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Weddings, Family Reunions, and Summertime Events: Gifts and Favors to Host Great Events!

’Tis the Season for Gatherings

June 21st marks the official first day of summer and rings in the season of weddings, family reunions, and summertime events. Hosting a great summertime event can be made even better with great gifts and party favors to top off the festivities. With the day’s excitement prolonged, everyone will go home with a smile. But how do you choose gifts and favors to host great events they’ll love and remember?

Party On

Gifts and party favors will enhance these events. Today we’ll discuss how to select gifts and party favors they’ll adore.

Hosting a Great Summertime Event

Summertime is traditionally party time. The sunshine provides the perfect setting for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, team building, holiday gatherings for the 4th, and more! As summer approaches, the days are getting longer and people are staying out later, soaking up the daylight well into the evening.

Summertime is primetime for:

  • Weddings
  • Family reunions
  • Corporate retreats
  • Team building
  • Holiday gatherings for the Fourth of July
  • And more!

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Weddings

Customized gifts and party favors for your wedding are a special, personal way to say “Thank you” to your guests, especially those who traveled a long distance. Creating gifts and party favors is also an opportunity to get creative!

Reflect on the memories you’ve already shared with your spouse to be. Do you love hiking in the woods? Take an Instagram selfie with a waterfall in the background for a coaster image.

Choose from a wide selection of glassware and customize it with the couple’s names, location, date, as well as clip art depicting city location, place where couple met, marriage themes (i.e. hearts or a bride and groom decoration on a cake), or something unique to the couple (i.e. skiing if it’s an activity the couple likes to do together).

Wedding planning is also a time to be practical while having fun with it. Hosting a reception at the beach? Get flip flops in your wedding colors!

Wedding ideas:

  1. Kristin & Company candles with personalized labels
  2. Mugs with photograph of the couple and date and place of the ceremony
  3. Key chains
  4. Pens
  5. Plastic cups
  6. Towels
  7. Flip flops
  8. Napkins
  9. Tote bags with the couple’s names, location of the ceremony, and date
  10. Glassware
  11. Coasters with Instagram picture
  12. Magnets

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Family Reunions

Family reunions are a great time to create momentos you can give to your family members to honor their heritage and feel part of a larger family. T-shirts and mugs with your family surname and date of the event make the day extra special for everyone. You can hold each other closer to home until your next reunion!

Personalized items are perfect for reunions because it gives each family member a piece of history. This can encourage younger members of the family to ask questions and inquire about their ancestry.

It’s also a time to celebrate family!

Did your grandparents emigrate from Ireland? Add a plaid background or a shamrock to surround your last name on a ceramic mug. Did your ancestors pack their bags in Poland? Make the flag the background of a banner featuring the family name. Moved from Mexico? We have almost every color to choose from seen by the human eye. Select bright cheery colors traditionally painted on house walls to give your tote bags a background color reminiscent of home.

You get the idea! 

Family reunion ideas

  1. T-shirts
  2. Polos
  3. Sweatshirts
  4. Hoodies
  5. Fleece jackets
  6. Mugs with the family name and a black and white picture of ancestors
  7. Thermoses
  8. Water bottles
  9. Pens
  10. Napkins
  11. Kristin & Company candles with personalized labels
  12. Banner to mark picnic spot or house location
  13. Tote bags with family surname, location of reunion, and date
  14. Key chains
  15. Fanny packs
  16. Lunch bags
  17. Coasters
  18. Magnets 

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Corporate Retreats

Tell your team you care by giving them a momento at the extended weekend. Supply items that will come in handy during the retreat and at the office.

Meeting in a cabin in the woods? Distribute hand sanitizer, flashlights, and water bottles. It can be lots of fun getting together with co-workers outside of work, but in cramped quarters it’s nice to give your employees the amenities of home. This keeps everyone in a good mood.

Corporate retreats

  1. USB jump drives
  2. T-shirts
  3. Thermoses
  4. Water bottles
  5. Jackets
  6. Hoodies
  7. Stress balls
  8. Pens
  9. Lanyards
  10. Tote bags with company name, event location, and date
  11. Key chains
  12. Briefcases
  13. Magnets
  14. Notepads
  15. Business card holders
  16. Luggage tags
  17. Hand sanitizer
  18. Flashlights

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Team Building

Summertime is the perfect time to plan a picnic and outdoor activities for your employees. It’s a great way to get to know each other better, form stronger bonds, and ultimately work better together when everyone returns to the office.

Which team-building activities do you have planned? Playing Frisbee or golf? Give your employees a customized Frisbee and golf ball to take home.

Team building

  1. Stress balls
  2. Pens
  3. Frisbees
  4. Lanyards
  5. Caps
  6. T-shirts
  7. Tote bags with company name, event location, and date
  8. Key chains
  9. Briefcases
  10. Thermoses
  11. Water bottles
  12. Notepads

Gifts and Party Favors For…

Holiday Gatherings For the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation’s Independence, but it’s also an occasion to get together with family.

Gifts and party favors can add liveliness (and convenience!) to the holiday. Keep your beverages cold with a foam drink insulator. Your drinks won’t become warm in transit from home to the fireworks downtown.

Holiday gatherings

  1. T-shirts
  2. Drink insulators
  3. Plastic cups
  4. Tumblers
  5. Thermoses
  6. Water bottles
  7. Flip flops
  8. Towels
  9. Fanny packs
  10. Lunch bags

And More!

Have another idea for a customized gift or party favor? Chances are we can accommodate here at T.R. McTaggart! Give us a call and let us know what you have in mind.

A Selection to Exceed Your Needs

T.R McTaggart provides a host of customized gifts and apparel for all of your summer event needs.

We personalize a wide variety of apparel, including:

  • Polos
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Hoodies
  • Warm-up jackets
  • Hats
  • Youth clothes
  • And more!

We carry personalized items across multiple categories. This includes:

  • Technology items
  • Desk items
  • Drinkware
  • Food
  • Clocks
  • Badges and lanyards
  • Bags
  • Calendars
  • Golf items
  • Home items
  • Outdoor items
  • Writing utensils
  • Stress balls
  • Tools
  • Travel items
  • And much more!

Additionally, we offer eco-friendly options! This includes products made of recycled and/or organic materials, and even biodegradable items.

Gifts and Party Favors from the Heart

Thinking ahead shows you care about your friends, family, and employees. With minimal effort, you’ll create something that people appreciate more than you probably realize.

Your Goal is Within Reach

Hosting a great summertime event is a manageable task. With a little pre-planning you can have customized gifts and party favors from T.R. McTaggart to celebrate the summer with a personal touch.

Contact Us

Hosting a great summertime event is exciting but can be stressful. But our staff is here to help make it easy! Contact Us today or call us at (800) 433-0983.

T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in helping planners provide unique gifts and party favors will help make your event enjoyable and memorable. At T.R. McTaggart, no job is too big or too small. We look forward to helping make your summertime event special and a day to remember!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.promoplace.com/trmctaggart

http://trmctaggart.com/products/custom/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25473554119121735/?lp=true

Benefits of Outfitting Your Crew with a Branded Work Uniform

Level Up

Take your branding to the next level with a branded work uniform! The benefits of outfitting your crew with a branded work uniform cannot be overstated.

Brand exposure is vital. After all, how can a customer make a purchase from you if they don’t know you exist? A great way to accomplish this is through your company’s direct representatives: your employees!

Reasons branded work uniforms are important:

  • Creates a professional look and atmosphere
  • Instills a sense of team unity
  • Encourages brand loyalty
  • Boosts profits
  • Builds brand recognition

Brand Recognition

Why is brand recognition important? Let us count the ways!

  1. Makes your product a “must have”
  2. Establishes you as the “go to” provider
  3. Makes you a safe, trusted choice among competitors
  4. Differentiates you in the marketplace
  5. Allows you to charge more
  6. Builds loyalty

What’s It Worth to You?

While the exact value of a brand can be elusive, it’s well established that creating and maintaining a strong brand presence is important.

Interbrand decided to make figuring out a brand’s worth more of a science than an art. The brand consulting company released its 2017 Annual Best Global Brands Report. Its methodologies show that top brands are worth millions.

Values are in millions of dollars:

  1. Apple – $184,154
  2. Google – $141,703
  3. Microsoft – $79,999
  4. Coca-Cola – $69,733
  5. Amazon – $64,796
  6. Samsung – $56,249
  7. Toyota – $50,291
  8. Facebook – $48,188
  9. Mercedes-Benz – $47,829
  10. IBM – $46,829
  11. General Electric – $44,208
  12. McDonalds – $41,533
  13. BMW – $41,521
  14. Disney – $40,772
  15. Intel – $39,459
  16. Cisco – $31,930
  17. Oracle – $27,466
  18. Nike – $27,021
  19. Louis Vuitton – $22,919
  20. Honda – $22,696
  21. SAP – $22, 635
  22. Pepsi – $20,491
  23. H & M – $20,488
  24. Zara – $18,573
  25. IKEA – $18,472

See the Interbrand list for all 100.

