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In this industry we hear, see, and talk about promotional products (apparel, writing instruments, bags, calendars, etc.) constantly. Why?
There is one simple reason – They are effective.

What makes promotional products so effective? Why should you encourage your clients to order these products? Our illustration below explains just that. Check it out!

If you would like physical copies of the postcard above, please let me know!
I would be happy to send you as many as you need.
Advertising with promotional products is a fast and easy way to get your name out there. You can add your company name or logo to pretty much any item you can imagine, including t-shirts, pens, mugs, magnets, etc. Please let me know if you are looking for something specific, and I can send you item ideas and pricing for products as well as personalization. If you need ideas, tell me what your company does, and we will come up with items that will work for you! Don’t let your company go unnoticed. Advertise, advertise, advertise!
Promotional products also make great gifts for employees! Give them a gift bag with hand sanitizer, mints, chapstick, pop-sockets, lanyards, etc., and let them do the advertising for you! Not only will these useful items be appreciated, but they will also have your logo on them, making them promote your name without saying a word!
Show the world who you are, and make sure they remember your name!

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With summer upon us  and fall approaching, camping season is in full swing! We offer many promotional products to help you enjoy your camping trip to the fullest. Whether you’re hanging out at the campfire or the lake, on your own or with the family, there is something for you!

Corn Hole Board Game

This Corn Hole game is great for family fun on the go! Bring it with you for camping trips, family get togethers, football events and more! It is great for all ages and comes with a carrying case for easy travel.

Product # 12032

S’mores Kit

Make your own S’mores! Kit includes graham crackers, a chocolate bar, marshmallows and two toasting sticks. Perfect for family nights around the campfire!

Product # HB-SMK2

Playing Cards in Case

Whether you are playing these on a sunny day at the picnic table, or enjoying a game in the camper on a rainy day, playing cards are a camping staple. Bring them anywhere with the plastic reusable carrying case.

Product # 59

Extendable Roasting Sticks with Case

Perfect for roasting marshmallows, hot dogs, or anything that’s just more fun to cook over an outdoor fire pit. Extendable to keep the kids a safe distance from the heat! Comes with a carrying case, so they are easy to pack up!

Product # 1072-18

Inflatable Floating Cup Holder

This festive palm tree floating cup holder is perfect for swimming! Blow it up and take it to the water with you, so you are never without a drink! Perfect for camping, pool parties, picnics and more!

Product # JK-9410

Swiss Force Safety Tool Pocket Knife

This stainless steel pocket knife and auto emergency tool is rust and rain proof, which is perfect for camping! It includes a black stainless steel blade, emergency window breaker and seat belt cutter.

Product # SFY122

Portable Hammock with Drawstring Pouch

Whether you are in your backyard, on a camping trip, or at a park, this portable hammock is the perfect place to hang out. There is no better way to relax than in this easy to assemble, portable hammock. It also comes in a drawstring pouch, so you can bring it anywhere!

Product # ISQY073

First Aid Kit

Be prepared for anything with your Travel First Aid Kit. It includes a comprehensive emergency manual, 1 instant ice pack, 2 Purell anti-bacterial wipes, 2 triple antibiotic ointments, 2 sting swabs, 1 pair of stainless steel scissors, 10 junior bandages, and more.  Perfect for camping, fishing, biking, hiking and more!

Product # F66

 Beach Towel

Wrap up in this comfortable Terry Velour beach towel! Perfect for beach days, camping trips and more! Big enough to lay out on, and soak up the sun!

Product # 30x60VCBEACH

Sleeping Bag

Snuggle up with style! This comfortable sleeping bag is made from cotton and polyester, and is perfect for camping. Wrap up around the campfire, or stay warm while sleeping under the stars.

Product # SMVW335

To receive pricing for any of the products above, or for additional items offered, please contact us.

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With over 16 years’ experience in the industry, MarkIt has embroidered thousands of garments. The majority of these garments are sewn with standard rayon thread, which is 1 of the 2 most common threads in the industry. The other thread used in the industry is polyester. Here at MarkIt we prefer to use rayon rather than polyester due to the smooth and clean effect it gives the design on the garment. While there are hundreds of colors of rayon and polyester threads, there are also specialty threads that can also be used for function or to add flair.

