What happens if you don’t have a working art file.

Before Christmas, we had a request come in for a family crest flag. The only problem was that the reference for the crest was a physical three-dimensional plaque! Using that as a guide, we put together the art file using heraldic elements and then hand-drew the rest as needed.

The end result? See for yourself:

Close Flag - custom made - before and after

Art services are just another part of our dedication to customer satisfaction!

The Big Decision Challenges: Day 4 of 7

The Big Decision Challenges Day 4
 

The sale is in progress! So far so good. Today is our big in-house sale, and Monday we will be ramping up for online orders.


Susan helping a customer who bought up some of our Olympics items.

And because 3 challenges in 7 days is just not enough, we’ve now got a FOURTH challenge to complete by Tuesday involving pitching to a major company.

The Big Decision Challenges: Day 1 of 7

 

So as Susan explained in the last post, we have SEVEN DAYS to complete THREE challenges.

The largest challenge is the most labour intensive.

We have to sell off a huge amount of deadstock.

We’ve been in the flag business since 1975. We have a LOT of inventory to clean out.

As of this writing, it is 2:00 pm PDT and so far we have two large spreadsheets. The first is a list of our “factory seconds” – flags that (to the untrained eye) look perfectly fine but to us have small printing flaws that makes them second tier to our regular flags. The second is a list of unsold shield crests. How many more are there to go?

Edit: 3:18 pm – Houston, we have stick flags. I repeat, 6×10 and 8×12 stick flags.

Stay tuned. We’ll be posting lists and prices before the end of the day today tomorrow at noon Pacific.

We’ve also got something in the works for our Vancouver store this weekend. You won’t want to miss this!

Factory Seconds for sale
Goodbye, factory seconds, so sad to see you go!

The Terry Fox Run flag – then and now

Since the 32nd annual Terry Fox Run is this Sunday, we thought you might to see a little bit of history. On the left is a Terry Fox Run flag from the original 1980 order, and on the right is the Terry Fox flag currently on display outside our store. We’re still selling them in our Vancouver store as well as online, and we donate $50 from every sale to the Terry Fox foundation.

 Terry Fox Flags - then and now

A new motorcycle flag for some cross-border riders

When you’re a guest in another country, you usually want to respect their customs while not forgetting your own. Ron McCall came to us to design an antenna flag for motorcycle enthusiasts from Canada who ride in the US and want to respect both their host and home countries.

We decided to create a new flag design just for them. Our existing combo US/Canada flag design gives equal space to both flags, while in the new one the Canadian flag takes up the top right quarter of the US flag to give the US flag respectful prominence. The 5″x8″ polyknit flag uses strong hook-and-loop fasteners to keep it attached to the antenna of a motorcycle going highway speeds.

Ron was quite pleased with the results and is now proudly flying the new hybrid flag whenever he heads south for a ride.

Here’s the flag in action:

 

We liked it so much, we decided to print more to add to our stock! You can buy the USA/Canadian combo antenna flag here.

The Flag Shop Vancouver shows off popular flags for Global BC

Mike McCardell from Global BC stopped by our store to find out which flags are best sellers and which are… not. In addition to a star-making turn by Susan, you can also see staff members Saya, Breanna, and Ali.

Canada flags are, of course, our best seller, but the new Diamond Jubilee flags are doing brisk business. I suppose we’ll be holding onto that “No Bozos” flag until people decide that bozos aren’t welcome once again. These things are cyclical.