OK, so it might take a lot more than branded work uniforms for your company to beat out Apple for the #1 spot in 2018. But branded work uniforms are a huge start. And smart.

Take a cue from some of these top companies. Apple is known for its blue shirts with the white apple logo on the Apple sales floor and “Genius Bar” in their stores. Order a hamburger and fries at McDonald’s and the person taking your order and handing you your bag or tray has the double arch embroidered on their branded work uniform.

Coca-Cola, Disney, Nike, Pepsi, and others have taken things a step further and have gotten the general public to, in a way, wear branded work uniforms too! If you find yourself in a crowd you’ll see people wearing vintage-looking T-shirts with soft drink logos prominently written across the chest. Nike swishes assert themselves on T-shirts, shorts, hats, and shoes as not just a label, but as an integration of the logo into the design of the clothing.

Mickey Mouse is the most recognized brand and Disney made #14 on the list of top brand worth. Not too shabby! Every bit helps.

Consistency Counts

Before you order those branded work uniforms, however, first take stock of the other modes of advertising your company uses. Advertising must be used consistently across channels. Make sure it sounds like it’s coming from one voice. This ensures branding avoids customer confusion about who you are and what you sell.

What the Stats Say

Future business growth

In order for a business to grow, 77% of B2B marketing leaders claim branding is critical to success.

Take the long view

Strategize long term and sales will follow.

While selling products and services is the ultimate goal of business, 89% of B2B marketers say gaining brand awareness is the most important goal, with sales the second most important. Indeed, 72% of brand managers agree that building an audience should be prioritized over sales. Once you’ve established yourself as a trustworthy brand, your audience will convert to customers.

Remember me?

On average, 5 to 7 brand impressions are needed for someone to remember your brand.

So when your employees are out and about wearing branded work uniforms, they would only have to be seen wearing the garment 5 to 7 times by a potential customer to make a brand impression! That’s not to say that the same potential customer would spot the exact same employee every time, but collectively you get the picture of what branded work uniforms can do to promote your business!

The Rest Will Follow

If you build your brand, the sales will come! B2B companies with strong brands generate a higher Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) Margin than other companies, all things equal. 

Maintaining Your Lead

You might have struck success connecting your brand to your audience. Congratulations!

However, now isn’t the time to put things on autopilot! You have to keep your audience; that means maintaining a strong relationship with it.

In People We Trust

In a world where 42% of consumers say they distrust brands, what’s a business to do? You guessed it! Branded work uniforms. The public views advertisements on apparel and accessories worn by actual people as more trustworthy. After all, the message is being delivered by a real person, not an actor or slick print ad.

Consistency Counts

Brands that present themselves in a consistent way are 3 to 4 times more likely to establish brand visibility. Consistent brand presentation increases revenue, on average, by 23%.

Color increases brand recognition by up to 80%. At T.R. McTaggart, we have a wide selection of colors that allow us to match your brand’s logo colors perfectly to create a consistent experience for customers. The quality of our clothing will also enhance your brand’s reputation (or future reputation!) for quality.

Tips for creating a strong brand:

Here are some traits of “alpha” brands. Try to check as many boxes as possible when strategizing for your brand.

  • Consumers understand it
  • Inspires affinity
  • It’s clear what company is offering
  • It’s clear what the company is about
  • The product is perceived as the best solution to a problem
  • Appeals to rationality
  • Appeals to the emotions
  • Appealing to multiple audiences
  • Unique advertising aimed at different audience segments
  • The company does what it says it will do

Uniform options that are anything but uniform:

No matter what industry your business hails from, we’ve got options to dress your employees appropriate to your sector and consistent with your brand image.

  • Polos
  • Dress shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Knits
  • Wovens
  • Fleece
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Suits
  • Outerwear
  • Workwear specific
  • Safetywear
  • Sports apparel
  • Caps
  • Bags

Featured Apparel Brands

We offer a wide variety of quality brands to choose from. Contact us to find out how we can accommodate your brand needs.

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in providing high-quality branded work apparel for nearly any industry can help your business’ bottom line. We provide stylish and durable branded work apparel to help take your branding to the next level. Contact Us today or call us at (800) 433-0983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

http://trmctaggart.com/products/corporate/

http://www.sportswearcollection.com/?site=CRGHPGYDZS

https://www.trimountain.com/products

https://www.augustasportswear.com/#H

https://www.sanmar.com/

https://www.lucidpress.com/blog/25-branding-stats-facts

http://info.zimmercommunications.com/blog/20-stats-that-will-remind-you-of-the-importance-of-your-branding

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-donaldtrump-idUSTRE7AK2IT20111121

https://www.tourolaw.edu/lawreview/uploads/pdfs/27_2/9.pdf

https://onbrand.me/state-of-branding-report-2017

https://www.circle-research.com/wp-content/uploads/B2B-Branding-Research.pdf

http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2014/05/personal-branding-strategy-social-media-marketing-white-paper/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mckinsey/2013/06/24/why-b-to-b-branding-matters-more-than-you-think/#1f338edc59dd

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130929005029/en/Interbrand-Releases-14th-Annual-Global-Brands-Report

http://interbrand.com/best-brands/best-global-brands/2017/ranking/

 

 

effective product display

How to Display Products So They Fly Off Your Shelves

Effective Product Display

For shop owners, especially business owners of gift and resort shops, creating an effective product display can be the catalyst for an increase in sales. Utilizing these smart product display tips that work will help your items fly off the shelves – or racks –before you have time to restock!

These tips are most relevant to shops selling:

  • Apparel
  • Gifts
  • Souvenirs

Product Display Tips That Work

Want your problem to be that you can’t replace things on the shelf fast enough?

Try out these tips for an effective product display:

  1. Determine your store layout
  2. Through the door, on the right
  3. Devise a floor plan
  4. On a theme
  5. The rule of threes
  6. Feature high markup and luxury items
  7. Put like with like
  8. Arrange items logically
  9. Help customers envision themselves with the products
  10. Be your own model
  11. Appeal to the senses
  12. Use your imagination (or someone else’s)
  13. Change it up!
  14. Be inspired
  15. Connect with other advertising forms
  16. Have fun!
  17. Produce a good product

Determine Your Store Layout

Before you start creating your masterpieces, you need to get in your customers’ shoes and understand the flow of your store. How are they experiencing it? How will they come across your displays? Think about how the display relates to and reacts to traffic flow to ensure you are placing key items where customers are sure to see them.

There are three main types of store layouts. In reality, many stores are a combination of:

  • Straight
  • Angular
  • Loop

Straight

This is a typical layout for grocery stores and dollar stores because it most efficiently uses every square inch of space. Add displays at the end of the aisles, called the endcaps.

Angular

Also called a “mixed” floor plan, a lot of clothing and jewelry stores use this layout. Angular floor plans use space less efficiently than straight floor plans, but the space is more aesthetically pleasing. While grocery stores are functional and use a straight layout, fashion is more about style and so the space supports this value. Place featured displays in areas that people are funneled to based on your layout.

Loop

Shelving is set up to create a loop for customers to walk through. Think of a museum exhibit. Loop floor plans use the space the least efficiently but it feels luxurious walking through the space. No one has to worry about knocking over breakables in a store packed to the brim. Your products are also the most visible to customers.

Through the Door, On the Right

Right where they turn right, that’s where you want your display. While there are exceptions, most people tend to turn right when they walk into a store. Knowing this, you will want to make an effective product display to catch their eyes as they walk away from the entrance into the space. 

Devise a Floor Plan

With merchandising, it’s not just an effective product display that matters. First you need customers to see them! This is why it is important to design your floor plan to create an easy flow throughout the store to draw customers to your displays.

On a Theme

It’s human nature that we want to make sense of our surroundings. Choosing a theme is satisfying because it ties things together. Think of curating effective product displays like a fashion show of product vignettes rather than outfits in a collection (although they might also be outfits!)

The Rule of Threes

Think in threes. It’s a satisfying number and it’s an odd number. Asymmetry ensures your customers’ eyes are always moving, exploring your products, and never getting bored. An effective product display keeps the customer looking at products.

Feature High Markup and Luxury Items

High markup items are smart items to highlight because you’re using your space to advertise something that brings in the most profit. For example, there’s really no reason to market something like table salt, a product that’s cheap with a low profit margin. People buy it anyway and, for those who don’t, it won’t gain you much to bring in new salt-consuming customers!

