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Customer Spotlight: Seattle Seafair Clowns

Our next customer spotlight features the Seattle Seafair Clowns who have been uplifting spirits for over 50 years. They have an established legacy of community service to visit nursing homes, hospitals, and other care centers in the Puget Sound region. They have been using buttons for years and use them at many events that they attend. 

Woody, one of the Seafair Clowns, sat down to answer some questions. 

Seattle Seafair Clowns group photo

How did you become a Seafair Clown? 

One community service turned into another. I was involved with The Multiple Sclerosis Society here in Seattle. I had signed up for MS mountain bike events to raise money for MS for several years. Eventually, I got more involved and ended up chairing the event. It was at one of the MS meetings that Patty, The President of the Washington chapter, mentioned something about “Seafair” (a summer festival in Seattle). I told her I loved Seafair and collected Seafair memorabilia, mostly buttons and pins. She told me to come into your office. Patty had a big display of Seafair Clown buttons on the wall and told me her husband was a Seafair Clown. She said that I should come out and guest clown with everyone sometime especially since they go up to New West Minster in Canada and it’s a lot of fun.  There was a reason Patty was President. She knew how to work things, and people, in a good way! “You have trucks and trailers, right?” “Maybe you could pull the Surrey up to Canada for them”.  The Surrey is a highly modified 1956 Divco milk truck. I said yes and had a great time, and I moved on from volunteering for MS and became a Seafair Clown. 

My first year as a clown I turned my Halloween costume into my “bit”. I had dressed up as Frankenstein every year- and would go out with my kids when they went trick or treating. I’m 6’1” and had custom boots made that added 6” with a couple more inches from the prosthetic head made for a pretty good visual. I added some colorful clothes and clown make-up and “Frankie” was born.  Frankie only had a one year run and after that I became “Woody” because my last name is Wood. I rotate between a “Blue Angel” and a Mariner baseball player. 

What is the history of the Seafair Clowns? 

The Seafair Clowns have been around since 1955, or maybe a little earlier. Our history is a bit foggy. We do a few things throughout the year, but for about one month every summer it is our time to shine. We do numerous community events, visit senior centers and nursing homes. We also visit special needs adults and children and do numerous parades. The biggest of all of the parades is the Seattle Torchlight Parade. Driving around the city on our way to and from events and just seeing the look on people’s faces is the best! I love being a clown as we get to see and meet so many different people. We also get to do things that the average person might not get to do. My personal favorite thing we do is visit the senior citizens. We get lots of one on one time and it feels good to hold a hand and make them smile. It’s true that you get so much more back when you give. I’m thankful for the opportunity. 

How has the pandemic affected The Seafair Clowns? 

Well, sadly it has completely shut us down. EVERYTHING we do involves large groups of people or being inside with lots of people, many who are elderly or compromised in some way. Hopefully we are back at it next year.

How do buttons tie into your group? 

Buttons are a big part of our group! Everyone is always eager to see what the new button will look like. We hand them out at events and along parade routes. Many people collect them and turn out at events just to get one. In addition to our “Seafair” button we make member buttons and special event buttons. Like I said early, I was a Seafair button collector WAY before I ever became a clown. It wasn’t long after I joined the group that I took over button duties. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! 

Seattle Seafair Clowns button image

You can find out more about the Seafair Clowns at www.seafairclowns.org. The Seafair Clowns Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit group that exists to support the Seattle Seafair Clowns community service projects including events at Ronald McDonald House, children’s hospitals, local senior centers, special person’s holiday cruise, and more. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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Happy Birthday to the Pin-back Button!

Every year when July 21st rolls around, we remember at Everyone Loves Buttons® where the pin-back button craze began. 

Pin-back Button Beginnings

While the official birthday is credited to be July 21, 1896, the history goes beyond that date. Buttons were historically used to display political affiliations. This includes George Washington in 1789 for his inauguration, and Abraham Lincoln in 1860, who had his photo on his buttons. These buttons were sewn onto clothing or worn as a pendant.

The button was then modernized by a gentleman named Benjamin S. Whitehead. He had the first patent on the transparent film you see today that protects the button from scratching. Then on July 21, 1896, Whitehead & Hoag were granted a patent for the metal pin that goes on the back of the button. Whitehead & Hoag, based out of Newark, New Jersey, was the first button maker. 

