Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2015

Barry's TeaEveryone associates St. Patrick’s Day with wearing green but it’s much more than that. Over the years, I have learned there are more ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s. Being an American, I have only seen people wear green, go to parties, and hold parades in the news. It wasn’t until recent years I found out that people made a tasty dish called Corned Beef and Cabbage (even if it’s just in the States). While I spent my St. Patrick’s Days at school growing up, it was still more fun to wear green and watch everyone else doll themselves up in wacky getups, wigs, jewelry, etc (plus all the kids got a green shamrock cookie at lunch)! We would read stories about Ireland and learn more about their culture. When I learned St. Patrick’s Day was also about feasting, I was very excited since my interest in UK and Irish culture has increased over the years and I love food. I have tried soda bread which is delicious but I have yet to try boxty (Irish potato pancake).

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who was known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was originally from Britain but later came to Ireland to live. It is said March 17th is the day Saint Patrick died. St. Patrick’s Day was created as a religious holiday meant to celebrate his life and work but has become a public holiday in Ireland since 1903.

St. Patrick’s Day is more important on the other side of the pond. While March 17th is a normal day for people in the United States with the addition of green to our wardrobes, it is actually considered a public holiday in Ireland, so places like banks, government offices, and even schools are closed. Since it is Ireland’s national holiday, it is a day for families to observe. Families will attend mass while wearing their best clothes to honor Saint Patrick while parades are held celebrating Irish culture. Once mass is complete, they usually join together for a feast though not with corned beef and cabbage, but rather bacon and cabbage. This dish is enjoyed with some parsley sauce, maybe with a bit of mustard and some potatoes.

While people are drowning shamrocks and toasting a certain beverage that is sometimes dyed green for the occasion, I will be St. Patrick’s Day with some Barry’s Tea imported from Ireland. Pairs up very well with a nice soda bread (especially a freshly baked one that’s buttered up while it’s nice and hot. You can also celebrate with Bewley’s, Twinings, or even our very own blend.

And so I raise my teacup in honor of Saint Patrick saying this old saying, “May your blessings outnumber, the shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A few random St. Paddy’s facts:IMG_20150310_141024_498

  • Pubs weren’t actually allowed to open on St. Patrick’s Day until the 1970s!
  • The color of St. Patrick was not originally green but instead was blue! That changed in the 19th century when green became a more official color for Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick’s given name was Maewyn Succat. He adopted the name Patrick once he became a priest.
  • The first American St. Patrick’s Day celebration took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737

~ CD

Editor’s Note: Green is typically for the Catholics on St. Patrick’s Day. As a Protestant, it is appropriate for me to wear orange. But since that is not commonly known, I typically don’t. 🙂


Fly Your NFL Team’s Banner High! – Product Review

November 24, 2014

They say, Pittsburgh is the City of Champions!  Most years it’s true!  Pittsburghers love their sports and teams!

No doubt other NFL teams invoke their own brand of team pride. At Online Stores, we’ve got you covered – no matter who you support! The United States Flag Store carries all the NFL, College, MLB & NASCAR officially licensed team flags. These banners are made from durable nylon fabric and are embroidered, not printed. We also carry 3′ x 5′ durable polyester team flags, car flags, garden flags and hard hats. One stop shop for any sports fan! Don’t forget our portable tailgate flag pole to cheer your team on while you’re tailgating!

These quality crafted 24″ x 44″ banner style NFL flags are made in China of 100% Nylon with an appliquéd nylon team logo and lettering. Each NFL flag is beautifully sewn and NOT printed. These are high quality flags at a price that can’t be beat! Flag poles and other display accessories are available separately.

Some of our specialty items include car flags with your choice of team. These flags look great flying down the highway with you any time but especially on game days.

There are pennants and garden flags for baseball and car racing, plus fun flags like the classic racing checkered flag. This design comes in streamers, as well, and is perfect for any themed birthday party.

The United States Flag Store carries college football teams, so you can join other local fans in supporting your or your child’s school of choice.

ISteelersf you are a die-hard Steelers fan, this is made just for you!

Pittsburgh Steelers Banner Flag

Whichever team you cheer for, we pretty much have banners and more in stock ready for shipping!


Yes, Made In America

June 2, 2014

FLGFACC1000025745_-01_FlagZone-Residential-Solar-Flagpole-LightI don’t know about you, but reading about 260 “displaced” factory workers in a time when unemployment is supposedly improving, really makes me mad. These are local folks who work hard for a wage that requires a second income if they want their kids to go to college – or simply to survive, if they head single-parent homes. As a country, America is a consumer nation, importing more goods than we export. What we export are services and technology. All very good things. But what the nation was founded on – hard work and tradition – is getting lost in the new economy.

The reason the mill workers mentioned above are facing layoffs is because of the cheap import of steel. Their employer has been lobbying against inequity for awhile, to remain nominal in cost and continue employing its workers. But it’s just plain less expensive to import so many products. In a time when the mill was lobbying to reduce imports of steel so they could remain competitive, the imports increased exponentially. Now we see men and women who were looking forward to retiring in five years, needing to find new jobs. We see a stalwart of the American industry closing down yet another factory. We see young kids who know the value of hard work entering the field only to exit again.

