Halloween Safety: Be Seen This Season

It’s that time of year when the sun will be setting earlier and the ghouls and goblins will be coming out! Kids can get so caught up in the excitement that they forget about Halloween safety. We have put together a list of items that your local business can use to help keep the kiddos safe during this spooky time of year!

Halloween Safety Items

Halloween Safety Coloring & Activity Book

Halloween Safety | Coloring BookThe end of october is a special time of year. Kids get to dress up and pretend to be whomever they want, and gets treats on top of it! This Halloween Safety Coloring and Activity Book has 16 pages of coloring and activities that teach important safety lessons for Halloween. Recommended for children ages 3 and up. A great giveaway for police and fire programs, costume and party stores. Don’t Forget the Crayons! Make it Easy — Make it a Fun Pack: any coloring book or activity pad conveniently packaged with a 4-pack of crayons in a sealed poly bag. No assembly required.

Halloween Pumpkin Lights

Halloween Safety | Pumpkin LightThe Halloween Pumpkin Lights is made of PP & Electronic Components material. It is a great options to attach to your kids candy bag or even costume to make sure that they can been seen while trick or treating!

 Safety Reflectors

Halloween Safety | Reflective LightRound Shape Safety Reflector – Round shape safety LED flashlight reflector. Push button and clip on the back. Ideal for Halloween, school student, bike riding, camping, emergency, travel and self-promos.

Safety Reflector/Flashlight – Safety 3 LED flashlight reflector with swivel carabiner. Three control modes: flash fast, slow, or stay solid. Use swivel holder attachment that hooks to belt loops for added visibility at night. Ideal for Halloween, school student backpack, pets, bike riding and camping. Great gift for flashlight key holder, key tag, keychain, key ring, safety program, emergency, travel and self-promos.

 LED Whistle Safety Light Stick

Halloween Safety | Light StickChemical Glow Stick meets the 21st Century. Angled, Light-Up L.E.D. Light Stick. A GREAT ALTERNATIVE to the standard Glow Stick with High Powered L.E.D.’s offer a Lighted Wand, a Lighted Flashing Wand AND a High Powered Flashlight. Coupled with an Emergency Whistle, this is 1 Great Promo Item. Lanyard and batteries are included and installed. The Special Frosted Plastic in this stick ENHANCES the lighted effect. Orange is great for Halloween Promotions.

Pumpkin Drawstring Backpack

Halloween Safety | Candy BagExclusive Jack O Lantern cinch up bag is a new and unique seasonal alternative to the disposable trick-or-treating bags. Features the same durability and reliability of the classic drawstring bag. Jack o lantern stock art comes pre-printed on the front of each bag in reflective ink. Great safety precaution for a night of ghouls, ghosts, witches and goblins. Add your logo or message to the back for an exciting and professional giveaway or promotion. Made of 210D Nylon and features grommeted adjustable soft black Nylon shoulder strap doubles as drawstring closure.

Halloween Safety | Glow Stick

Glow Bracelet/Sticks

Glow sticks and bracelets make the perfect Halloween safety accessory! They are light weight and your kid won’t even notice they are there. Glow sticks and bracelets come in a variety of colors and make it so your child can be seen while out trick or treating!

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2017 New Fall Gear

Can you feel the chill in the air yet? Those crisp mornings are a sign that fall is upon us and with that comes this year’s new fall gear! We have a lot of new exciting products for you to check out and upgrade your schools, teams or corporate apparel. There are only a few of the products highlighted below, but if you want to see all of the new gear CLICK HERE.

Upgrade Your Look This Season with New Fall Gear

Eddie Bauer® StormRepel® Soft Shell Jacket

Fall GearUnsettled weather won’t dampen your adventures in this sleek 3-layer soft shell with exclusive StormRepel durable water repellency (DWR). Created with 8K/3K waterproof, breathable fabric, the outer shell has stretch and the look of your favorite sweater or heathered fleece. The brushed microfleece interior adds warmth and comfort. Front zippered pockets, locking reverse coil zippers, comfort fit cuff binding. Contrast Eddie Bauer logo embroidered on left sleeve. Made of 100% polyester knit shell with DWR coating bonded to a water-resistant laminated film insert and 100% polyester brushed microfleece interior.

Fall GearDistrict Made® Lightweight Fleece Hoodie

This lightweight hoodie is extra soft with coverstitch details for go-anywhere style. With the ladies style sporting a cowl neck and slightly longer length making this exceptionally soft hoodie a great look with leggings. These lightweight hoodies are perfect for the crisp fall school events and festivities.

Port Authority® Flannel Shirt

Fall GearOur flannel shirt takes laid-back looks to the next level. Ultra-soft and just the right weight, it makes a statement with a classic plaid pattern and casual comfort.

  • 4-ounce, 60/40 cotton/poly flannel
  • Lightly brushed for softness
  • Open collar
  • Bias-cut back yoke
  • Back shoulder pleats
  • Double button-flap chest pockets
  • Bias-cut pockets
  • Button-through sleeve plackets
  • Adjustable cuffs

Check out these styles along with all of our other new looks for this fall HERE!

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Top 3 Screen Printing Mistakes

Screen Printing MistakesAnd how to avoid them.

Mistakes are inevitable. No matter what industry you work in there are bound to be mistakes, after all we are only human. Even though mistakes cannot be 100% prevented you can do things to minimize how often they happen. We have compiled a list of our most common screen printing mistakes and what we do to minimize them.

