Here’s a great Summer item I came across today – it’s called the ‘Ship-Shore Straddle Bag’ and I thought the design was ingenious! It carries all the stuff you need for the beach or the pool, and it hangs over a lounge chair (as you see in the photo) and keeps all your stuff like suntan lotion, cell phone, beverage and sunglasses within easy reach and out of the sand.

These sell at retail for $34.95/ea. but we can get our clients better pricing with a minimum order of 24 pieces – they run between $17 & $28 depending on the quantity ordered and whether they’re ordered blank or with a custom logo. Great idea for country clubs, resorts, travel agents, spa or patio furniture retailers… they’d be a great ‘gift with purchase’ item for retailers.

To see more information on this item, you can visit: Like everything else on my blog, this item can be ordered through Advance Promotions for the same prices you see online.

Custom Post-It Notes in Teensy Quantities

I network with a lot of small business owners – there are something like 40,000 businesses in Portland with 5 or fewer employees – and one of their frustrations is the high minimum order quantities for some of the ‘basics’ like custom logo’d pens, post-it notes, etc.

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to learn this morning that one of our suppliers – Carlson Craft – offers custom-printed Post-it brand pads in VERY small quantities. The minimum order is something like 10 pads, so this is a great resource we can now offer our small business clients.

If you’d like to visit the Carlson Craft site and take a look, here’s the link to the section with the custom Post-it notes:

Advance Promotions is a Carlson Craft dealer, so you can order anything you see on their site though us at the same price you see on their site.

Another line we work with – Elram – offers EVERYTHING in their catalog at a minimum order quantity of 12 pieces. I’ll be the first to admit that on a per-item basis, the pricing isn’t what you’d call great… but if you only need a dozen of something, it is a good resource. To check out their site: