Perfect! They look great, exactly as I hoped. Thank you for making this happen.
Adam R. - Florida Equity theatre director
I wondered how effective pins would be, but our concessions reports reflect good sales and a nice profit.
Harold M. - New York Equity theatre manager
Pins make us more visible, which boosts attendance. It has been, and continues to be, money well-spent!
Giulio S. - Ohio fim festival director
A nice added boost to our ticket sales and student enthusiasm. Thanks!
Terry S. - Missouri university theatre director
Even our finance person had very nice things to say… and that’s coming from someone who typically doesn’t get into the artistic side of things.
Patrick C. - Florida YMCA
They turned out great! Thank you so much!!
Jennifer J. - National circus executive
The pins are a great a big hit. I’m looking forward to the next ones.
Father Jerry H. - Traveling circus minister
The pins are great! Everyone loved them and I sold a bunch of them at camp and hope to reorder down the road. I appreciate your follow up and willingness to work with me.
Tricia M. - Minnesota clown camp director
They look great! Thanks.
Ashleigh G. - National circus PR consultant
Thank you for the pins. They turned out very well. We are looking forward to giving them out to the teachers.
Beth D. - Florida theatre festival coordinator
Thanks so much. The pins were a hit and thank you for your assistance in getting them done so quickly. You are so great to deal with!
Renee P. - National circus show printer
Thanks. I appreciate what you did and look forward to working with you for all my future events.
Lucy N. - Florida racing festival director
The festival was great and people LOVED them! They were also amazing for safety and security and really gave us all confidence that the right people were in the right places for the kids. I will surely be in touch about future needs!
Amy C. - New York children's festival director
They look great. Thank you for your work with us over the years. We will pass your information to the folks who will be taking over the event next year.
Ken B. - New York festival coordinator
They look great, as usual. Thanks again.
Allison S. - New Jersey high school principal
They look great! thanks.
Beth R. - Pennsylvania cultural programs leader
Thanks so much! They look fantastic!!
Robb Z. - International silent comedian
They are awesome! Thanks so much for the great work.
Todd Z. - Florida variety arts booking agent
They look great. Thanks!
Becky B. - Missouri college administrator
They were perfect. We will use these pins every year.
Cindy I. - Illinois high school theatre
I give them to my cast and crew on every opening night. The pins have become a real tradition that everyone looks forward to.
Flori D. - New York Educational Theatre
The pins are beautiful. Thank you very much. It's been an incredible positive experience working wth you and we'll do business again.
Dan S. - Community center marketing director
I just opened my box... WOW!!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!! AWESOME!!!! ....Just a few words on my mind. Totally perfect!!! They ALL look outstanding!!! I am very very happy with the order, and also so glad I went with you and your company! Hats off to you and your staff!!! VERY IMPRESSED!!! A sincere thank you
Will G. - Ohio club leader
It’s a perfect impulse buy. They have proven to be great sellers. We really like all of the designs. I’d like to triple our last order.
Rose B. - Arizona museum gift shop manager
Our kids loved the pins and enjoyed sharing them with their buddy team from Mexico and all the other kids. My son said they were very popular amongst the other in traders. Thanks again so much for all your work on those with our tight deadline and creative vision.
Jen E. - Florida coach
Mary W. - Maryland museum director
*Unsolicited comments from customers of Carab Enterprises, praising a variety of our custom promotional products.
Order the most you can afford and think you’ll be able to use. Reorders are more expensive and time consuming. When possible, base your choice on the quantity of previous pin sales. Were pins left over or were several reorders necessary? Then take into consideration… Is your new design more attractive? Does your new slogan have more zing? Do you have more time to distribute your pins? Do you have a better distribution system? Do you have greater financial resources? Are you or is the event more popular than before?
The most common pin sizes are .50" to 1.50", with the most popular size being 1.25". Pins smaller than .50" can rarely express your message. Pins larger than 1.50" are thought by many to be too large to be worn comfortably. Do you want to make a bold statement with a larger pin or present a more "sophisticated" image with a smaller pin? Obviously the larger the pin, the more information you'll be able to include legibly. Designs that are originally drawn on a large scale may not always transfer well to a tiny pin. Reduce your sketch to see how it will actually look.
