For my sins, it is too easy to get me to volunteer; I take up an activity to fill some of my spare time and, the next moment, I find myself on the organizing committee – my spare time is certainly full! Since I enjoy drinking a beer in good company, I make a point of regularly frequenting a pleasant bar within walking distance of home. The bar’s location is near a bowling alley so, when the guys said “let’s form a bowling team”, I was all for it; and, guess who is organizing it? It’s me of course!
We Must Have A Team Shirt
Once I had checked out the leagues and playing times, I thought that we were ready to go. Wrong! – “we need a team shirt” my friends cried. I located a T-shirt shop and went in to get some; the sales assistant was most helpful and we soon had some great ideas. That is until they dropped the bombshell; the price is only $25 a shirt they said (higher than I had hoped but not too bad). Then came the real shocker – “minimum order is 25 per size”; there’s only 4 of us and a couple of hangers on and we are all different sizes; so, “this bird aint going to fly!”
Fortunately, the sales assistant was sympathetic and suggested that I try Iron On T Shirt Transfers where I could buy 6 plain T-shirts and then make my own team designs on the computer at home. I could then use my computer’s printer to print out the design onto special transfer paper. After that, all I had to do was use my wife’s clothes iron to transfer the design onto the T-shirts. Simple, inexpensive and quick – and it was; the result looked a little amateurish but that only added to its homespun charm.
Short Term Saving : Long Term Disappointment
Our opening appearance was fantastic, not only did we hit a winning streak but our opponents were full of praise for our team “uniforms”. But, next week; disaster – our uniform’s design was starting to fade and even peel off in places (our opponent’s sniggers put us right off our game).
The opposition captain took me aside afterwards and informed me that Iron On T Shirt Transfers may be the cheapest way to go but don’t expect long life results. Better to invest a couple of hundred bucks in a heat transfer press and buy readymade screen printed transfers. He even said you can then do transfer work for others – he’s now working on our teams new shirts.