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May 24

Every Saturday morning, millions of Americans climb out of bed and eagerly head out to garage sales. These intrepid hunters seek treasures considered trash by some, but there is no doubt about the tremendous popularity and draw of these events.

That's why garage sales, also known variously as rummage sales, yard sales, tag sales, white elephant sales and estate sales, are among the most-effective, visible fundraiser options for organizations. The overhead costs associated with garage sales are often next to nothing, especially considering the stock for sale is usually donated, and volunteers make up the willing workforce.

That's why purchasing custom-made, screen printed shirts is well-worth the small investment. Below are four reasons why getting shirts for your faithful crew of volunteers will take your fundraiser garage sale to the next level.

Lets Customers Know Who Can Help Them

No doubt you have noticed that employees at grocery and general merchandise stores wear uniforms of some kind. In fact, most persons who work with the general public in a sales or service capacity wear some type of identifying garment.

That's a huge benefit to the general public, especially for those who need assistance with finding a product or help with other issues. You can duplicate that benefit for your garage sale customers by getting custom tee shirts for your volunteer staff.

screen printed shirts and community yard sales

Tee shirts with lettering, logos and uniform colors, especially bright, cheerful hues, will serve to alert customers who might ask for pricing information or need help with loading heavy goods. Name tags alone are too small to provide the splash you want, but screen printed shirts are readily visible. You can build a lot of goodwill among shoppers when you let them know you are ready and willing to help.

Improves Event Organization and Management

Large events, such as a community-style garage sale, can make organization and planning a real challenge. That's where custom printed tee shirts can improve things immeasurably.

By having volunteers wear matching tee shirts, you will immediately be able to recognize your crew from a distance and know who is doing what at a moment's notice. This will prevent a lot of fruitless and frantic searching around a crowded sales site and save you time when you need to find someone.

In addition, you can go a step further and use color schemes to help identify various roles. For example, you may want to provide cashiers with lime green shirts and your loading crew with red shirts. The specifics are really up to you, but color-coding staff will help make your sale go more smoothly from a management perspective.

Increases Event Security

In today's environment, security and safety are "must haves", and you can't afford to let your guard down at a large, community garage sale. Providing volunteers with event tee shirts can help increase security levels on several levels.

First, any would-be criminals will be immediately alerted to the fact that staff are in close proximity and are watching their activity. This can discourage the bad guys from attempting anything that might compromise the security of the sale.

Second, customers can also know how to get help quickly in case something unforeseen happens. For example, if there is a medical emergency, it is comforting to know that a volunteer can be quickly located so an ambulance can be called.

Doubles as a "Thank You" to Volunteers

Last, but not least, custom screen printed shirts are a great way to tell your volunteers, "thank you." Shirts provide a tangible reward for those who make your sale possible, and they also are lasting reminders of the hard work and dedication involved. You can bet that a tee shirt will be a much-appreciated token of your esteem for a job well-done.

If you are looking for screen printed tee shirts or any other type of custom apparel, be sure to contact EmbroidMe San Diego today. We are your "go-to" custom apparel company and can provide what you need to help make your event a huge success.

May 17

Going on a mission trip is one of the most exciting and enlightening experiences anyone can embark on. Leaving your comfort zone, learning new skills, and doing something that really matters are important parts of your spiritual life, but none of that can happen without a lot of planning ahead of time. In fact, one of the most difficult parts of planning, organizing, and running a successful mission trip is keeping everyone together and bringing them back together after splitting up into smaller teams. The more crowded your airports, bus stations, and local streets are along the way, the harder it is to keep track of your group.

Keeping Track of Your Mission Trip Members

The further you take your mission trip from home, whether you're going across the state or across the world, the more important it is to make sure that no one gets lost or separated in a place they're unfamiliar with. This is especially important for youth group mission trips no matter what distance you travel. You can use a variety of tools and technologies to track group members but the best approach is good old-fashioned line-of-sight. If you can see every member of your group, you can regather them easily.

How do you keep track of everyone even in a bustling crowd? The key is to make every member of your group visually distinctive and easy to identify as one of your teammates. 

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Bright Custom Embroidered Shirts

Mission trip groups have been figuring out how to stay together during travel for decades, likely much longer, and distinctively colored matching clothing has always been one of the best ways to quickly visually identify every member of the group and fetch them from wherever they might have wandered off to. Rather than trying to wear all the same color and winding up with eighteen different shades of 'bright blue' that will still blend with the crowd, your best approach is to get your trip group a set of matching custom shirts.

If your mission trip has a logo, title, theme, or mission statement that you've been using throughout the planning and fundraising phases, this is the perfect opportunity to keep on running with your theme by emblazoning it on your shirts. If you don't have a logo or a few important words assigned to your trip, go with the name of the church or work together as a group to design the shirts you all want to wear. By choosing a solid-color shirt with a modest embroidered image, you can all travel as a matching group while remaining semi-formal and respectful of the people you meet and your hosts at the trip destination.

Matching Travel Hats

When on a mission trip, there will be a lot of instances where hats should be removed. In sister churches, visiting host families, and showing respect for the things that matter to others. However, when you're walking together outside, moving through a busy airport, or taking a crowded bus, nothing makes it easier to identify each other like distinctive and matching hats. Brightly colored hats can allow you to identify stray members of the flock even in very tightly packed situations where shirts can be hard to spot.

If your mission is taking place outside, like building houses or digging wells, baseball caps, bucket hats or even stylish wide-brimmed hats to keep the sun off. If you're going somewhere cold, it might be more appropriate to get a set of matching soft beanies instead to keep everyone's heads and ears warm while simultaneously making them much easier to spot. Hats can also be embroidered with the mission trip or church logo, bringing greater unity to the group and making them more identifiable.

Planning a successful mission trip is all about looking into the future and determining where you will need preparation before you depart. By planning to make everyone easy to spot in a crowd with custom matching shirts and/or hats, you can significantly reduce the hassle and worry of moving in a group through crowded environments. To discuss the right custom shirt options for your group or for more great ideas making your group distinctive in a busy airport, contact us today!