Glow In The Dark – Glow in the dark thread is a fun way to add a unique effect to an embroidered design. Glow in the thread works by absorbing light energy and releasing the energy by “glowing” in dark lighting. This thread typically appears white or pale in ordinary lighting but will fool anyone in the dark.

Metallic – Metallic thread consists of iridescent and flat threads that are wrapped with metallic fiber. Different brands of threads and constructions create different finishes. Whether the thread is merely just sparkly or completely metallic, this is due to how the fiber is wrapped. Metallic thread adds a fun and exciting twist to a design that will surely pop when sewed.

Fire Retardant – Fire retardant thread are fire and flame resistant and primarily used by first responders. These threads are made from a class of aramid fibers which can withstand very high tensile stress while exposed to a temperature of up to 400 degree Celsius.

Solar Reactive – Solar reactive threads are just as they seem, threads that react to the sun. Solar reactive threads react by changing color in direct sunlight. Just like glow in the dark thread, the thread appears white in ordinary lighting. Solar reactive thread are great to accent certain parts of a design for a truly unique design.

Variegated – Variegated threads are unique by changing color value or hue every few inches. Sewing with this thread creates a design with stripes or blocks of different colors. This thread adds a funky effect to a design and will certainly spice up a logo.

These threads are a fun way to add creativity and uniqueness to a design. Whether they are used for function such as fire retardant or fun with the metallic thread, your next logo will surely be one of a kind with specialty thread.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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We see them everywhere – promotional pens, promotional stress balls, and promotional water bottles.

These products are effective and staple promotional products, but are they actually being used? Some certainly are and are worth the investment, but sometimes they can end up in junk drawers with the rest of our promotional pens. The number one reason promotion products are kept is due to their usefulness. Here are some promotional products to spice it up to have customers keeping AND using your products.

Lottery Scratcher with Bead Chain

Have you ever bought a lottery ticket and then spent 10 minutes just trying to find something to scratch if off with? This keychain lottery scratcher will be a handy tool on your keys, in your car, or around the house so you can easily scratch and win! Never search for a penny or paper clip again!

Product Number: 107

USB Wristband Bracelet

Have you ever needed a USB and lost it in the depths of your workbag or backpack? Or how about when you desperately needed a USB and didn’t have one? This USB wristband bracelet will come in handy when you need one the most!

Product Number: SJUSB0014

Squ-Eez

Do you know someone who squeezes the toothpaste in the middle only to regret it once the tube is almost gone? Is that person you? The Squ-Eez is a toothpaste mechanism that slides on the end of your toothpaste tube and pushes up the toothpaste to help prevent waste! This household product is a fantastic promotional product as it will be seen every morning and night.

Product Number: 3730

Poncho Ball Key Chain

Never get caught in the rain without an umbrella with this keychain poncho! Whether you clip this onto your everyday bag, golf bag, gym bag or just keep it in your car, you will never have to work about getting stuck in the rain unprepared again.

Product Number: 7741

Adult Coloring Book

Coloring books are no longer just for kids. Adult coloring books are a great way to pass time or wind down for the night. Imprinted with your logo, they will be greatly appreciated as a stress free activity for both children AND adults!

Product Number: UCB1

Full Color Dye Sublimated Socks

Promotional socks, say what? Socks are a product we use on the daily and make for a great product to promote your brand on! These fully sublimated socks can be completely covered with your brand to have current and potential customers be stylin’ AND cozy!

Product Number: FCS100

Shopping Cart Token

Forget looking for a quarter at the grocery store with the quarter sized shopping cart token keychain! As thick as a quarter and the same size, you’ll never have to worry about having change when you go shopping again. Imprinted with your logo, it will always be carried around!

Product Number: XDX-PA25

USB Business Card

Kill two birds with one stone with this USB business card. Featuring a fold out USB drive, this can be used as a marketing strategy or just to give clients a helping hand! No matter what you use it for, this USB will surely be appreciated.

Product Number: UBC007

For any questions regarding the previous promotional products or to receive a quote, contact us!

