Promotional Apparel – Facts and Purchasing Tips

Custom printed apparel is a very popular way of advertising your business. Clothing is one of our basic necessities. We cannot go out into the world wearing nothing on right? Similarly, a marketing strategy is not complete without promotional apparel. They really do score you big publicity points.It is said that the early men and women who walked the earth used leaves, grass, fur and leather as clothing materials. They basically just enveloped in it their body to protect themselves from the elements. It is not yet confirmed when humans first started wearing clothes but scientists theorized that it was probably during the time when people traveled from Africa to other parts of the world. It is important to note, however, that style, appearance, and form of clothes are based on many factors like gender, race, religion and social status. Apparel is another term for clothing.Presently, humans wear a variety of apparel. Men wear polo shirts, slacks, pants and shorts. Women usually don dresses, skirts, blouses as polo shirts as well. Children wear basically similar items but may differ in style and size. Corporate apparel may also include sweat shirts, jacket, and even windbreakers. Accessories like footwear, scarves, towels, and caps may also be considered as apparel.The advantages of giving away promotional apparel are:1. Wide Audience Reach – Given the assortment of items, custom printed apparel will surely attract a lot of people’s attention because everyone can wear them. Just imagine well-designed promotional apparel, say a T-shirt for example, worn by most men and women in your own town or city. The rate of publicity of your company will shoot up big time.2. Variety in Styles – Promotional apparel come in different styles that range from formal to casual. You are therefore given the liberty to choose which kind or style best works for you.3. Ease and Comfort – Most custom made apparel is easy to use, clean and maintain. They’re also comfortable to wear.4. Print-ability – One of clothing items’ best qualities is that they are ideal for printing and embroidery. You may choose which method works for you best and apply it to your promotional apparel.5. Durability – They are made to last. You can be sure that your customers and clients will be able to enjoy its benefits for a long time which also means longer advertisement time for you!Are you now excited to get your own set of customized apparel? Read these tips first:1. Plan Your Budget – It is always best to draw up a budget plan first before you settle on any business deal. Know how much you can spend on promotional items so you don’t go overboard.2. Consider the Weather – Before you get a whole batch of shirts or jackets printed try to identify first what time of the year you plan on giving away these items? Will it be during the winter or summer season? If it’s for the chilly season you might want to order long sleeved shirts. However if you plan to have your launching day during summertime you would have to settle for T-shirts that are made of light fabric. The kind of apparel you give out should be in accordance to the present weather.3. Gender Studies – You should also take into account the type of target audience you have. Will they be generally male or female? You might want to choose an article of clothing that would suit both sexes.4. Color Matters – Choose colors that would best suit your company name or logo. While it is fun to experiment on different color schemes you have to be wise about picking a design that would look appealing and eye-catchy.

US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%

US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 1.14%. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 0.98% and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up by 0.71 per cent

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US Markets in green on Friday; Dow 30 up over 345 points, Nasdaq Composite, S&P 500 up nearly 1%
Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. Source: Reuters
US Markets were trading in the green on Friday with Dow 30 trading at 30,678.80, up by 345.25 points or1.14 per cent. While S&P 500 was trading at 3,701.66, up by 35.88 points or 0.98 per cent and Nasdaq Composite 10,690.60 was also up 75.75 points or 0.71 per cent. A Reuters report said that today’s strength was on the back of a report which said the Federal Reserve will likely debate on signaling plans for a smaller interest rate hike in December, reversing declines set off by social media firms after Snap Inc’s ad warning.

Source: Comex

Nasdaq Top Gainers and Losers

Source: Nasdaq

Earlier today, Indian stock markets ended the week on a winning note. It was the sixth straight gains for equity markets. The BSE Sensex ended at 59,307.15, up by 104.25 points or 0.18 per cent from the Thursday closing level. Meanwhile, the Nifty50 index closed at 17,590.00, higher by 26.05 points or 0.15 per cent. In the 30-share Sensex, 13 stocks gained while the remaining 17 ended on the losing side. In the 50-stock Nifty50, 21 stocks advanced while 29 declined.

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.