Throwback Thursday: Christmas Sweater Skirts

You still have a while until leaves start to fall, but enjoy this wonderful Throwback Thursday photo of our model showing off our Christmas sweater skirt from a few years ago.

You still have a while until leaves start to fall, but enjoy this wonderful Throwback Thursday photo of our model showing off our Christmas sweater skirt from a few years ago.

Are you a Christmas fanatic year-round? Counting down the weeks until the joyous holiday when the snow softly falls around you?

We at Green 3 are sharing a little #TBT, or Throwback Thursday, for you today on our Christmas skirts, despite it being a beautiful, sunny June day!

Here's a glimpse at some fabric in our stowaway box full of old sweaters. We can't wait to reuse these for skirts!

Here’s a glimpse at some fabric in our stowaway box full of old sweaters. We can’t wait to reuse these for skirts!

These colorful collections are made with scraps of fabric that we find with old, ugly Christmas sweaters! We’ve found that the gaudier the garment, the better it looks on the panel. The skirts have nine panels sewn on, not only displaying different scenes of Christmas but also with a mix of plain-colored fabric that we use from old scarves and scrap fabric. Each panel is cotton material, soft, and reused, so we don’t have much waste.

In Wisconsin, it might be a little chilly to wear the skirt alone, but our collection of Christmas organic, long-sleeved shirts make a great match for the skirts. You can also pair it with a scarf and some hand warmers to complete your holiday look and perfect for when temperatures begin to drop.

We are currently collecting a ton of different fabrics to see what we can make this year. Anything that isn’t long enough for a panel on the skirt will be used for our Holiday mittens! We love to reuse the fabric we get instead of tossing it aside. We consider this a huge project at Green 3 and we are so excited to get started!

Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Just click here to order one and be ready for the holiday season or wear it on cooler summer days.

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Travel Tuesday: Atlanta

Green 3 is not only found in Wisconsin, but also found across the nation. We adore spreading the love at our wholesale events. Green 3 co-founder Jim will be traveling to Atlanta in July to network, connect with other wholesalers, and to have a good time sharing USA made products.

The Atlanta gift show is at AmericasMart near Centennial Olympic Park and runs from July 7 to July 14. You can find us in the Gib Carson showroom, building 3, room 1319, anytime during those days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and you can shop late on July 10 and 11 until 8 p.m.

Are you attending the gift show for the first time? Or are you a returning attendee and looking for something to do during your down time? Here are Jim’s top 5 recommendations for food and entertainment, all within walking distance of AmericasMart!

1. Park Avenue Deli for breakfast

Jim recommends Park Avenue Deli, also known as Kwan’s Deli, for breakfast and lunch. He says it’s not only amazing food, but very affordable and just a gem. Kwan’s Deli offers breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, omelets and more! Find their menu here.

Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts: www.omnihotels.com/hotels/atlanta-cnn-center

2. CNN Omni Hotel Lounge Bar

Looking for a good drink to cool down from the Georgia heat? Jim says this is the place to be. Have an important game you are missing? Don’t fret- the Latitudes Bistro and Lounge has plenty of TVs showing the latest games.

3. The College Football Hall of Fame

This hall of fame is every football fan’s dream! The hall is brand new and offers a one-of-a-kind experience where you, as the ultimate fan, can find your favorite players on the etched-glass and can select videos and images of your favorite school’s players and coaches. Plan your visit here.

4. The Secret Chick-fil-A

Okay, maybe it’s not so secret, but Jim says not a lot of new attendees may not know its location as it’s hidden in building 3 on the 5th floor. Good food, quick service, and it may remind you of home. For us Wisconsinites, Chick-fil-A is a treat, which is why Jim recommended it!

This beautiful fountain can be found in the heart of Centennial Park, just walking distance from AmericasMart. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County's website: www.gcvb.org

This beautiful fountain can be found in the heart of Centennial Park, just walking distance from AmericasMart. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County’s website: www.gcvb.org

5. The Centennial Park Fountain

The title is a little misleading- when you think of fountain, you probably think of a circular or square cement piece in the middle of the park where you can sit on a bench nearby and watch a single water spout flow. This fountain is fantastic- watch kids run through the underground jets as they shoot up in the air.

So, whether you’re a returning or new attendee, not only will Green 3 see you there, but we hope you find some free time to enjoy Atlanta just as we have.