Diagram from the Pin-back Button Patent

Even in the late 1800s, buttons were seen as a way to help companies and political candidates alike, advertise. 

While the printing methods and the way of creating the buttons may be different, the original design is what is essentially used today. 

Pin-back Buttons in Advertising

While they were used as political displays, buttons made their way into pop culture at the turn of the century. In 1898, buttons were used as prizes included in tobacco and chewing gum products. This was the beginning of using buttons to bump up sales. Buttons were also used as prizes in various Kellogg’s Pep Cereal.

Buttons over the years have certainly become collectibles and are able to mark moments in time. They are able to communicate what people may have been advocating for, supporting, or just what they found cool to wear.

Our History

Our button story began in 1997 in San Diego, CA., and has grown to become one of the top custom pin-back button manufacturers in the country. In March 2005 we expanded our button manufacturing capabilities and relocated to Phoenix, AZ. In 2008 we became a Nationally Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBENC). In September of 2017, we moved into our NEW modern button facility where our legendary customer service approach and production capabilities help you get the custom button size and qty. you want when you need them, on time all the time. “American Made Matters”, so we only use quality made in USA button parts along with state-of-the-art electric button machinery which is also made in the USA.

The button is apart of American culture. Join on in by saying Happy Birthday to the button by ordering some today

Button pile showing different custom designs

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

Connect with us:

Twitter: @LuvMyButtons

Facebook: Everyone Loves Buttons

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Our Buttons are 100% American Made

There is nothing that tops American ingenuity. As our country begins to head back to work, companies of all types have been able to adjust to these trying times. It demonstrates how Americans are willing to work together to keep each other healthy and safe. This goes from mask wearing, to social distancing, and curbside pickup. No matter how hard times get, companies are able to make things work.

Now as everything starts to heading closer to what we may view as “normal” there is a private company, SpaceX, who has partnered with NASA to launch a shuttle into space. Not only is the launch based out of Florida, but it is using American equipment. It is a true example of what can happen when you put your mind to it; the American Dream is alive and well. SpaceX has taken a time that has had lower morale throughout the general population, and is working on bringing in a new era in American society.

At Everyone Loves Buttons®, we have been able to adapt to various economic realities over the years. These include the early 2000’s recession, the Great Recession in 2007, and now the effects of COVID-19. We see them as just a speed bump on our company’s journey. Luckily, we are always able to make it through and are better because of it as we have learned how to manage these circumstances over the years. No matter the situation, we always make sure that we are true to our word and that everything we sell is made here domestically in the USA.

Only American Made from Us

To us, having our products made in the USA is not just limited to manufacturing. Every single part of our process is takes place in the USA. Stop buying inferior quality buttons with parts sourced from China or Mexico. We are extremely transparent in where our parts come from because we want you to rest easy that everything is USA made.

Our button parts and machines are made and assembled in the following locations:

  • Button Printing & Assembly – Phoenix, AZ
  • Button Parts, Button Magnets, & Zipper Pulls® Versa Backs® Mfg. – Fond du Lac, WI
  • Button Machines Mfg. – Fond du Lac, WI
  • Die-Cut Magnet Printing & Assembly – San Diego, CA
Buttons with the American flag

When we go to the store we try to seek out American made products. We are happy to pay a few dollars more to be able to purchase higher quality goods. Luckily, at Everyone Loves Buttons®, you do not have to pay more for what you want. You are going to get some of the best pricing and custom buttons that you can buy. Having everything sourced in the USA allows us to easily order and receive additional parts (if needed) for orders with quick turnaround times. Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, it won’t take months to receive a simple order because your buttons don’t have to cross over the ocean to get to you. We aim to give all of our customers the best experience possible with every order. Why would you buy elsewhere when you can get your buttons fast, and with legendary customer service?

We are Open for Orders

While businesses work towards opening up, we are still practicing the current CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff, community & customers are very important to us, so we have implemented additional protocols for our office, manufacturing areas, and delivery services:

  • We are actively practicing social distancing as much as possible in our office and factory (staying 6 feet apart, and now with staggered hours to minimize contact)
  • We are cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces frequently
  • All our employees are washing their hands thoroughly with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • If an employee is not feeling well they are staying home
  • We now offer “white glove” curbside service to customers
Buttons showing social distancing phrases