Luxury items are also strategic because they encourage large purchases and, even if people don’t purchase the item, people will enjoy looking at an attractive item and it’s aspirational. Your visitors will buy other products and perhaps buy the display next time!

Put Like With Like

An effective product display puts like or complimentary items together. For example, you could set up a kitchen display with coffee, tea, cloth napkins, and cups and saucers. A display featuring items that go together can makes purchasing everything they need easy for customers.

Arrange Items Logically

Under or next to your display, arrange items so they’re easy to find. Arrange apparel from lightest to darkest, and smallest to largest. Keep extra stock close at hand so you can quickly replenish stock if a size runs out in your display.

Help Customers Envision Themselves With the Products

Anything that can aid customers in picturing themselves using the product or having it in their homes is helpful. That’s why people love to sample food and try on clothes. It convinces them that they will enjoy eating the salsa or wearing the sweater.

Perhaps a mannequin displays a swimsuit and there are sandals sitting on top of sand and seashells. Customers can picture what the apparel looks like when worn and the real sand links fantasy to reality.

Be Your Own Model (Be a Walking Billboard

Enlist employees to wear the clothes you’re selling. Shoppers are more likely to purchase items – and pay more for them – if someone is modeling the clothing, rather than just looking at a stack of T-shirts on a table – even if they are perfectly board folded. Have your employees become a walking, effective product display!

Appeal To the Senses

You’re a brick and mortar location, which means that you can appeal to senses beyond site. And you’ll have a leg up on the competition if you can appeal to all five.

It’s ideal that people can feel the fabrics, but what else can you do to capitalize on your access to the other senses?

Play calming music so customers aren’t in a rush or rock songs that appeal to the demographic of your shoppers. Timely holiday music also inspires and invigorates shoppers.

There’s a reason realtors bake bread when they show houses to prospective buyers. You don’t need to make your store smell like “home,” but a pleasant scent will encourage customers to stay longer. Burn a Kristin & Company candle to make the space refreshing (Vanilla is a scent that appeals to almost everyone.).

Use Your Imagination (or Someone Else’s)

Planning effective product displays is your chance to get creative. If you don’t feel comfortable creating a display, perhaps you have an employee who has a flare for artfully displaying products. Tap into it!

Change It Up!

You should change displays every month. You don’t want your customers to get bored. And you want to highlight new merchandise. A window display also indicates to passers-by that you have new inventory – and that they should check it out! For someone who hasn’t visited the store, a different display might catch their eye. The more effective product displays, the more chances to pique potential customers’ interests.

Be Inspired

Wherever your travels take you, be mindful of how others are utilizing displays and think, “Could this serve as a creative and thrifty product display in my shop?”

Instead of hitting the highway, take the back roads and stop by small towns. If they have more than a church and a bar, they’ll likely have imaginative store displays you won’t see anywhere else. However, you don’t have to drive 500 miles to be inspired. You can also check out trade magazines or Pinterest to get ideas.

Connect With Other Advertising Forms

If you have a print or digital ad campaign, marry your store displays with it. Customers want a consistent experience across your brand. So, give it to them! Your brand should tell a story. Each display is a chapter in the book!

Have Fun!

Don’t be intimidated, have fun with shapes, colors, textures, and props. If you have fun making a whimsical display, it will show to your customers.

Produce a Good Product

While selling strategy is important, behind the message needs to be a quality product. If you convince customers your shirts are high quality but they go through the wash only to look threadbare, clients are not going to become return clients! T.R. McTaggart provides products that your patrons are sure to love and quality you can trust will bring them back.

Items T.R. McTaggart carries that are front-window-display worthy at your shop:

  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Umbrellas
  • Bags
  • Mugs
  • Tumblers
  • Assortment of Great Gifts
  • And more!

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart has expertise in providing retailers nationwide with quality apparel and products that sell. Contact Us or call us today at (800) 433-0983 to talk about how we can help your store meet your customers’ high expectations. Use these product display tips that work and see where your results take you. Happy selling and we look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/

https://fitsmallbusiness.com/visual-merchandising-guide/

https://www.shopify.com/retail/120040003-visual-merchandising-101-how-to-create-store-designs-with-high-converting-displays

https://www.retaildoc.com/blog/7-ways-to-transform-retail-store-displays-into-sales-merchandising

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/creating-attractive-displays-2890497

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/78992

top retail events

Top Retail Events that Can Help Grow Your Business

Top Retail Events to Improve Your Bottom Line and More

Sometimes when you’re trying to expand your business and boost profits, getting outside input can spark new ideas and motivate yourself to improve. You might even step out of your comfort zone and try something new with your business. Conferences and top retail events are a great place to learn new things, keep up with business practices, network – and have a good time while you’re at it! But what are the retail events you should attend?

There are plenty of great conferences that every retailer should attend. We’ve featured some of our favorites.

This year is the best year as any to attend a conference that can help improve your bottom line. After all, why not start increasing your profits today?

Your Shop is More than Goods and a Cash Register

Running a business takes more than providing excellent customer service or the highest-quality products. Though this is helpful! You also need to keep up to date with trends in the retail industry, reach out to your peers, and always strive to learn something new to improve your business.

Make Time for Top Retail Events

It’s an exciting time for retail. Keep abreast of the hard challenges and new opportunities by attending a retail conference. While it might seem frivolous to take time off with looming deadlines and a seemingly endless flow of work, conferences can pay off big time in terms of what you gain.

So, stay current by packing a suitcase and having a willingness to meet new people and try something new!

What Are You Interested In?

There are so many conferences and so many seminar topics to choose from. Are you interested in technology? Design? Marketing? Digital strategy?

Does your business consist of e-commerce? Logistics and delivery? Straight-up retail?

Whatever your interest, you are spoiled for choice!

Be a Chatty Cathy

OK, not exactly. But go to the conference with a smile and bring a genuine interest in meeting people and learning about new developments in the industry. Conferences are the perfect place to network. So, take advantage of this opportunity!

Top Retail Events You Should Attend: Our Picks

  1. HLRCC Business Expo
  2. Wild Birds Unlimited
  3. Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show
  4. Tawas Business Expo
  5. Pleasant Business Expo
  6. MI SHRM
  7. Gaylord Business Expo
  8. Special Olympics Conference
  9. IGES
  10. Smoky Mountain
  11. Boyne Business Expo
  12. Arkansas State Park

 

EVENT #1

Name: Roscommon Business Expo

When: Annually in May (this year’s event has passed, but it’s never too soon to prepare for next year!)

Where: CRAF Center

City: Rocsommon, MI

Website: http://business.hlrcc.com/events/details/hlrcc-business-expo-05-16-2018-358

What: A business and recreation expo featuring what Higgins Lake, Roscommon, and surrounding communities have to offer.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #2

Name: Wild Birds Unlimited Annual Conference

When: June 30 – July 1, 2018

Where: Devos Place

City: Grand Rapids, MI

Website: https://devosplace.org/schedule/wild-birds-unlimited-2019-annual-conference

What: Leadership conference featuring backyard bird feeding products and focused on improving vendor knowledge about available technology that will help improve outreach and overall product sales.

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #3

Name: Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show

When: September 25-28, 2018

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center

City: Las Vegas, NV

Website: https://www.lvsouvenirshow.com/270/las-vegas-gift-show-home.htm

What: The largest show of its kind. This show offers a selection of products that will help your shop stand out among the competition. Thousands of lines of souvenirs and resort products all under one roof! 

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #4

Name: Showcase Iosco Business Expo

When: October 13, 2018 

Where: Tawas Area High School, Tawas City, MI

What: Trade show style event that provides area businesses, non-profits, and civic clubs an opportunity to present what they do and why. Businesses can display and sell products and explain services; non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to present their mission and describe their target population; and civic clubs can explain their goals, challenges, and needs to the community.

Website: http://www.tawas.com/events/showcase-iosco/

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #5

Name: Mt. Pleasant Business and Community Expo

When: October 11, 2018

Where: Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI

What: This annual trade show and networking event offers local businesses and the community the chance to see the latest and greatest in the Mt. Pleasant Area market place. The Expo is designed to be a fun community event that provides highly interactive exhibitor booths featuring demonstrations, free samples, games, prizes, items for sale, and other engaging activities!

Website: https://www.mountpleasantwow.com/event-detail/business-and-community-expo/

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #6

Name: MISHRM Conference & Exhibition

When: October 17-19, 2018

Where: Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI

What: This conference geared toward HR Professionals offers educational sessions designated to provide practical and applicable information to help you be successful. Attendees can expect to be challenged and inspired by what the conference has to offer. This year’s conference provides participants a variety of opportunities that makes it a “must event” for HR Professionals to attend.

