Help Your Clients Pamper and Relax

Calling all spas, salons, and retailers! Pamper your clients this holiday season (and all year long) with this great gift item.  Have your special message printed on the front.  Includes a reusable natural wood caddy that contains a nail brush, exfoliating sponge, pumice stone and loofah wrapped in an elegant, reusable organza bag.  Buy as few as 50 items and get special pricing through year end.

It’s perfect for employees, customers and volunteers for less than $10.00 per item.  Works well with wellness programs and any health related promotion.

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Custom T-Shirt Makers

Work Smarter Not Harder: Save on Repeat Orders

Purchasing custom items online is different from other purchases because the are other elements involved, like the number of items to purchase (size and color considerations for an entire group, versus one person) and the artwork.

Here’s one tip that can help make your next order more affordable and hassle free.

When you reorder the same item and use the same imprint, you can save a bundle on set up charges.
So for example you order items for a give away or direct mail promotion and you order the smallest quantity possible. The promotion turns out to be a big hit and you decide to expand it.

All you would need to do is call us up, give us the order number from the previous order and say “repeat the order”. We will take it from there. We’ll look up your order and artworK and send it to the factory.

The reason this is such a great idea is that many manufacturers will give you a price break of 20% – 50% on set up charges if you use the exact imprint on the repeat order.

As a matter of fact, many factories will maintain your artwork for up to one year. So the time needed to get proofs, create and approve artwork is eliminated.

So if you’re looking for a hassle free order, you may want to look at items you’ve recently ordered, to see if there are any products that would make good repeat orders. Then send us the quantity wanted and let us do the rest of the work. As they say, leave the driving to us. For more information, contact us at

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Think About the Ink!

Give Your T-Shirts a Little More Flair with Glitter and Crackle

Give Your T-Shirts a Little More Flair with Glitter and Crackle

Looking for something to add vintage flair to your apparel designs? Ink types like glitter ink, and crackle screen printing can provide just that. These finishes give your apparel a retro, vintage or worn look and feel. If you’re thinking about a theme that supports days gone by this may be an excellent option.

Crackle Screen Printing– If you’re looking for the worn look of an old tee, crackle is an excellent choice for the imprint. Crackle ink gives the look of a tattered and split imprint with the durability of a modern, freshly printed design. There are also certain fonts that will provide that same effect.

Glitter Ink Printing – Since retro is in, the glitter imprint is very popular on ladies tops. These inks contain large flakes of shiny mylar that gives the print a very shiny, reflective look. What’s even better is that unlike metallic inks, the print will not dull upon washing.

Unfortunately, glitter is not a good choice for very detailed imprints.

Think about these two popular options for your next apparel order. Contact us for pricing and other ideas.

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Use Apparel to Advertise Where Your Customers Live

If you’re like most consumers, you have a collection of promotional items from various companies.  Promotional products are everywhere – and for good reason. Handing them out is one of the most effective ways to boost the popularity of a company and its products and services.  T-shirts and apparel are the most popular promotional items on the market and we are going to give you a few of the reasons why.

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Get this shirt printed with your logo!

Customers love to receive them because they fit in any environment whether they are going to the grocery store, and sporting event or the mall.  T-shirts are part of their everyday wardrobes, they’re comfortable and casual and they’re very popular on the weekend.    

They have unique features that make them number one in advertising.  And the best thing is that now they are available in styles and fabrics that matches or surpasses any other piece of clothing in the average closet. 

If you purchase t-shirts for your business and hand them out, you’ve in essence enabled the recipients of your shirts to become walking endorsements for your company without saying a word.  What better way is there to advertise? 

Here’s some additional reasons to  buy and distribute custom t-shirts this spring and summer:

  • They generate goodwill in the community, who doesn’t like a freebie?
  • They’re economical and durable, making them a great buy for the money.
  • Custom t-shirts are available in high end fabrics, specifically made to absorb mositure for sports-active clients.
  • They come in a variety of sizes and companion styles to suit every member of your group.

