Free Fundraising T-shirt Store

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Raise funds with a custom t-shirt from Kirkwood Trading Company

Get a free fundraising t-shirt store from Kirkwood Trading Company, and open up the vast possibilities to reach your goals. We offer a FREE online fundraising store that can be used to sell a custom t-shirt or multiple items. Even if you are a seasoned fundraising machine or you are new and looking for ideas, we can help you.

With 70% of people making online purchases regularly an online store makes sense. It gives you further reach to potential donors and the convenience to have a virtual 24/7 store.

A free fundraising t-shirt store is one of the best avenues for fundraising and the reason t-shirts make a great choice is because more people are likely to donate when they receive a tangible item in return for their donation. A t-shirt is a low cost high profit tangible item. The best part about these stores are:

1. No Cost – There is absolutely no out of pocket costs for us to put a custom fundraising store together for you.
2. No Inventory – You don’t have to invest in costly inventory
3. Stores can be ready in minutes
4. We handle order processing, and if need be shipping

We have worked with many clubs, organizations, and schools on their fundraising efforts in the past that were used for things like offsetting the cost for a team to go to an out of town tournament, new jerseys for a softball team, offset medical costs for a child with cancer, raising funds for fallen officers kids college fund. The possibilities are endless and the fact it’s a free fundraising t-shirt store makes what we do that much more attractive.

How it works is simple. You provide us with the design for the shirts and tell us which shirts you want to sell. We put together the web store displaying our products. There will be a start date and an end date to the fundraiser. Once the end date has passed we print all of the orders at one time. From there we can provide delivery to one location or we can even handle the shipping of the individual shirts. We receive funds as each donor makes a shirt purchase. After the end date of the fundraiser, we then provide you with a check for the difference between what we charge for the shirts and what the shirts sold for. It’s that simple and it’s an absolutely 100% free fundraising t-shirt store for you. Say you think you can sell 500 t-shirts. Let’s say white t-shirts with a 1 color front print and our cost to you will be $4.25/each. The fundraiser is selling the shirts for $10.00. That’s a difference of $5.75 per shirt. So if you sell 500 t-shirts…that’s a profit of $2,875.00 that the fundraiser will raise. At the end of the fundraiser we would take our $4.25 from each shirt and then provide you with a check for the $2,875.00. The stores does the work for the person spearheading the fundraiser and Kirkwood Trading Company does the rest.

If you would like to learn more or discuss options we would be happy to help you. Simply contact us at

Custom T-shirts For Less in Saint Louis

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Buy custom t-shirts for less from Kirkwood Trading Company

Custom t-shirts for less in Saint Louis by Kirkwood Trading Company is due to experience, quality, and efficiency with which we produce awesome logo tees. Now we don’t give them away and we don’t have subjective pricing that we lower at will which is why we don’t do many government contracts. We value our customers and we value the product we sell to them. Kirkwood Trading Company has been printing custom t-shirts in Saint Louis for over 20 years and in that time we have learned some valuable lessens.

1. Give your customers a great product at a fair price and a relationship blossoms.
2. The customer really isn’t always right but when they are wrong, working out a beneficial solution is really all it takes for both parties to feel like they have been treated fairly.
3. Honestly and great customer service go a very long way.
4. Provide the customer with a product that is at least, or better than they expected and you have your best advertiser.
5. Simply treating our customers as we like to be treated when we are someone else’s customer is really what it’s all about.
6. Providing custom t-shirts for less in Saint Louis

We are printing custom t-shirts, not brain surgery and while some people order t-shirts every month and think nothing of it, other people order shirts for the first time and it’s the most important thing in the world to them at that time. We get it, and we feel like what we do is really awesome and we try to project that excitement with each customer interaction and business dealing.

We offer a full line of apparel with a 4-6 business day turn around (typically sooner) and we don’t charge rush order fees to do it that quickly either. Our pricing is all in one so the price per shirt is the price you pay without any hidden fees. We run our business with the mindset that we want to retire one day in the distant future and our prices reflect that we aren’t trying to retire on one job, we want to retire on continuous orders year after year while building relationships with our clients.

We offer a t-shirt design studio where customers can design their own shirts and get a quote. Design Online

Or use our online quote form. Online Quote Form

Or simply email us direct through our contact us page. See why we provide custom t-shirts for less in Saint Louis.