Common wisdom says "whatever the market will bear." Of course if you're raising funds or trying to make a profit, charge as much as you can without pricing yourself out of the market. Lapel pins commonly retail for $3 - $10, with several factors determining the value. These factors include...the size of the pin, the uniqueness of the design (is there a stone embedded?), the presentation (is it in a gift box?), the availability (is it a limited edition?), the fundraising appeal (do profits go to a good cause?), your location (what are customers in your area used to paying?).
Epoxy is a hard clear coat that covers your pin. By their nature, hard enamel pins never need an epoxy coat or "dome." Printed pins need epoxy only to create a thicker pin. Due to state-of-the-art manufacturing methods we use, stamped and photo etched pins do not need epoxy. While the colors on these pins may be scratched off with a knife, under normal circumstances the colors are very durable and will last for years. Epoxy on a stamped or photo-etched pin is a matter of personal preference, giving a smooth high gloss surface to your pin. Due to environmental regulations, epoxy will sometimes yellow over time.
The purpose of a second clutch back is to avoid "spin." Our single clutch backs are "balance mounted" toward the top of the pin, so spin is not as much of a problem as it is on a "center mounted" back. Many people find a double clutch back difficult to pin on, so we don't recommend more than a single clutch back unless you really need it. We've found that spin becomes an issue pins greater than 1.25" or those with a much greater horizontal measurement than vertical. You'll be safe with a single clutch back on almost all vertical pins. For uniforms on which position is essential, we recommend 2 pin backs.
While it's tempting to use famous characters like Mickey Mouse or The Simpsons on your pin or coin, it's not ethical or legal to use someone else's work without their permission. Please see our official policy on Intellectual Property for more on this subject.
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We order a number of extra pins with no backs and use them to attach to award plaques we give out at the end of the year. This adds something special to our awards without adding a lot of extra expense.
We charge a higher price for the pins now that we order them in the display box. And we sell more - it's not much more expensive for us, but I think the perceived value is better.
To save on the set-up, we use the same design every year and change out the colors and print the current year. Our members like the constancy without them looking exactly the same year after year.
We've sold more pins by offering a "twofer" deal - at this year's convention we sold them for $5.00 each or 3 For $12.00 and almost everyone who bought, bought three. People always love a deal.
I couldn't figure out how to display our pins for the best visibility, but my wife bought one of those foam pool noodles and put it over a paper towel holder. We just push the pins into the foam and sell them from there. We've only had to replace the foam every few months and those things are pretty cheap, so it's not a big deal.
Carab Enterprises, parent company of almost two dozen niche websites devoted to promoting organizations from veterans to circuses, is a family owned and run business. We live and work by The Golden Rule, making a fair profit in order to support our families - we do not believe in corporate greed. We treat our customers, employees and contractors fairly and with respect, and work only with suppliers who do the same. Founder Carroll Abrams and President Aaron Watkins have both personally visited our off-shore factories on separate occasions and witnessed working conditions that met and exceeded our expectations. Our suppliers meet strict international health and safety codes. We do not use factories that use child labor. Our BB Puzzles are entirely manufactured in the USA.
We believe in giving back to our community - which includes our local community, as well as the extended community of our customer base. A portion of many sales is donated back to not-for-profits related to the interests of our customers. We also donate time, merchandise and money to causes that we and our customers believe in - from schools to veterans groups to churches to cultural organizations and more. While many of our donations are pre-determined, please send us an email if you would like to apply for a merchandise donation.
Combining his first and last names to brand Carab Enterprises, the company he founded in 1989, Carroll Abrams had more than 50 years experience in the advertising specialty business. Joining forces with Carroll in 2002, Aaron Watkins brings more than 40 years of marketing expertise to the table. Working together for nearly ten years, they built Carab Enterprises into the industry leader that it is today. Carroll passed away in 2011 and Aaron continues to expand and lead the company into the future.
