Through the Years with FIRST IDEAS...
a story of growth & development, of new ideas which are always a little ahead of the times, always creative, always innovative

 

 

Our company was founded in 1924 and since then, home has been the landmark building where Nipper, world-renowned RCA mascot, still overlooks the growing skyline of Albany, NY.  In 1948, we became one of the first distributors of RCA consumer products in the US, and over the years, we've distributed many major brands including Whirlpool, Kodak, Panasonic, SONY, Atari, Coleco & Nintendo.

 The 70's...expansion into micro-electronics & lifestyle furniture

Highlights...Randix was incorporated in 1976 as a private label manufacturer of micro-electronic devices which married cutting-edge technology with contemporary design. During the next 12 years, these brands found great success with major retailers, catalog chains & consumers.

• TIME TRAVELER  • SOUNDAROUND  • CARLO BRUNI  • BANDLEADER  • AUDIOLOGIC

 

The 80's...expansion into contemporary, lifestyle furniture

The Tomorrow Company designed and marketed
furniture that emphasized space-saving multi-purpose styles. Move-around shelving units that needed no wall fixtures, tables that doubled as storage spaces, or flipped up to the wall
  as well as compact home/office systems were enormously popular
and could be found at Conrans, Macy’s, Wanamakers & the Work Bench  and seen in the editorial pages of The New York Times, San Franciso Chronicle, Metropolitan Home to name a few.

• WALL GRABBER  • A-TAGERE  • TECH-TAGERE  • QAD-X • TABLES FOR YOU

 

the '90's

First Ideas saw great growth in the 90’s, continuing to bring the most innovative concepts in
giftware to the market. We also added a full line of decorative pet products as this market
exploded & began Saratoga Trunk & Furnishings Co. which was dedicated to design & decor
that fit the style of the moment whether for vintage reproductions or cutting-edge cool.

VIDEO VEGETABLES  • KABLOOMS  • PUMP 'EM UP  • HABICAT HIDEAWAYS

 

2000--present

After 911, Americans felt the need to create beautiful living spaces that felt safe & full of
comforts. To meet this desire, Saratoga Trunk grew, adding many new categories
including jewelry & accessories. First Ideas  added WebHeads computer companions,
Recordable ChatterPots, 1st National Mattress Bank & Call of the Wild mugs.

• WEBHEADS  • CHATTERPOTS  • CALL OF THE WILD  • ANTIQUITIES  •
• LUNA de MAR  •  SEA & SKY • BIRD OF PARADISE