Custom Dri Fit Tshirts in St. Louis

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Custom performance dri fit tees in St. Louis by Kirkwood Trading Company

Performance T-Shirts

I’d like to start this post out for custom Dri Fit tshirts in St. Louis with a little education. Many people ask for Dri-Fit shirts much like people ask for Kleenex when they mean facial tissue. The word Dri-Fit is a proprietary term used by Nike and their moisture wicking technology. As I said above referring to a performance or tech t-shirt by the name Dri-Fit is the same thing as asking for a facial tissue by asking for a Kleenex. It’s a trade marked and or copyright term owned by these companies. We know what you mean but if you are asking for Dri-Fit shirts you are really asking for a Nike shirt. So in terms of what customers are really looking for, performance or tech shirts would be the right connotation.

So if you are in the market for this type of shirt there are several brands that carry a tech shirt or performance shirt. The important part here in wanting these shirts is to understand that they are made up solely of 100% polyester, light weight, and of course, in recent years very trendy and very much the go to shirt where perspiring is going to happen.

Many brands that offer these shirts in a variety of styles and colors have affordable options to screen printing your custom logo onto them. We print performance shirts for a lot of team sports be it summer sports camps, team t-shirts during the season, or even as 3rd jerseys in some instances. Little league and youth sports have gotten away from the cotton tees and replaced them with the performance t-shirt. Since their popularity has gained their prices have come down making them affordable option.

And it’s not just t-shirts. Custom Dri Fit tshirts in St. Louis can be shorts, hoodies, long sleeve tees, and most styles even come in a ladies cut. Contacting Kirkwood Trading Company the next time you are in the market for custom dri fit tshirts in St. Louis and we’ll be happy to show you options and best practices for printing on performance tees.

Product Loyalty on custom tees

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Product loyalty on custom tees

Brand Loyalty vs Product Loyalty on Custom Tees

In the custom t-shirt screen printing business, product loyalty on custom tees is why companies like ours stay in business. On one side of the table you have brand loyalty, people are loyal to a particular brand when it comes to getting custom tees printed. Other people aren’t particular about the product but they have product loyalty on custom tees and for us, that product is the custom tees we print for them.

Brand Loyalty is having a favorite brand of t-shirt be it Hanes, Gildan, or Next Level. We have clients asking specifically for these brands for their t-shirt order. This is easy for us because we carry all of the major brands in custom apparel. So we know there is loyalty when our clients ask for a specific brand and style by name. They have ordered this particular shirt in the past and it worked well for them. Sometimes clients think they have brand loyalty when they don’t and we can explain the difference to them in those instances. Those who think they have brand loyalty who really don’t are easy to spot because they are requesting an inferior product. To each their own but we still try to understand their decision because from a screen printers perspective, we do not want to provide our services on an inferior product.

Brand loyalty is getting harder because so many t-shirt manufacturers are coming out with similar items that follow the trends of light weight soft materials. Often times to steer someone in the right direction I’ll mention a product I specifically wear. Think about it, if you are going to a butcher shop and you aren’t sure what cut of meat you want, knowing the cut the butcher himself likes is a great way to determine my own cut of choice. If it’s good enough for the professional it is good enough for me.

Product loyalty on custom tees boils down the product they are purchasing from me. How well do I screen print their logo on the shirts I provide for their order. Product loyalty is vital in the success of a business because ultimately it relies on the satisfaction of the customer. A happy customer is satisfied with your product and gains product loyalty on custom tees from my business.

In the screen printing business, when a client has brand loyalty that is the easy one. They can go to any company and get their custom t-shirts printed. Product loyalty is whey they keep coming back to a particular business. In the screen printing business it’s fortunate that we can cater to both sides of the table here. The brand is the brand, we don’t make the shirts, we only provide them. The product is where our hard work pays off and equals loyalty.

You can browse our products on our online catalog and we can discuss your custom t-shirt order with you to make sure you have product loyalty on custom tees.

Custom bride and groom koozies

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Custom printed bride and groom koozies

Looking for custom printed bride and groom koozies for the wedding party? You’ve come to the right police. In addition to wedding party, bachelorette and bachelor party t-shirts and tanks, Kirkwood Trading Company also custom prints wedding koozies. That’s right, what better way to keep the beverages cold while touring around time taking wedding pictures. Koozies are available in the collapsible form or bottle form with a shirt formed structure. We can print to match exact specs in color and style.