Website: http://mishrmconference.org/index.html

Contact Irene Jantz or John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com
jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #7

Name: Gaylord Business Expo

When: October

Where: Gaylord, MI,

Website: https://www.gaylordchamber.com/search-results?m=31&l=15&t=business%20expo

What: Networking event that features over 70 local businesses. Attendees learn about products and services offered and have the opportunity foster lasting relationships with other businesses within the community.

Contact Irene Jantz for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #8

Name: Special Olympics Conference

What: T.R. McTaggart is a proud partner with the Special Olympics. Please contact Irene Jantz for upcoming event information and how you can become involved with this great organization.

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

ijantz@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #9

Name: IGES

Sieverville

When: November 3-6

Where: Sieverville Convention Center, Sieverville, TN

Pigeon Forge

When: November 4-7, 2018

Where: LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN

What: A can’t-miss souvenir gift show for retailers in the industry looking for top-quality items at wholesale prices. With many opportunities for networking, many past attendees have created long-lasting relationships while finding new suppliers exhibiting at the show.

Website: https://www.iges.us/

Contact John Rudberg for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

jrudberg@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #10

Name: Smoky Mountain Gift Show

When: November 4-7, 2018

Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

What: Features an unrivaled networking opportunities and product selection, including wholesale destination souvenir, innovative resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, t-shirts, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more.

Website: https://www.smokymtngiftshow.com/373/smoky-mountain-gift-show-home.htm 

Contact Mitch Porvin for more information:

(954) 510-9090

mitchporvinsales@gmail.com

 

EVENT #11

Name: Business Expo and Taste of Boyne

When: November

Where: Boyne Mountain Resort Civic Center, Boyne Falls, MI

What: One of the largest business networking events Northern Michigan has to offer. This event features over 70 exhibitor booths and more than 1,000 people attending. This exciting expo includes great food, networking, music, business exhibits, and more!

Website: http://www.boynechamber.com/events/details/business-expo-and-taste-of-boyne-137 

Contact Theresa Cramer for more information:

(989) 846-9577 or (800) 433-0983

tcramer@trmctaggart.com

 

EVENT #12

Name: Arkansas Recreation & Parks Association Conference and Trade Show

When: November 7-9, 2018

Where: Benton Event Center, Benton, AR

What: An event that brings together recreation, park, and leisure services professionals for networking opportunities, exhibits, music, food, and fun!

Website: https://arkarpa.org/conference/2018-annual-conference-and-tradeshow/

Contact our office for more information: (800) 433-0983

 

Top Conference and Expo Events Motivate You to Innovate

The team at T.R. Mctaggart wishes you a safe trip and happy learning for all the events you attend! Enjoy a change of pace while learning invaluable information. Remember to make the most out of your experience, meet new people, make connections that will benefit your business, and have fun!

Let T.R. McTaggart Guide the Way

If you are interested in attending a conference, but want information or advice about which conferences may best benefit your business, contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly sales reps for the 411.

personalized wedding favors

Personalized Wedding Favors that Your Guests will Love

Plan Ahead for Personalization

Planning for a wedding can be hectic and stressful. To help relieve that stress, T.R. McTaggart can help make choosing and purchasing party favors your guests will love one less thing to worry about. Selecting wedding favors guests will cherish comes down to personalization. Second to personalization, those personalized wedding favors that are utilitarian will take the cake!

Why Personalizing Matters

Many guests have travelled a long way to make it to the wedding. Personalization extends the day and evening by giving them something they can take home and remember the event by. Personalized wedding favors are the way to go!

Why These Items are Great

We chose these 20 personalized wedding favors because they met a couple of important criteria. First, personalization is key. Second, it’s also great if the gift is something people can use … If your wedding favor is both, you’ve got a winner!

20 wedding favors guests will cherish:

1. Lip balm

2. Water bottles

3. Sunglasses

4. Portable stadium blankets

5. Flip flops

6. Umbrellas

7. Tote bags

8. Luggage tags

9. Instagram coasters

10. Bottle openers

11. Beverage insulators

12. Shot glasses

13. Mugs

14. Candy-filled mugs

15. Plant in a cup

16. Nuts

17. Mug cake

18. Kristin and Company candles

19. Key chains

20. Regional souvenirs

Why are these personalized wedding favors perfect for your wedding?

Personalized wedding favors tip: We looked for things that are practical and can be used long after the wedding.

1. Lip balm

In their colorful balls they almost look like candy, but inside it’s practical lip balm. Who knew putting on lip balm could be this fun? Also consider types with sunscreen depending on the climate.

2. Water bottles

Keep your guests hydrated! Water bottles are something everyone should use. Whether it’s plastic or vacuum-sealed metal, water bottles come in handy!

3. Sunglasses

Having a destination wedding in Hawaii? Going to Malibu to get hitched? No matter where you are, if it’s summer, shades are an item that will make your guests comfortable and it’s something they can use throughout the season. Find shades to match your wedding colors!

4. Portable stadium blankets

Keeps your guests warm at outdoor events and doubles as a useful souvenir. Add the last name of the couple and the date in an elegant font to personalize.

5. Flip flops

Find your wedding colors! Then have the couple’s names and/or wedding date printed on the side straps. Perhaps the last names of the couple: one on either side. First names work too!

6. Umbrellas

A practical item that almost everyone needs and almost everyone loses somewhere. Just hope you don’t have to use them that day! Get the folding kind so people can conveniently stow them in their suitcases.

7. Tote bags

Emblazon with the couple’s name, place, and wedding date. Other bag options include drawstring bags, drawstring backpacks, or grocery tote bags. Fanny packs are also back in style this year!

Personalized wedding favors tip: We looked for things that would make your guests feel special.

8. Luggage tags

Luggage tags are great for destination weddings. Add a digital image to personalize it. Consider an Instagram photo. When all of your guests get to the same hotel with matching tags, it builds a camaraderie among friends and relatives who don’t know each other. This is especially nice if not everyone on both sides of the family has met.

9. Instagram coasters

You’ve taken hundreds of beautiful shots of sunsets. Don’t just look at them for two seconds never to appreciate them again! Instead, make them into a coaster. If you’re the couple, take some fun but sweet shots of yourselves. Or, if you’re having the wedding in your city, take shots of touristy things so that out-of-town company have something to take home as a souvenir of both the wedding and the city. It will remind them of their fabulous time in your town and link it to the moment in time when you said your vows.

Personalized wedding favors tip: Everyone eats and drinks!

10. Bottle openers

Bottle openers are utilitarian. Unless wine and beer go completely twist off, people will need these. Cheers!

11. Beverage insulators

Great to use at the wedding – and ever after.

12. Shot glasses

Shot glasses are the ultimate souvenir. Your friends who collect them will thank you. Your guests may raise a glass at your reception, but who are you to stop them if they want to continue to celebrate your union? Find your wedding colors and write the couples’ last names and wedding date.

13. Mugs

Everyone uses mugs. While they’re drinking their morning coffee they can remember the special day. Make one with you and your spouse’s names on them. Perhaps you could even feature a picture of you and your future spouse drinking coffee on the side?

14. Candy-filled mugs

Even better!

15. Plant in a cup

Plants represent growth and new life. It’s the perfect metaphor for a wedding. Consider a potted plant, vegetable, or herb. Succulents also make for great desk decorations. Your guests will thank you! <http://www.promoplace.com/trmctaggart/p/TVLDC-GXBNO/bamboo-blossom-kit>

16. Nuts

Take a ceramic cup, fill with mixed nuts, and wrap with cellophane and tie a bow with jute twine. Nuts are always a hit and the mug can be used later for beverages, pencils, or a re-fill of nuts!

Personalized wedding favors tip: Fun and practical win the race for some of the best party favors.

17. Mug cake

Make a cake in ceramic mugs using the microwave. It doubles as a container for cake and then it can be used for your guests’ coffee for years to come! Or, of course, they can always make more cake in the mug too! Make sure the mug you select is microwave safe.

18. Kristin and Company candles

Choose an earthy aroma or a scent correlated with the season you’re celebrating. Customize with a label including the couple, place, and date. Try something exotic like lemongrass sage!

19. Key chains

Label the key chain with the couple’s name and snappy saying. For example, a millennial pink keychain with “Sunny with a chance of rosé” on Martha Stewart’s wedding ideas website is classy and funny at the same time. What can you come up with? Also consider key chains with flashlights or that double as bottle openers. Then they’re personalized and serve two functions! Extra points!

Personalized wedding favors tip: A little thought goes a long way.

