By Terrence Dehring
How do we pack your order so it is not broken during the shipping process?
Over the years, with lots of trial and error, and with the help of packaging professionals, at QuickTrophy, we have developed a trophy packing system that seems to work pretty good. It is not 100% fail safe, but it works way better than anything else we’ve tried. And it is a system that is flexible, and adaptable to different sizes, shapes, and numbers of trophies and awards.
What makes packing trophies difficult in the first place, is that a trophy has an odd balance. It is has a piece of marble on the bottom, basically a rock, and the other end has a lightweight figurine. So when you lay a trophy in a box, it automatically wants to fall to one end, the end with the marble in it. This is difficulty number 1.
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By Terrence Dehring
What is a Birthday Cake for? Why celebrate the day someone was born? When you stop to think about it, celebrating a birthday is a strange ritual. Everyone loves to celebrate birthdays and everyone loves to have a birthday no matter what your age. You feel special on your birthday, like a celebrity. It is “your” day. And everyone you know and meet acknowledges you on your special day with a “Happy Birthday!” wish. We all enjoy birthdays and joyfully participate in them. We buy personalized gifts, have a party, go out to dinner, give a birthday card, sing the birthday song, and have a cake to celebrate the fact that they are a year older. It seems like birthdays are a happy holiday.
When you stop to think about it, doesn’t it seem strange that we celebrate the day someone was born? Why make a big deal about the fact that someone is a year older? Maybe it dates back to times of higher youth mortality rates when it was a big deal just to survive – making it another year was an event worth celebrating. Maybe celebrating birthdays stem from our need to have special days throughout the year. Holidays, whether religious or civil, punctuate the year with special days, events to remember, time to share with family and friends. No matter the reason, celebrations are always welcome.
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By Terrence Dehring
Setting up the engraving for plaques can be an intimidating task – especially if you have never done it before. But we make it easier to get great looking results at QuickTrophy. We have built in a tool that lets you select the font, the font size, and the font style for each line of text when you need help engraving plaques. If you don’t know how to start, you can use one of our plaque templates and just change the lines you want. But just by following 3 simple tips for engraving plaques, you can easily get professional looking results.
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By Terrence Dehring
What can be done with old trophies? When the kids who received them have grown and moved away and somehow, unbelievably, they “forgot” to take their trophies with them. Who can blame them? They are probably living in an apartment without much extra space. But even when they do have extra space, they are likely collecting the next generation of trophies for their children. So what do you do with all the old trophies getting dusty in the rec room? It’s hard to toss them – there are too many memories attached to them. Well here are a few ideas:
Take them to the local Goodwill or St. Vincent’s store. Boy scouts and other groups looking for projects will collect the parts and make the trophies they can use for their annual events. Some dusting and new engraved plates and they will be good as new!
Use them as garden decorations. Kind of like gnomes, only more “sporty”.
Take them apart and use the components in craft projects. It’s amazing what some people can create!
By Terrence Dehring
Being named employee of the month is a great honor. It lets the employee know they are appreciated for what they do. It is a pat on the back for a job well done. It pumps up their confidence and most likely improves their performance. And by recognizing an employee for their work, it becomes a contagious event. Everyone wants to be recognized for what they do, and if, by doing a little more, or doing something a little better, they can be publicly recognized for their efforts, they will have plenty of incentive to go the extra distance.
The amazing thing is that is costs very little to recognize an employee for a job well done. The return on investment is huge. The collateral returns are immense. The positive impact it has on the culture of an organization are great. So why would any organization NOT want to recognize their star performers?
We just introduced Black Star Trophies to the QuickTrophy lineup. They feature the same design found on our Black Star medals but the design is expanded and built into a 5″ black and gold figurine. We currently offer the Black Star Trophy design for Cheer Leading, Soccer, Softball, and Baseball. Football and Academic themes will be introduced next week. We will then expand the line based on customer demand.
The figurine is mounted on a black marble base and looks pretty sharp. The black star trophies can be found on the QuickTrophy web site under the sport (baseball, soccer, etc.) and listed within the Economy Section. The construction of these trophies makes them very affordable. They are perfect for tight budgets or for participation trophies for youth athletes. Present your sports athletes with something a little different and exciting. Check them out on our web site and let us know what you think.
What is the lifespan of a trophy or award style? It seems like bobble-heads came and went during a 2-3 year period around 2005 or so. Some resin awards were impossible to keep in stock for a while and now you can’t give them away. At the same time the old standby – the figurine on a marble base – has been around for decades and is still one of the most sought after trophies. What evolutionary law of popularity determines what’s hot and what’s not and for how long?
We used to sell hundreds of simple black acrylic awards with a matching black and gold holographic decal depicting various sport themes. Shown in the picture is one of the football acrylic awards. The awards came in two sizes. Their popularity waxed and waned with the collective preferences of the coaches and team mom’s across the country. Well, rather than try to figure out the laws of pop culture, it is best to just ride the waves and know when it is time to pull the plug. Time to discount and make room for new stuff. So get the football acrylic awards while we still have them!
Bocce Ball has been popular in Europe for millennia, dating back to ancient Roman Empire times. It is especially popular in Italy and around the world where people of Italian ancestry have relocated. In the United States some urban areas have bocce ball courts that are maintained and used quite heavily. In recent years it seems to have become increasingly popular among the population at large. At weekend gatherings, picnics, and family reunions, bocce ball is a popular pastime.
We have noticed an increase in the use of bocce ball awards and trophies for family events as well as larger organized tournaments. Anytime there is a recurring event, people like to commemorate it with a trophy – and what better way to commemorate a bocce ball tournament than with a perpetual trophy to keep accurate records on past winners and give future winners something to strive for!
For smaller events, like family reunions, summer picnic outings, or city leagues, smaller bocce ball awards may be more appropriate. At QuickTrophy we have a pretty nice selection of trophies. And if you don’t see something you like, just call us and maybe we can put something special together for you.
Bob Jacquart of Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood, Michigan gave a presentation in Marquette recently. He recounted the history of the company he grew from a family sewing shop to an producer of clothing products distributed worldwide. The product that catapulted the company to stardom was a little hat known as the Stormy Kromer. Originally used by rail employees in the extreme upper mid-west, it has been revived and found popularity among the young outdoor enthusiasts of the world – much like Patagonia or the North Face. Production of the Stormy Kromer line of products has nearly doubled the size of the company and given the company a name with strong brand recognition. Jacquart Fabric Products is now a major employer in a geographic area that has experienced chronic high unemployment for decades – similar to QuickTrophy.
Once the mark of a manly woodsman or hunter, the Stormy Kromer is now an icon for people who love and live in the great outdoors. A well made, truly American product!
Some products can make people smile and feel proud just by looking at them. Trophies and awards are like that. But some other products that are awards when presented are also useful on their own, so they serve a dual purpose. One of those products is an engraved coffee mug. QuickTrophy offers coffee mugs that can be engraved with an event, an award title, or a person’s name. Presented as employee of the month gifts, an award for finishing a triathlon or biathlon or marathon or other athletic event, or given to a loved one for a special occasion, these mugs will be used daily for years. And each time they are used, the memory of receiving it will be revived and reinforced – and the smile magically appears. They truly are an example of a gift that keeps on giving.
Our engraved coffee mug has a strong brilliant exterior in blue, black, red, or green with a bright white interior. The engraving on the mug also is in white. We also have an engraved coffee mug that is silver on the exterior, black inside and the engraving is black. They all look very sharp!