Popular custom bride and groom koozies typically consist of a brides koozies, a grooms koozies, and then bridesmaids and groomsmen koozies. In addition to customizing the design of the koozies they can also be further customized with names and dates on the back. This is a popular print because koozies last forever and dates are important to keep the memories.

The nice thing about custom bride and groom koozies is the low expense. They don’t cost much and they make sense because they prove very useful.

Contact us for your next wedding party for tees, tanks and koozies and we’ll custom printed any number of pieces to fit your needs.

Custom Bachelorette Tank Tops

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Custom Bachelorette tank tops. Wedding party printed apparel

Custom Bachelorette Tank Tops
It’s almost Spring which means custom bachelorette tank tops are just around the corner. Kirkwood Trading Company offers a variety of clothing customized to fit each wedding parties needs. Each year it seems we do more and more of these custom prints and the sayings and phrases are pretty standard.

If you are looking for ideas on specific apparel you’ve come to the right place for ideas.

For the Bachelors
Let’s face it, men are pretty easy but clever. Great custom shirts and tanks usually do the trick and depending on the type of party (ie, party bus, destination, pub crawl) custom koozies are a great idea to for remembering the event.

A lot of bachelors like to have a clever saying on the front and on some occasions get names and numbers or nicknames on the back of the shirts.

With custom bachelor party shirts typically they are all the same shirt meant to remember the fun times had by all. Simple, to the point, no frills.

For the Bachelorette’s
Now custom bachelorette tank tops are the most popular thing we do for the wedding parties. Each party is different of course but tank tops are among the most popular choices followed by a female cut tee and then lastly a tapered unisex tee. Custom koozies are also a great idea to go along with the custom bachelorette tank tops.

The women typically get a little more sophisticated by going with a different specific shirt for the bride to be, sometimes a different shirt for the maid of honor, and the the rest of the order is rounded out with shirts for the bridesmaids. Soft dual or triblend tank tops work the best because they give woman that softness they like. The colors vary and the styles of tanks vary from very basic, to tapered, to racerback options.

If you are looking for custom bachelorette tank tops, bachelor party shirts, wedding koozies, or any wedding party custom printed apparel and gifts, contact us at Kirkwood Trading Company and we’ll see what we can do. We have a lot of experience in these things and can steer you in the right direction if you are stuck.

Custom Printed Ladies Tank Tops St. Louis

Custom printed ladies tank tops in St. Louis

Custom Printed ladies tank tops in St. Louis

Custom Printed Ladies Tank Tops in St. Louis

If you are looking for custom printed ladies tank tops in St. Louis, or any tank tops for that matter, Kirkwood Trading Company has you covered. With a full line of tank tops for men, women, and youth, we carry all major brands and styles from camo to dri fit performance tanks.

We screen print tank tops for a variety of clients from restaurants to bachelorette parties. Gyms and fitness businesses do well with tank top reselling and high school and college’s are ordering tank tops regularly.

What’s nice about the tank top is that it’s been a trend for a few years now starting about 4 years ago. With that trend came more manufacturers making more tank tops in newer styles and materials to go along with the trend of light weight soft materials. So now you have a lot of triblend and dual blend tanks with the soft polyester and the cotton percentage now being ring spun for added softness.

On the performance tanks these are 100% poly with moisture management properties and are very big in the athletic community be it team sports or gyms and fitness centers.

A trend we have seen grown just among our own clients in the fitness industry is reselling custom printed ladies tank tops to their female clients with there gym logo on it. The smart marketing behind this is the gym’s are spending a little more money on nicer trendier softer tanks their own clientele are willing to pay more for because these tank tops truly are great to wear. They feel great, they look great, and the wear great.

While the cost of custom printed ladies tank tops are across the board there are a variety of tanks in the every day brand price point as well which are great for team sports and the bachelor & Bachelorette parties. While the price points are good these will typically be your 100% preshrunk cotton or a dual blend. Great for keeping costs down but still making a statement.

There are about 15 brands now offering tank tops in a variety of colors and styles and materials. The next time you are in the market for custom printed ladies tank tops give us a call at Kirkwood Trading Company and we’ll show you options and find the right fit your your budget and event.

