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Guess the Stitch Count – Capital District Scottish Games

Guess the Stitch Count is a game we created that gives you some insight into our world of decorating products and gives you an opportunity to win free apparel!  The rules are simple: We post an embroidered image of a recent project for the Capital District Scottish Games and you guess how many stitches are in the image.  We will provide you some details to provide context and the size of the artwork.  Multiple guesses are allowed, but only the most recent guess will count towards the competition.  We’ll even give away freebies for the more people who participate!  Only guesses posted through the link below will count towards the competition.  Play along and you’ll figure it out very quickly.

 

Play Guess the Stitch Count

Capital District Scottish Games

As an added incentive, for every 5 unique people that participate we will draw names out of a hat.  For example, 5 names = 1 winner, 10 names = 2 winners, 15 names = 3 winners, and so on.  The more people who play, the more chances you have to win!

Click on the image above to play!

 

UPDATE: This contest is now closed.  The winner is…… RACHEL BECKMAN!  Congratulations Rachel!  If you want more chances to win contests and giveaways, join DCP Nation today.


The Daily Gazette – Custom Printwear Shops Persevere in Tough Times

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)

 

August 26, 2009

Column: SCHENECTADY

Custom printwear shops persevere in tough times

Author: AMEERAH CETAWAYO

Gazette Reporter

Edition: Schenectady/Albany; Final
Section: A: Front
Page: A3

Article Text:

Cost pressures and competition abound in the custom printwear industry, but local companies say they are growing by finding niche customers, lowering overhead expenses and outdoing rivals with quality products.

Downtown Custom Printwear moved to 140 Erie Blvd. and opened its doors in February, exiting the amateur setup in the attic of owner Ben Sadler.

The Union College graduate and Boston native said he spent a couple of years building up clientele after spending $700 on a small manual press on eBay.

“I’ve seen my supplies — everything from the cost of shirts and ink — skyrocket since then,” Sadler said. “A gallon of white ink might have been $35 in 2007; maybe it’s $50 to $60 right now. The price of garments have gone up considerably, too.”

But he continues to upgrade equipment and reinvest. He believes generating more sales volume will spread out the impact of cost increases.

“We just have to work ! harder. We’re just very active in seeking out new customers,” Sadler said, adding that giving customers more time and quality work overall will make up the difference. “You’re giving them a product that’s worth more.”

He said by keeping overhead low and staying in a small space — 1,400 square feet — he’s able to focus on growing sales.

“It’s pretty cramped in here, but we’re making it happen,” Sadler said. “We sort of need more space already.”

Major clients for Downtown Custom Printwear are mostly Union College Greek organizations and campus groups, local businesses and local artists.

“These things pretty much sell themselves — people have a need for this kind of stuff,” Sadler said. “People are happy to talk to a real person instead of ordering off the Internet.”

Schenectady-based textiles company Marika Charles, which does its own custom printing through a special dye process, said it noticed the cost of garments rise d! ue to minimum wage increases in Pennsylvania, which is where i! t gets i ts American-made garments. The company also sources garments from China.

“We’ve been able to hold our prices because we want to maintain our business and customer base. We don’t want people to order less,” said manager Laurie Ives. “But [price] does depend on the source, the different fibers — all different variables can affect it.”

Lin Bingham, co-owner of Schenecta-Tees on State Street, said cost pressures are significant.

“It affects your profit margin,” he said. “We try to keep a stable price.”

Raising prices every two to three months would alienate loyal customers, but as shipping costs rose with fuel costs last year, Bingham said the company had to juggle what it charged customers and what it paid suppliers.

Schenecta-Tees’ growth over the past two years has come from construction-related industries — contractors, plumbers, electricians. The company went from working in a side room in Albany to a storefront in Schenec! tady in August 2007.

Bingham said catering to established businesses more than the often-free spirited arts crowd has resulted in a quicker turnaround for orders, more referrals and overall, less hassle when it comes to bill collection.

“They walk in the door with cash in hand and pay you for the shirts in full,” he said. “There’s no hassle whatsoever.”

Screenprinters have become accustomed to dealing with customers who are used to paying on credit, but having people who take advantage of trust makes it harder to offer credit on the next sale.

“It really depresses me,” said Bingham, as he talked about the times he has had to remind customers to pay.

The next step for screenprinters like Schenecta-Tees is expansion — the company has already maxed out its 800-square-foot space.

“We’ve done fairly well here,” Bingham said.

The company wants to add a larger dryer and automatic press and would have to move in! to a bigger space to do so, he said, though adding that a lot ! of scree nprinters make the mistake of upgrading too soon.

“You have to build business over a period of time,” Bingham said, “unless you have unlimited cash flow or rich parents.”

Barriers to growth come down to cash flow and credit.

To take on large jobs from the government or bigger corporations, smaller screenprinters have to have the leverage and higher credit limits to buy mass quantities of materials up front.

“There are multiple problems with trying to go too big too fast,” Bingham said.

The 2009 financial outlook for the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, which includes screenprinters, embroiderers and other types of businesses that use imaging technologies, said companies like Schenecta-Tees and Downtown Custom Printwear are expecting the economy to turn around this year, with 62 percent of such businesses saying they are optimistic about the future of the industry.

About 19 percent of imagers said they expect c! ontraction so far this year — not as steep as last year’s 32 percent.

For those expecting positive growth in 2009, the companies said they add to the bottom line by going after new markets or expanding existing ones. About one-third, or 30 percent, of those who responded said they will be adding more staff, cutting expenses, refocusing sales staff, adding a new product line or adding production capacity.

Reach Gazette reporter Ameerah Cetawayo at 395-3040 or acetawayo@dailygazette.net.

Copyright (c) 2009 The Daily Gazette Co. All Rights Reserved.
Record Number: 12A53D3C6B974188

 

 


On This Day: RIP John Lennon

On this day, 1980, John Lennon was assassinated outside his home, The Dakota, in NYC.  At approximately 10:50pm, Mark David Chapman fired 5 hollow-point bullets at Lennon’s back.

Lennon and Chapman Picture

Lennon signed an autograph for Chapman earlier that day

John Lennon Assassination Facts:

  • Lennon was shot outside his home at approximately 10:50pm.  He chose not to dine-out so he could be home to say “goodnight” to his son.
  • The first of 5 gunshots missed Lennon completely.
  • Immediately following the shooting, a doorman at the Dakota asked Chapman “Do you know what you’ve done?”  Chapman responded, “Yes, I just shot John Lennon.”
  • Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • He was cremated on December 10 at Ferncliff Cemetary in Harsdale, NY.
  • No funeral was held.
  • Yoko Ono kept Lennon’s ashes

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