merch vendors (was Re: starting the discussion: merchandising at Conservancy)

Amy Terlaga terlaga at
Mon Feb 11 16:37:26 EST 2013


I've looked into Works in Progress NYC.  Their costs are competitive, they
don't require a big minimum (36), and there's no setup fee as long as you
hit that 36 minimum.  I'm going to recommend to the Evergreen Oversight
Board that we use them.  They've also been very responsive via email (I
asked them a bunch of questions today).

Question for you:
How do we deal with the collection of money?  What's easiest?  Not sure how
to handle this part.  I do think I'd like to have people pay before I order
them, but I guess I could take a person's word that they will pay if it
meant not getting the order in on time.

Amy Terlaga
Assistant Director, User Services
Bibliomation, Inc.
32 Crest Road
Middlebury, CT  06762
203-577-4070 x101

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Sebro [mailto:tony at] 
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 1:14 PM
To: Amy Terlaga
Cc: merch at
Subject: merch vendors (was Re: starting the discussion: merchandising at

On 02/06/2013 04:09 PM, Amy Terlaga wrote:
>   I'm also looking for some good companies to produce these - I want 
> quality at a reasonable price.  (Doesn't everybody?)


For t-shirts, some of Conservancy's colleagues at other FLOSS orgs recommend
Elegant Stitches (  In addition to handling
screen printing/embroidery/etc., they can also set up personalized stores
online for your project (e.g.,   have no personal 
experience with them myself, but people from Perl Foundation, PyCon, and
Django have all vouched for their services.

For those in the northeast, I've personally used Works In Progress
( in NYC to print up limited runs of t-shirts.
They're also a non-profit (job-training for high school kids) and they do
good work.  I don't remember their pricing (I last used them five or six
years ago), but I recall that they were reasonably-priced.

OpenSUSE apparently uses Spread Shirt (, but they don't
seem to be too excited about them.

I don't have any personal recommendations for vendors for other kinds of
merch, beyond what comes up in a standard web search.  Does anyone else have
any recommendations (or warnings, for that matter)?


Tony Sebro, General Counsel, Software Freedom Conservancy
+1-212-461-3245 x11
tony at

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