When I used to help my husband coach little league baseball, he put me in charge of certain tasks, such as collecting snacks, and also finding places to get t-shirts for the team made, and other random things. One of those random tasks was to find a place to get signs and banners created. I used to get these paper banners with the team’s name on them so that the parents and friends could hold them in the bleachers and cheer for their kids.
Most recently though, I was given the job of getting a custom-made neon sign made for the snack stand at our local baseball diamond and football field. I found the site linked above when researching. They offer personalized and customized neon signs of all varieties. You can choose from several sizes of width and heigth, and then you can choose the shape. There are ovals, circles, rectangles, and more. You then choose the message you want on it, across one to three lines, and then choose colors and borders. You can get this done for as cheap as $200, which I think is a fair price. I bet the snack stand gets a lot more business because of it. In one season I bet it can pay itself off.
But I began thinking about this in terms of arts and crafts and realized how many ideas there are that these could be used for. I once ordered some signs from www.buildasign.com including banners and even refrigerator magnets featuring our teams schedule. But you can even get street signs and parking signs and more made there. You can get large vinyl banners instead of paper ones so that they can be used over and over again.
I’ve been considering having a graphic designer create me a nice logo for my crafts, or I can paint or draw one and have them convert it into a file so that I can have it printed on magnets, business cards, bumper stickers, decals, yard signs, and so much more. This would be awesome, because I really want to start producing crafts and selling them at markets, and even having them placed in other stores on consignment.
The thing is, now that I’ve made all of these connections and found resources, I could even get my logo printed on t-shirts and more. I’m so happy to have been involved with the baseball team in this manner now. There are always opportunities to learn more about crafting, but you just have to keep your eyes, ears, and mind open to it. It’s coming at you from all directions all the time. Just pay attention and you’ll see it! Opportunities abound.