 

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Customer Feedback Survey: Our Turn to Answer Your Requests

For the past few weeks, green 3 has sent out a customer feedback survey. On our survey, we asked everybody a variety of questions tailored to what we want to know about you. We may have slipped in some silly questions, but at least the survey was entertaining. Here are some things we found:

  • Almost everyone who took the survey have shopped with us! There were a select 3 of you who haven’t, and that’s okay! Now you can use your $10 gift card with us.
  • The leading color that was a favorite was blue! Purple and black came in a close second.
  • The favorite holiday was Christmas by a landslide! Speaking of, we are getting ready to make some mittens and skirts… Stay tuned for those!
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, we had you rank how important recycled options were to you and how important it was to you for USA made products. We had an average of 4.28 and 4.48! Thank you for keeping business within the U.S!
  • We noted a lot of you use Facebook, our newsletter, and our website to keep track of updates. As technology grows, green 3 is trying to keep up. You can follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and we have a blog!

We also asked for specific feedback from each of you on what you’d like to see us make from green 3. We had an array of answers, ranging from they loved everything we had and didn’t want us to change, to some of you wanting to see specific products. Today, we’re answering your requests so you have some answers!

“I’d love to see more dresses and 3/4 length t-shirts!”

Good! We do, too! That’s why we are adding more of these products into our spring 2016 line. Stay tuned for more!

green 3 - Monkey Throw and Wild Thing Onesie (BellyBallot Prize)sm

Our junior throw matched with the Wild Thing onesie– perfect for your little ones!

“I want to see more baby clothes!”

It fills our hearts with sadness when we say that we are no longer making baby clothing. Children grow so fast out of their little onesies that it’s hard to keep up with the costs to make it affordable for you. Although we won’t be having their clothes, we will definitely keep up the junior throws!

“Can we see more cardigans/sweaters with buttons?”

Fall may seem like it’s far away, but in Wisconsin weather, we know it’s just around the corner. We are currently working on more cardigans and sweaters you can bundle up in for fall 2015.

“Have you tried making textiles?”

We currently offer some kitchen towels for purchase, but unfortunately, textiles just aren’t our forte.

“2x is my thing… Can it be your thing, too?”

We are adding 2x in the fall on all of our t-shirts! We are so happy to add onto our clothing options.

“How about petite options?”

We are looking into more extra small options for spring 2016, so stay tuned!

Green 3's doily butterfly shirt

Green 3’s doily butterfly shirt- 100% original artwork and completely hand-drawn. Can you believe that!?

“I’d love to see some original artwork!”

That is awesome! You definitely picked the right option, because all of our artwork is 100% original and hand-drawn. Read more about our in-house artist, who draws all of green 3 founder Sandy’s ideas!

“I love your t-shirts. Can I have leggings and jeans to match them with?”

We love our tees, too! Because of all that love, we are in the process of adding leggings into our spring 2016 line! 100% organic material jeans are a little trickier. Jeans require a lot of labor, and that can drive up the cost, making it not affordable for you. Jeans aren’t in our big ideas for now, but we will keep it mind.

“Oh! How about mismatching socks!?”

Oh my gosh, those are so fun! We would absolutely love to make some for you, but we don’t have the required machinery for such fine knits. We do recommend Solmate Socks though- made in the U.S. and recycled cotton!

“I love wool. Can you use that?”

TBT: Our first shirt!

Our peaceful shirt that we have hopes to bring back! Simple, cute, peaceful.

Wool is available to us, but it is also way more expensive than cotton, especially when we value organic materials. With the use of all wool, it would drive up the cost, and we’d hate to see you miss out on garments because of the cost.

“I love all things peaceful. When are peace signs coming back!?”

Did you know our first shirt made for green 3 was called “peaceful”? We are looking into bringing it back! You can read about the story of it here.

“I’d love to see dresses I could wear to work!”

At green 3, we focus on garments that are easily worn with jeans, so we understand where you’re coming from. We are adding some new dresses into our spring 2016 line, but if that isn’t quite what you’re looking for, we recommend Fair Indigo.

“Go USA! How about some Americana stuff?”

Lucky for you, we do have some Americana garments! You can find these awesome USA made and USA proud green 3 products here!

Our crew sweater found in the Americana line. Find it throughout the U.S. and online.

Our crew sweater found in the Americana line. Find it throughout the U.S. and online.

We at green 3 want to thank all of you for taking our survey! We appreciate customer feedback and we love to know what your ideas are so we can cater to what makes you happy. We will be sending out the $10 coupons next week! If you have any other suggestions, do not hesitate to make comments by contacting us.

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Buyable Pins on Pinterest

With ever-changing technology, green 3 does its best to keep up with new trends, tricks and trades for our business. Pinterest, an online website that allows users to create boards that tailor to their future homes and future projects, similar to a scrapbook, announced that it will allow users to purchase certain pins within the mobile app.

