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.

Custom Printed Ladies Cut T-shirts

custom printed ladies cut t-shirts
Several ladies style shirts that can be custom screen printed



Now more than ever is the best time to be a woman looking for custom t-shirts. Custom printed ladies cut t-shirts have come a long long way in the past few years. So much so that for every unisex or men’s style shirt there is 8 ladies styles to choose from. There are now specific brands catering to the women’s style shirts and to make men feel not so out of place they at least offer one of two men’s styles as well.

If you are thinking about buying custom printed ladies cut t-shirts there are a few things to keep in mind. Mostly you have to think of about the style or cut of the shirt and imagining where your design or logo will go on the shirt. Personally, while deep v-neck t-shirts are sexy and trendy, they make a bad option for customizing. Really the only viable options I see are a very small print just below the v-neck or a tag print on the back of the shirt. A lot of people want to put a traditional left chest print on a deep v-neck shirt and when it comes to reality, you have about a 2 to 2.5 inch space to place the print before it starts wrapping under the ladies arms. Another thing to consider is the size of print on a ladies cut t-shirt. First no matter the style there is always the “Boob factor.” Since women are traditionally smaller standard size printing requirements don’t work. A traditional 11inch wide design would look hideous on a women’s small crew neck t-shirt. No matter the style, it’s always best to go with a smaller design than a larger one on all styles of custom printed ladies cut t-shirts. Left chest prints are okay and even suitable for most v-necks. However look at the cut before you decide your logo placement.

Rayon, Poly, spandex, and Triblends are the popular fabrics for custom printed ladies cut t-shirts theses days. Women like soft t-shirts and anything with Rayon, Poly, or a triblend will be very soft. Ladies I’m told also like spandex because while more fitting, does allow for a comfortable relaxed feel.

Custom Printed ladies cut t-shirts brands

Some brands to look at when looking for custom printed ladies cut t-shirts would be Gildan, they offer a great style called their softstyle. They have v-neck, crew neck, and long sleeve options. Next Level is another company that makes high quality soft feeling ladies t-shirts, and Bella Canvas, one of the originals, continues making great shirts for women. The only downside to women’s t-shirts is they run small, and even within different brands shirts will fit differently. However I know this also to be true when women are shopping for themselves at any retail store.

Kirkwood Trading Company is a local St. Louis custom t-shirt screen printing company. They have been serving the St. Louis area for over 20 years and have a lot of experience in providing custom t-shirt orders for women. Contact them for a free price quote.

custom printed performance t-shirts

Custom Printed Performance T-shirts

Custom Performance moisture wicking t-shirt printing. Kirkwood Trading Company St. Louis

Kirkwood Trading Company offers custom printed performance t-shirts. These are the 100% polyester moisture wicking anti-microbial fabrics that have come into high fashion in recent years. Due to the trend these shirts are taking over and with them is coming lower price points so getting awesome feeling shirts doesn’t cost an arm or a leg any longer. These custom printed performance t-shirts come in a variety of colors including camo prints and what they call tie-dry. You have your basic colors and then digitally printed patterns as well. If you are looking for an edge on the field or in everyday wear, custom printed performance t-shirts are the way to go. Especially in climates like St. Louis where our summers are muggy and hot.

Performance shirts get their name because of the ability of the material to take sweat and push it to the outside of the fabric quickly for faster evaporation. The evaporation has a cooling effect and when sweat and moisture get wicked quickly, then you shirt remains light and comfortable.

Custom printed performance t-shirts accept a variety of substrates with the most popular being a screen print design. The screen print design is among the most durable printing method for the life of the design. Because performance shirts are thin and slick they allow a nice custom design or logo to be printed with minimal ink deposit. So even your logo or design won’t bog down the light weight shirts.

In addition to custom printed performance t-shirts, there is a variety of styles including athletic jerseys and uniforms. Performance fabrics aren’t limited to t-shirts either. This material is available in sweatpants, sweatshirts, shorts, hats, and just about any style garment.

Kirkwood Trading Company in St. Louis specializes in screen printing on performance fabrics. We offer the best price points in the area and our turn around time of 4 to 6 business days is the fastest in the local industry.

If you are looking to enhance your team shirts or jerseys or simply want to check out the trend of custom performance printed t-shirts, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your options and pricing.

Custom t-shirts St. Louis

Kirkwood Trading Company custom t-shirts

Custom Tees

Choosing the right company for your custom t-shirts can seem daunting. In St. Louis you have a lot of options. You want the best quality printing on a comfortable shirt and you want them ready when you need them, right?

Custom t-shirts screen printing is an industry that the average person really has no idea of the process of which is carried out to get a design from a computer screen onto a quality t-shirt. I’d compare it to things like having your oil changed in your car or having an electrician come in and adding additional outlets to your house. Most people are not familiar with these processes.

When it comes to custom tees, I would first recommend a company that is going to take the time and speak with you about your specific needs. We are talking about having something completely custom made and the buyers input is just as important to the process as any other aspect. A t-shirt shop is custom printing your design on shirts and it should look exactly how you want it.

Another important thing to keep in mind is look at the history of the company. History means experience and a track level of doing things correctly. A company that has been in business for 20 years has seen everything. They know the tricks of the trade and their know how means they have been doing it long enough to keep at it.

Most people have no idea about the shirts available for purchase. T-shirts follow trends and typically set them. So a soft feeling cotton shirt with a slight taper down the side may fit your needs more so than a traditional cotton. Any issues with artwork, design, colors, ink colors should be caught early in the process and honestly, the first visit is really when any issues should arise so they can be nipped in the bud.