Now, more than ever, we know how important it is to buy local and domestic. This includes supporting your local restaurants, grocery stores, and small businesses. The care that local owners put into their businesses is unmistakable. They express so much joy when people support their businesses, and we are happy to be able to make buttons that help them advertise their services. They directly feel the effects of any economic and social changes, just like us. We greatly appreciate that you choose us to make your custom buttons, and we will always work hard to make sure you have the best experience with your order.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

Connect with us:

Twitter: @LuvMyButtons

Facebook: Everyone Loves Buttons

Instagram: Everyone Loves Buttons

Customer Spotlight: Veterans Home of California-Yountville’s Buttons

The Veterans Home of California-Yountville (VHC-Yountville) was founded in 1884 and is located in Napa Valley, CA. They are home to the largest veterans home in the country. VHC-Yountville hosts over 1,000 disabled or aged men and women who have served on various fronts in the military. There are many resources for residents for personal care and support to ensure that the health care needs of the veterans are met.

VHC-Yountville offers many different kinds of activities for the residents regardless of the level of care needed. They have a theater, executive golf course, bowling lanes, and a resident operated television station just to mention a few of the many facilities available to residents.

Lately, VHC-Yountville has been using customized buttons in the last few weeks to highlight the message that their health care workers and residents are vitally instrumental in getting through the health crisis together. They have been able to add a little light to a situation that may feel grim at times. Everyone Loves Buttons® has found that custom buttons have morale-boosting properties. These buttons are certainly playing an important role during this health care crisis in nursing homes and other health care institutions throughout the country.

Photo of The Veterans Home of California Yountville

The most recent buttons they have requested say “You Are Important”. These buttons can give their residents more than just a smile but a feeling. Feelings can be created by just reading something positive. That is what we try to do every day at Everyone Loves Buttons®. We want to give an outlet for companies to convey feelings with others as it is especially important during a crisis to create strength together.

Institutions like VHC-Yountville are truly the backbone of our country. They allow men and women who have served our great country to be able to receive treatment and live out their days in a wonderful, supportive community. As a button provider, we are proud to be able to donate buttons to their organization and provide a morale boost during this time of uncertainty, and hope to continue making their custom buttons for years to come.

Vital businesses like VHC-Yountville have undergone such an extreme change in a short time. Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, it has been enlightening to see how and where custom buttons are now being used. We are happy to be able to make custom buttons that allow companies like VHC-Yountville to encourage safe and stronger connections between their employees and their residents.

Thank you Veterans Home of California-Yountville for allowing us to fill your button needs!

Buttons reading You are Important Veterans Home Yountville

Can I order pin-back buttons for my staff?

As a manufacturer and distributor to those industries deemed essential, like VHC-Yountville, we are continuing at full production. The scope of work ordered and produced through us includes, but is not limited to, these vital businesses:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals, Clinics, and Urgent Care Facilities
  • Medical Equipment Suppliers and Manufacturers
  • State, County, and Municipal Government Agencies
  • Food and Beverage Suppliers
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Financial Institutions, Banks, and Credit Unions
  • Agricultural Suppliers and Producers
  • Communications and IT Providers
  • Mailing and Packaging Services

We are adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols deemed necessary by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention such as social distancing, wiping down work stations often, and regular hand washing.

Social Distancing button designs

Currently, we have no in-person or on-site transactions taking place on our premises with the public. We will inform you when this policy is lifted, but for now, we are not permitting walk-in ordering or local-pickup of orders until further notice. If you are wanting to get in contact with us please send an email or call us at 623-445-9975 during regular business hours.

During this time, we are working to provide the safest possible environment for our employees and their families while we continue to serve your promotional item needs. Organizations like VHC-Yountville need to be able to get out morale-boosting buttons to their workers because attitudes can change everything. We are also currently producing buttons for those that want to focus on topics like hand washing and social distancing. If you would like a sample or digital example, send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com or give us a call at 623-445-9975.

What can I use buttons for during COVID-19?

At this time buttons can be used to give messages to your customers, residents, or employees. These can range from moral boosting slogans like VHC-Yountville’s buttons to reminding others to stay six feet away from each other. For retailers and restaurants, buttons can also be used to display your current promotions from a safe distance. That way, your message can be seen on many different fronts when your employees safely interact with your customers.

Do you only make pin-back buttons?

While pin-back buttons are our specialty, we also offer other wearable options including clothing magnet buttons and bulldog clip buttons. We also have non-traditional options that include Zipper Pulls® and fridge magnets. Promotional items do not just have to be limited to an individual wearing it, you can show it off in creative ways too!

