The longer we live here in Oshkosh the more we discover and love. One of our worries was how we would find everything we need to make the flags and send them out. We use a lot of fabric, specialty thread, fusing materials, PVC tubing, and tools. We’re always buying rotary cutter blades, scissors, rope, envelopes and tape. Then there’s all the paperwork, some from our own management and order-tracking, then the printed materials we send out with each order.
Some of the towns we looked at are pretty remote, and it would have been difficult to easily take care of business. We often shop at Hobby Lobby, but there aren’t very many of them in Wisconsin, particularly in some of the other towns we visited. Here in Oshksoh, by gosh, there’s a Hobby Lobby! How nice is that!
We opened the Web site a month ago and found a UPS store, along with a nice post office. But recently, we needed to get some more of our printing done. A good example is the dictionary we include when we ship each order. We always include the signal flag alphabet on a sheet of paper that shows each of the flags and its corresponding letter or number.
Here is a picture of our dictionary.
When it comes to printing, we were working with Alpha Graphics, a very good company in Illinois, but we were worried about who we’d find in Wisconsin. I am happy to report that we found Park ‘n Print, and they’re great! Another idea we’ve been working on is some sort of high-quality printed flag that customers could cut out and attach to a wooden dowel or fold over a piece of string. We could offer flags we can’t make in fabric, and the price would be lower than the heirloom flags we make now. Printing would be a big issue, so finding a good printer has been a priority.
At some point, hopefully soon, we’re going to offer a Bravo-Zulu print that will be suitable for framing. We’re still in the design phase, but we realized that we couldn’t keep up with the orders for the fabric version of the flags. One or two are okay, but people wanted ten or twenty to give out as “Nice Job” recognition awards. A printed, frameable art print would be a great way to satisfy those needs without wearing us out.