Probably the most important trait you want to find in a custom t-shirt company is time frame. Do they have a track record for fast turn around times on orders and meeting customer deadlines? Look at reviews you might find on the web. The last thing you want to experience is being one of the customers whose shirts are completed in the time frame you need them and your event becomes less successful because you don’t have your shirts.

Kirkwood Trading Company is a St. Louis based custom t-shirt screen printing shop. We have been serving St. Louis and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. From day one our priority was providing our customers with the best possible customer service, high quality screen printing, and meeting custom deadlines. We do what we have to in orde to make all of those things jive, and we love every minute of it. If you are in the market for custom t-shirts give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free price quote.

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Best screen printing business in St. Louis

2014 Best Printing Service in St. Louis award. Providing quality custom t-shirts and logo apparel

St. Louis Best Custom T-shirt screen Printer

Kirkwood Trading Company is a local St. Louis custom t-shirt screen printing business that has been serving St. Louis for over 20 years. If you are looking for convenient fast service then we are the company for you. We offer a full line of apparel from various styles and fabrics on t-shirts including youth and ladies tees but we also offer so much more. In addition to the traditional custom tees, we offer custom sweatshirts, hoodies, sweatpants, hats, bags, koozies, and even more.

We utilize all the major apparel distributors in the United States so if there is a specific item you are looking for, chances are we carry it. If not, our history in this industry garners us the experience to provide you with great alternatives and options on quality brands.

We can screen print single color graphics up to 8 color graphics and depending on your specific needs and quantity, even full color images. We are great at educating our customers because often times our new customers have never ordered custom t-shirts before. We will gladly walk you through the process and give you the best options and anytime we can save you money we certainly will. On occasion we’ll have a client who comes to us for a small order of t-shirts but they want a high number of print colors on their logo. When you take high number of prints colors and pair that with a low quantity of shirts, often times the per shirt cost is cost prohibitive. When that’s the case we explain why it’s cost prohibitive and provide our client with options to save them for money.

Our goal is the same as our customers. To provide the highest quality product at a fair price on time.

All of our screen printing services are performed in-house. This ensures quality and timely turn around times on every order. In fact we have the fastest order turn around time in the St. Louis area with a 4 to 6 business day turn around time. When we tell a client we’ll have an order completed by their deadline we follow through. In fact we have gained new customers for the mere fact that other companies dropped the ball when it came to deadlines. For 20 years we have made it a point to follow up when we tell a customer a date their order will be completed and ready. When we really jump through hoops to get a rush order done in a day or two and are greeted as hero’s by the client makes it all worth it.

In addition to printing we also can create, assist, tweak, or edit existing artwork. Some of our clients don’t have proper artwork and that’s okay with us. If we can provide artwork in a timely fashion we try not to charge for our the artwork. In some instances that is not always possible but we like to treat our customers as we like to be treated when we are the customer. That business model is in direct relation to our longevity in the screen printing business.

We hire dedicated people. People are are looking for a career rather than just a job. The people we hire take pride in their work and are eager to be here every day. It’s a fun place to work and the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed. We are printing awesome t-shirts for people not performing brain surgery. We have fun with and we enjoy it and that is passed onto the customer experience.

We have a 12 piece minimum and can print however many thousands of t-shirts you may need. There is no limit to the number of shirts we can print. The more shirts per order the less per shirt cost there is.

We provide our clients with several ways to contact us and get a free price quote. They can call us, email us, use our online quote form and use the ever so fun Online Design Studio. The design studio allows people the freedom to choose their shirt style and color and design it directly on our website either using our clip art and fonts or they can upload their own artwork or logos. It’s a really fun tool that gives the customer creative control. They can share their design with friends, email to themselves, and all kinds of fun things.

Custom Mugs in St. Louis

Custom Mugs

Custom mugs fast!

Looking for custom mugs? You came to the right place. Kirkwood Trading Company offers quality custom mug printing in-house so the quality is superior and the turn around is fast. Located in St. Louis we are centrally located so shipping across the continental United States is a breeze.

We offer a full different styles of mugs. All mugs will have a white base. The following mugs can be customized to fit your needs.

1. 11oz white coffee mugs – print capabilities is a quarter inch away from the handle and a quarter inch bleed on top and bottom.
2. 15oz white coffee mugs – same print location
3. Heart shaped coffe mugs- same print location
4. Metal travel mugs – same print location

Our process of printing mugs is different than screen printing which means it doesn’t count colors. So your mug logo or design could be a single color or full color and the price per mug is the same.

Each custom mug order receives a digital proof prior to us printing the order. That way there is no confusion on how the mug should look. All mugs are dishwasher safe!

Each mug is guaranteed to last for several occasions and add enjoyment for all those or partake. With a super fast turn around time on custom mug orders they are a unique gift that is too easy to pass up.

Custom coffee mugs are great for many occasions.

Churches to give to new members
Christmas or Birthday gifts
Clubs and organizations
Gag gifts
Company marketing
commemorate something
and much more.

In addition to mugs we also provide the following custom items with our dye sublimation process
phone cases
dog tags
water bottles
award plaques
name badges
clip board
door hangers
poker chips
and so much more.

Contact Kirkwood Trading Company at our contact us page located on our website Kirkwood Trading Company

St. Louis Custom T-Shirts and Spirit Wear

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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.