20. Regional souvenirs

Everyone wants to bring a souvenir home. Why not make it extra special? Make it specific to the city of the ceremony.

Add Your Own Touch

Seemingly mundane or generic items can be made elegant and special if you add an extra touch. For example, add a fern leaf and ‘thank you’ tag to an item to make it distinct.

How to make your wedding memorable for you and your guests

Personalized wedding favors allow guests to bring the fun home and serve as everyday reminders of cherished memories.

In sum, great wedding party favors:

1. Make it personal

2. Make it utilitarian

3. Get extra points if it’s useful at the wedding and at home!

We’re Here to Help

Need assistance selecting wedding favors that your guests will cherish? We’re here to guide you every step of the way. From design through production, we’ve got your personalized wedding favors covered. We know how important the big day is and our friendly, professional staff is here to make your day that much more special!

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart has years of expertise in providing high-quality and affordable party favors, including personalized wedding favors. We’ll help make sure your wedding’s party favors are party favors your guests are sure to love! Contact Us today to order your wedding favors.

Plan Ahead with Custom Apparel for Your Summer Events!

Memorialize Special Moments

Events such as bridal parties, family reunions, class reunions, team events, and fundraisers are made more festive when there’s custom apparel, such as a T-shirt to remember the event. Custom apparel for summer events gives friends, family, and coworkers something to remember the summer by. Outfit your summer event to make the season extra special!

Are you hosting or attending any of the following events this summer?

Outfit Summer Events

Outfit your summer event to contribute to the festive spirit!

  • Bridal parties
  • Family reunions
  • Class reunions
  • Sports teams/events
  • Music groups/concerts
  • Corporate team events
  • Non-profit fundraisers
  • Milestone birthday parties
  • High school graduation parties
  • College graduation parties
  • Group trips

Outfit Your Bridal Party!

Having a bridal party? Create apparel to celebrate and commemorate the event! Your friends will likely spend a lot of money buying you gifts for the bridal party, not to mention the wedding. In addition to ‘Thank You’ cards, a thoughtful party favor goes a long way in saying, “Thank you for helping me celebrate!” and showing your appreciation for friends and family alike.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: T-shirts using screen printing or dye sublimation. Consider individualizing each garment with attendees’ names if it’s a relatively small group.

Outfit Your Family Reunion!

Family-themed T-shirts, sweatshirts, or tote bags are a great way to remember your family reunion – until next time! Family reunions celebrate the history you share, and commemorating your heritage is the perfect way to keep that warm, fuzzy feeling after the reunion weekend comes to a close.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Sweatshirts with embroidered family surname and crest (if applicable) and/or screen printed T-shirts. Embroidery suggests permanence – just like your surname surviving all those years! T-shirts are a classic. Consider individualizing each garment with first names.

Outfit your class reunion!

By now, your T-shirts commemorating your high school basketball or track team days have long bit the dust. T-shirts commemorating class reunions are a great way to bring everyone from your class together after it’s been “too many years.” We all take pride in our old stomping ground and the place that shaped who we are today. Take a piece of your school days home with you to remind yourself where you came from.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: T-shirts and sweatshirts with screen printed school logo.

Outfit Your Sports Team!

Sports are all about teamwork. Learning how to be a part of a group is an integral skill in order to be successful, whether it’s in football, soccer, basketball, or track. Wearing identical T-shirts or jerseys creates a sense of camaraderie to the group. This unity brings the team together to best accomplish the games ahead!

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Jerseys or T-shirts with screen printed sports team name and logo. Consider individualizing each garment with teammate names.

Outfit Your Music Group!

Going on a marching band trip? Matching apparel can make a group more cohesive. T-shirts also distinguish students so they don’t get lost from the group (or you don’t leave them behind!). T-shirts are also a good souvenir to remember fun trips on the road, at rest stops, and, of course, concert halls.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: T-shirts, fleece jackets, or hoodies with band and/or school logo. Fleece jackets and hoodies will keep them warm no matter the weather! Consider individualizing each garment with band members’ names.

Outfit Your Corporate Team Event!

If talented individuals don’t get along, it’s hard to be productive. Corporate team events are great ice breakers and a good way to form bonds between colleagues. Commemorative apparel accomplishes multiple aims: It brings the group together and it also makes the employees feel valued by their employer.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Fleece jackets with embroidered or laser etched company logo. Embroidery and laser etching say, “We’re invested in you.” Consider individualizing each garment with employees’ names.

Outfit Your Non-Profit Fundraiser!

Volunteers love a “thank you” and so do donors. The thought that you’ve put into your “thank you” by taking the time (though we promise not too much time!) to get commemorative shirts made speaks volumes of your appreciation. Apparel is also a great way to advertise your group to raise awareness and get people to inquire about how they can take action on your group’s behalf too!

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Dye sublimated or screen printed T-shirts or hoodies. Dye sublimation and screen printing are more cost effective techniques to add color. This means a larger portion of funds go to charity rather than shirt production.

Outfit Your Milestone Birthday Party Guests!

In our youth-centered culture, it’s nice for grandmas, grandpas, and parents to know they are truly valued by family and birthday girl or boy (lady or gentleman, if you will) is a person to be celebrated. Every time a friend or family member wears the commemorative shirt, the person shows their affection without having to say a word.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: T-shirts or sweatshirts with name and birth date of honoree.

Outfit Your High School Graduation Party!

You only graduate once! Commemorate your graduation party with apparel that celebrates the accomplishment and the party in the graduate’s honor.

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Screen printed T-shirts with high school logo, year of graduation, and/or mascot.

Outfit Your College Graduation Party!

It’s an accomplishment to be recognized. Make a fun T-shirt, celebrate, and get ready for the next chapter in life!

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Embroidered sweatshirts. Consider individualizing each garment with their name if it’s a small group. Think back on your college memories and see if you can come up with a clever inside joke that can be represented on a shirt.

Outfit Your Group Trip!

Big groups are hard to keep together. Ask any teacher. It’s even more complicated when there are little ones in attendance. Matching T-shirts – especially in bright colors – can help group leaders locate members and help members identify others in the group if they get behind. This proves especially helpful in big, chaotic crowds!

Outfit your summer event apparel idea: Bright or fluorescent T-shirts. Use the name of the group or, if it’s a family trip, think of a symbol that represents you as a family.

T.R. McTaggart Offers a Wide Variety of Custom Apparel Options

Whatever your summer brings, outfit your summer event to add to the team dynamic. Let’s face it, everything is more fun with a festive T-shirt! And, T.R. McTaggart has you covered (figuratively and literally!) when it comes to apparel.

T.R. McTaggart Offers Full Design & Apparel Services

Whether you have your team logo down to the Pantone colors or you love the sentiment of having shirts, but have no idea where to started, T.R. McTaggart can help outfit your summer event. Send us your computer file or work with our friendly, professional designers to get the artwork perfect for the occasion!

At T.R. McTaggart, we offer a variety of apparel decorating techniques to achieve the look you seek, including:

  • Embroidery
  • Screen printing
  • Dye sublimation
  • Laser etching

Overwhelmed By a Large Group?

Whether your group could fill up a closet or a stadium, we offer a custom Online Shop for group members to easily purchase merchandise for events. That way, if you have a little league team of 8-year-olds, you don’t have to worry about taking orders and handling money. No matter what the situation, this convenience is something we offer at no charge – and it’s easy to set up! This way you can outfit your summer event without the hassle of collecting T-shirt sizes and money.

Custom Apparel Solutions for Everyone

Whether you’re hosting an event with three people or 3,000, T.R. McTaggart is here to help outfit everyone in your group.

Contact Us

Ready to plan your summer event and jazz up the festivities with commemorative apparel? We’re here to help outfit all of your summer events!

Give us a call at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us and we will work with you to help make your summer event special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/products/custom/

https://trmctaggart.com/embroidery/

https://trmctaggart.com/screen-printing/

https://trmctaggart.com/sublimation/

https://trmctaggart.com/laser-etching/

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning Includes Your Closet

Spring Into Action

Spring is just around the corner and, with it, comes spring cleaning. While this can seem boring and time consuming, it can also be cleansing and freeing. While many people pick rooms to focus on until the whole house is clean, one space in our homes that we often overlook (or stuff things in to “hide our shame” when cleaning) is our closets. That’s why at T.R. McTaggart we’ve put together some tips that will show you how to spring clean your closet as well as how to tackle the rest of the house.

The first thing you need are boxes. Next, take a marker and label them ‘Keep,’ ‘Maybe,’ ‘Donate,’ ‘Sell,’ ‘Swap,’ ‘Upcycle,’ ‘Repair,’ and ‘Toss’:

Keep 

If you feel fabulous in it, it stays! You have a treasure on your hands.

