Spotlight on Embroidered Products

High quality embroidered products are a relatively new addition to the many offerings here at PinSource. The craftsmanship and detail offered are bar none, and they are such a unique new product we just had to share a little more information about them with our customers.

There are many options to choose from and a lot of unique ways you can use the embroidered  style to showoff you logo, team name, product or promotion. These products are customizable and come in a multitude of color options as well. These would make a great gift or company swag. There are a lot of options to consider while customizing them to suit whatever your needs your company may have.  Here are a few highlighted to show the uniqueness of the product.

Embroidered Luggage Tags- Here’s something unique and out of the box. Not to mention, no one will have your personalized luggage tag at the airport so it will be very easy to spot while traveling. The possibilities are endless, you can add whatever quotation you would like to use. These are the perfect opportunity to showcase those designs that lend themselves well to embroidery.

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Embroidered Bracelets – These bracelets can be customized and embroidered in any saying, and the color choices are limitless. The color of the strap as well as the wrist charm is customizable too. We can tell you more about the charm options and find one that suites your company or logo.

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Patches and Sticker Pack Patches – These are very high quality patches which can be customized in shape and color. There are metallic color options that will make an image or design pop and add dimension. There are iron-on or sew on patch options.


Sublimation Quotes Key Chain –  These are a popular item and also quite a useful item for getting your logo or message out there. These aren’t a raised embroidery for the saying or quote, but a printed option for fabric. The trim of the keychain can be embroidered to give it durability and a polished look.


If you have any questions on any of the products featured or are getting some ideas for your own products, Give us a call! We’d love to talk to you more about your options 800-678-9288.



The Morph Sac for the Eco-Conscious Shopper!

With plastics polluting our oceans, reusable bags are truly the way to shop these days. According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. These bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but they remain in our landfills, oceans, parks and beaches for thousands of years.

fish_morphsac_greenThe Morph sac is a relatively new customizable item for PinSource, and it’s already proved popular even amoung our staff! It is the perfect alternative to plastic bags while shopping, and the small ‘morph’ feature makes it easy to tuck away in your bag or purse. It’s as easy as unloading your groceries and folding the bag back down and returning to your bag or purse. Taking the worry about forgetting your bags when you’ve already walked in to the grocery store.

morphsac_sbrColors and themes vary, so customizing it to your organization or team is easy. You can choose from any sport theme which will collapse down in to the correlating ball from said sport. Or choose from other fun shapes such as: a heart, strawberry, or fish. The themed, mini pouch literally morphs into a large tote bag, with the outer pouch design becoming part of the larger bag. These make a perfect fundraising item or a fun handout at sports events , etc. They also make the perfect gift shop item for resale — chose a theme that works for your organization and add your logo; a great way to get your logo in the world  while simultaneously promoting Eco-friendly shopping habits.

In an effort to protect the environment and save money, individuals and businesses  have been making the switch to reusable bags. There is  a global movement away from disposable bags, and a shift to switch to environmentally friendly and cost-effective reusable bags. Our morph bags are the perfect contribution towards promoting reusable bag use, thus setting a global example for promoting BYOB (bring your own bag) behavior. The perfect plastic bag alternative that is so portable and affordable — keep it with you at all times when shopping, traveling, work, etc.

Interested in customizing these bags for your organization? Call us: 1800-678-9288 we’d be happy to place your order or answer any questions!


Halloween Safety with PinSource

During Halloween, parents will take young children from house to house, and older children may be crossing streets unattended in the dark. Because trick-or-treating usually happens at night, visibility is reduced.  So, for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety. This month we have featured some items that could be used to be sure trick or treaters are visible to motorists or other trick or treaters at all times. Whether you’re a group of parents who want to stock up, or  you  are with a school group or  organization and want to encourage families to be safe – we’ve got you covered.  Here are some featured items that will help with night visibility:

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These help to light your child’s way to a safe, fun time while trick-or-treating. Clip these handy 1½” lights to your clothing to make sure you’re visible to others at night. They’re also great for attaching to your bike, dog’s collar or backpack. Simply push the button to turn them on and off.

Our Reflective Bags: These are great for trick or treaters running house to house fitim-hortons-reflective-halloween-treat-baglling up their bag with treats. The metallic bags reflect car headlights to provide increased visibility of trick-or-treaters at night. It features educational safety tips and is 100% recyclable.

Some Other Halloween Safety Tips Include:


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children.