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Embroidery stitching has three main styles and often it can be challenging to identify the differences. These distinct stitches, whether alone or in combination, are used to create the beautiful custom embroidered designs on hats, jackets and more. Each style creates a different embroidered look on the fabric, so what is the difference and what type is used in a specific design?

SATIN – A satin stitch is the most commonly used stitch when it comes to embroidery. This will display a glossy, flat, and even texture resembling satin fabric. These shiny stitches are commonly used in lettering and work well for filling in small areas and highlighting larger designs. The stitches lie flush and neat against the fabric which lack any raised padding, making them a functional basic stitch that has many purposes. In the fabric world, satin stitches can also be called damask stitches.

RUN – The second type of specialty embroidery is a run stitch but will often be referred to as a walking stitch. Whether the stitch is walking or running, it looks the same. The stitches look like long dashes and may look hand-sewn. The run stitch is used primarily for detailed work and when used with the satin stitch create a nicely designed detailed image, such as a logo. Finally, the run stitch is considered compatible with all types of fabric, making it the most versatile stitch.

FILL – Used to fill big areas with color, fill stitches can act as the foundation when used underneath other types of embroidery. They work to create a stable surface for detailed embroidery when sewn on light fabrics such as silk. Fill stitches are used to assemble many rows to create solid shapes. When using digitized embroidery system fill stitches can be marde into patterns, ultimately offering variety to embroidery projects like weaving or chain.

Although there are three basic specialty embroidery stitches, the run stitch and the satin stitch are the most commonly used types. While each stitch offers its own unique look and texture, all three stitches can be combined to make a piece of custom embroidery that looks rich and detailed.

Written by, Jesse Brown.

Questions? Contact us.

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Summer is right around and the corner and what better way to promote your brand than through summer essentials! From sunscreen to sunglasses and everything in between, we carry a summer promotional product perfect for your company. To learn more about any of the following products or to see any more of the following products, please contact us.

3-Piece BBQ Set

Nothing says summer more than good old fashioned grilling. Whether you use this product as a corporate gift, employee gift or a mere “thank you” you can rest assured it will help to be flipping patties on the grill all summer long. The 3-piece set features a spatula, fork and a pair of tongs.

Vibrant Wireless Speaker

Wireless speakers are a necessity for the beach, picnics, and boating during the summer time! This bluetooth wireless speaker pairs to a device up to 30 feet away complete with a charging cable and lithium battery. With 1 1/2 hours of playtime, the summer fun is endless!

USB Plug-In Fan

Keep cool this summer with this USB plug-in fan! Plug into your computer, car charger or wall mount and never get struck again by the summer heat! This fan features an on/off switch and tilts to multiple angles

22 oz Tritan Hattan Bottle

These brightly colored water bottles hold up 22 ounces of water and feature a carry strap that is perfect to take with you on summer adventures! With a smooth rubberized finish it is impact and shatter resistant. With your logo, these water bottles are sure to a summer show stopper!

1.8 oz 30 SPF Caribiner Sunscreen

Sunscreen is crucial for summer and when you can carry it around mindlessly it makes sun protection that much easier! This carabiner SPF sunscreen protects against both UVB and UVA rays and helps prevents sunburn! Brand this travel sunscreen with your logo and it will be surely be appreciated!

Bimini Panama Sunglasses

These funky woodtone sunglasses will make a statement this summer with your logo! With multiple colors available these will be worn all summer long.

3-in-1 Charging Cable Carabiner

This 3-in-1 charging cable carabiner is the perfect summer adventure accessory to carry with you wherever you go. Featuring an Apple 8-Pin, Mirco USB, and Type-C devices. Due to it’s small size, this is the perfect travel tech product. Please note: This product is restocked 6/10/19.

Sheer Striped Tote Bag

This sheer striped tote bag is made of nylon and polyester and is the perfect product to carry with you to the beach! Whether you’re using it for little one’s sand toys or to carry your essentials, this bag will fit it all. Imprinted with your logo on the front pocket and available in many bright summer colors, this will be a hit this summer.

13 Qt Small Engel Mammoth Cooler

Now that’s a cooler that will be turn heads! Bring this cooler along on beach outings, boating, hiking, and more. Featuring your logo front and center on the cooler, bring the party with you!