Aaron Watkins' first marketing coup was obtaining an endorsement from New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller at his lemonade stand and backyard carnival at the tender age of 9. In 1976, he founded The Watkins Button Company, which went on to become the premiere supplier of buttons to high school drama clubs across the country. After successful careers as an actor in New York and a clown with The Big Apple and Ringling Bros. Circuses, Aaron incorporated his natural talents for promotion to form Chameleon Marketing & Business Services. Chameleon MBS provided a wide range of marketing and public relations services to arts and cultural organizations. He was educated at Ohio University, earning a BFA in Theatre, holds a certificate in Arts Management from the New York Cultural Council Foundation and is a graduate of RBBB Clown College. He is a proud recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award.
Carroll Abrams was a serial entrepreneur before the word was ever coined. Growing up in Bridgeport, CT (home of PT Barnum himself), Carroll sold magazine subscriptions and delivered more than 100 newspapers a day. He also mowed lawns and cleaned houses, developing his business acumen and customer service skills with each endeavor. After serving in the US Navy, he opened an advertising specialty business. In addition to this highly successful venture, Carroll created a sailboat business and an innovative restaurant called The Calorie Counter. He founded Carab Enterprises as a small retirement business in 1989, but it rapidly grew into the premiere pin supplier for many veterans organizations. Needing more time for sports, painting, writing and rabble-rousing, Carroll brought partner Aaron Watkins into the business in 2002 and enjoyed a fulfilling retirement until his passing in 2011.
According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), "Although the virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces, it is unlikely to be spread from products or packaging."
Despite the low risk, we still take precautions with your order. Our facilities are very small, thus lowering the number of people who come into contact with your merchandise. We are screened for fever on a daily basis and frequently wash our hands and disinfect surfaces thoroughly.
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Due to the nature of custom and customized merchandise, returns or exchanges are not allowed unless the merchandise is defective or misprinted. Misprints cannot be returned or exchanged if the pre-production art proof has been approved.
Claims for defective or misprinted merchandise must be submitted in writing within 10 days of receiving the shipment. Once your claim is received, we will ask you to return the merchandise at our expense. Unapproved returns will not be accepted.
Defective merchandise will be replaced at our expense. If the returned merchandise is unusable in the time frame it will take to remanufacture, a refund will be issued within 30 days of your request. Otherwise, a credit will be issued immediately.
Stock merchandise is not returnable, unless otherwise noted on certain fundraising packages.
Certain stock merchandise may be exchanged. Please refer to individual product information.
Stock orders generally ship within 48-72 hours.Custom orders ship anywhere from 48 hours to 6 weeks, depending on the product. You will receive an approximate delivery date at the time of your custom order. Unfortunately we cannot be held liable for delayed shipments.
We ship only to the United States and its territories. Most orders are shipped from our facility in Sarasota, FL, via US Postal Service First Class or Priority mail. All shipments are insured.
Sales tax is collected on all non-exempt orders shipped to the state of Florida. Within Florida, resellers and certain sales to not-for-profit organizations are exempt from sales tax. Your company's certificate must be filed with us annually to receive this exemption.
We respect the environment and believe we are the stewards of the earth for future generations. We do our best to manage our environmental footprint to minimize the adverse impact on our world and encourage you to do the same.
REDUCE • REUSE • RECYCLE are tenants we live and work by - from not printing unnecessary documents to printing in-house documents on the backs of old files to recycling boxes and packing materials. These policies are environmentally prudent, as well as economically sound.
We abide by all applicable environmental regulations. All products we distribute have been verified by an independent laboratory to pass the stringent requirements of Consumer Products Health & Safety bill US CPISA HR 4040.
It is illegal to use a copyrighted or trademarked logo, character, slogan or other material on your merchandise without the express written permission of the copyright holder. Many local organizations may use their national parent organization logo at their discretion, while others may not. Thus, we may require proof of permission on questionable designs.
We retain the right to use any design we reproduce (including copyrighted designs) for promotional purposes. We will never sell your design to another customer without your written permission.