So, my last post was a million years ago, but that`s not important. What`s important is my fabric clothing labels have finally arrived!!
Here are some pictures that I took crappily wif mon iphone :):):):)
|Here it are, all arrived-like :D :D|
Woot!!! It comes in a box marked "1200 pieces" (more on that in a bit) in Chinese and for those curious cats out there, it also has Chinese characters I`ve made out to be "苑 思" written on the box. Or perhaps "花 恩". Or possibly a bajillion endless combinations and tonal significancesnessisms that mean anything from "Court Thinking" to "Flowers Grace" according to trusty 'ol Google Translate. However, a true Chinese literate type says that`s probably just the name of the product.
Movin' on! Check oot the real, live stamps! These labels come from Hong Kong.
|Lookit dem stamps! You don`t get these on posted packages no more. I much prefer 'em to those boring print out postal sticker labels you get these days.|
|And here they be up close! :):) Single colour, printed on satin ribbon with neat little folded edges on both ends. Great quality as well, might I add.|
OK!!!! So here are my Cheap Tips and Tricks bit!
1.) Find Great Range and Good Prices - After loads of searching, I found these guys - FANCYWEAVERS. They have loads of choices to suit most budgets and tastes; reply to email queries super fast; accept Paypal payments; then send you a sample design within the next working day for you to approve. All very efficient, they are.
I cannae confirm this 'o course, but from my quest to find cheap or at least reasonably priced labels that do not require me to order in super bulk (some companies had minimum orders of 5000, ack! In fact, the FancyWeavers minimum order starts at only 100 labels I believe), I found them to be cheapest! Here`s why: read on.
2.) Compare Prices - IF you do your homework and look around, you will find that they have three major online presences. And one should always be prudent and look around because...
Here `s the same listing I bought that they have advertised on E-bay for USD$60.
Now, here it is again on Etsy for a cool USD$52 at a saving of 8 big ones!
And finally, if you are a genius or just a *kiasu cheapskate, you shall find the same listing once again on their own website for no more than USD$50!!!
That`s two bucks cheaper than Etsy and ten whole dollars less than E-bay, which amounts to a good three coffees or two Happy Meals WITH toy. True Story.
Because online marketplaces tend to vary in terms of fees charged to sellers, it does always pay to compare a company`s product on different venues seeing as savings and maintenance costs generally get passed on to the customer.
Of course where you ultimately decide to buy depends on if you feel like maybe getting a lucky, better deal on their auction site, or having the power to leave feedback via purchasing from Etsy, or just getting it directly from them for an immediate saving.
3.) Take Shipping Costs Into Account - Oh yah, and shipping is included in the price in all three cases, so what you see is what you get, which is always a nice bonus! It is always good practice to add on shipping costs to retail price when doing price comparisons.
4.) Take Free Stuff Into Account - You may have noticed that the listing I bought was charged at $50 for 1000 pieces. However, after noticing the writing on the box stating "1200 pieces", I did a quick count and can ascertain that they did in fact give me 200 extra labels free! That`s $10 worth of free labels, and everyone loves a freebie :)
They did not, in fact, state anywhere (as far as I`ve noticed) that there would be any free labels given with purchase, so this was a pleasant surprise - one which will have me coming back for further purchases. Nod nod.
4.) Economizing Space - Ok, so this is interesting! The listing I purchased had two style options to choose from - "Loop Fold" and "Heat Cut & End Fold". I chose the latter for the purpose of sewing on the back of our kaftans, butterfly tops and beach dresses.
HOWEVER, I would also like to stitch on labels on the edge of our scarves, shawls and sarongs. On a little silk scarf, one of my newly acquired clothing labels would almost certainly be too big and bulky and obvious and awkward looking.
If you specifically would like smaller labels or really want more bang for your buck, here`s something genius you can do that my super genius of a father exasperatedly pointed out to me when I was going to purchase a second, smaller sized lot: order a "Loop Fold" at maximum size (this style is usually ordered if you want to fold the fabric label in half, lengthwise, and put your logo on one side and care instructions on the other). But if you design it so your store logo goes "Head to Head" towards the middle of the length, then cut them in half when they arrive, like so:
|Here is a hideous hand drawn rendition by yours truly.|
You can stitch 'em on your handmade fabric products by folding down the top, cut, edge a tiny bit and sewing across it so you have a nice, smooth and straight hemmed styled line without having to seal off the cut edge.
Then, tada! Perfect fabric label at half the price of the original even! That`s 2.5 cents each (1000 ÷ $50 = 5¢ ÷ 2 = 2.5¢ each), not to mention a free 400 labels if you score the complimentary 200 strips :):)
Even cheaper than making clothing labels yourself! Surely, even the smallest handmade clothing store can afford to get their shop name and logo out now! Hoopla!
Ok, time to go get married, quite literally. See y'all in a bit bit.