Mesh Folding Chair with Carrying Bag

Bears, smore’s, campfires, oh my! Folding chairs are an essential in the summertime whether you’re relaxing around the campfire, at the beach or at an event, these are a necessity! Imprint your logo on the front, back or even on the carrying bag.

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MarkIt Merchandise by Ashley Wright - 3M ago

Have you ever had a full color intricate design but only need a few pieces and are working on a budget?  Like an old spaghetti western this article will help break down the Good, the Not So Good, and the Ugly with sublimation transfers.

The Good – Sublimation is a very cost effective way of getting a large scale full color image on a garment, especially when you are working with a low quantity order or a tight budget.  Sublimation transfers are comprised of a special transfer paper and special ink that work together to create very vibrant prints.  We start by loading the garment onto our heat press and placing the transfer in the correct location.  Once the transfer and garment are aligned properly we use craft paper on the top as a barrier and then press the whole stack together with a firm pressure.  This requires a higher temperature and longer transfer time than typically used with vinyl transfers.  While all the layers are pressed together, the heat from the press causes the ink to transform from a solid into a gas.  That gas then migrates into the fabric and once removed from the press, it transforms back into a solid.  The process can be tricky and takes a keen hand and eye to create a quality print.  If the transfer paper is jostled around too much while trying to remove all the layers from the press it can cause double prints or shadows to appear in the final product.  Unlike screen print, once the ink has settled in the garment it will not come back out even with special chemicals.

The Not So Good –  The main reasons that this method isn’t suitable for every order is due to the garment limitations.  This type of print is only recommended for 100% polyester white garments although can be done on other colored polyester garments. The inks from the transfer will only cleanly adhere to polyester fabrics and there is no way to transfer white with this method.  This means that the base garment color will be the main color in your design.  For example, if we had a logo that had a solid white fill with a black and green outline, if we were to put the design on a blue shirt, the fill would change from white to blue. The shirt color will inevitably show through and the green ink would also be affected by the blue base color, causing it to appear much darker.  The black would stay the same because it is darker than the base shirt color and any alteration to the color would still make it black.  The silver lining is that with sublimation becoming a more popular alternative method, it has caused some new vendors that specialize in 100% polyester shirts to pop up. They specialize in garments that have the look and feel of cotton but are actually 100% polyester and are made specifically for sublimation.  They do also offer a small variation of lighter colored garments but you must remember that the base color of the garment will affect your final product.

The Ugly… There is no ugly!  Only beautiful full color prints at an affordable price.  I had to add it though otherwise the second sentence wouldn’t have made any sense.  Thank you for reading and as always please feel free to reach out for any further information or if you have any questions.

Written by Jesse Brown, Art Director.

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How long have you been working for MarkIt? What is your title?

It will be 6 years in May. I am a graphic artist.

How did you get started in graphic design/screen printing? 

I have an BFA in printmaking, so I started as a printer, and slowly worked my way through the shop until Jesse needed help with the graphic side. I have always enjoyed designing and collecting T shirts, and actually started this job in hopes of learning the process better to print my own designs. I have literally hundreds of T shirts at home, my wife even made a quilt out of some of the “retired” shirts that had so many holes you could barely consider them shirts anymore.

Do you do have any creative outlets outside of work? If so, what are they and how do you get inspired?

I do. As I said I like designing shirts, but I also do some minor freelance design work, and the occasional drawing or painting. As far as inspiration goes, I love funny and cute things, especially if there’s maybe an ironic subtext. Usually if I can find a project that makes me giggle, it will keep my interest long enough to actually finish it.

What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on recently?

As far as at work, I really enjoy making the MarkIt “family photo” shirts, and the little cartoon of Brad B I made makes me laugh. Outside of work, I’m actually working with the creators of my favorite podcast doing some design and text layout for a program, so I am beyond excited about that.

What would we catch you doing on a typical Saturday?

My typical Saturday I spend with my wife AnnaLee and my baby Finley, and our 4 rescued senior boston terriers. If we don’t have plans, it usually means we are on the couch binge watching something on Netflix while she’s knitting and I’m either playing games on my phone or designing something on my computer.

What tv show are you currently watching or the last movie you’ve watched?

Right now I’m watching Futureman season 2. Its pretty hilarious.

