Archive | September, 2015

Happy 21st Anniversary To Us

25 Sep

tss-history-blog-002bIt seems impossible to believe that our website begin 21 years ago.  Can you imagine a world without emails or websites?  It was all new at that time.  Large corporations were just putting email systems in place.  The late 1980’s saw the first authorized use of commercial email on the Internet.  We started as a very small little company in 1994.  At that time, we were completing personalized order forms by hand.  Then we were faxing in orders to factories.  No one emailed in orders.  We were a one-person company with some friends and family volunteers to help from time to time.

tss-history-blog-001Back in the day, we took our product images with a Kodak camera that had a floppy disk.  We inserted the floppy into our first computer and after probably 5 minutes the image appeared on the screen and we loaded it into our back end system.  We were using a store-bought application for our website in the early days.  We had few choices for website graphics, colors, styles and typestyle.

Time passed, we grew slowly and steadily, and we continued to add more and more products like stationery, gift stickers, notepads, and even hand-painted ceramic piggy banks.  We learned through trial and error.  As one of the premier personalized stationery and gift websites on the internet, we had few competitors at the beginning.  We soon grew out of our internet solution as we needed the tools to be more flexible for the types of products we sold.  We hired professional developers to create a custom application for our website, which was a very big deal at the time.  We were growing.  Fast.

We were a trailblazer in this industry and, in many ways, still are.  We still operate by adding products one by one, giving personal care to each item in our selection, providing unique product options for many items, and creating boutiques online to show the items off, just the way we’d like to see them if we were a retail store.  Our staff has grown, too, with many professionals joining our family, and adding their special touches to the look and feel of the website, the product images, the graphics, work flow of the website, the services we provide to our customers, and more. Several of our original staff members are still with our company and are as indispensable as ever.

tss-history-blog-003Starting with a website that boasted 50 products 21 years ago in a corner of our living room, to the present as we feature a comprehensive selection of over 20,000 personalized stationery and gift items, with over 10,000 visitors daily, has truly been a process.  We moved to a nice large modern facility and have a full team supporting the 24/7 business.  However some things never change. Our specialty niche and daily responsibilities are still the same as they were on day one:  to provide excellent service, quality products and competitive pricing.

We treat every order with care, with several customer service team members checking the details as it moves through the process.  We answer customer’s emails very quickly.  We answer our phone and help customers personally.  We have a skilled team of customer service representatives (who also love personalized items, I might add!) and get excited about helping customers create their great orders.  And we go out of our way to assist with special requests.

Creating wonderful personalized products is what we do.  All of the products we offer are made in the USA.  And we keep many factories humming with the volume of orders that we produce.  We love all the repeat customers that return to us time after time.  We enjoy the growth we have experienced and are grateful to our customer base.  It’s been an exciting 21 years and it’s time to celebrate!

Looking forward to what the next twenty years will offer!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

Wedding Inspiration: New Year’s Eve Wedding

25 Sep

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This week’s wedding inspiration is all about planning a New Year’s Eve wedding!  I’ve heard of people who plan weddings on New Year’s Eve and I think to myself … what a fantastic idea!  What better way to ring in the New Year than with a champagne toast with all your family and friends?  And of course, every New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to celebrate your anniversary.

 New Year’s Eve WeddingMonogrammed Bormioli Champagne Flute Glass Set, Black Chevron Caspari Napkins, Chevron Banner Invitations, Glitter Chevron Photo Save the Date Magnets, Golden Rule Printed Placecards, You Design It Gold Cake Boxes, Modern Chevron Round Address Labels.

Other image sources:

Bride and Bridesmaids: http://www.brit.co/new-years-eve-wedding-idea/?utm_campaign=pinbutton_hover

Ceremony Sign: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/12/31/new-years-eve-wedding-inspiration/

Rings: http://www.allthelittledetailsdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/11/behind-scenes-part-2-green-glam-styled.html
Kissing couple: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/31/new-years-eve-wedding_n_4525337.html

Glitter Photo shoot: http://ruffledblog.com/black-and-gold-new-years-eve-wedding/

Cake Pops: http://www.weddingchicks.com/gold-black-wedding-ideas-new-years-eve/

Table Setting: http://www.praisewedding.com/archives/1479

Greek Gift Ideas

22 Sep

sept-greek-002Greek Week for many universities around the country occurs in September and while it’s a lot of fun, it’s also a very stressful time as there is a tremendous amount of pressure to get into their first place house.  It’s an important time for many freshman and sophomores who are eager to pledge into their favorite sorority or fraternity as it sets the tone for their next few years on campus.

sept-greek-003Once the students know which house they will be joining they pretty much instantly begin to wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts and other Greek spirit-wear as well as putting up room decorations as they pledge their houses.  A great way to celebrate is to send the student a special item featuring their name and even their house letters on College & Sorority Gifts.

These are the types of items that kids will love to keep for many years as they will hold a special place in their hearts.  Sharing in their excitement is a great way to support their commitment to the house.

Best wishes,

Renee