Are they called Thunderstix or Thundersticks or Bam Bams?


So you might first ask, “What are thundersticks?”  Thundersticks are inflatable sticks made of vinyl that you bang together to make noise and help cheer on your favorite sporting team.  They are sometimes called thunderstix or bam bams or thunder sticks or bang sticks.  While the names may be different, they all serve the same purpose:  to make loud noises.  Just like there are different brands of tissues such as Kleenex or Puffs, most people call them Kleenex regardless of the brand.  The same goes for Thundersticks.  There are many different brands with different trade names, but everyone just calls them thunder sticks.  There are 2 major thunderstick differences to keep in mind when purchasing:

  1. Re-Usable Thundersticks - My favorite type are the reusable thundersticks.  The price point is great and these noisemakers have a valve just like a beach ball or a pool raft that you blow up and cap.  When you are finished using these, you simply deflate, fold them up and store them for the next big game or event.  The re-usable type are made of vinyl (just like a beach ball) and are thicker than the one time use thunderstix.  Since the material is thicker, the noise from the bang has a lower pitch sound.
  2. One Time Use Thundersticks - These as the name indicates mean that you can use them for 1 event.  Once the air starts leaking from the sticks, you can’t blow them up again because once you initally inflate them, you seal off the hole.  Most of these types are made of polythylene and are thinner walled than the re-usable thunder sticks.  Since they are made of a thinner material, the bang has a slightly higher pitched sound.  When buying large quantities, the price points do tend to be a little less per unit.  However, production time is typically longer is you want the cheaper price (sometimes up to 9 weeks).

Both types are just as loud and will get the job done.  I, personally, just find it easier to inflate the re-usable type with the valve over the one-time use ones.  Then, you can re-use them at a later time.  Your marketing dollars go a lot further with the re-usable thundersticks, too, since your logo will tend to stick around for a long time after your event.  Either way you go, these are fun spirit items and they really help the crowd get into the game, rally, or event.

These Hands Don’t Belong To A Lady

personalized-hand-lotion“These hands don’t belong to a lady…” Rhett Butler said it to Scarlett O’Hara after she had been working in the fields trying to save her beloved Tara. Well, I haven’t been working in the fields but I have been doing dishes, using hand sanitizers with alcohol, cleaning, and cold weather is coming. I looked at my hands today and realized from wrist to fingertip I looked like I am 76….I’m only 36. I need some intense hand lotion therapy. Please tell me I’m not the only one experiencing “field hand” syndrome.
I am in fact, not the only one with this problem. With the constant hand washing prescribed to ward off colds and flu everyone is in the same boat. Wouldn’t it be helpful if anywhere we went there were sample bottles of promotional hand lotion wherever there are sinks? Or when you went to a doctor’s office or local business they handed it to you with purchase? You could be that business. Useful products like custom lotions can be a very helpful advertising tool. Every time someone pulls that promotional lotion out of their purse or uses it in his/her car they see your company logo. Get some today…..I don’t want you too to suffer from “field hand” syndrome.

What Day Is It?

promotional-calendarsAs a busy Mom I sometimes don’t know what day it is. Now, I know this sounds odd but it happens. Is today Tuesday the 2nd or Tuesday the 3rd or Wednesday the 2nd? I have been known to get the day of the week correct but pair it with a completely wrong date. I have even been an entire week off on the date…I knew it was Tuesday but had Wednesday’s date with it. I have recently discovered I am not the only mom to do this. Let’s face it, you get busy and the days, weeks, months get away from you. While sitting at a ballet class a few weeks ago I was in the midst of a lively discussion about the date and all 3 mothers had 3 different answers. We all began digging through our purses but because none of us carry a check book anymore with the handy little calendar on the back, we were lost. It would have been nice to have a small calendar in a car or one of the massive purses we carry, but there just didn’t seem to be one. I for one shy away from using the calendar on my cell phone as it is too complicated to use and I lack the required PhD.
Promotional calendars are inexpensive advertising for your business that come in several different types. You can put your logo on large wall size calendars as well small stick calendars. Magnet style custom calendars are another inexpensive way to advertise your business throughout the year. The new year is not far away. It’s past time to start thinking about advertising and making 2011 the best year yet for your business.

Time is not on my side

promotional-clockIn my house there are 5 clocks in the kitchen area that I work very hard to keep at the same time, none too early, none too late. Upstairs and in virtually every other room in the house there is a disturbing lack of clocks. If I’m upstairs I never really seem to know what time it is or how long I have before school, church, work etc. I strive to be punctual but it’s very hard when you have no idea what time it is. I find myself using the kitchen as base of operations simply because I will know what time it is when I’m standing there barking orders at everyone. “It’s 7:15, and nobody has their backpacks ready.” “We only have 5 minutes before bedtime.Move it people!” I have threatened to buy 20 clocks and put a few in every room so no one can ever again say they didn’t do something because they lost track of time. Maybe you are one of these people. Maybe you have employees like this. Maybe you can’t get the time off your cell phone because you dropped it in the toilet accidentally….don’t laugh, it happens.
Solve your time problem as well as advertising your business with promotional clocks or promotional watches. Promotional clocks come with everything from laser engraving to clocks that tell you the weather plus a variety of sizes. Rest assured your employees will be on time when you give the gift of a promotional watch. You have plenty of options and price ranges to choose from so don’t waste any more time!