Our Screen Printing Mistakes

Smudged Print

Sometimes during printing you end up with a smudged or ghost print. This occurs if the t-shirt or the screen shifts during the printing process. If you do not have enough spray tac on your palette your apparel can shift between prints.

When printing we are always checking to make sure that our screens are tight and that we have enough spray tac to hold the apparel in place. With that being said it does happen from time to time. When it does we replace the shirt for the customer and use the messed up one for future test prints.

Missing Graphics

Very rarely we have had a small piece of a graphic missing from a print. Such as a line missing here or part of a logo not showing up there. This happens when the artwork is being output and burnt to the screen. When working with the art we work with pantone colors. For example if one of the main colors in a graphic is red there might be a piece of it that looks like it is the same red, but it may not be the exact same pantone number and therefore could get left out when burning the screens.

The best way we have found to avoid this is by double checking everything at every stage during the process. There have been a couple times where something has made it to print then been caught and we have to go back and fix it. Which can be very time consuming, but at least our customer is getting what they expected!

Flaking or Cracked Ink

More often than not people jump to the conclusion that their ink has gone bad if it cracks or flakes after being printed. However, this is not always the case, very rarely it is. In reality it is because it hasn’t been cured properly and unfortunately there are many factors that can play into this issue. A good place to start is by checking the temperature with a temp gun and/or thermal strips. If your temps are good it could be that the layer of ink is too thick or there is moisture in the garment keeping it from reaching the full temp.

We recently ran into an issue similar to this and we had to go through a few different tests only to discover that it was a combination of old ink and over flashing the garment.

The Best Piece of Advice …

Screen printing mistakes can be costly if you don’t catch them ahead of time. Double check everything during your printing process and then check it again!

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Get the Most Out of Your Promotional Products

Promotional ProductsSo you have decided to add promotional products to your marketing strategy? Great! However, you are not quite sure how to make them do the work for you that everyone keeps telling you about. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Make Your Promotional Products Work For You:

Be Creative.

But realistic. Think about your customers and what kind of items they use on a daily basis. Today they can put your logo on pretty much anything that you can think of. But that doesn’t mean that you want to go putting it on something that is not related to your business or isn’t useful to the customer.

If it’s not related to you then the customer might not remember exactly who you are or what you do. If the customer can’t use it then it will probably end up in the trash, and nobody wants that.

Make them visible.

Whether you are at a trade show or even in your office, make sure that your promotional products can be seen. Don’t hide them away in a closet in the office, they won’t do your company any good there. Promo products are essentially walking billboards and therefore cheap advertising for you!

At a tradeshow? Make sure they are on your table so that potential customers can see that you have free goodies and then you can talk them as they grab one.

At the office? Put them in waiting areas, customer service desks, any place that your customers will go and encourage them to take one.

Hand them out everywhere.

Take them to networking events with you and hand these out instead of business cards. Everyone there will be handing out cards and yours will just get lost in the stack! Hand you a custom promotional product and you are sure to stand out from your competition.

However, you do need to be a little careful with this. You don’t want to be handing out something that is big and bulky. This will just get in the way and frustrate the person on the receiving end. Also, you probably don’t want to haul a bunch of bulky items around with you either.

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10 Awesome Ways to Recycle Old T-Shirts

Recycle Old T-ShirtsEveryone is guilty of have a ton of old t-shirts hidden in their closets. However, we all have our own reasons for keeping them stashed away. Whether it be that the shirt brings back memories or you have a few lucky shirts there is a reason for keeping it. Do you need to make some room in your closet, but don’t want to part with your beloved t’s? Check out our list of ideas to recycle old t-shirts:

Recycle Old T-Shirts

  1. Produce Bag – Do you like to frequent farmers markets? Check out this tutorial and make your own produce bag! Delia Creates
  2. Rag Rug – Your feet will be thanking you for this one! It is a little more work, but the end result is pretty neat. XOELLE
  3. Infinity Scarf – Fall will be here soon and what better way be prepared then to make your own custom infinity scarves! Check this out: Scarves
  4. Tote Bag – You can never have too many totes! They are perfect for re-usable grocery bags and so much more! Follow this tutorial on how to make yours! Instructables 
  5. Quilt – This is a great option for anyone going off to college! A quilt of your kids favorite tees will make them feel at home in their dorm room. Stars For Street Lights
  6. Dog Toys – Don’t spend tons of money on those expensive rope toys at the store! Take a couple of your old t-shirts and make a rope for your furry friend. Bark Post
  7. Super Hero Capes – Every kid wants to be a super hero at some point! Take one of your old t-shirts and help them create their custom cape. You will be the super hero in their eyes! The Tip Toe Fairy
  8. Wall Art – How cool is this? Remember contests, races or events that you have participated in by making a collage of the shirts on your wall! Cut Out and Keep
  9. Throw Pillows – Looking for an inexpensive way to add some flare to your place? Customize your throw pillows with some of your favorite t-shirts! The Happy Housie
  10. Apron – Do you or someone you know like to cook? These are a creative and inexpensive way to protect your clothes while making your next Gordon Ramsey worthy dish! Ruffles and Stuff

Of course we could go on and on with ideas to recycle old t-shirts, but we are pretty sure you don’t want to sit here all day reading ideas.

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