That would be pretty neat, wouldn't it?
But what do you do if you only need a handful of shirts? Garment companies usually charge a set-up fee and require a minimum order, so if you only need five or six shirts, by the time you pay the set-up fee and order the minimum 25 shirts, you've invested a ton of money. Plus you have a huge stack of shirts to store somewhere.
What if you want to sell shirts for an event or a good cause? You don't know what sizes people will want or how many shirts you'll sell. Maybe they'll want a sweatshirt instead of a t-shirt. Maybe they'll want a blue shirt instead of a red one. How do you maximize your sales and keep your costs reasonable while dealing with all of these factors?
I have a solution: A+ Images, Inc.
They specialize in custom teacher apparel, Kiwanis apparel and rhinestone wine apparel, and they also do much more.
I recently turned to them for a not-for-profit project of mine called They're Our Kids. I want to sell t-shirts to raise money so that They're Our Kids can start giving college scholarships to local high school seniors.
They're Our Kids, however, is just me -- a one-person operation. I don't have any start-up money to speak of available for a large order of shirts, plus I have no idea what type of apparel, what color or what size consumers are going to want. Will I sell 1,000 shirts? Or will I only sell five? I have no way of guessing at this point.
I approached A+ Images with my idea, and just four hours later, I had a fully-functional secure online store selling five different custom designs -- all created by A+ Images -- in a multitude of colors. I also have a few sample shirts to show people.
Their prices are so low that a whopping 30% of the garment price is going to They're Our Kids! That makes for a phenomenal fundraiser!
How do they do it? A+ Images is one of only a few garment printing companies in Indianapolis with a direct-to-garment printer. This thing looks like one of those old dot-matrix printers when it's in action, but it's infinitely more powerful and complex.
The design is loaded into a computer and a garment in the color of the customer's choice is secured in the machine. The computer then tells the printer to put the design directly onto the garment, which it does using multiple canisters of ink.
The entire printing process takes just a couple of minutes, followed by about 10 minutes under a dryer (the shirt is moistened during the printing process so that the ink adheres to the fabric). I shot some video from my phone while one of my t-shirts was being printed so you can see this thing in action. It's amazing!
You can order 10 shirts, five shirts, three shirts, or even a single shirt -- perfect for a small business, a club, a recreational sports team, a community event, a family reunion or anything else where you don't need a truckload of shirts.
These aren't lousy low-quality shirts, either. I've ordered Kiwanis apparel through A+ Images in the past, and even after countless trips through the laundry, my Kiwanis shirts still look and feel great.
This also makes selling garments as a fundraiser easy. Customer A can get a shirt design on a small pink hoodie sweatshirt, and Customer B can get the design on a 2XL yellow unisex t-shirt. A+ Images just has to load the desired garment into the printer, and a few minutes later, there's your custom apparel.
They'll even photograph your garment for you, build you an online store, and post photos. Take a look at They're Our Kids' store for an example.
Shipping is just $5.95 flat rate for orders under $99, and any orders $99 or over ship for free. Save yourself the shipping charge by stopping in at A+ Images and having them print you up a garment real quick.
The folks at A+ Images are incredibly helpful, friendly and motivated to help out "the little guy." They take a genuine interest in your project and assist you in making it the best it can be. Their customer service is beyond reproach, and they epitomize the value of small family-owned businesses.
Check them out at http://www.aplusimages.com and see what they can do for your small business, organization, niche group or project.
(A+ Images, Inc. did not request a review of their business, nor did they compensate me for one. This is simply my opinion of A+ Images, based on my individual experience with them, and they are a company that I think Red Zone Writing's clientele will appreciate.)