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KINDY'S MAKING SOUTH PHILADELPHIA A TRUE 'TINSEL TOWN '

Four generations of the Kindermans have been creating Christmas memories for families all over the world since the early 1900s.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 08:49PM

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.

Upcoming Events For 2014

TREE GIVEAWAY - 98.1 WOGL'S "The Breakfast Club" includes air personalities: Ross Brittain, Valerie Knight, Frank Lewis and Bill Zimpfer will be broadcasting live Saturday, December 13th from 10am to 1pm at Kindys. Giving away 98 Christmas Trees (while supplies last). Winners will line up and get a chance to spin the 98.1 WOGL prize wheel. Land on a Christmas tree and win a free tree!!

TREE LIGHTING - Kindy's Sponsors the 19th Annual Philadelphia City Hall Tree LightingJoin Kindy's Chiristmas Factory Outlet in Dilworth Plaza this Wednesday Dec 3rd at 7pm for the 19th Annual City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.  For the 3rd year in a row, Kindy's has provided all the lights and decorations for the event.  That's right - you can get the same lights & decorations for your home, right here at Kindy's Christmas Factory Outlet, and Kindys.com!

2013

TREE LIGHTING -  2013Kindy's Sponsors the 18th Annual Philadelphia City Hall Tree LightingJoin Kindy's Chiristmas Factory Outlet in Love Park downtown this Thursday Dec 8th at 5pm for the 18th Annual City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.  For the 2nd year in a row, Kindy's has provided all the lights and decorations for the event.  That's right - you can get the same lights & decorations for your home, right here at Kindy's Christmas Factory Outelt, and Kindys.com!Kindy's Decorates John DeBella's StudioTune in to 102.9 WMGK 11/30 from 7-9am:  Kindy's is decorating John Debella's studio!