Different types of button backings, showing an American flag design

How many buttons should I order?

It truly does depend on the use. If the button is going to be used for your employees, order just over the number of employees you have. That way, if a button gets lost it can be replaced and your employees do not have to share with each other. If you are giving buttons out to others, use your discretion on how many people will take and wear the buttons.

How long will it take to get my order?

We still are maintaining a full staff during this time and we will be able to produce and ship your orders like normal. Depending on the size of the order, we offer a FAST-TRACK 1- 4 business day production time for custom button orders needing quick turnaround times.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

Connect with us:

Twitter: @LuvMyButtons

Facebook: Everyone Loves Buttons

Instagram: Everyone Loves Buttons

Submitting a Custom Button Quote

The process of creating buttons is a very creative affair, with almost limitless possibilities. Our orders often begin with a custom button quote, which are essential for helping our customers know what we offer them for their custom button orders.

Our website, CustomButtons.com, makes it especially easy to order your custom pin-back buttons online. We take pride in our website and how fast and easy this process is for our customers!

There are two options for ordering custom buttons online:

  • Directly order from our website if you have your artwork ready and know exactly what buttons you want to order. The direct order option can provide the price per button, along with shipping costs and your total order cost. This is a good option for orders under 15,000 pieces. If you have a quantity over 15,000 please give us a call for pricing.
  • Submit a FREE quote online and our customer service representatives will provide you personal step-by-step service. They will be able to help you with every part of the button ordering process, especially if your order includes multiple designs and backings.

Quotes are the perfect choice if you are looking for pricing for our various products but are not ready to place your order immediately. We currently offer 21 different sizes of buttons and 14 different types of backings. That’s 294 options to choose from! It may seem overwhelming to have that many available options, and our legendary button specialists will provide you with a free and detailed button consultation to ensure we meet all your custom button needs. There is no button order that is too big, too small, or too extensive for our button team!

How do I submit a custom button quote?

There are three main steps to submitting your free online quote:

Step 1

This section is about your custom button specifications. Choose the button size, quantity, and backing type you would like pricing for, and upload an art file if available.

Uploading an artwork file can help us determine the best button fit for your needs, and answer any artwork questions you might have. We have talented in-house graphic designers that can make your vision a reality if you do not have a design ready for your buttons.

You may add as many products as you would like with the “+ Add Another Product” button. There is no limit on how many products you can receive a quote for, giving you the freedom to get pricing for all your buttons in one quote!

Step 2

The calendar on the far left allows you to select the date you need your buttons delivered by. We aim to always have your buttons delivered on time for your organization or event. We can provide same-day (quantity of up to 2500) and 1-3 day fast track service along with a guaranteed delivery date.

The next option asks how you heard about us. This information helps us find out how we can reach more people who love and need custom buttons!

If you are requesting a quote with an ASI/SAGE number, or if you plan on ordering buttons for resale, the next section is where you would indicate that. It is important to note you are going to use this order for resale so we can meet your specific needs, especially if additions like barcodes are needed on your custom buttons.

The final box in this section is for additional questions, comments or special instructions that you may have. This is so you can bring attention to any custom options that you may need for your buttons, and any special requests you need pricing for.

Step 3

This is the last step of the online quote process. Your shipping information is very important for us to be able to calculate how quickly we will be able to have your order delivered, and any additional costs for expedited delivery dates. Be sure to also provide a phone number and email address so we can contact you about your button order pricing!

We ask for detailed information in the online quote form because we want to be able to provide you the best service possible. The more information we have about your potential custom button order, the more accurate your quoted price will be.

We have made the quote process seamless and easy for everyone. This is because we want the process to be easy and simple for everyone involved. And best of all, receiving a quote is FREE. We never charge for order quotes because we want to help make sure you order the custom buttons perfect for your needs.

What if I want to place an order with a custom button quote?

After you confirm you would like to proceed with a quoted price, and you provide us your billing information, we will send you a digital proof for you to review. Our quoted price includes all design and production fees, meaning you can revise your design as much as needed before we make your buttons. Once a final design is approved, we send your buttons to production.

Our production time does not begin until after the final proof approval. It typically takes five business days after proof approval for our standard production times. For orders with over 10,000 buttons, please give us a call for production schedule and pricing.

