could sell products at factory-direct prices. Kindy's truly lived up to its advertising motto, made famous by Sandy Kinderman, "We stack 'em deep and sell 'em cheap." Over the years, the Kindy's shopping experience became a fun-filled holiday tradition that proudly continues today, 30 years later.
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --
If there's tinsel adorning your Christmas tree this year, you might love to know that 80 percent of the world's tinsel is made in South Philadelphia.
It has been that way for more than 80 years with the world's tinsel trail leading right to Kindy's.
Four generations of the Kindermans have been creating Christmas memories for families all over the world since the early 1900s.
In fact, you might call South Philly the real 'tinseltown' because, as legend has it, the very first strands - all glittery aglow - were created here back in 1932.
"The icicle is the first tinsel that we manufactured," Judy Kinderman said.
Back then those icicles were made of lead and despite the fact that Britestar, their manufacturing line, had to switch to shiny PVC in the 1960s after lead was banned, the Kindermans say customers still ask for it.
"Because of the lead, they were able to hang delicately and beautifully on the tree and that was something that people loved," Judy Kinderman said.
She tells Action News late husband, Sandy, was the third generation of Kindermans, a real Mr. Christmas, you might say.
"His nickname was the 'Tinsel King.' He would come home from work during manufacturing season and the pieces of tinsel would be on his shoes and he would track them into the house," Judy Kinderman said.
On Wednesday, their son, Richard, was running that tinsel train at full steam with 2.8 million boxes going out this year alone.
"1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 count and they are still going on people's trees and giving memories to families all over the country," Richard Kinderman said.
The factory may look dark now, but that's because peak tinsel making season is the summer.
"Santa's elves are upstairs working in the hot summer to get everyone's tinsel out the door on time," Richard Kinderman said.
The family says the fact that it's still being produced here at home is precious and rare.
Kindy's is having its very first post-Christmas blowout sale this weekend, up to 90 percent off.