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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,



Creating Your Unique Monogram

15 Sep

An individual’s monogram creates a unique and sophisticated appearance and they seem to be popping up everywhere.  You can often see monograms on clothing, home decor, printed napkins, jewelry, and of course on stationery and notepads.monograms-sept2015-001The proper order for a monogram is very important and should be carefully placed and composed with either formal script of block letters.  Monograms can either be straight across or together the letters might create a diagonal shape, an oval or a circle.

monograms-sept2015-002Sometimes when the left and right letters are placed into shapes the letters are flipped over and can have a unique appearance.  The easiest to read monogram are straight across whether interlocking or not.  There are luxury monograms featuring calligraphic elements and flourishes to create identity for businesses such as restaurants, hotels, fashion lines and more.

monograms-sept2015-003Everyone, young or old, male or female, married or unmarried, has a monogram.  The letters of the monogram represent the letters of your name or can represent your married name. The order of the letters appear in a very specific way. A monogram is generally three letters and they are either interlocking or combined in such as way to create a design.

monograms-sept2015-007For an individual’s monogram, the letter on the left represents a first name, the letter on the right is for a middle name and the large letter in the center is for a last name.  For example, Susan Lynne Miller would have this monogram:   SML.

monograms-sept2015-004For a married monogram, the letter on the left represents a woman’s first name, the letter on the right represents the man’s first name, and the large letter in the middle represents their shared last  name.  Therefore, if Ellen Marie Smith was married to Charles Adam Watson, their married monogram would be EWC.

For an LGBT relationship, determine the placement of the initials simply based on the couple’s preference and then middle larger initial would represent a shared last name.  If there is no shared last name consider using two same size initials to represent the two first names together or even consider using four initials to represent the first and last name of each person in the couple.

monograms-sept2015-005For a single person wanting same size initials, the letters would appear in the order of the name, such as Caroline Joy Thompson’s initials would be CJT and the letters would all be the same size.  The order of the letters in initials is different from a monogram in that the initials will go in the order of a name:  first name initial, then middle name initial, then last name initial.  Alternatively, married or engaged couples may use their two-letters representing their first names and place those letters together.  Again, this is referred to as initials rather than a monogram.  Initials on personalized note cards and other stationery are a popular option but the monogram remains the ultimate personalized preference for many.


Best wishes,



Back to School with Collegiate Tervis Tumblers

8 Sep

sept-tervis-003It’s that time of year, when college students return to college campuses all over the country.  Many parents, in fact, are breathing a sigh of relieve as they have had moving boxes and many must-haves all over their dining rooms and living rooms these past few weeks.  As their college students were getting ready to leave, cars were loaded and unloaded trying to move way too many things into a way too small of a room.  Another year, new friends, great experiences and hopefully a lot of learning.

We’ve noticed that sending college students a little gift to remind them that we are thinking about them is a fun tradition that many parents like to do a few weeks after move-in.  One of our favorites and most practical and stylish gifts that are unanimously adored are a collegiate themed and personalized Tervis Tumbler or Tervis Water Bottle.  These insulated clear personalized water bottles keep students hydrated while they are on the go. Plus the best part is that they feature an officially licensed Collegiate Water Bottles, Sorority Water Bottles or Fraternity Water Bottles with eye-catching designs. 

sept-tervis-004Featuring a double-wall insulation which keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, the high quality bottles have an easy-open snap lid and the opening is large enough to fit ice cubes.  The bottles fit into most cup holders and bicycle cages.  They come with a choice of personalization style and color. Personalized collegiate Tervis tumblers are virtually indestructible. They won’t crack, melt, shatter, or chip. They’re even microwave and dishwasher-safe (top rack only). Don’t take it as a dare or anything, but if they do somehow break, we won’t leave you hanging. We’ll replace it, guaranteed.  A perfect gift for a student!

Here’s to a great school year!

Best wishes,