Maybe 

Try to be decisive, but if you want to sleep on it make a box for that to avoid regret.

Donate 

If you don’t care about recouping cash, want a tax deduction, don’t want to take the time to sell, or want to do some good in the world, donate to a charity.

Sell 

Sell at a local re-sale shop or online. Online marketplaces include eBay, Bib + Tuck, Poshmark, LetGo, and Threadflip.

Swap 

Like they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure! Host a party and invite friends to bring a garment they’d like to swap. Have dinner and wine and make a night of it. One option is to take off the labels so that it’s not about designer labels; it’s about trying on a new outfit for awhile.

Upcycle 

If you have old T-shirts or just too many T-shirts, consider cutting them up and using them as rags. This will help you with the next stages of spring cleaning! Another option is to cut out the designs and make a quilt if the items are sentimental.

Repair 

However, if it’s the case of a broken zipper or a missing button, fix it and then decide based on its repaired state.

Toss 

If you personally do not want the item and don’t feel it is even donation-worthy because, perhaps, there are tears or stains, toss it.

Time to Purge

Let’s face it. You have a lot of clothes and accessories, many of which you don’t even wear or use. Many people in the U.S. have a lot of clothes, yet we tend to only wear a small portion of them regularly.

That’s why spring is the time to purge!

This can be exciting, overwhelming, and stressful, but it’s oh so necessary! Think of it as a cleanse, but without the juice. Though, heck, if you want to drink a healthy refreshing juice while you work, by all means go for it!

Once you have your boxes set up in a row, take everything out of your closet and drawers. Though it will likely be a mess, with everything out in the open you will see just how many clothing items you actually have. Many people are afraid that if they get rid of clothes they’ll end up with nothing to wear. But, if you’re like most people, this will be far from the case!

Now is the time to ask yourself, “Will I honestly ever wear this again?”

Don’t think of this as losing a bunch of clothes. Think of it as freeing up space to bring new clothes into your life that more accurately reflect who you are today and how you want to present yourself.

Also remember that they’re just clothes. Donating them can also help with this mindset since you know your items will be going to someone who needs it and can make good use out of it.

How to Decide What to Keep and What to Toss

It can be challenging to decide which box to put your clothing in. We live in our clothes and often become attached to particular apparel items. Some clothing brings up fond memories or reminds us of another time in our lives – or our children’s lives. However, we have a few tips to help you be more decisive when sorting.

While we recommend slim hangers and canvas shoe compartments, organization will only get you so far.

Set aside a full day to dedicate to spring cleaning your closet. Consider asking a roommate or friend who tells you the truth for a second opinion when sorting through your pile.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Spring Cleaning

As you debate what makes the cut, ask yourself some questions. The following questions:

  1. Does this fit?
    While it may have fit like a glove when you purchased it, be honest with how it fits today. For example, if you’ve given birth, your hips change and the jeans that fit in your 20’s likely aren’t going back on no matter how much you exercise.
  2. Have I worn this in the past year or so?
    If you didn’t miss it then, are you likely to miss it in the future?
  3. Is it likely I will wear this again?
    This is a key follow-up to question #2. You might not have worn something in the past year or so, but if you have an expensive dress reserved for black-tie occasions, you’re going to appreciate having a go-to piece rather than trying to come up with an outfit – and the money – to buy something appropriate that fits your style. The last thing you want is a countdown to find something pricey that you think is “so-so.”
  4. Is this still my style?
    Each decade we should re-evaluate our wardrobes. While your pajama pants and worn mini-marathon T-shirt might have served you well in college, is this the image you want to portray to others as you continue to establish your career? Then again, maybe you do feel comfortable wearing it around family for a lazy brunch. In that case, throw it in the ‘keep’ pile!
  5. If it’s damaged, will I realistically ever repair it?
    If they answer is “yes,” then say ‘hello’ to an old friend. If the answer is “no,” it doesn’t make sense for the item to take up precious real estate in your closet.
  6. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this?
    If you wouldn’t, then maybe it’s time to part ways.
  7. Do I feel confident wearing this?
    Fashion is all about making people feel good about themselves. If your clothes aren’t giving you confidence, making you smile, or aren’t a joy to wear, you shouldn’t be wearing them. Give them to someone who answers, “Yes!”

If any of your answers are “no,” it goes.

Store Clothing Safely

Part of spring cleaning is switching out your clothing by moving winter clothing into storage to make room for spring styles. But take great care with your clothing when doing so.

Launder items first and then store them in a protective enclosure, such as a cedar chest or canvas boxes that allow the clothing to breathe. Evening gowns should be hung on padded hangers with cotton canvas or muslin covers.

To store bulky items, hang them, store them in plastic bins, or on high shelves.

Spring Cleaning One Day at a Time

It’s an art to properly spring clean your closet, and so is spring cleaning the rest of your house!

Don’t know where to begin? Since spring cleaning can be overwhelming, our list breaks things down into small manageable tasks so that you can feel accomplished each day as you work toward your goal.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning List for Your Closet!

It’s amazing how much you will be able to accomplish in a week or so if you do just a few of these items each day. Your closet will thank you!

  1. Sort through clothes
  2. Switch out and store seasonal clothing
  3. Take clothing items that need repair to the tailor
  4. Take shoes that need repair to a cobbler
  5. Take clothing items to the consignment store or photograph items to sell online
  6. Cut up old shirts to make into rags
  7. Wash your heavy sweaters and store them
  8. Plan a clothing swap party!
  9. Take a broom to the corners of your closets
  10. Wipe down all of your shelves and racks
  11. Wax the hang-bars (simple wax paper works wonders)
  12. Clean the floors of your closets (vacuum or mop)
  13. Drop off items you plan to donate
  14. Take a trip to the dump

Places to donate clothing:

Bring your used clothing here and help someone in need! We love a win-win solution!

  • Vincent De Paul
  • Goodwill
  • Women’s shelters, such as Shelterhouse Resale Shop
  • The Salvation Army
  • Homeless shelters
  • Any other charitable re-sale shops
  • Dress for Success
  • The Cinderella Project

There’s No Time Like the Present

This truism couldn’t be more accurate than when it comes to spring cleaning. At T.R. McTaggart, we wish you the best of luck in your spring cleaning this year! May your life be full of beautiful, well-kept, age-appropriate apparel – now and every year! Now that you know how to spring clean your closet, let the spring cleaning start now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

https://www.elle.com/fashion/tips/a15311/spring-cleaning-closet-tips/

http://theeverygirl.com/7-questions-to-ask-when-cleaning-out-your-closet/

https://www.thespruce.com/spring-cleaning-guide-4134151

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/a14880/how-to-spring-clean-your-closet-0516/

Baseball Season Must-Haves and How We Can Help

‘Tis the season. Baseball season that is! The snow is melting intwo Spring and soon our parks will be filled with sound of the crack of the bat and the ball smacking leather. To field a winning team, look no further than baseball team apparel from T.R. McTaggart! We have all of the baseball season must-haves to get ready for a winning season.

Must-have baseball team apparel:

  • Hats
  • Jerseys
  • Pants
  • Warm up jackets
  • Socks
  • Promotional items

Hats

Baseball team apparel that provides shade while you’re under the sun.

A must-have item for any team! Our hats will keep keep the glare of the sun out of your eyes and proudly display your team’s logo for all to see. Our six-paneled hats are made of polyester, cotton, and spandex to give you the perfect blend of what natural materials and synthetics have to offer. We also have 100% cotton hats to offer maximum breathability.

Jerseys

Baseball team apparel that shows who you are. 

The heart of the uniform! Jerseys identify your team right away and provide a sense of team unity. At T.R. McTaggart we have a myriad of color choices so we can find the exact shades to display your team colors and logo.

At T.R. McTaggart we also consider materials. We offer blends that combine the best that each material has to offer, such as the popular 50/50 blend of cotton/polyester. Our 100% polyester jerseys wick away sweat before it causes you discomfort. The double-hemmed sleeves and bottom ensure your garment doesn’t come apart in the wash.

Pants

Baseball team apparel made to move.

While skill is mandatory, having the proper pants will go miles (literally) toward improving your game. Our fabrics have the perfect stretch and breathability to make for ideal playing conditions.

With pants made of 100% polyester double knit, you’ll be comfortable and able to move to make that great catch or hit the game winning home run!

Pants with an elastic waistband and cuffs give you the perfect fit – for you and every player on the team. Knee-length and regular-length pants allow you to pick something perfect for your team’s style.

A double-needle hemmed bottom ensures that getting grass stains out in the wash won’t mean your apparel is fated to ware out anytime soon.

