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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Teespring: Fundraising with Custom T-Shirts

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Are you looking for a way to raise money for a good cause? Whether it’s in your own backyard (Dr. bills, adoption, surgery) or for your community (ex. Sandy Hook Shooting, New park in your area, Boston Bombing) but don’t have the start-up money or EVEN know where to start helping out?

Creating anything custom is hard work if you don’t have the capital to buy everything necessary to start. If you want to start making custom tshirts, for example- you’ll need to find a wholesaler who sells the shirts (and possibly buy them in many different colors, sizes, and styles), and you’ll also need help from a company who has screen printing equipment.

Most of us don’t have the kind of money on hand to do something like this starting out. 600+ for shirts PLUS paying for screen printing and if you were trying to SELL them, you’d also have to pay to ship them out as well. That would add up to more than $1,000.

If you’re thinking about partnering up with a printing company online, you also MIGHT want to think twice. Usually their printing isn’t up to par (very low quality) and they charge an arm and a leg basically. So the people who DO want to buy your designs are probably going to end up mad customers demanding their money back!

That’s where Teespring steps into play. They allow you to create and design your own custom tees without ANY upfront cost at ALL. That means no money to be raised, no knocking on people’s doors asking for donations, AND you can get right to work!

Once you design your shirt, the buyer is the one who funds the shirts. They will choose their size WITH your design.. so you’re not sitting there panhandling shirts all day and end up with a ton left. THEY choose their sizing, so you always have the right amount of shirts!

Then they are shipped directly to the buyers address provided at the time they buy the shirt. SO, there’s another cost that isn’t laid on you! SHIPPING is higher than what you think it is too. Just shipping a tshirt could cost at least $6-10. You have to provide the packaging (box), something for the shirt to be in (plastic) so it doesn’t get wet, AND then the shipping fee.

The Teespring tees are nothing but HIGH quality apparel. So you don’t have to worry about someone purchasing your design and then wanting a refund. They only provide service that they would be happy with themselves! WIN/WIN!

All you do is design your shirt and then choose a price. After choosing a price you set a goal of how many shirts you THINK you can sell/or how many shirts it will take you to reach your $ goal.

I really love this idea. There are actually 2 campaigns that I am wanting to start with Teespring. First, my dad died in a motorcycle accident when I was 7 and my mom who was widowed (AND a stay at home mom at the time) was left to foot the bill for his funeral. She paid the funeral off, but never had the extra money to get him a headstone.

He deserves a headstone, I want him to have one, and I would like to do this for both my dad and my mom. That’s my first campaign that will be going on.

Secondly, my infant niece was born at 25 weeks on June 1, 2013 and didn’t make it. My sister isn’t only dealing with the trauma of losing her daughter but worried about how she is going to pay for the funeral as well.. so that’s my second campaign—to help her!

Here are others ideas, the t-shirts they made, and the money they raised to get where they needed to be in life.

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A couple sold this "Love makes a family shirt" to raise money to adopt

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This one included children's and toddler's shirts to raise money for an 11-year-old to sing in a children's choir in Hungary

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This one raised over 85k for Boston relief

Don’t you think that this is an amazing way to raise money? I do! Open-mouthed smile

Tell me what you think about the shirts.

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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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