The Bling Blog http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog We ♥ creating crystal & rhinestone sparkle! Fri, 05 Oct 2018 20:19:24 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.3 In the PROMO BIZ? If You Want Customers (& Money) READ THIS! http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/10/promo-biz-if-you-want-customers-money-read-this/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/10/promo-biz-if-you-want-customers-money-read-this/#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2018 19:54:36 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3983 Continue reading ]]> You need new customers. Revenue goals need to be met, you need to grow your business–you’d like more money.

It’s never easy. Potential customers and clients are busy and you’ve got very little time to get their attention, plus, they need to like and trust you if they’re going to buy from you.

We all know this and it can be draining. You can do a TON of work and still not know whether they’ll ever buy. A lot of customers can’t decide and end up doing nothing after you’ve spent time meeting with them, making follow up calls/emails (which sometimes seem endless, because you want to help them).

What’s the easier way? Instead of spending a lot of time finding new buyers, make better use of your time selling new items to people who already buy from you. Hey, you’ve already done the work – they like and trust you, they’re buying from you. Leverage that relationship, get them excited about something new. It shows them that you’re on the ball and you’ll make new sales.

How? If you’re an ASI or PPAI/Sage distributor, you’re probably selling custom apparel a lot (apparel is the largest category of promo products sales), but you’re selling what people already know (screenprinting/embroidery). Nothing new there. You’ll only sell so much of it to customer X this year. Then you have to wait till next year.

What can you sell that’s new? Bling…that’s what. It’s a stand out visual that goes to the heart of our industry…to promote. If you want to punch up a logo or any design, nothing does it like bling. Sure, it’s almost entirely for women, but it’s the kind of look women love, women notice and talk about. And since women make up the majority of decision makers, all the more reason to offer something you know they’ll love.

Bling gets re-ordered and generates referrals.

As for the target market, anywhere you have a group of women you have an audience for bling.

One of our largest jobs ever was for an industrial well pump company. We’ve also done work for oil/energy companies, heavy industry, landscaping, banking, mortgage/realty businesses, cruise lines and even military / law enforcement. It’s a wide open market.

If you’re not sure how to sell it, let it sell itself (like the old Honda car commercial). For $5, we’ll provide you a decorated bling shirt with a look that’s sure to impress. Take it on sales calls, show it around….watch what happens.

Email us: info@sparkle-plenty.com / call us: 215-389-1877.

As Nike says, JUST DO IT.

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Dazzling Designs Passed the Torch http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/09/dazzling-designs-passed-the-torch/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/09/dazzling-designs-passed-the-torch/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:12:31 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3967 Continue reading ]]> Recently, a competitor of ours, Dazzling Designs Inc., a full service bling apparel decorator in Vancouver, WA, went into the sunset after a long, sparkling run of making the world a prettier, happier place (bling = shiny, happy people and they made a lot of people happy).

Angela and Julie, co-owners of Dazzling, didn’t want to leave their customers stuck in a blah, bling-less hell, so they kindly began referring their peeps to us, making sure there was no confusion about where to go to get what they needed.

We’ve been on the case, handling re-orders and new ones as well, making sure your bling is only a phone call or email away from becoming the visually stunning reality before your eyes.

If you worked with Dazzling in the past, or recently found out about them (searching for a great company, only to realize they’re no longer in business), know that they were confident in us to take the reins and make the quality rhinestone apparel you expect.

We’re a family biz, always available by phone or email to answer your questions, and like Dazzling, we make the bling you want, the way you want it!! Just ask for Andrew.

P.S. You never have to deal with annoying phone menus or email auto replies. When you reach out to us you’ll get a real person who’ll actually help you. Can you imagine? Call us today (215-389-1877) or email: info@sparkle-plenty.com. Please check out examples of our rhinestone and crystal work HERE.

GET STARTED.

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Blinging in Autumn 2018 http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/09/blinging-in-autumn-2018/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/09/blinging-in-autumn-2018/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:23:11 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3948 Continue reading ]]> SUMMER may be over for 2018 (yes, it went fast, right?) but we’ll help you keep the sunny AUTUMN season sparkling!
Whether you’re new to bling, or you have a deep love of bling — and you just found this post — you’ve come to the right place, and we’re happy you did :)

Custom rhinestone design examples

Custom rhinestone shirts & Swarovski crystal logo-wear & bling apparel is our specialty, and, our sparkle is such fabulous quality, we have to brag a bit, and let you know we’ve actually won awards for our sparkle-wear!

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCT DISTRIBUTORS: We’ll create rhinestone heat transfers, decorate your blanks or do the whole job in-house. We’re on YOUR TEAM.

Learn more and click over to our home at Sparkle Plenty Designs and/or CALL us 215.389.1877 (or email is fine too at info@sparkle-plenty.com) and let’s find talk about some BLING!