What actor would play you in a movie of your life?

If I could choose, I would like to say Chris Pratt back when he was a bit more doughy, before he was an action star. But if we are being more realistic probably someone a bit more awkward and reserved like Aden Young.

What’s something surprising that some people may not know about you?

I have a BS in Sociology. And I’m probably older than you think I am.

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Are you looking for your next promotional product hit? One that your customers will truly love and use? Here are our new promotional products that will have your customers oogling! If you needed another reason to order promotional products for your company, here they are!

  • 83% of consumers said they are more likely to do business with a company after receiving a branded gift compared to 6% online, 12% print, and 17% of broadcast and mobile
  • 79% of recipients said they looked up a brand after receiving a gift
  • 80% recall the company’s message

Cipher Wood Frame and Plastic Message Board

Now that’s a message we can get behind. Have you scrolled Instagram or gone over to a friend’s house and seen these boards with quirky quotes on them? Message boards are all the rage because the quote and sayings are limitless! Customize this message board further so that your logo is always seen whether it’s on social media, the workplace or in someones home!

Willow 16oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar and Felt Sleeve

Have you seen these before? If not, don’t worry, we are definitely not pulling the wool over your eyes! Anything wool and leather is being absolutely adored. Whether these are used curled up around the fireplace, bonfire or sipping tea at night, these felt mason jar sleeves will be loved with your logo on them.

Neoprene Lip Balm Sleeve Pocket with SPF 15 Lip Balm

Are you that person that has a car, work, purse, bedroom, and bathroom chapstick? If you know, you KNOW.  This felt chapstick sleeve takes away the hassle of having to find your chapstick where ever you are and instead brings the chapstick with you! Attach it to your keys or whatever you carry with you daily to never have to search for chapstick again. Chapstick is a great promotional  product because not only is it used in the winter but all year round!

17″ Dye Sublimated Tube Socks with Full Color Hang Tag

Crazy socks are all the rage and one way to make your outfit a little more spunky. These socks are fully sublimated, meaning that your design can cover the entire sock making for endless possibilities! These promotional socks also make for a great gift for employees.

15oz Campfire Mug

Speckled mugs are what coffee dreams are made of. With so many options and colors to choose from, you will surely find a campfire mug your customers will LOVE! Whether you’re curled up around a campfire or pouring your morning coffee, you cannot go wrong branding these mugs!

To get a quote or to learn more about any of the products mentioned, contact us!

Written by Ashley Wright.

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Are you looking for your next promotional product hit? One that customers will truly love and use? Promotional products are successful when they can used in everyday life.

Cipher Wood Frame and Plastic Message Board

Now that’s a message we can get behind. Have you scrolled Instagram or gone over to a friend’s house and seen these boards with quirky quotes on them? Message boards are all the rage because they are solely about making it your . Customize this message board further so that your logo is always seen whether it’s on social media, the workplace or in someones home!

Willow 16oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar and Felt Sleeve

Have you seen these before? If not, don’t worry, we are definitely not pulling the wool over your eyes! Anything wool and leather is being absolutely adored. Whether these are used curled up around the fireplace, bonfire or sipping tea at night, these felt mason jar sleeves will be loved with your logo on them.

Neoprene Lip Balm Sleeve Pocket with SPF 15 Lip Balm

Are you that person that has a car, work, purse, bedroom, and bathroom chapstick? If you know, you KNOW.  This felt chapstick sleeve takes away the hassle of having to find your chapstick where ever you are and instead brings chapstick with you! Attach it to your keys or whatever you carry with you daily to never have to search for chapstick again. Chapstick is a great promo product because not only is it used in the winter but all year round!

17″ Dye Sublimated Tube Socks with Full Color Hang Tag

Crazy socks are all the rage and one way to make your outfit a little more spunky. These socks are fully sublimated, meaning that your design can cover the entire sock making for endless possibilities! These promotional socks also make for a great gift for employees.

15oz Campfire Mug

Speckled mugs are what coffee dreams are made of. With so many options and colors to choose from, you will surely find a campfire mug your customers will LOVE! Whether you’re curled up around a campfire or pouring your morning coffee, you cannot go wrong brand these mugs!

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