First let me start out by saying I am sorry for the inventory problem with our t shirts. It’s a very strange business, the T shirt business. At the boat shows, I was left holding a bunch of XXL’s and now I can’t keep them in stock. By the way I am a XXLer and literally sold them all before I even got one. So I suppose one could say I sold the shirt off my back. Here is how it works. I have to predict the amount of shirts in color and size that will sell. Anything left over I am left holding the bag…. of t shirts.. So its a game. And why I only make a certain amount. For some reason, the XXL’s went like Zumba lessons in Maine on line! So our supplier wanted to print more. But we still have a bunch of other sizes in stock. And I have to order 25 shirts minimum to keep the price low. UGH.. So here is the question?
Does anyone care that these shirts are limited quantity? Should I limit it to 2012 shirts and so on and make all I can? I think we have made over 200 black Sons of varnish shirts? And they are gone in no time. I like the art of a limited quantity. I like that they are somewhat special. As special as a lame t shirt can be. For the record it is not a money maker. Not even close. To date we have made on all the t shirts and hat sales since the start of the year. $750 .. That’s it. We make a very small profit on the stuff. 20% to be exact. So you can see that if we lay out $2,000 for shirts and don’t sell out we are upside down. I want to keep it all fun, and the shirts and hats are for fun, and to have some cool stuff to show support. I can not tell you how it feels when we show up to a show and you are wearing your colors. OK I just did tell you. it’s fantastic. The sons of varnish culture is going to take on a bigger life around the new year, so hopefully we will have some more fun stuff to share then.