Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Skinny on Price Tags

I think it's safe to assume we all love pretty packaging. I mean who doesn't? As vintage dealers we spend a lot of time creating visually appealing booth spaces. So why not go the extra mile and add a unique tag that compliments your design style.  

We recently hosted a thread on our Facebook page and asked dealers to share their price tags with everyone. We had a great response and found out a lot of folks create their price tags. There are a couple of ways of doing this. 

Handmade With Professional Printing

Some dealers are using at home software programs like Photoshop, PaintShop Pro etc. They generate a design on the computer and then print them at home or have them professionally printed. If you don't have of these programs readily available, you can find free editing software online. Here are a few popular ones: Pixlr, BeFunky, or Pic Monkey

Once you have created your image, you can then upload the the design to professional printing companies like  VistaPrint, Overnight Prints, and Printrunner and they do the rest for you. These programs are very user friendly and they also offer their own editing program which means you can  use one of their premade templates, or make your own design. 

Not design savvy? No worries! You can also enlist the help of a Graphic Designer. Etsy has a plethora of skilled designers. Just do a search for price tags and you will find all kinds of designs. If you don't see anything you like you can also do a search for custom designs and have a graphic designer create sometime unique for you. I am a self taught graphic designer and one occasion I have created Facebook banners, Business Cards and price tags for other dealers. This is another creative outlet for me and when time allows I really enjoying creating new designs. 

Traci Bonacorsi Johnson ordered these burlap inspired tags from Etsy. 

Here are some samples from our readers: 

Rebecca Weber from Lola Made shared these tags: 

I design my own price tags and business cards and send the files to a print shop in south Florida. $44 for 1000 cards. $22 for 250 biz cards...including shipping.

Crissy Kenny Sayers from Bird's Nest share these cuties and she has them printed at PrintRunner.com 

Cay Donner Miller from Cay's Place shared these cute tags. 

Customized online on 'build a sign' .have used vista print also. Just ordered more!
Center part is for description of item. And I put the heart where I am going to punch my hole, so when I'm in a hurry I get in the right spot! I just punch out the heart!

Laura Conwell Reynolds of Sweet Sassafras shared these sweet tags.

I did mine through Vistaprint. 2 sided business cards. Some full size and some I cut in half to make two smaller tags.

Liza Ferrer from The Hidden Penny shared her sweet tags and matching sign. 

I get my tags/business cards from Vista Print. Very affordable and I customize so they come pre-printed with vendor number on the back. I include short product description and sales price use raffia to tie tags on merchandise. I even had a sign made to match the cards which is displayed in the booth. Easy and affordable with very little effort. You can't go wrong with Vista Print.

Debra Nesbit has her daughter design her tags and then she has them printed at Vistaprint. She added a personal touch to her tags by including a pic of an adorable poodle. 


Of course, if you don't to be all fancy schmancy you can always create sometime handmade. The possibilities are endless. Just stroll through the paper aisles at Hobby Lobby or Michael's crafts and you will just be overwhelmed with all the materials and supplies available. 

Nolan Reynolds shared her handmade tags.

Ivory cards took, printed on B&W laser printer, cut by hand with a small paper cutter. Logo is simple with two distinct fonts and a clip art flower. Labels are address labels and printed also. Our store pulls vendor tags at time of sale and returns them to us monthly with our checks, so it doesn't make sense for us to order them like business cards. We leave cards out for customers in our booth, though. The larger folded tags are for vintage action figures and small items that go into small zip lock style baggies and hang on pegboard.

Here are some cute tags I found while perusing the web. 

Love the coffee stained tags by: Todo Papel via Etsy

Heart Tags by: Saddle Hill Studios

These are some tags I used a while back. I just whipped these up on the computer using some cute graphics I found. All you have to do is print off the page, cut, hole punch and thread. These are super cute if you print them on brown kraft paper. 

Over the last few years we have shared printable tags here on the blog. Here are some back links to those tags for anyone that would like to use them.

Tags 1

Tags 2 
Tags 3

Other suggestions from our readers:

Barbara Condon Nesmith:  I just buy the index cards that come in colors-i cut them in 3 so i end up with 300 tags-costs 1.06 for all of them-then punch hole and use curling ribbon for the strings-i usually find the ribbon cheap at Goodwill every now and then-i make them when i am watching TV-i know it takes more time to make them but it is cheaper then buying them already done.

Jennifer Steele Williams: I used pages from a vintage children's book. (One that was damaged) I have also used playing cards,Monopoly money, and cards from board games.

Thanks to everyone that posted pics of their tags. We really appreciate it. We hope you enjoyed this blog post. 


RedGeranium said...

THANK YOU for this! I purchase pre-made brown kraft paper tags from Hobby Lobby and handwrite everything which is fast and fine - and fairly cheap - but I saved some of your tag templates and have gotten some great ideas! I appreciate you sharing all of your knowledge and creativity from others!

Janetgia said...

I love all these ideas. I think the most important aspect of price tags, though, is making them READABLE. This is critical for customers as it affects their very decision-making. It's also critical if your mall has a centralized checkout station where busy CSR's have to ring up your sales. Make sure your vendor number, item number, booth number, price, and description are readable, regardless of whether you have pretty tags or plain ones.