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TOUCHDOWN! ‘Tis the season for Football — and Sparkle! http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/07/football-for-love-sparkle/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/07/football-for-love-sparkle/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:21:01 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3922 Continue reading ]]> Follow my blog with Bloglovin

🏈 Football Season is just around the corner, so for those who love the game AND love sparkly things, we can create the bling you need! 💎 CUSTOM design football bling on: tees / tanks / jerseys / hoodies / hats / decals. 🏈

Quotes back to you in 1-2 days (with 10 day turn around).

See our work & request a quote HERE.

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All that glitters… http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/06/3903/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/06/3903/#comments Sat, 30 Jun 2018 18:12:20 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3903 Continue reading ]]> You may already know our name, Sparkle Plenty Designs, for creating amazing custom rhinestone designs – and, we’re not THRILLED to announce we’re offering glitter too!

Here’s a custom design we created for a customer in GOLD FLECK GLITTER, and we’ll be happy to create your design on apparel, or if you just need the heat transfers we can create those for you too! (minimums apply).

Click HERE to submit your request, and to treat your eyeballs to something pretty, be sure to take a look at our sparkling custom work HERE.

We can create bling decals, rhinestone & glitter heat transfers, finished apparel or press on your garments.

SO… what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your BLING ON!

Custom Glitter bling

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DYK: All rhinestones are not created equal http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/06/dyk-all-rhinestones-are-not-created-equal/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/06/dyk-all-rhinestones-are-not-created-equal/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:21:30 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3895 Continue reading ]]> Not to brag, but we win awards for our crystal & rhinestone apparel & accessories, and one of the main reasons is that besides LOVING SPARKLE and taking pride in our work, we’d like you to know that all rhinestones are NOT the same, and that’s why only we use PREMIUM QUALITY rhinestones you can trust for long-lasting sparkle.

When we create a bling design, it’s made with premium grade rhinestones (or Swarovski crystal if needed) which will sparkle more and last longer than generic mass market rhinestones (you won’t find any cheap plastic here). In fact, these rhinestones will last as long as the shirts they decorate and are also machine washable (turn shirt inside out; cold water wash then hang or fluff dry). Your bling will keep you looking great for as long as you wear it!

One extra step in our process is making sure all rhinestone design heat transfers are individually checked and adjusted before they’re either shipped out to our customers or heat pressed onto garments (tees, caps, totes, hoodies, etc.) to create finished decorated apparel.

Here’s the deal — with rhinestones, there are 2 primary considerations:

1. The quality of the stones

2. The quality of the application

Quite simply, these 2 things make all the difference between a high quality, durable design application and the kind of questionable design work that makes people less than trusting about working with bling (we’ve seen what happens when design work isn’t handled with care which is why we take extra steps to make the best possible product).

First off, on the issue of bling itself, “rhinestone” is something of an umbrella term, as there is no one source for rhinestones (unlike, for example, Swarovski crystal, which is the one and only). Rhinestones come in different grades and from different countries (primarily Korea and China, with Korean stones being far superior). We use AAA grade Korean stones, which are of a very high quality (very blingy) and made with excellent glue backings, to ensure they do the job (looking good and keeping themselves that way).

What sets us apart if that we have someone reviewing the backings of the stones of every design, looking for any questionable stones, and replacing them with good ones. We also re-align stones so they are positioned as they ought to be (especially important with certain shapes and text in particular…nobody wants crooked letters – eeeek!). This takes time from production but it ensures a level of quality that makes our product stand out and why we have a 5 Star ★★★★★ ASI rating.

We’ve been a SECRET SHOPPER of sparkle, we we’ve found many of these steps are not followed, and we have received apparel with missing stones, crooked pressings – basically cringe-worthy stuff, but to protect the identity of the guilty, we will not mention any names.

So, let’s see what we can do for you — we at Sparkle Plenty Designs say the proof is in the pudding (or, sparkle in our case), so please visit our work at HERE and fill out a QUOTE form if you want to see your/your clients brand, message, idea or passion come to life in awesome BLING!

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Five on Fourth & Rocky’s Sparkle Connection http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/04/five-on-fourth-rockys-sparkle-connection/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/04/five-on-fourth-rockys-sparkle-connection/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:04:18 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3864 Continue reading ]]>

After forming Sparkle Plenty Accents almost 2 decades ago — one of the first “kids on the block” to create custom rhinestone shirts and Swarovski sparkle wear — the company found new owners, a new home and a new name, Sparkle Plenty Designs. Now, more than a decade later, the masters of blingwear remain in Queen Village, and in 2014 they relocated their Sparkle HQ to The Foremost Building on historic Fourth Street. This month, Sparkle Plenty Designs marks the beginning of its fifth year in the Headhouse district, and we though it would be interesting to share a couple of fun facts (and photos) about the building where the sparkle is created for customers of all types (small business, schools, teams, spas, special events, venues, fundraisers, etc.). We hope you enjoy!