PinSource wants to ensure your little monsters are safe this Halloween season. Be in touch with us if you are interested in these safe and fun Halloween items this season.

Choosing Effective Products for Your Logo

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Every single week an organization is having a celebration to raise awareness for their cause. When done correctly, an awareness day, week, or month is an excellent way to get publicity for your cause — or a great way to have fun with your employees or target audiences.

Some companies may find themselves asking: what is the effectiveness of putting a logo on something? And, if you’re a small company with a limited budget, it’s definitely a question worth asking. Companies everywhere spend money on materials hoping their logo and message will reach the world. So, since we at PinSource are in the business of logo merchandise, I decided to do a little research the subject.

Let’s take a look at some statistics from the most recent industry survey of consumers:

  • People in the US own, on average, 10 promotional products.
  • 77% of people will keep a promotional product because it is useful,
  • 29% will keep it around because it’s attractive.
  • A whopping 85% of recipients remember the advertiser who provided the promotional product.
  • And 50% form a favorable impression of the advertiser.
  • If you really want to sway opinion, give a jacket or other outerwear: 80% of those receiving outerwear had a favorable impression of the advertiser.

If these numbers have you excited about adding promotional products to your marketing mix, using a genre specific product is an effective use of your marketing dollar.

Moreover, we have some exciting new products that extend beyond lapel pins and we’re very happy to share these new materials with you. The new products span the gamut from a fun outdoor BBQ apron (with tools!), festival totes, travel blankets, golf event items – you name it! The list goes on and on. Although everyday items are important for branding, why not brand your items for use when your customers are having fun? Wouldn’t that be a positive use of your brand? Our new items are just that. They focus on merchandise used when your customers are out having enjoying recreation and having fun!

So the bottom line is that promotional products work. They can extend your brand, enhance your image, and turn recipients into customers and repeat customers. Just make sure you’re working with a professional who can make it happen for you, like us! We’d be happy to discuss our new materials and help you chose the best item(s) for you!

Lapel Pins & Classic Cars Have A Lot In Common…

car-showIt’s the end of summer which means people are shining up their classic cars for annual car shows. Here in Vermont, we have a classic car show in Stowe that attracts all types of admirers from around the country and the world. Over 800 antique & classic cars are on display to look over and admire, and the weekend finishes with an antique car parade through town. It’s a perfect way to finish off summer and take those cars for one last ride in the sunshine.

We’ve been thinking: Lapel pins and classic cars have a lot in common. Both are timeless pieces of memorabilia that can be used again and again. And let’s not forget about the collectable element! Cars are certainly a collectors’ item and, well, so are lapel pins! Just Google Lapel pin collections and you will find hundreds of links to groups all over the world who trade and sell their pins. You will see that they are certainly highly prized and sought after collectables. The design and color can vary from basic and lovely to customized and glamorous depending on your style and budget.Vintage_Car_Show_Keepsake_Lapel_Pin

Most importantly, they represent something you’re proud of. If you are an aficionado of a Chevy for instance, you can stand beside your Chevy OR out in the everyday world you could wear a Chevy pin.  Either way, people know what you’re interested in before they even shake your hand. It’s a conversation starter and shows pride in your hobby.

If you are a part of a club or group who tours your cars through these shows, isn’t it time to get more people excited about your club, or maybe a good opportunity to commemorate those in the group that go above and beyond? Your upcoming car show will be exciting.  You’ll have a large group of people come out to take a look at the different cars owned by your club’s members.  If you want to sell additional admission tickets this year and want to advertise your event in a new and exciting way, why not a lapel pin? Let’s face it–it’s so much better to pin something to your lapel than to get a inked hand stamp that takes ages to come off!

Ways That Custom Lapel Pins Can Be Used 

There are a number of different ways that custom lapel pins can be used by clubs and groups.  Some of the most popular uses include:

  • For promotional purposes to advertise the event.
  • For identification purposes to show who is in charge of the event.
  • As thank you gifts for the people who have come out to see the classic cars.
  • As thank you gifts for the sponsors who have donated time and money to help make the event happen.

Different Styles for Different Needs

Car Lapel PinCustom lapel pins can be created in a variety of different sizes, shapes, styles, and colors to meet your needs.  Different add-on elements can enhance the quality of the artwork. Glitter, gemstones and precious metals are among some options you can select from.  This allows you to express the unique nature and history of the cars that your club members own.  Don’t forget to add text and even a date to make the pins relevant and exciting!

No matter what you decide, we are here to help. Call us today 1-800678-9288 or visit us on the web!




