Vinyl-Not your old school 80’s stuff

When we tell someone we are going to “vinyl” their shirt, they think, “ew…that heavy stuff they used to press on shirts in the mall in the 1980’s??!!”  Well, no. When we talk about vinyl, we are referring to Siser EasyWeed Vinyl, GlitterFlake Vinyl from Stahls, Thermofilm, Glow in the Dark, Metallic, or many other options available now.  These vinyl materials can be as thin as 90 microns, which is about the equivalent of 0.09 millimeters…which feels like a very thin sheet of paper.  For example, when you print Easy Weed or Easy Weed Stretch on an entry level Gildan 100% cotton T-Shirt, the vinyl feels like a screen printed design!  There are even vinyls that look like gel, puff, and the already mentioned glow in the dark! 

Vinyl really has advanced with technology just like everything else.  Vinyl is a great alternative to screen printing especially when you need smaller orders.  These pictures are a great example.

 

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The different colors of shirts highlights the necessity of vinyl.

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Unique apparel options for the staff gives everyone individuality

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Cooler weather creates the push for custom sweatshirts

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The whole lot of apparel

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The school specifically requested sport tech polos.

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Jackets are a great addition to this packet of apparel.

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The white polo shows off the design very well.

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The Core 365 jacket comes in many colors including black shown here.

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Finally a ladies V-neck shows the unique abilities we can create with vinyl.

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Vinyl gives us the ability to create each of these shirts with different color combinations but the same logo.

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The red tee was made using black vinyl and blue vinyl.

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The black tee shows off white and red vinyl very well.

 

Each of these items create a unique look for the customer, but a team look for the school. Parents will know the staff members by the apparel they are wearing, yet each person did not have to order exactly the same shirt. And the school didn’t have to order 30 jackets when not everyone wanted jackets.

In addition, the vinyl is tested and will last the life of the garment.  In fact, most vinyls will outlast the garment!  So you may remember the vinyl of the 1980’s, but this is not it!  The new millennium vinyl has come as far as the phones from rotary to cell!  Go ahead, dream about what you would like made.  Vinyl just may be the answer!

 

Are you ready for some….glitter vinyl and rhinestone….FOOTBALL!

It’s football season and we are so glad to have some great designs for the season! We recently made this for a customer for a local high school football team, the Centennial High School Bulldogs!

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The glitter vinyl highlights the Football Mom name and the players name on the back while rhinestones highlight the front design. The back is full of sparkle with the rhinestuds featured on the number. We can personalize your mom shirt with style and sparkle!

Nevada PTA Summer Leadership Training

We had a great time at the Nevada PTA Summer Leadership Training on Saturday! About 200 eager PTA members in Nevada attended the training and visited our booth.

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We talked to local schools about helping with fundraising for the PTA! This year we have a fantastic Fundraising Kit that we designed.

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With no cost to the school or organization we provide three shirts (as seen on the white rack here), an order form, copies, and the stand. We bring the kit to the school, set it up, and bring the materials. We also set up an online store for the school so that parents can pay with debit/credit cards. The shirts range from $10-$20 and the fundraising organization gets a set dollar amount back per shirt. There is no extra inventory for the school or PTA to keep on hand and no guessing about what might sell. As an awesome bonus, we use Hanes brand t-shirts and Hanes provides a Box Top for every shirt sold! It’s like two fundraisers in one!!

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Glitter vinyl and softball/baseball designs

We have great new designs for two local teams-one for baseball and one softball. Badgers designs feature glitter vinyl. In the sunlight, this glitter is amazing! Rhinestones highlight the Intensity designs. Check out our store at http://store.thetshirtgirllv.com to purchase any these shirts and more!

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Getting organized

We have made some changes to The T-Shirt Guy.  We are now a LLC!  YEAH!  Along with that came more paperwork, and luckily more business!  We had to redo the office a good bit (at least my side of the office) and we have all of our jobs up on a whiteboard now.  For those of you that don’t know, Kyle and I do totally separate parts of this business.  He is the graphics and design guy.  He is amazing at taking the sketch on the cocktail napkin and making into a brilliant graphic to print or cut on vinyl.  Or bling!  With the vinyl we have added window clings, custom one offs if needed, and names/numbers.  I LOVE doing the rhinestones but all of these additions take up more and more space.  We are moving in about a week and will have a bigger office and a little bit of storage inside that should help the two of us get even more organized.  Oh, we added a button machine to the mix as well and promo products too!  Whew!  We are busy!

Looking back to move ahead

As the days go by and we are busier and busier thankfully, I started to think the other day about where this whole T-shirt business started.  Many people know our story that we bought VERY basic screen printing equipment in order to make T-shirts for our son’s cub scout troop.  That was over four years ago.  After making those shirts we really didn’t do much else with the equipment except made a few fun shirts for our family.  I don’t know what point we decided to try out making money with screen printing, but I had a good chuckle when I thought about how difficult printing seemed then.

When we printed, we were MESSY!  Everything was covered in ink, cleaning up was a nightmare, even exposing screens was awful.  I didn’t really do much with the screen printing then, Kyle did most of it.  I would sit with him in our dark room (i.e. the bathroom) while he exposed screens for 12 1/2 minutes exactly, and I might have helped him wash out screens, but I just wasn’t into the whole process.  After we did get our first equipment and found out Ryonet had classes to help learn the process better, I arranged the whole class and trip for Kyle.  I went with him, but not to the class.  I spent the two days in Portland and had a great time!  I just figured this was his hobby.

I don’t know when I started printing, but I remember asking Kyle if I could try it.  I wasn’t great at it and it was more difficult than it looked, but I liked the end result. So somewhere along the line I started printing and Kyle let me!  He always said the printing stressed him out because he didn’t want to mess it up.  I enjoyed the time to see what I could come up with and how the mesh, ink, shirt relationship worked. 

By the time I had done a couple of prints, Ryonet decided to have a contest to help a new business or a not yet existing business expand their potential with the Pick Me Contest.  The contest would consist of an initial video telling about the company or soon to be company that you would like to have.  And then people got to vote for their favorite.  And we won! 

We won lots of great equipment that really helped us sculpt our small hobby into a “real” business.  The silver press, exposure unit, and tons of great ink were just the beginning of what I found to be a fabulous business. We also were treated to another class but this time were able to go to LA at the new Ryonet LA facility.  It was my turn to learn more about screen printing and I was definitely hooked!  Foil, glitter, and other specialty inks caught my eye and I was anxious to learn more.

Now fast forward almost two years and we have definitely expanded.  We do not print full-time just yet, but we do work steadily.  We have several repeat customers including the Archery Club, and Student/Teacher softball game at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, several other school groups, two teams, Batitudes and Team Intensity, with the Northwest Girls Softball League, and we just keep getting more and more repeats.  We are always glad to get calls for new business and strive to provide a great experience for our customers.  

Our products don’t just revolve around printing anymore.  We do car vinyl decals, buttons, lots of rhinestones, numbers and letters for jerseys or other shirts, and promotional products.  I look around now and see our business as an opportunity for my family to work together to make a better life together.  That’s why we started this business and it is nice to know that we have followed through with our family in mind.