Custom Printed Sports Balls

I just learned about a new company we can source from called Logo Stars, and they provide Custom Printed sports balls of all types, in full-color process, in 72 hours or less.

They offer guaranteed 3-day lead time on orders of up to 1,000 balls and have a super-low minimum order of only 6 balls. They print in full color with no set-up fees (which is HUGE) and their patented process puts any type of logo or image on the balls without distortion. The place where this makes PERFECT SENSE is for any type of Championship game, where it’s not for sure which teams will be in the game until just a few days before the event.

Sport ball types they can print on include: baseballs, softballs, hockey pucks, footballs, basketballs, water polo balls, volleyballs, cricket balls and more. To see their product line (which can be ordered through my company, Advance Promotions), click this link to their site:

New Arnold Palmer Golf Umbrella

Arnold Palmer is a golf legend, and according to Arnie the Windbrella is the best golf umbrella on the market. What makes it great? Patented double-canopy design will not blow inside out in gusty weather. It also features the industry’s only ‘Auto-Open Pinchless Runner’ which means no more pinched fingers when opening or closing your umbrella!!

Now Arnie has lent his name to a limited-edition Windbrella that can be co-branded with your logo. Arnie’s signature appears on two of the panels, and your logo goes on two of the others. If your company wants a product with recognizable, name-brand prestige for this summer’s golf events, this is a great pick! And at a price of $25.00 (which INCLUDES your 1-color logo on 2 panels) it’s a great deal (retail price is $34.95). Minimum order is 24 pieces. This is a limited edition, so I wanted to get it on my blog right away – let me know if we can help you with these or any other golf items for this summer!

New Spring Colors for Cross Pens

Spring has sprung, and AT Cross has
come out with BRAND NEW colors
for their classic pens.

Be among the very first to put YOUR company logo on the fresh crop of Cross pens – these make a fantastic, higher-end business gift for important clients, key employees, referral sources or other people who are valuable to your organization. Priced at $45.50/ea. with a minimum order of 12 pieces (this includes laser engraving & a Cross gift box).

As an authorized distributor of AT Cross products, we can help with any Cross items you are looking for!


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:

Here’s a VERY creative use of promotional advertising:

Early this month,, a Dutch online reservations company, began outfitting SHEEP in royal blue blankets imprinted with their company logo, at a cost of €1, or $1.23, a day per sheep.

About 144 sheep in flocks throughout the Netherlands are now sponsored by the company. But the idea of commercially branded sheep has prompted a bit of a backlash. The town of Skarsterlan began fining €1,000 a day for sheep that wear the branded blankets.

Livestock advertising violates the town’s ban on advertising along the highways. “My first reaction was a smile; it is very creative,” said the town’s mayor, Bert Kuiper. “My second reaction is that we have to stop this. If we start with sheep, then next it’s the cows and horses.” is poised to pay the fines, but it plans to fight the ban on sheep shirt advertising in court. Since the advertising started,’s sales are up 15 percent and so are visits to the company’s Web site. They are already planning on expanding, hunting for locations where there are a lot of traffic jams

The ‘Sandvertiser’

This is one of those items where a photo really can’t do it justice – you have to see it and play with it yourself to appreciate how cool it is.

That being said, here’s a picture of it – it’s called the ‘Sandvertiser’ and it’s a totally unique promotional item I recently stumbled across. The thing is filled with colored sand, and in the middle there are two custom-cut plates that the sand falls through. A layer of sand stays on the solid parts of the plate so the logo or message that’s cut into the plate becomes visible.

They’re not what you’d call ‘cheap’, so this is one of those things that’s only going to make sense for folks with a serious promo budget – a minimum order of 250 will run about $2,900 with setup charges included… but they’re pretty reasonable once you’re into the 1,000+ quantities.

Especially cool – on orders of 500 or more, you can have the plastic band and the sand in whatever PMS color you want for no extra charge! They come from overseas (of course) so it’s about an 8 week production time for these puppies.

Bottom line: This is a super-cool, totally customizable item with incredible message impact that is virtually guaranteed to create BUZZ. Even though I’m very jaded when it comes to swag (having seen it all), I have to admit I could not put this thing down once I started playing with it.
I just ordered several samples of these for my showroom. If you have a serious interest in this item, let me know and I’ll send you a sample – and I guarantee you’ll love it!