Tips from Fort Orange Wine Society on Starting Your Own Wine Tasting Group

wine-tastingYou don’t have to be an expert to enjoy wine, and getting together with a group of friends can be a fun way to explore different flavors of your favorite wine region.Wine tasting groups are certainly growing in popularity and what better way to enjoy the summer than  getting together with a group of friends to share a common interest.  The group can start at the ground level and grow together, learning and loving the taste of wines.

Here are some tips from the Fort Orange Wine Society on starting a simple group for a hands-on approach to learning about wine and gaining confidence in making wine selections.

1. Select people with the same degree of interest and commitment.

2. Prior to starting, have some discussion about goals — to explore new areas, learn about the grapes, study countries or other interests. You might do geographic areas, like Italy, France, or New Zealand.

3. Decide how often you will meet and how many people will be the maximum in the group.

4. Have some idea of whether this is strictly tasting wine for wine’s sake or social in nature. Along with that, talk about whether food is an inWineSocietytegral part of the club.

5. Decide how the wine will be selected and purchased choose a theme and purchases the wines and split the total.

6. Last but not least, come up with a little design or logo you can put on a pin or perhaps even a wine glass!

Most importantly remember: No one way is the “right” way; this is, ultimately, about friendship, learning, and having fun. Therefore, be sure to have fun and enjoy drinking good wine with good company.

In addition, long-time groups looking for ideas should think about new concepts: tasting the same wine in different glasses or the same type of wine, but from different countries. Truly, when it comes to wine, there is always something new to try.

Have a wine club or group you’d like to design a lapel pin for? Let us know! If you don’t yet have a logo we can talk you through a design that best suits your needs. If you need something quickly or last minute, have a look at our 5-day Quick Pin option for fast turnaround!

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Our Sponsorship With The South Burlington Energy Prize

This year PinSource is a proud sponsor of the South Burlington Energy Prize; a competition headed up by Georgetown University. The Prize challenges participating communities to tap their imagination and creativity, and work together with their local governments, residents, and utilities toward  reducing energy consumption long-term. The Participants are motivated by a $5 million incentive to engage their community and increase energy efficiency.

Semifinalist_Map_v8_web_front_3The road to becoming a finalist was no easy task. Each town participating submitted a 90 page application outlining the cities’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  They had to come up with scaleable and innovative projects that could then be shared across the country and used in communities nationwide interested in making the same efforts. Green Mountain Power must submit monthly energy consumption reports to Georgetown and those numbers will be measured against their baseline measurement, which took place January 1st, 2015. They have until June 2017 to implement their strategies for increased energy efficiency, and the finalist that is the most successful wins.

More than half of the total energy produced in the U.S. is wasted due to inefficiencies. We need serious, breakthrough thinking to improve America’s energy standing for the future. Regardless of the energy source, increased efficiency is a positive step and there is significant room for improvement. By tackling one part of the problem where it relates to household and municipal energy use, South Burlington and the Georgetown University Energy Prize is positioned to be the catalyst for long-term, positive change. Local communities and cities have long been the incubators for the practical implementation of innovative approaches to difficult problems. That innovation is already evident by looking at the current energy practices of  South Burlington.

PinSource is proud to be sponsoring such an important endeavor for change. The lapel pins provided read:  ‘Wear this pin proudly to show you are helping to unite the community around a common goal that benefits us all.’

Want to Know What You Can do?
Download South Burlington’s NO COST energy saver checklist for Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter
Follow these great energy saving tips
Live in Vermont? Check out your options for solar energy

To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition’s progress, visit or follow the prize on Twitter or Facebook.

Interested in having lapel pin made for your cause or fundraising event? Contact us for a quote on a custom lapel pins to meet your needs. If you’re short on time, check out our new QuickPin service. We can deliver lapel pins that fit the QuickPin guidelines in as little as 5 Business Days! 

PinSource & Pearl of Africa Series

Pearl of Africa Series, now in its 3rd campaign, is a development through sports initiative that supports the transformational programs of the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association for boys and girls in Uganda. The pins supplied through PinSource are used as a fundraising effort to raise awareness and funds to send equipment, build coaching capacity, and help with transportation costs so kids can travel to play teams from towns across Uganda.10003669_950628988302770_3695988288005092547_o

The effort is lead by Ruth Hoffman who decided to get involved after reading an article in the New York Times  about a Little League team from Uganda who’s dreams were dashed when the U.S. State Dept couldn’t issue the visas due to documentation deficiencies.

Their story soon galvanized supporters from around the world, and the Pearl of Africa Series was born. The series brings little league teams from the United States and Canada to Uganda to play with local teams and witness the positive impact baseball is having. Pearl of Africa Series provides hope and inspiration to children across the country. They create opportunities for kids to come together, share their passion for the game and develop skills that will help them to a better future.

To date, Mrs. Hoffman and Right to Play have so far raised $136,000 to help nurture baseball in this East African nation. As a fundraising effort, PinSource supplied pins that Ruth then sells to make money for this wonderful cause.

We caught up with Ruth via email in Uganda to talk to her about the latest happenings in The Pearl of Africa Series and discuss with her a little bit about how the pins she designed with PinSource played in to what she’s doing.

PS: What motivated you to get involved with the children in Uganda and, ultimately, found Pearl of Africa Series?

RH: I read an article in the New York Times about the Little League team from Uganda who had earned the right to participate in the World Series – the first African team to ever achieve this and a trip of a lifetime for these boys most of whom live in the slums of Kampala. But their dreams were dashed when the U.S. State Dept couldn’t issue the visas due to documentation deficiencies. The story touched me in many ways. I have worked a lot in Africa; baseball is near and dear to my heart – and 2 of my 3 boys live and breathe the sport. The tipping point which propelled me to take action was that the team the Ugandans would have played in that first historic game was the team from Canada – and the team from Canada that year came from Langley BC – just outside of Vancouver where I lived.

It was rather immediate. I decided to find a way to make it up to those boys. It couldn’t be the World Series – but maybe a trip to Canada. I contacted the mayor of Langley and his office was very supportive. But when I finally reached the Coach of the Ugandan team – George Mukhobe – he said it would be the greatest gift for baseball in Uganda – if the Canadian team would come there. After a few hurdles – convincing the parents – finding a charity partner – Right To Play – and raising the funds ($155,000 for educational scholarships, fields, equipment and transportation support) we went to Uganda in January 2012 and spent a wonderful week with the team – on and off the field. We called it the Pearl of Africa Series because Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa.

Play Ball Uganda 1The Ugandan team beat us 2-1 in the official game – but the Canadian boys and all of their families and fans who came along – including Jimmy Rollins, Gregg Zaun and Derrek Lee, Right To Play, SportsNet, ESPN and other donors – we all agreed it was a storybook ending.

In June 2013 the Canadian team was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award – and the Governor General flew out to Langley to personally hand each boy their award.

So, we launched Pearl of Africa 2- which continued to support the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association – with equipment, coaching support (baseball and softball) and funds to help the players get to games. They just don’t have the bus money to travel outside of their neighbourhoods. We raised $40,000 in 2013-2014.

This year – with the release of the documentary by US filmmaker Jay Shapiro – Opposite Field – public eyes were once again on us and we decided to launch Pearl of Africa 3 – continuing to support the softball and baseball programs, send equipment and replenish the player transportation fund. A goal of $20,000. Our US partner is Play Global (an amazing organization). Our Canadian charity partner is Commonwealth Games Canada.

PS: You are in Uganda now, what do you do with your time there?

RH: I work as an accountant helping non profit organizations improve their financial management practices. US and Canadian organizations which support projects in Uganda (or anywhere for that matter) need confirmation that their funds are used as intended.

PS: What are the most important things you think Pearl of Africa brings to everyone involved?

RH:The game brings us together!

PS: How do the Pins you designed with PinSource play a roll in supporting what you do?

HR: It’s a very tangible way to remember and document the partnership with the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association.

PS: How do people acquire the pins?

HR: I often have a table at Little League games and Softball Tournaments – to let everyone know that kids in Uganda love to play ball too. I sell the pins there and also have the girls and boys sign balls that we will send to Uganda. It gives them another opportunity of feeling the joy of helping others.

PS:What is the future of Pearl of Africa Series?

HR: I think we will continue sending equipment – but we’re branching out to help Kenya and Tanzania.

PS: What else do you want people to know about what is happening in the organization?

HR: Sports is such an important way to build character in our youth – but in places like Uganda it has the power to mean so much more. It gives kids hope and inspiration that their lives will be better. They are talented athletes – and it’s just a matter of time before doors open to scholarships and professional contracts.

PinSource feels fortunate to have been involved in such a positive and important organization. If you are interested in donating to The Pearl of Africa Series or want to learn more info visit their Facebook page or Common Wealth Website.