Now is the time to buy for spring and summer activities.  While it’s smart to get the most for your money, make sure to buy items that will reflect a quality image.  We make it easy to buy for spring and summer activities with quality names you know and trust, low minimums, and our shirts include a one color, one location (full front or back 13″ x14″; or left chest 4″ x 4″)imprint as well as free artwork assistance. 

The shirt in the photo above starts at $6.55 – $4.04 each for white in quantities of 12 – 48 and $8.14 – $5.39 each  for color for a quantity of 12 – 48. Quantity discounts apply which means the more you buy, the more you save!  Contact us for all your t-shirt needs, or send us your project details and we will send a quote.   If you’re on Facebook, please visit us and register to win free custom printed items!

Utilizing the Family Refrigerator

Utilize the Family Refrigerator

Did you know that the typical American refrigerator acts as the family communications center?  And on average, people open the refrigerator 22 times per day? That’s a lot of exposure that is often overlooked.

Why not display your advertising message in this common but overlooked area?  Think about it, most households use attractive business card magnets to hold important papers, shopping lists, photos, and their children’s artwork.  Why not reinforce the great experience your customers had with your company, by making it convenient for them to keep your contact information?  If they like your company or their interested in what you’re providing, they will more than likely be happy to place your magnet on their refrigerator.  When used, business card magnets will keep your contact information in a convenient location until it’s needed with fewer competing advertisements.  They can also be used to spread the word about events, specials and more.

Stay ahead of the competition and take every opportunity to keep your brand in front of customers and prospects.  Your message needs  constant exposure, paired with stellar customer service and great products to stand out.  Keeping your company memorable and prominent is crucial in helping to navigate the unfriendly economic climate facing many companies today. Business card magnets might be the perfect solution to keep your name front and center.

Place your message here!

Look in your purse, desk or briefcase, and you are likely to find tossed-in business cards.  And you think with the best intentions,  “I will keep these cards in case I ever needed to call a real estate agent, a doctor, a lawyer, etc.”

However the average person is more likely to start from scratch when looking for a particular service.  Social media and technology hase made it really easy to find service providers.  And the biggest reason most people start from scratch is that when you need the typical business card, you probably won’t be able to find it.  You may have a fleeting memory of the information contained on the card, but not enough exposures to remember any of the information needed to make a repeat connection.

Beat the high cost of advertising your business, and simply swamp the field of potential customers with these magnets!  Hand them out everywhere, to anyone you know, or anyone you do business with.  You’ll be surprised to see how many people end up contacting you first for their business needs when they have your information in a convenient location!

Provide potential customers with your information, literally at their fingertips, when they need to contact you.  Simply use our images

auto shop business card magnets

and layouts and send us the wording you want on the magnet… it’s that easy.  You can also upload your own image and layout or use BIC’s free stock backgrounds.  The price includes a FREE4-color process imprint on a white magnet.

Convenience is the name of the game in today’s competitive market.  Customers and potential customers want convenience and nothing provides more convenience than business card magnets.  Hanging on refrigerators and filing cabinets, they tell customers who you are, what you do, and how to contact you.   Include your photo, a coupon, or announce a special event or activity. Send them out periodically so that when they get tired of one card they will have a replacement.  Keep your business card magnet holding up their favorite vacation photo, or their child’s artwork or report card on the refrigerator, so that they are far more likely to take notice and call you first when they need your product or service.

Halloween Safety Tips

Custom Printed Halloween Treat Bags

Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren’t the only things to be afraid of on Halloween.  Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat.  To avoid the many dangers children face while trick or treating, use these tips.  And be aware of potential hazards, taking precautions to eliminate them.  Consider heading for an indoor Halloween party and bypass any chaos or danger.

If your group is planning a Halloween party, visit us for ideas, business building tips, and custom printed Halloween items that can be used for prizes, decorating and give away items.

Costume Safety Tips: These tips can also apply to adult Halloween costumes as well.