Warm Up Jackets

Baseball team apparel that keeps you warm while you warm up.

Warm up is an important part of a team’s exercise routine to get ready to play ball while minimizing injury risk. Matching jackets are also a classic way to feel camaraderie with your teammates.

Nylon and polyester make our jackets water resistant. Plus, everyone loves pockets.

Additionally, being machine washable makes it convenient to keep your team colors bright and vibrant.

Socks

Baseball team apparel to keep you cozy while you compete.

Socks are meant to be fun. Socks with your team’s logo give your players something to wear while they’re not standing (or running) in the diamond but can still feel team pride off the field.

Made of polyester, cotton, acrylic, and elastic, our knee-length socks with stripes to whatever motif your team desires!

Available with a knit-in heel and toe, our socks will keep you comfortable so you can concentrate on the game.

Made to Fit

We offer big and tall sizes because people come in all shapes and sizes! Youth sizes are also available.

Promotional items:

While being dressed properly for the field is your main concern, beyond our baseball season must-haves you can also have fun with gifts and souvenirs sporting your team logo, including:

  • Mugs
  • Keychains
  • Frisbees
  • Towels
  • And more!

Mugs

A great gift and utilitarian, mugs with your team’s design will make you smile every time you enjoy a cup of Joe.

Or, get a group shot of the team and get mugs for everyone at the end of the season. With most pictures only seen in a digital format, it’s refreshing to share memories in a different way. Make it a tradition by including the year on the mug.

Keychains

Keychains are a nice keepsake to remember youth sports. They’re also the perfect size and medium for displaying your logo. Their cost also makes them a good choice for gifts to family, friends, and fans!

Frisbees

While ideally you always want to catch a frisbee, a stray throw – if it doesn’t hit anyone – could advertise your team in a favorable light. People will see your logo before they toss it back. Just don’t throw it at people on purpose! Also, Frisbees are great for throwing in the stands as gift items to your adoring fans.

Towels

Something you are always going to need, why not add a logo and give it to your team or use as a promotional?

And More!

We also offer tumblers, flags, umbrellas, tote bags, T-shirts, hoodies, and regular jackets.

Who can benefit? Calling all …

  • School teams
  • Softball leagues
  • Intramural teams
  • Church leagues
  • Anyone who supports a team and wants to show off their colors!

At T.R. McTaggart, we treat even the smallest job with the greatest care. Whether you’re an established team or just getting started, we look forward to working with you.

Full-Service Fashion

From conception to final stitch, our experienced in-house graphic artists and technicians can create custom baseball team apparel of all styles or you can submit your own designs. We can do just about anything to meet your team’s needs (well, clothing-wise!).

Whether your vision calls for screen printing, embroidery, dye sublimation, or laser etching, we are here to make your apparel look “just right” down to the finishing touches.

You chase homeruns on the field; we run after “homeruns” in our design and execution quality in the studio.

To achieve the perfect design for our clients, we offer:

  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Dye sublimation

Screen Printing

Screen printing is probably the most beloved apparel-decorating process. Screen print your sports team’s logo on your jerseys, hats, and t-shirts to show off your team spirit!

Embroidery

Have your team’s logo embroidered on your warm up jackets and hats to make them extra special. This time-honored technique is durable and the direction and pattern of the stitching adds depth to your branding.

Dye Sublimation

An excellent choice when you want a lot of colors and all-over printing for your design. This option is also economical when you want to do a small run of apparel.

Gearing Up for Baseball Season

The start-up of America’s favorite pastime is something we look forward to every year. Make sure you’re ready by putting together the basics, splurging on a few items for fans, and customizing your apparel and items to make it unique to you and your team.

Contact Us

At T.R. McTaggart, we’re ready for baseball season! We provide high-quality baseball team apparel and promotional items at great prices (It’s practically a “steal”!). Is your team ready to get suited up for the season?

When it comes to fashion, don’t strike out! Call us at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us for all your baseball team apparel and baseball season must-haves. We look forward to working with you and we wish you the best on the field this season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All-Over Print Tees Help You Stand Out in a Crowd

Make a Sublime Fashion Statement

Sometimes a basic screen printed apparel item can’t provide the unique design options you need to stand out in a crowd. T.R. McTaggart provides all-over print on a variety of apparel items using the dye sublimation process that delivers for your dynamic designs.

History

Sublimation dyes were discovered in the 1930’s in Europe. If you don’t remember from science class, sublimation means going from a solid state to gas without going through the liquid stage. (Dry ice is a good example.) Today we know that the dye briefly goes through the liquid state, but the name still sticks.

Despite the process being around for almost a century, dye sublimation has really gained in popularity over the past decade or so. Now you see it everywhere, from scarves to all-over print tees.

What Is Dye Sublimation?

The dye sublimation process now challenges screen printing for short production runs and imagery requiring multiple colors and photographic detail.

In screen printing, typically, individual dots can be visible to the eye. This works well for graphics, but makes the dye sublimation process a great choice for photorealistic imagery.

Graphics or images are digitally printed on transfer paper as a mirror image of what will be the finished product. A dye-sublimation printer has a roll of transparent film embedded with CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) dyes. The print head heats up the solid dyes so they can turn to gas and permeate the substrate before returning back to a solid state.

Dye Sublimation Printing Versus Screen Printing

Screen printing (a.k.a. silk screening, serigraphy, or serigraph printing) is an old favorite as far as printing processes go. Dye sublimation is new on the scene and has been increasing in popularity due to its ability to transfer dynamic designs to a variety of apparel items.

Screen Printing

Screen printing involves using a fill blade or squeegee to push ink through holes in a fine mesh screen onto a substrate (i.e. a T-shirt). The screen is covered with a temporary emulsion that blocks ink from moving through the mesh in specific areas, acting as a stencil.

Dye Sublimation Drawbacks

While the dye sublimation process has its perks, it also has its limitations. Sublimation dye is good for “oil-loving” fabrics. This includes polyester. Cotton is “water-loving,” and therefore wouldn’t hold the dye. So for an item such as a t-shirt, a poly-blend fabric is needed to capture the design on the material.

Other drawbacks to dye sublimation include:

  • Only works with synthetic surfaces
  • Doesn’t work well on dark surfaces
  • Can’t create puffed 3D effects on surface
  • Metallic inks and foils aren’t available

Despite this, dye sublimation is an ideal choice for a myriad of projects!

Advantages of Dye Sublimation

Small Orders Welcome

Screen printing is a great choice for high-volume orders because, after the initial set up, the process is cost effective. Small orders, however, can be impractical. After all, you don’t fly to Paris just for lunch! The dye sublimation process doesn’t have this drawback.

Detailed by Design

Screen printing and dye sublimation can both produce photorealistic images. Dye sublimation uses CMYO (cyan, magenta, yellow, and a clear overcoat) ink. Screen printing uses the four-color process, using a grid of tiny dots.

Comfortable

Both screen printing and dye sublimation can result in garments retaining their softness. Dye sublimation forces ink to permeate the substrate material, adding negligible weight. The result is a comfortable garment with no stiffness from ink added. Screen printing can use water-based, or discharge ink, to permeate fabric as well. Plastisol screen printing ink, however, piles up on the fabric, creating a heaviness to the fabric.

Long Lasting

Both screen printing and dye sublimation can produce lasting imagery. However, this isn’t true for all screen printing projects. Screen printing can crack over time if there are a lot of layers on the fabric. Dye sublimation saturates the fabric with ink, so the ink becomes part of the fabric rather than sitting on top of it. This prevents the build-up of ink that can crack over time.

Breaking Design Boundaries

Dye sublimation lets you create designs that wouldn’t have translated well to production in the past. With dye sublimation you are granted:

  • All-over printing
  • Full color
  • Photo quality
  • Nearly unlimited design options

Products Best Suited to Dye Sublimation

While screen printing is often used for T-shirts and apparel, dye sublimation is an excellent choice when working with materials such as nylon, plastic, and polyester. These synthetic materials contain polymers that bond with ink when heated.

A Whole New Material World

New polymer-treated materials prepared specifically for dye-sublimation applications include aluminum, brass, glass, fiberglass, acrylic, plastic, and hardboard sheet materials. 

  • Rigid products
  • Soft signage
  • Apparel
  • Ceramics
  • Photo printing

A Wide Selection of Products

T.R. McTaggart offers dye sublimation on items including:

  • Polyester knits
  • T-shirts
  • Jerseys
  • Socks
  • Key chains
  • Mouse pads
  • Tote bags
  • License plates
  • Flags
  • Banners
  • Plaques/Awards
  • Aluminum signs
  • And more!

All-Over Printing

One of the best things about dye sublimation is its impeccable job executing all-over print tees.