Raising money with custom t-shirts

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Raising money through custom t-shirts with Kirkwood Trading Company

Raising money with custom t-shirts

Few things make great fundraising more than custom t-shirts. Raising money with custom t-shirts is very cost effective and easy to do and who doesn’t love a new t-shirt? Kirkwood Trading Company screen prints custom t shirts for all kinds of clients from team sports, businesses, churches, schools, foundations, and fundraising. While they all are fun and unique in their own way, printing shirts for fundraising cause is really something special.

It’s a bittersweet process because we hear the stories behind the shirt order and why specifically these shirts are being printed. When a soccer team needs shirts it is pretty much understood the purpose behind that. When a customer walks in our door with a picture of a young teenage girl and asks if it’s something we can print on 50 t-shirts, we understand the exact purpose of why something wants a photograph of someone on a shirt. Usually it’s pretty grim and in most cases when someone wants a picture of a family member on a t-shirt, it’s because they have passed away from a range of things from heroin, car crashes, cancer, etc. It’s bitter because nobody wants to start their day off printing a picture of a deceased person on a bunch of t-shirts. Thank goodness in this line of work there happens to be the sweet part, and that’s the happiness on the clients faces when they see the finished product, and they take that finished product to raise awareness, sell to raise money for a funeral or a charity, what have you.

Not too long ago 2 mothers can in our shop to look at raising money with custom t-shirts. It was not a fun day to say the least because they each had a picture of their 18 year old sons who died together from heroin overdoses. There sons were best friends and ultimately and tragically died together at a young age. They wanted to sell shirts to raise awareness on the heroin epidemic in St. Louis as well as raise funds for funeral costs. They had support and new they needed 50 t-shirts to help offset some costs. We put together a design using the young men’s photos, the order was placed and 2 days later we started printing first thing in the morning. Most people working at Kirkwood Trading Company have children of their own so a custom t-shirt order like this hits home a little bit. It was a somber morning because looking at these pictures these two handsome gentleman, now deceased, looked like they have the potential to do anything they wanted as they grew up. The next morning the moms come in to pick up the order. Yesterday was sad, the next day when they picked up the shirts was happy. They were crying they were so happy to have these shirts and new what these custom tees meant in the way of awareness, offsetting funeral costs, and just for their own keepsake. Through these custom t-shirts their sons would live on and their message would ring clear.

As it turned out, the shirts were such a hit with their community that they came back the next week and ordered 100 more shirts. Their message was heard and it brought closure to an otherwise tragic event.

We have so may stories like this. Most recently printing shirts for a young man I feel privileged to have met who went through a living hell with cancer. He went into remission for a bit and actually was hired by us to do some social media work. I spoke with this young man one day for 30 minutes and it’s the only time I ever spoke with him as he worked directly with another individual. But in that 30 minute chat I see why he had such an impact on everyone he met and why he had hundreds of friends to where the family ordered a few thousand t-shirts in his honor for raising money with custom t-shirts. I don’t know the exact number but when you order a couple thousand shirts the cost is low, the profit they made was donated to the lymphoma society and I’m guessing based on what sold the shirts to them for and what they resold them for in their fundraising effort probably raised around $6,000-$10,000. That’s is a huge impact one individual had on his peers. And it was heart warming effort on our part because we helped them in their efforts.

Custom t-shirts are marketing whether you are a business, a sports team, a church, or a bunch of guys celebrating a bachelor party. Those shirts are your brand and few things are more powerful that cost so little.

If you are looking at raising money with custom t-shirts contact us here at Kirkwood Trading Company. We will work with you to make sure your shirts are the something to be proud of. We can print or sew your logo on any number of different garments and no matter your cause, we will be happy to get your there.

Best priced custom t-shirts in St. Louis

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Great custom t-shirts prices for St. Louis

Best Bang For Your Buck written by a new customer

As a frequent consumer of custom t-shirts and using companies across the the country I tend to compare the shirt shops I use as I do the restaurants I visit. I think when it comes to giving something the title of “best of” and in this case pricing…it encompasses so much more than the dollar amount I write on my check or bill to my credit card.

