Director Jewels: Buy All the T-Shirts. No, Really - Do It!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Buy All the T-Shirts. No, Really - Do It!

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Teespring. All opinions are my own. 

I've been involved in theatre for almost ten years now. More than once, I've found myself in charge of ordering the show t-shirts. It's a big task. Collecting order forms, checks, and payments made entirely in pennies is not for the faint of heart. And heaven help you if, when the order arrives, somebody's shirt is missing!

When I learned about Teespring, I said...Wow - now that is a great idea. Here's why.

Teespring is a platform that allows anyone to create their own t-shirt design and sell it to their friends, family, employees, fellow volunteers - or anyone - via Facebook, Twitter, or just with a web link. There is no cost to set up a shirt sale. You create a shirt design and set a sale goal. Your friends can sign up to purchase your design and no one is charged unless the goal is met. Once the sale has ended, the seller keeps any profits earned.


The t-shirt designer is really fun and easy to use. I spent a really long time looking at all the different font options and shirt colors before finally just setting up this basic - but cute - design. There is an option to upload your own design for a shirt, too! The designer will estimate the cost of the shirts and tell you how much profit you can expect. If you're organizing a shirt purchase for a local group, you can have your buyers choose to pick their shirts up directly from you to avoid shipping costs.

As an organizer, this tool is amazing because it gives the responsibility for ordering to each of the members in your group. No longer are you required to keep track of all of the sizes needed - it's all done by the individual. No need to collect money - because everyone pays through Teespring, but no one is charged unless the campaign meets its goal by the predetermined end date.

Are the wheels in your head turning yet? I kind of want to design shirts all day long! You could set up a fundraiser to support a cause that is important to you, ask family to help raise money to adopt (example here), or support something on a national level - like this Boston fundraiser.

Not convinced? You can watch this video for an overview of how it works!


The only thing I don't love above Teespring? There isn't a way to search open campaigns. You'll only find a shirt to buy if someone sends you the link. I would love to be able to browse the shirt campaigns to see if there are any I would like to support!

I can't wait to use this service for future projects. For now, I'm sticking with my simple purple shirt (can you have too many purple shirts in your wardrobe? I say no)! If you want to snag one, you'll find it here!

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Teespring. All opinions are my own. I seriously love this concept!

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