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Making Some Otter Changes: Part Two

All of my products at Otter Things™ are printed as soon as the customer orders them. Because of that, each product is printed especially for you when you order.

When I was developing my shop, I was thrilled to find a company for my printing needs. Printful, the company that prints my designs, uses multiple brands for apparel lines. In the past I chose American Apparel® for my designs because they were made in America, the quality of clothing was nice, and the material was soft and comfy.

Unfortunately, American Apparel® went bankrupt and their clothing was no longer available. This meant that I had to find another brand for my Otter Things™ line of clothing. I’ll admit that I panicked for a couple of hours.

After some deep breathing and a lot of research, I was able to select worthwhile alternatives for my store. There are specific things that I look for in my apparel brands: quality, cost, and availability.

Quality

When I buy a shirt or hoodie, I want the item to last. Poor quality, like loose stitchery, is a huge turnoff. I also like soft materials, like ring-spun combed cotton. They are more appealing against the skin.

Along with material and workmanship, the fit is another important factor of quality. The cut of a t-shirt can vary between brands and between styles of a single brand.

Cost

No one wants to pay $30 for a t-shirt. If the cost of the blank shirt is expensive, the cost of the final product will be expensive. I always try to find a reasonably priced brand.

Availability

When it comes to putting my designs on apparel, I prefer using more than black and white styles. Reds, blues, and greens make some of the designs pop, and give my customers a chance to vary their wardrobe.

After ordering samples of various t-shirts and hoodies, I finally narrowed it down to the companies that I will utilize for my apparel line.

My line of t-shirts will include Bell+Canvas® brand apparel. The shirts are 100% combed and ring-spun cotton and very soft. The unisex style fits both men and women like a well-loved classic.

The color selection is similar to American Apparel®, but the fit is nicer. The bottom hem falls a little lower for better coverage. I am also able to offer sizes up to 4XL. Let’s face it, not everyone is a size 2.

Hoodies will come from Gildan® and are also an improvement over my previous style. Plush feel without bulk, make the hoodies cozy. Also available up to 4XL, they come in a greater range of colors.

My newest product, baby onesies, will still be available. The Rabbit Skins® brand from LAT Apparel® is made of 100% combed ring-spun cotton. They also have reinforced three snap closures and lap shoulders for easy changing, because wee otter fans wriggle a lot.

So what does all of this mean for you, the customer? Well, my products are still available for purchase, they are softer, fit better, and best of all they are less expensive. My cost for using these new products has gone down so I am passing that cost right on to you. Hey, you deserve it.

I hope my new style of apparel will meet your approval. I do aim to please. I will continue to add more designs and colors as they become available. In the meantime, you otter be checking them out.

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Posting Otter Things Up

At the request of one of my customers, I am adding posters to the Otter Things™ product line. I always considered this option, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Well, here they come.

The posters are available in two sizes, 12 x 16 inches and 18 x 24 inches. Printed on thick, durable, matte paper, the illustrations are rich and defined. The paper is also archival and acid-free, printed right here, in the USA.

I will be adding the designs on a limited basis. Since the illustration is printed at a larger size, I want to make sure that each and every one is perfect for printing. If there is a particular design you can’t wait to have decorating your wall, contact me so I can add that to the list of requests.

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Something for Your Little Otter Lover

Otter lovers come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in all ages, which is why I have added onesies to my product line.

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Wee otter lovers deserve to show off their passion for something just as cute as them. Babies can crawl, cruise, or just curl up for a nap in uniquely illustrated onesies.

Consider one that shows off your baby does well. My I Otter Be® Sleeping design fits that bill well.

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I will be adding more designs as time goes on, so keep up to date with the new arrivals by signing up to my blog.

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New Design for Otter Lovers

I’ve added a new design for my shop and I just wanted to share it with you. I create more than just my I Otter Be® line of clothing and wares. Yeah, I like to mix it up a bit and sometimes it takes me to a fun, creative place. That is exactly where this design is from.

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This simple stylized line drawing shows the fluidity of otters swimming among some aquatic plants. I have been working on this design for a while. I wanted it to be simple and fun. It is currently available in T-shirts for men and women, and also mugs.

15 ounce mug

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With sizes to fit almost every figure, and a variety of colors, you can show off how much you love otters, and they are all made in the USA. Check them out and let me know what you thing.

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March Madness – I’ts Not Too Late

It is not too late to get your otter apparel for the month of March. Consider an I Otter Be Radical t-shirt for Pi day.

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If you want to keep from being pinched on St. Patrick’s Day, you might want to get something in green. You could also show your Irish pride with an I Otter Be Irish mug. You can fill it with your favorite morning brew, or maybe something stronger.

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Don’t wait too long to order. It would be irrational and unlucky.

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Band Geeks Unite

My children are very musical and one of them was recently in their school’s marching band. I walked alongside the band at the Memorial Day parade and wished I had a shirt to show my support. So, in a fit of creativity, I sat down and drew up an otter as a one-man band.

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It was not long before I realized this would make a nice shirt for the band groupie parent. I plan to make the back editable for your specific needs. Check back often for the final release in my store.

 

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Changes To My CafePress Store

I have been tracking the products that sell at my store and noticed some do not sell as well as others. For example: iPhone cases sell better than laptop skins. Over the next couple of weeks I will be discontinuing some older products in order to make room for newer ones. If you cannot find the item you are looking for, please feel free to contact me. If you feel that I may have overlooked a product, I would like to hear about it.

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Fill It In Tees

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Want a more personalized way to express yourself? How about putting it in your own words? Tell them what you otter be with the new Fill It In Tees. The cute otter leaves them wondering until you pass by; simply write what you want on the back. Make your words last by using permanent ink or have some fun with sticky notes. Your imagination is limitless!

Check it out at CafePress.

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School’s Back In

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It is that wonderful time of year again; rushing to your classes, hanging with best friends, and showing of your new school clothes. Check out the new supplies with what you “otter” be doing. The books will be piling up and you “otter” be keeping track of assignments. Try jotting down your homework on this board in your locker. Check it out at Otter Things.

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Made For Each Otter

MFEO OrnamentYou never need a special occasion to give to the ones you love. Check it out at my Zazzle store.