At Oriental Trading Company, we have been bringing joy to our customers for over 100 years. Founded in 1932 by Harry Watanabe, our company has grown from a small novelty shop in San Francisco into one of the nation’s largest direct retailers of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties, and more.

Our History

Harry Watanabe immigrated to the United States from Japan as a young man in the early 1900s. He worked odd jobs up and down the West Coast before settling in San Francisco, where he opened a small novelty shop selling decorations, toys, masks, and other fun surprises sourced from his homeland. Harry dubbed his store “The Oriental Trading Company” as a nod to the Far East origins of many products he offered.

Business was modest in the early years, relying on word-of-mouth promotion from Harry’s loyal neighborhood customers. But soon visitors from other parts of the city – and eventually other parts of California – came seeking the unique selection at The Oriental Trading Company. By the 1950s Harry had moved the operation into a larger building and expanded the product line.

Harry’s son Grant took leadership of Oriental Trading Company in 1962. He inherited his father’s passion for bringing delight to customers across the country. Grant modernized operations and established Oriental Trading as a mail-order catalog business. Our first catalog had just 12 black-and-white pages – but was filled with almost 300 different products!

The 1970s and 80s were times of tremendous growth for our company. Oriental Trading expanded catalog circulation nationwide and invested in our first company computers to help manage inventory and orders. We also began designing products in-house to complement imported novelties from Asia.

Grant’s daughter Terri joined Oriental Trading full-time in 1990 and ushered our business into the digital age. We launched in 1998, making our full product selection available to customers 24/7/365. Today sees almost 10 million visitors per month!

Under Terri’s leadership, Oriental Trading has become one of the most trusted and beloved retailers of party supplies, arts and crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties, and more. We now offer over 25,000 products, with 99% shipping directly from our massive warehouses. Our catalogs – both print and digital – reach millions of households every year.

While technology has changed much over the past century, Oriental Trading still operates on the same principles of stellar customer service, quality merchandise, and bringing joy to our customers that Harry Watanabe established in 1932. We remain family-owned and take pride in spreading happiness.

Our Products

Arts and crafts, party decorations and supplies, school supplies, toys and novelties…Oriental Trading offers all this and much more! Browse our website or catalogs and you’re sure to find exactly what you need for any occasion.

We work directly with manufacturers all over the world to source quality merchandise at affordable prices for teachers, parents, DIYers, party hosts, and everyone in between. Oriental Trading sells products in the following main categories:

Party Supplies

Oriental Trading is the ultimate one-stop shop when planning a party! We offer party decorations, tableware, favors, piñatas, and so much more. Our unbeatable selection makes pulling off any theme – from superheroes to dinosaurs, tea parties to tacos, birthdays to graduations – a breeze. Party hosts can shop with total confidence at Oriental Trading.

Arts & Crafts

Get creative with our wide assortment of arts and crafts merchandise! We carry fun and innovative craft kits for tie-dye, jewelry-making, painting, mosaic art, candle-making, and so much more. bulk craft supplies like googly eyes, pom poms, craft sticks, and fabric also make projects affordable. Teachers and parents will love the discounts available on bulk orders.

Toys & Novelties

Surprise the kids in your life with exciting toys and novelties from Oriental Trading! We offer classic toys like bounce balls, kaleidoscopes, jacks, and yo-yos. Novelty items like puzzles, pranks, magic tricks, finger traps, and more let kids giggle and have screen-free fun. Our quality plush animals, puppets and miniatures spark imaginative play. You’re sure to find treasures to delight children of all ages.

School & Educational Supplies

Oriental Trading understands the tight budgets teachers and parents face when stocking up for back-to-school. That’s why we offer everyday low prices and deep discounts on bulk orders of classroom supplies and educational toys. From pencils and notebooks to arts supplies like paint, clay, and craft kits, you can outfit an entire classroom without breaking the bank. Activity kits, fidgets, flashcards and more make learning engaging for kids.


Is it a holiday? Oriental Trading has the decorations and supplies to make any special occasion memorable! Our unbeatable selection of seasonal merchandise includes decorations and costumes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, Valentine’s Day…any holiday under the sun! Party hosts can instantly transform any space thanks to our scene setters, signs, centerpieces, disposable tableware, and more – all at Oriental Trading’s famously affordable prices.

Why Customers Love Us

For over 90 years Oriental Trading has delivered smiles, savings and exceptional customer experiences. There’s so much to love about shopping with us!

Great Prices

Oriental Trading works directly with manufacturers worldwide so we can pass incredible savings on to you. Whether shopping for a classroom, birthday party, office celebration or at-home crafting, you’ll get the volume discounts by buying direct from us. Shop now and save more with Oriental Trading!

Huge Selection

Simply put, nobody has a larger selection of value-priced party supplies, decorations, educational toys, crafts and novelties than Oriental Trading. We offer over 25,000 items across dozens of categories – far more than other discount retailers. Oriental Trading always has the right products in stock for holidays, hobbies, learning and just for fun.

Fast Shipping

Time is precious, so Oriental Trading ships most orders the same business day! Our expansive network of distribution centers across the USA means most customers receive their packages in just 3-6 business days. Place your order by the cutoff time in your timezone and it will ship free that evening!

Quality Guaranteed

Every product sold by Oriental Trading meets high safety and quality standards. From party supplies to plush animals, you can trust our merchandise is made to last. We stand behind all products with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Love your purchase or your money back – no questions asked!

Excellent Service

Our friendly customer service team stands ready to help with any order questions or concerns. Reach us easily via phone, email or online chat. Oriental Trading has earned rave reviews for quickly resolving issues to keep the smiles coming!

Giving Back

Oriental Trading’s success over the past century stems from the communities that have welcomed us. We believe strongly in giving back locally and take pride in our charitable programs.

We proudly partner with DonorsChoose to fund learning projects requested by real teachers across America. To date over 200,000 students have benefited from Oriental Trading’s contributions! Teachers at eligible public schools can request supplies, field trips, guest speaker visits and more. As requests are fulfilled, photos and project updates are shared online.

Our company also donates merchandise and funding to various other educational foundations and community organizations across the USA. Non-profits can request sponsorships from Oriental Trading to help their missions touch more lives. We are always seeking new local partners to support.

No matter how large Oriental Trading grows our commitment to people and communities will remain at the core of our business. We look forwarding to spreading smiles for decades to come!