The best priced custom t-shirts in St. Louis brought me to the Kirkwood Trading Company. My history is market research for a large firm out of San Diego and my job requires me to travel the country visiting clients to improve their market share for their particular industry. I visit about 30 cities a year and in each city that is home to one of my clients I present them with custom t-shirts with their logo on it. While I deal with a lot of fortune 500 firms I also deal with the “mom and pop” businesses and everything in between. My company actually specializes in being able to work with any client no matter their revenue or company size.

The custom tees I present my clients is not a company mandated thing, it’s my own thing which means it comes out of my own pocket so I tend to call around when I get to new cities because when it comes to my own expenditures I tend to be frugal.

It has been a while since I visited St. Louis and the funny thing is the one client I had here as well as the t-shirt company I used both went out of business. Obtaining new clients in St. Louis means I needed to find a local custom t-shirt shop and that led me to Kirkwood Trading Company. I would probably be small potatoes to a screen printing business because I may only need 12 t-shirts or I may need a thousand, just depends on my client’s company size. My point is that when I called Kirkwood Trading Company they answered the phone as if they need a million dollar contract was calling them. Yeah, that’s not me but I was drawn by the way they were happy to answer the phone, happy to engage me and answer my questions, and when I explained my situation they happily provided me with options so I could choose the right shirt at the right price. The best priced custom t-shirts in St. Louis is what I found all Kirkwood Trading Company was all about.

When I say best price what I’m really saying and people need to understand is the value. If I pay $1 for a hot dog and it’s terrible and I pay $5 for the best dog I ever had, when some places are charging $2 and $8 and $12 for a hot dog, the value of the $5 is the best. The $2 hot dog might be okay and save me some money but it’s not memorable, the value does hold to the cost. The presentation or the vendor wasn’t memorable. Value is not just the cost of something, it’s the return on investment and how that particular purchase ranks as far as cost versus quality.

The Kirkwood Trading Company experience

So back to the phone call. After I long conversation about various options and some candid conversations about business I understood that these guys don’t care how big your order is, it’s about relationships and at the end of the day, while every business wants that home run client, at the end of the day for most companies, it’s quantity over quality and repeat business is the life blood of any small business.

We discuss cotton shirts versus polyester shirts and 1 color ink printing versus multiple colors and how the price breaks down based on the quantity of the shirts. Like I said, I know I’m small potatoes and this initial order was for 40 shirts and doing this before I didn’t need to spend a lot of time on this but I do like to know the people I do business with and Matt and Mike were more than engaging. When I left their shop I truly felt like friends.

By the way, the reason I even called Kirkwood Trading Company, because they were the 3rd company I called, is because again with this cost coming out of my own pocket I like to get the most bang for my buck. They first 2 minutes of the conversation I liked what I heard. I didn’t care what the cost of the shirts was because I knew I was going to have a good experience. I did by the way.

So long story short because I’m about 20 minutes from landing, they did my 40 t-shirts, had them ready in 4 days, the shirts were folded as you’d expect them, by size in such a way that they don’t wrinkle and I can directly hand them out to the clients. The printing was excellent, the shirt he steered me to was a winner, and my clients loved them. Sometimes my clients already get their own custom t-shirts made and sadly they may have a better design than what they provide me and are sometimes cooler than what I bring. But they appreciate the effort nonetheless. In this particular situation this client of mine never did t-shirts, they loved them and will start using Kirkwood Trading Company locally for their own needs. As for me and my business with them, as I said, I couldn’t have been happier about the fast turn around, it was as they advertised, the quality was exceptional and the customer service was 5 stars. I will continue to use them not just when I’m there in St. Louis but anywhere I go to where the cost of shipping won’t make them too costly. The best priced custom t-shirts in St. Louis would be Kirkwood Trading Company.

When I told them I write blogs for my business and offered up to write one because I know they are good reading pieces. I didn’t realize this would be a thousand word review and while I hope I didn’t bore you with the details of my business, I do hope you give the guys at Kirkwood Trading Company a call when you are looking for custom t-shirts. Trust me and remember when I say the best price is made up of value and what you get in return, not the price you right on the check. I don’t know where their prices rank locally in Saint Louis, as I said, I stopped calling other companies once I called them, but they were in line and in same cases lower priced than companies I use across the country, but their value has yet to be matched.


Dave Derkowitz
ISTD Marketing