It’s a tough economy. And yes, United States Flag Stores does import some of their products. You can clearly see on the item description pages, the Country of Origin. It’s there for every flag so you know exactly what you are buying when you place your order. We carry some imported flags for those of you who may prefer something about them – the price, the material, your homeland (because America is the great Melting Pot!). And every customer is important; every customer is why we are in business; every customer has his or her own story. But if you do a search of all of our products, and plug in “America” for Country of Origin on our US Flag search page, you will see over 550 United States flags made right here in America – more than all other countries combined. We have thousands of US-made International flags site-wide, again far more than any other country of origin. Because we love our country. And we know you do, too. Thank you to all our loyal customers who support this American company by buying American flags.


Priceless!

May 19, 2014

Clever picnic invites: $10
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Whimsical Easter Banner Flags

March 16, 2013

Easter is coming up this month, March 31, and there’s no better way to decorate your house for the joyous holiday than with an Easter decorative banner flag from the United States Flag Store. The United States flag store has a beautiful selection of banner flags for Easter. As always, all flags are made from the highest quality materials and are available to you at the lowest possible prices. Read on to learn about some of the great designs.

The Easter Chick Banner Flag is the perfect way to decorate your house for Easter. This adorable banner flag features an Easter basket filled with colored eggs, grass and a white flower. The basket has a big purple bow on top and a toy chick on wheels appears in front of the basket. The text  “Happy Easter” appears in pink letters on top of the flag and the bottom of the flag is rounded to the contour of the basket. This flag is appliqued and embroidered, made of 100% polyester, and measures approximately 28 by 44 inches. Order one of these beautiful flags today for only $16.85.

The 3D Bunny and Eggs Decorate Banner Flag is truly a unique flag. The flag features a pink and white bunny that spans the length of the length of the flag. The bunny is standing next to three large, beautifully decorated eggs. The flag is beautifully appliqued and embroidered but is also quilted to give it a three dimensional appearance. The flag measures approximately 33 by 40 inches but is cut to the contour of the Easter bunny and eggs. Order one of these beautiful flags today for only $19.99.

These are just two of the beautiful flags available for Easter at the United States Flag Store. Visit the online store for the complete selection!


Valentine’s Day Banner Flags

January 30, 2013

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! Get into the sweetheart spirit with a beautiful banner flag from the United States Flag Store. All banner flags from the United States Flag Store are printed on durable polyester so they’re suitable for indoor or outdoor use. They’re printed, appliqued and embroidered with vibrant colors and are available at absolutely unbeatable prices. Check out a few of the great designs.

The Cupid and Heart Banner Flag is a great way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day. The flag features a white silhouette of Cupid with his bow and arrow in the center of the flag. Behind cupid is a large pink heart on a red background with several white hearts around it. This flag measures 28 inches by 44 inches, includes a pole hem with attachment tabs, and is available from the United States Flag Store’s website for just $16.49.

The Valentine Blossom Banner Flag is the perfect way to decorate for Valentine’s Day and bring a little spring feeling to your home, as well. The flag features a pink heart-shaped flower complete with pedals, a pink stem and pink leaves in front of a white background. Order this beautifully festive flag today for just $19.95.

The Love Hearts Banner Flag is a beautiful flag for Valentine’s Day. The flag features a large red heart with the word “LOVE” printed across it in the center. Other pink, white and blue hearts surround it in front of a red and white background to make for a perfectly festive banner flag. This flag is appliqued and embroidered for added texture and quality. The flag measures 28 inches by 44 inches, includes a pole hem and attachment tabs, and is available on the United States Flag Store’s website for just $18.95.

Love Hearts Banner


Whimsical Valentine’s Day Banner Flags

January 22, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day Banner

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to get your house in the spirit for the holiday than with a banner flag from the United States Flag Store. All banner flags from the United States Flag Store are made from high-quality polyester and printed, appliqued, and embroidered with bright, vibrant colors. They’re suitable for indoor or outdoor display and are available at the best prices on the Internet. Check out a few of the whimsical designs.

The Happy Valentine’s Day Banner Flag is the perfect way to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day. This flag features two whimsical hearts with smiling faces and white mitten hands. A Valentine’s envelope, rose and the text “Happy Valentine’s Day” also appear on the flag. This beautiful banner measures 28 inches by 44 inches, includes a pole hem and attachment tabs, and is available at the United States Flag Store for just $18.95.

The Love Valentine’s Banner Flag is another great flag for Valentine’s Day. This flag is full of red, pink, hearts and love. The flag features a red heart in the center with the word “Love” printed below it. Pink and red hearts and flowers appear in background. This flag measures 28 inches by 40 inches, includes a pole hem and attachment tabs, and is available at the United States Flag Store for just $19.99.

The Valentine’s Day L-O-V-E Banner Flag is simply an adorable way to bring festivity to Valentine’s Day. This flag features the word “LOVE” in big block letters adorned with X’s and O’s, hearts, and flowers. Butterflies and  flowers appear in front of the light pink background. This flag is perfect for your home and is available from the United States Flag Store for just $19.99.