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.

St. Louis Custom T-Shirts and Spirit Wear

Kirkwood Trading Company

Kirkwood Trading Company custom t-shirts and spirit wear printing

Custom printed spirit wear for your school, team, or event

Kirkwood Trading Company has been providing custom spirit wear in St. Louis for 20 years. We currently work with many local schools as well as schools and teams across the country. Because we carry a full line of apparel and the fact that we access all major distributors we are able to get just about any apparel products a school or team could want.

We offer custom jerseys for all sports in many styles, color combinations and fabrics from cotton, poly, blends, and spandex. The trend now is for light weight performance wicking fabric and all of the major garments we offer will come in that as well. In addition to the apparel and printing we also offer custom lettering and numbering and since we cut our own letters and numbers pretty much any font you would want to use is fine.

Regarding spirit wear we offer several styles of t-shirts including the basic tees, ladies, youth, and specialty cut shirts as well as sweatpants, shorts, jackets, bags, towels, mugs, koozies, and more. For many spirit stores we are a one stop shop for most of their store needs and at the very least where the apparel is concerned.

With our super fast turn around time of 4-6 business days we have grown in the spirit wear business because schools need items fast because if their shelves are empty they are losing revenue. So while we always have fast turn around times on orders we prioritize those clients who use our screen printed apparel as revenue.

When it comes to smaller schools or schools who don’t’ have a spirit shop we work on an order form basis. If need be we’ll provide the custom order form for the school. While it’s always easiest if the school tallies the orders but if need be we can do that too.

When it comes to design most schools have their standard logo and many come to us with a t-shirt design already. However many of our clients look to us to provide them with popular trends not just in the artwork but in the design area as well. If asked we’ll gladly put some designs together for you so you can see options and choose a design or designs that work best for you.

For teams, in addition to the full line of jerseys and uniforms we also carry several brands of coaches shirts, warm-ups and jackets. It seems the recent trend has been to get away from the jackets and the hoodie has gained in popularity.

Because we print in-house we can accommodate rush orders from our clients as well. We understand that when it comes to schools and teams and there is a lot of fundraising and money to be made should a team advance to the playoffs or have an annual big game against a rival. In those cases often times there is not tons of time to plan for such events. We had one particular school who called us back in 2013 and asked if there high school football team made it to state, could be print up some t-shirts so they could sell them at school to raise money for the athletic program. The only caveat is that the semi-final game would be 5 days before the state game so we would have a short window to print shirts. Short notice was not a problem and we got the design out of the way ahead of time. When they advanced to state we printed 1,000 shirts within a couple of days and then printed another 1,000 a couple days after that. The shirts were selling faster than we could print. The team went on to win the state game and the school decided to get custom t-shirts printed for the state championship. Because it was a local high school, local citizens in addition to the student body bought shirts and they eneded up selling another 3,000 state championship t-shirts. The proceeds raised from shirts went into upgrading the school fields and weight room. Because we turned the order around so quickly we were hero’s to the school and they were thankful because they raised a lot of money.

If you have a need for custom spirit wear or team wear, the Kirkwood Trading Company in St. Louis will be happy to provide you with a price quote. We offer a fast turn around time on all of our orders and we operate with customer convenience in mind.