Shopping made easier with the blue Buy It button.

Shopping made easier with the blue Buy It button. Now, imagine green 3’s garments on that screen!

To green 3, this is pretty big news because it can become another platform where you, as our customers, can pin garments to your boards or purchase them right on the spot!

We love that this makes it easier for us to serve a certain crowd of customers. We did some research for everyone so that you will know what to expect if green 3 does sell on Pinterest:

  • If you use Pinterest now and have pinned some stuff from green 3 or other shopping destinations you love, you may have noticed it’s hard to get to the buying screen. You have to click on the pin to open the website page and go from there. Now, with these pins, you can click on the blue “Buy” button. It’s that easy!
  • Pinterest makes it easier to buy as it secures your information for easier shopping. That means you don’t have to repeatedly enter numbers every time you want to buy something!
  • Shipping is made easier, as we control it, not Pinterest. Plus, you won’t have to pay any additional fees to Pinterest!
  • Any profits made on the sale go right to us, not big-named corporations or companies.
  • Shopping is made easier as you can select what the item is you’re looking for, the size, the color and even the price you want to spend on it.

If you’re an avid online shopper, this may be the next big thing for you!

Right now, green 3 does not have the option for the blue “Buy It” button, but perhaps in the future we will. Would you shop through green 3 through Pinterest? Let us know your thoughts!

In the mean time, you can create your own “green 3 scrapbook” by clicking here.

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USA Made and USA Bound

Green 3 distributes to many different stores across the nation, ranging in variety of the type of store. We have sold to gift shops in children’s hospitals and universities, small shops, large retailers and more. From the desk of Green 3, we are giving you a sneak peek into a few different shops, reminding you that we keep Wisconsin forever in our hearts, but are always willing to share the love.

Get active with this bicycle t-shirt!

Get active with this bicycle t-shirt!

Acacia:

Acacia is a catalog-based retailer specializing in comfortable and stylish clothing, active-wear and accessories. They focus on products that advocate for a healthy, joyful lifestyle. Their company is based in Stillwater, Minn.

Boo Radley’s:

A retail shop dedicated to the life of To Kill a Mockingbird‘s character, Boo Radley, who collected odds and ends. The shop, located in Spokane, Wash., does just that- they sell items that range from toys to fun shirts, like those from Green 3!

Brookfield Zoo:

Taking your family to the zoo in Chicago anytime soon? Look for Green 3 apparel! Found in gift shops across the park, Green 3 has multiple options for clothing, hand warmers, boot cuffs and even junior throw blankets with animals on them!

Charity USA:

Charity USA helps animals, people and causes in need by donating some of their proceeds to a range of charities throughout the United States. For example, Charity USA works closely with The Breast Cancer Site, The Veterans Site, The Autism Site, The Ecology Fund, Creative Kid Stuff and many more! This charitable organization is located in Seattle, Wash.

Our crew sweater found in the Americana line. Find it throughout the U.S. and online.

Our crew sweater found in the Americana line. Find it throughout the U.S. and online.

Disney:

Green 3 is partnered with Disney’s Epcot park in Orlando, Fla., which hosts all countries from around the world that guests can “visit.” Green 3 proudly sells our Americana line with Disney, as well as some Canadian garments also! See our Americana line here.

EcoManiacs:

Now known as Green It Up! Gift Shop, this retail store specializes in environmentally and socially conscious items, such as toys, apparel, books, games and more. This shop is located in La Grange, Ill. and is certified by the Illinois  Green Business Association.

Fair Indigo:

Fair Indigo is another catalog retailer that works with fair trade and organic clothing, along with USA made gifts and accessories. Their mantra is working with those who provide fair wages, clean work environments and have a mutual respect for Mother Earth. This fair trade company works in the heart of Wisconsin- Madison.

Book lovers unite with Green 3's large blanket.

Book lovers unite with Green 3’s large blanket.

Norton’s USA:

American-made products is what this company, located in Barrington, Ill., focuses on. Norton’s USA has a little bit of everything you are looking for, such as clothing, toys, books, kitchen and housewares, garden supplies and more, all made within our home nation!

Smithsonian Museum:

That’s right! You can even find Green 3 at the largest museum institution in the nation, comprised of 19 museums and galleries, and a National Zoological Park. Find us in gift shops in the D.C metro area and in New York City!

These companies are just a few that Green 3 proudly distributes to. Green 3 is devoted to spreading the love on USA made, 100% recycled and organic materials. If you’re interested in having Green 3 a part of your shop, look here and email us!

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