The season of giving is upon us and this time we are giving something that holds more value than many other gifts. Starting December 3rd we are asking green 3 employees, customers and friends to stop into the Community Blood Center and donate blood. We will be highlighted with The Community Blood Center of Oshkosh as the Business of the Week, in which we will help to spread the word within our network on the importance of donating blood.
Blood donors play a valuable and essential role in today’s health care system. Every day, hospital patients receive lifesaving blood transfusions. The blood that these patients receive is provided by volunteer blood donors.
There is no substitute for human blood. Our blood supply is a result of healthy, caring citizens voluntarily donating blood to be used by anyone who needs it.
To schedule an appointment for next week on behalf of green 3 please call 1-800-280-4102 or you can schedule online here. The Oshkosh Community Blood Center is located in the Lake Aire Center at 2211 Oregon Street in Oshkosh. If you do not live in Oshkosh, please consider giving blood in your community. By donating blood it guarantees that you will also be saving someone’s life and frankly, it doesn’t get more powerful than that.
If you’d like more information on the Business Of The Week program. please contact Lisa Koeppen at 920.422.3251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recently had the opportunity to make a special purchase of over 600 blankets from our knitter in New York. In addition to knitting for us, he knits for a variety of customers and that variety is reflected here! For instance, in the vast assortment you might find a dog kennel club logo, Betty Boop baby, the NFL logo, and even one from a company that makes yoga products. Each blanket is for sale in our store at the unbelievable price of $9.99. Original prices on these blankets were $40 to $65. A great bargain for a unique stocking stuffer or gift. Beyond offering this great deal to our loyal customers, we’ve also donated 100 of these blankets to a local abuse shelter (if you missed that post you can read it here).
We also have sweaters from the same knitter in an equally diverse range of designs, on sale for $9.99. Stop in the store to start your treasure hunt now. Store hours are Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Black Friday. Black Friday. Black Friday. It seems to come barreling at us full speed, while threatening the Christmas spirit. Many of us are barely able to get through Thanksgiving without its looming mention. Yes, it’s a great way to drive business for those big name stores who can offer deep discounts, but this year we get to be part of a day with a much, less threatening title. Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday. Doesn’t it sound sweet and soft and inviting? Doesn’t it just make you want to run to all those quaint and welcoming shops in town?
Use your American Express Credit Card at any of the qualifying small businesses (we’re one of them!) and receive a $25 rebate from American Express. You can enroll your card here and check out the list of businesses that are participating in your town.
Enjoy your shopping weekend and make sure to stop in to support local and small business on Saturday, November 24th. We promise a more personal experience and snacks too.
This week, we hosted a private shopping event for a women’s charitable giving group, the G.E.M.S., short for Giving Empowers My Sisters. This group of women meets once a month to discuss some of the needs within the Oshkosh community. SInce the birth of their group, they have been able to impact many non-profits with their donations of time and money. The G.E.M.S hold a special spot in their hearts for women and children and for families who are seeking shelter from violent situations.
G.E.M.S. – Giving Empowers My Sisters
The Christine Ann Abuse Shelter of Oshkosh is the local resource for victims of abuse. They provide services and shelter to many families throughout the year. Blankets were identified as a shelter need, so during our event, with every $25 purchase we promised to donate a blanket. We are beyond thrilled to be sending 100 blankets over to the shelter!
It is moments like these, when community members come together for a purpose, that inspires us to keep moving in a direction that enables us to give back to the Oshkosh community. Thank you GEMS for your commitment to helping women and children in our community and thank you Christine Ann for offering a safe place for those impacted by domestic violence.
Our store was buzzing with business this past Saturday. In conjunction with the Carl Traeger Craft Sale we held our first fabric sale. In early 2012, we purchased fabric from a high-end women’s apparel company that had previously gone out of business (check out the full story here). We’ve been able to incorporate many of these fabrics into our spring and fall lines, but have also been left with many remnant roles that we hate to see go to waste.
It’s worth noting that along with the fabric we are selling zippers that we are unable to use as well. Zippers of almost every color are available for a mere $.50. If you stop in during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm) you can still purchase either of these items.
Recently, we partnered with the Oakwood Elementary School community on a Holiday sweater drive. Green 3 is purchasing all of the sweaters Oakwood collected, with 100% of the proceeds going directly back to the Oakwood PTO. As you most likely know, Green 3 will take those sweaters and turn them into scarves, hand warmers and even skirts. What you may not know is that Oakwood is the environmental education charter school in our city, making their school a perfect fit for this type of initiative.
After the sweater drive wraps up we are inviting the Oakwood families to our company store for a special event. We want to show them how are sweaters are made and what our company is about. We love our community and are always looking for ways to connect our mission with others. If you or someone you know would be interested in a similar event please contact Carla@green3apparel.com.
The story begins before our retail store opened, at a time when we didn’t have an outlet for items that were irregular, damaged or defective. They just sat in boxes. Like all clothing manufactures, there is a percentage of inventory that has some sort of imperfection, which would then normally become waste product. Sandy and Jim began talking about how to reduce this product waste. It’s because of this, that our double-up tees were born.
At this point, there was an emerging trend within the mens wear market, of wearing a short sleeve polo shirt over a long sleeve t-shirt. With Jim’s background in the children’s apparel market he had seen this type of shirt and it was very common. An inset sleeve sewn in, to have the appearance of a layered look. Sandy and Jim decided to try it out as a new line item. We then cut the sleeves off of the damaged and defective tees and sewed them into our short sleeve t-shirts. We did it and the response was unbelievably strong. There was really nobody doing it in our market place and what began as a way to utilize waste, turned into a signature item for us.
We continue to use our damaged and defective product when possible. We use the sleeves or we will cut up the t-shirts and sew them into new sleeves. However, because demand is so great we actually now have to manufacture the sleeve detail from scratch, along with using our irregular waste product. As we prepare for our spring 2013 line, we will be featuring a new item that will again achieve the layered look without the layers. This time it will be a plunging v-neck with an inset contrast color and we can’t wait to show you! Every garment tells a story and that is the story of our double-up tees.
Not the safety pin but the ever addicting Pinterest pin! You may or may not know this, but you can now follow us on Pinterest! We are so excited to be able to share our board images with you. We will pin images that green 3 finds inspiring, green products we love, fun and creative ideas for our company store, organic garden recipes and of course some product from our line. Today I’ve chosen a few images from our boards to share with you and hopefully, if you like what you see, you’ll click on over to Pinterest and follow us!
My favorite image from this selection is the image of our employee’s foot, seriously! You just HAVE to have cool toes to run a green 3 sewing machine! What’s your favorite image?
Have you ever been so excited and passionate about something that you want to invite over everyone you know and tell them all about it? Well, today, that’s exactly what we’d like to do. If you haven’t had the chance to visit us in Oshkosh, WI, we’d like to invite you to take a walk with us through our facility to see and learn a little bit more about green3.