♦ This is the same building in which Sylvester Stallone filmed the famous meat-locker scene for the movie ROCKY

♦ The movie, Mannequin Two was shot her in the 1990s

♦ Actor Will Smith had offices in the building in 1988-91

The scene from years past:

And, just in case you’re not familiar about what we do: Sparkle Plenty Designs creates custom rhinestone logo-wear apparel like t-shirts, hoodies, yoga pants, caps, tote bags, decals and more. We can crystallize the look of a logo and add it to apparel for branding, staff, special promotions, local businesses, special events (birthdays/bat mitzvahs), fundraising opportunities.

Sparkle Plenty’s client list includes The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, NASA, The Ritz Carlton, THE TODAY SHOW, with the morning anchors sporting a large blinged out TODAY logo on their Olympic jackets, and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, among other publications.

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The History of Birthstones by Swarovski Crystal http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/03/crystalbirthstones/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/03/crystalbirthstones/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:22:34 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3835 Continue reading ]]>

There’s nothing new about birthstones. Historians believe that the concept dates back to the Bible’s Book of Exodus 28: 17–21, where Moses gave instructions on making a breastplate for Aaron, the high priest of the Hebrews. These included the addition of twelve precious gemstones representing the twelve sons of Jacob, after whom the tribes of Israel were named. Experts think that the time of each son’s birth influenced the stone selection.

Later, in 40 AD, the historian Titus Flavius Josephus made the connection between the twelve stones and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Each stone was said to have powers that derive from its corresponding astrological sign, giving the wearer talismanic—even therapeutic—benefits.

Fast-forward to the modern era, and research suggests that the practice of wearing a stone associated with the month of one’s birth began among the gem traders in 18th century Poland. What we recognize, today, as the birthstone list was finally set down in 1912 by the US National Association of Jewelers, and has remained unchanged ever since.

Sparkle Plenty Designs carries a beautiful assortment of genuine Swarovski crystal bracelets for most birthstones (they make fab gifts for women of all ages, and are perfect for treats for the wedding party).

Here’s a list of Zodiac signs and their respective color:

    Capricorns – Deep red Siam
    Capricorn / Siam / Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
    Aquarius / Amethyst / Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
    Pisces / Aquamarine / Feb. 19 – March 20
    Aries / Crystal / March 21 – April 19
    Taurus / Emerald / April 20 – May 20
    Gemini / Light Amethyst / May 21 – June 20
    Cancer / Light Siam / June 21 – July 22
    Leo / Peridot / July 23 – August 22
    Virgo / Sapphire / August 23 – Sep. 22
    Libra / Rose / Sep. 23 – October 22
    Scorpios / Topaz / October 23 – Nov. 21
    Sagittarius / Montana / Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

    Please visit Sparkle Plenty Designs sparkling Swarovski offerings for your wrist!

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    Kerri Conner Matchett (left) and her mother Anita T. Conner (right) are looking FABULOUS wearing the shirts Sparkle Plenty Designs created for them, and they want to let you know about their wonderful cause, but first, these ladies want you to know they are both breast cancer survivors — and they’re on a mission.

    Please meet the co-founders of Praise Is The Cure and learn about their organization.

    Praise Is The Cure is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia whose mission is to eliminate breast cancer disparities among Black women by providing access to screenings & treatment; educating our community through workshops; seminars and awareness events; and providing support through the My Sister’s Keeper program.

    Please learn more by visiting: Praise Is The Cure

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    Swarovski’s New Crystal Bracelet Hues http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/02/swarovski-crystal-bracelets-new-hues-for-spring/ http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/2018/02/swarovski-crystal-bracelets-new-hues-for-spring/#comments Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:03:32 +0000 Sparkle Plenty http://site.sparkle-plenty.com/blog/?p=3775
    Pretty Peach, Peridot, Tanzanite, Turquoise, Light Rose and bright Fuchsia are just some of the pretty gem colors to get you in the mood for Spring, and we’ve added them to our Swarovski crystal bracelet line up!

    We offer Swarovski Crystal bracelets (with authenticity tags) in 4 crystal cuts: lightning (4mm), emerald (4mm), tennis (3mm), and the stunning 7mm baguette cut crystals, which sparkle like diamonds.

    Here’s what buyers are saying:

    “The quality of the Swarovski bracelets is excellent; it will not lose its luster” ~ Mauricio Rodrigues, Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL

    “I just wanted to tell you I am SO happy with all the bracelets. I want one in every color – so beautiful!” ~ D. Jonke, Parker CO

    Take a look around here, and if you see something you like, mention this post in the comments section upon check-out, we’ll give you a FREE GIFT with your order!

    Sophie approves too! :)

    crystal bracelets

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