  • Wear flame retardant costumes.
  • Make sure your Halloween costume is colorfast so the color doesn’t run onto your other clothes if it rains.
  • Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering.
  • Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and fall.
  • Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes or buy costumes that have reflective or glow in the dark capabilities.
  • Avoid cumbersome masks, especially masks that limit your peripheral (vision on each side) vision.  Use make-up instead.
  • Make-up should be hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
  • Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
  • Double tie your shoelaces so you don’t trip.
  • Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
  • Don’t carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they’re flexible and cannot harm anyone.

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
  • Take along money for a phone call.
  • Wear identification that’s easy to read.
  • Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
  • Follow a curfew and take a watch with a back light.
  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Walk. No running.
  • Don’t trample through flower beds and gardens.
  • Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
  • Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Only visit well lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.
  • Don’t enter any houses.
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag — in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
  • Don’t approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Don’t cut across yards and stay out of back yards.
  • Follow traffic signals and don’t jaywalk.
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
  • Review the “stop, drop and roll” procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Respect other people and their property.
  • Be polite and say “thank you.”
  • Don’t eat any candy until it’s inspected for tampering under bright lights.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.

Halloween Safety Tips.

Plan Now for the Busiest Time of the Year

Full Color Custom Plastic Cups

Full Color Custom Cups 12, 17, 20 and 32 Oz. Sizes Avail

Need a low cost way to build your business and gain exposure?  Fall will arrive soon with about 85 days until Halloween.   This is an excellent time to plan a fall event (or several) to promote a company, a person, or an event.  Did you know that Halloween is the second largest retail shopping season, surpassed only by Christmas?  After Halloween, the selling (and printing) season gets really busy, with Thanksgiving and then Christmas.  That doesn’t include the other national observances like National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The last quarter of the year is packed full of opportunities to reach out to existing customers and attract new ones.  It would be easy to skip attending or hosting as many of these opportunities as possible if this has been a particularly hard year for your organization.  The economy has been a challenge on multiple fronts.  However when you’re experiencing a slump, it would be a mistake to skip these opportunities because they will set the tone for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.

Planning is key to the success of any event or promotion on your schedule from now until the end of the year.  Promotional items can be the key to your marketing success because they are very affordable, and they go a long way toward keeping your name in front of customers, prospects and associates over the long term.  If you’re not sure how well they can work for you, consider these books, available on our Amazon bookstore:  The Silent Salesmen: Guaranteed Strategies for Increasing Sales and Profits Using Promotional ProductsThe Power of Promotional Products.  Ordering promotional (custom printed) items early,  is key to obtaining quality items and taking advantage of sales and discounts to meet your needs.   Ordering early also allows you to avoid frustration from additional fees for expedited production and shipment, limited selection,  and the holiday rush that occurs each year.

Take a look at your planner today and make a list of the events, advertising promotions, conferences and workshops you plan to host or attend through the rest of the year.  Decide which promotional items you’ll need to purchase and make plans to purchase them long before the holiday rush sets in.   Contact us for quality promotional items for budgets of all sizes and manufacturer’s specials for popular, name brand items.

If your planner looks a little empty, look at the business building tip below:

If you’re a small business, consider contacting a community group, church, school etc. and sponsoring or co-sponsoring an event and donating custom printed items Halloween trick or treat bags, t-shirts, cups, balloons  and more with the event logo or theme (and your sponsor message on a portion of the item) for souvenirs.   It’s a great way to make your message highly visible to the public, and family related holidays and observances can provide opportunities to reach children as well as their parents, while promoting goodwill in the community.

Other custom printed items like ribbons, buttons and awards can be used for prizes, raffles and give away items during fall festivals, parades and more.   Contact us or visit our Halloween Headquarters ad for ideas covering the next major holiday.  Then get ready for events scheduled through the rest of the year.  Be prepared to take advantage of the additional opportunities you’ll be presented with during the last quarter.

Promotional Items and Custom Printed T-Shirts.