All-over print tees might seem intimidating to add to your wardrobe at first, but the possibilities are a lot of fun! All-over print tees are surprisingly versatile and jazz up even the most ordinary outfit.

Teen Vogue suggests pairing printings with subtle accessories so they eye is drawn to the print, the star of the outfit. Harper’s Bazaar declares ‘60s florals as a trend to follow in 2018. Other fashion magazines say all-over-print florals drawing from any decade are fab.

Get Creative with All-Over Print Tees

We say all-over print tees can all be fabulous if they’re designed well, whether working with floral patterns or any other motif.

Consider transforming your logo into a pattern fit for an all-over print tee. Design it yourself or have T.R. McTaggart’s in-house design team help you craft the perfect size and spacing to turn your logo into a pattern that functions as a design element and promotes your business, nonprofit, or sports team at the same time!

Since dye sublimation doesn’t have an extensive set-up, individualizing apparel is another option to play with.

For a basketball team, why not make an all-over print tee with basketballs interspersed with each player’s last name repeated over and over? Or use each player’s name on the team for a fashionable take on traditional signatures? Or space basketballs and your team’s logo far enough apart to leave room for players to sign their names by hand.

There are a lot of possibilities!

Make All-Over Print Tees Ready to Wear

T.R. McTaggart provides all over printing to deliver you endless design options. Our staff can work with your designs or our design department can create unique designs for your business or nonprofit.

Who can benefit from dye sublimation?

  • Businesses (work apparel)
  • Non-profits (fundraising or apparel for workers and volunteers)
  • Sports teams (team and fan apparel)
  • Gift & souvenir shops (eye-catching items to stock your racks)

Only Quality Here

T.R. McTaggart employs the highest quality printing techniques and quality assurance process to ensure that your designs stand out.

Contact Us

T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in providing high-quality apparel at a great price is apparent in the products we create for our clients. Give us a call at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us for all of your all-over print and dye sublimation design needs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Color Trends of 2018

The Future is Coming

What do Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton have in common? W Magazine recently points out that both women embrace deep purple fashions. Perhaps the end of 2017 was foreshadowing the 2018 color trends. The top colors for 2018 build on this bold violet to make for a refreshing Spring 2018.

The Importance of Staying Trendy

2018 color trends serve a practical purpose. If you have colors that are out of date (and not in a cool retro way), automatically your potential customers transfer this onto the product. For example, if you’re a tech company, customers might subconsciously think you are embracing old technology and not headed toward the future.

Pantone’s color of the year, however, is all about embracing the future.

Color Tells the Story

One way to ensure trendiness is to refer to the 2018 color trends. (OK, if you have a bad design, color alone is not going to cut it. But color can go a long way!)

How the “Colors for the Year” are Determined

So, how do the annual fashion-forward colors get selected? The colors of the year have a lot to do with the attitude of the culture at that point in time. In this way, 2018 color trends serve as a cultural indicator, not merely a design aesthetic.

What Will Be the 2018 Color Trends?

Last year’s color of the year was Greenery. While 2017 was about getting in touch with the earth and nature, 2018 is about harnessing possibilities and looking toward the future.

Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman says, generally, neutrals are ‘in’ and iridescent colors always will be. For this year, intense saturated colors have replaced pastels as the go-to colors for fashion in 2018. 

Introducing the Color of the Year for 2018!

PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is the PANTONE® Color of the Year for 2018!

“Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come,” says Pantone.

“Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future,” says Eiseman.

Ultra Violet is associated with:

  • The cosmos
  • The future
  • Discovery
  • The vastness of the universe
  • The night sky
  • Possibility
  • Counterculture
  • Unconventionality
  • Art
  • Prince
  • David Bowie
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Meditation

The Color of Royalty

Though purple points to the future, the color has a long history. Centuries ago, purple dye was made from the mucus of sea snails in the Phoenician city of Tyre. Due to expense of dying fabric purple, for centuries purple has also been associated with royalty, power, and wealth.

In 1856, while he was trying to create a synthetic cure for malaria, William Henry Perkin discovered a way to make purple synthetically. Thank you, Perkin, for bringing violet to the masses – so we can all enjoy wearing it in 2018!

Ready to start dreaming about apparel possibilities for 2018?

Top colors for 2018

Announcing 12 complex, saturated colors and 4 neutral classics for fashion in 2018!

The Pantone Color Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Color Trend Report London Fashion Week Spring 2018. The colors are nuanced yet easy to mix with other colors. Consumers today want to experiment and have fun. They aren’t concerned about colors fitting in to a certain gender or season. The 12 vibrant colors and 4 beloved classics hold many possibilities for fashion in 2018.

The 2018 color trends invite creativity. The colors can be easily layered and contrasting hues can add some punch from the runway to the work uniform.

Eiseman told the New York Times that Ultra Violet “takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed — blue and red — and brings them together to create something new.”

About the Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette

Classic color is the foundation that stays the same from season to season. Easily paired with anything, these colors enhance the colors of the season.

Pantone describes these mainstay shades as conveying “energy, sophistication and serenity.” Pantone says while some of this year’s colors are multi-dimensional and grounded hues, others are vibrant, uplifting shades.

Introducing the 2018 Color Trends! 

Cherry Tomato

(PANTONE 17-1563)

Cherry Tomato is an orangey red that is punchy and exudes energy. It stands out in a crowd – and in a textile print! Get ready to make a statement!

Palace Blue

(PANTONE 18-4043)

Palace Blue reads like an invigorated royal blue; a powerful, intense color both in hue and emotion.

Ash Rose

(PANTONE 17-1514)

A sophisticated color, Ash Rose looks like the perfect blush and eye shadow for the daring personality. This muted pink could serve as an unexpected neutral.

Nile Green

(PANTONE 14-0121)

Nile Green is a light green that you can’t quite place, which keeps it interesting. It references nature. An optimistic color, it unabashedly invites Spring to come.

Meadowlark

(PANTONE 13-0646)

A fun color meant for the bold personality, Meadowlark makes a statement. Confident and daring, Meadowlark could be the focus of the fashion or, more likely, a highlight that reminds you life doesn’t always have to be serious.

Blooming Dahlia

(PANTONE 15-1520)

Blooming Dahlia offers another sophisticated swatch that harkens to nature, bringing influence from the outdoors to be celebrated.

Ultra Violet

(PANTONE 18-3838)

A bold statement, Ultra Violet is as intense as it is beautiful. How could you not have a good 2018 wearing it?

Spiced Apple

(PANTONE 18-1325)

Brown with a red undertone, Spiced Apple adds another intense choice to the Spring 2018 palette. A shade with a classic quality about it, Spiced Apple is unexpected.

Pink Lavender

(PANTONE 14-3207)

Pink Lavender is the adult, sophisticated version of pretty in pink. The color has the possibility to play off other colors in smart ways.

Almost Mauve

(PANTONE 12-2103)

A dark ivory, Mauve adds a serene resting place for the eye. It’s the perfect cotton canvas to support the bold colors of the season.

Rapture Rose

(PANTONE 17-1929)

A romantic color, perfect to create a heart-shaped Valentine, Rapture Rose is sure to lift the mood.

Lime Punch

(PANTONE 13-0550)

Lime punch is a screaming shade, ready to take on the year. It’s a color that will influence all other colors in the same design. Not for the faint of heart!

And the Core Classics!

2018 color trends that draw from wardrobe basics.

Sailor Blue

(PANTONE 19-4034)

Sailor Blue is a sophisticated navy that serves as a neutral and reads professional. It also happens to look like a midnight sky.

Harbor Mist

(PANTONE 14-4202)

A mid-tone dove gray, Harbor Mist is a beautiful classic neutral ready to complement whatever’s next to it or it can stand on its own.

Warm Sand

(PANTONE 15-1214)

Raising the temperature this season, Warm Sand is a neutral shade with an earthy vibe.

Coconut Milk

(PANTONE 11-0608)

Coconut Milk is chock full of possibilities. A cold neutral, Coconut Milk holds a graceful simplicity.

About Pantone

Pantone LLC, an authority on color, was founded in 1963 when Lawrence Herbert created an innovative system for matching and communicating specific shades of color.

About Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the division of Pantone that predicts color trends and advises companies on color.

Where Can You Find Apparel and Uniforms in Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year?

T.R. McTaggart provides the latest fashions featuring the 2018 color trends, including deep purple.

Contact Us Today

T.R. McTaggart provides its expertise to provide custom apparel and promotional items for clients of all sizes, including resort and gift shops, local sports teams, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Inspired by the 2018 color trends? Ready to explore your future in 2018? Give us a call at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us to see how you can incorporate the top colors for 2018 into your next design!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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