You are not limited to just an online quote if you want to speak to someone over the phone. Just give us a call during regular business hours 623-445-9975 and one of our representatives will help you with your order.

Why are these custom button quotes hassle-free?

We provide hassle-free quotes because we do not want you to stress about getting custom buttons made, especially if you are on a tight deadline. We want to provide a streamlined service to you so you can focus on your projects and not have to worry about your buttons!

What is the benefit of requesting a quote?

Since we have so many different button sizes and backing types available, we want to be able to provide accurate pricing for your potential button order. We do not want to provide general price ranges, and we pride ourselves in giving complete and exact pricing with every quote. Our quotes are a great tool to assess which product and services you would like to use for your button order.

We want to “Make you Look Good” and will give you the best options possible for all your custom button needs. So why not put in a quote? Not only is it FREE, but it also comes with the best service available.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

Connect with us:

Twitter: @LuvMyButtons

Facebook: Everyone Loves Buttons

Instagram: Everyone Loves Buttons

Button Packs to Promote Your Business

One of the best parts of being in the button business is seeing people’s creative ideas come to life. Recently, we have seen an influx of beautifully designed button packs being ordered from our clients. These are a great way for companies to market themselves during special events. The button packs include a customized button (or buttons) with a custom backer card. These backer cards can be embellished with logos, sayings, or even promotional discounts.

Aside from the marketing aspect, button packs can provide consumers with an experience by telling stories with visuals. By using button packs to tell your company’s narrative, it will attract your customer’s attention and give focus to your current offerings.

Button packs are also a great tool for promoting your upcoming events and productions, and make great keepsakes for your customers. Each button becomes a collectable item for your customers to show off by pinning to their jackets, backpacks, hats, and more to express their support for your events. The Broadway Musical Sing Street used their button packs to provide merchandise for their fans, and to show them how they can connect via social media to encourage continued engagement with their fans.

Button pack for Sing Street

Not only are button packs great commemorative items for events, but button packs are great for companies with upcoming promotions. Bijou Basin Ranch, a yak fiber and yarn company, made excellent use of their button packs. This specific button pack had a backer card that informed the holder that they would get 25% off at the trunk show that was at a later date. However, the individual would have to wear the button at the event to get the discount. It was a great promotion to put the brand in the mind of the consumer; especially since there was an event was coming up where the company would be and the customer may attend. 

Button packs for Bijou Basin

These custom buttons had several positive effects for Bijou Basin Ranch. They were able to receive free advertising through their fans wearing the button around the event, and letting others know about the brand and promotion when asked by curious observers. This would let other fans of the company know they are in attendance at the event, and promotes brand discovery by others who might otherwise not find out about their company. The button also incentivizes the individual by giving them a discount in return for wearing the button. The customer may not have thought about using the Bijou Basin Ranch’s fiber or yarn before receiving the button pack. However, now since they are receiving the discount, they may opt to use it instead of other companies. 

Button packs are the future of experiential marketing for promotional products. It allows the consumer to experience your brand identity in a new and novel way. These products tell a story and we want to help you do that! Button packs are extremely customizable, offering nearly limitless possibilities to suit your company’s needs.

How many buttons can you have on a pack? 

This depends on the size of card and buttons that you would like to use for your button pack. We offer completely customizable button packs to meet your needs, and can make the arrangement and configuration work with almost any size and quantity. If you have an idea for a button pack, we will work hard to make it happen! 

Is there a limit on the size of the card and buttons? 

When you choose us to make your custom button pack, you can customize it any way you want. We give you the ability to use customized and non-standard sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your project. Not sure what size card you need for your buttons? Contact our team and we will work hard to find the perfect size for your button packs.

Is there a color limit for button packs? 

Unlike other companies, we don’t charge extra for using multiple colors for your buttons or backer cards! Use as many colors as your heart desires to make your button packs truly stand out. Plus, we give you the option to print on both sides of the backer card, providing more space to show off your logos and message.

Button packs showing different button quantities and layouts

What are these button packs made from? 

Our custom buttons are always made with durable steel and mylar parts, and each backer card is printed with our high quality CMYK inks on thick cover paper. All of our products are 100% made in the USA and are sure to get your customer’s attention! Don’t be fooled by other companies offering inferior button packs, trust Everyone Loves Buttons Inc.®

Why choose Everyone Loves Buttons® for your button packs? 

  • Our custom buttons are topped with the highest quality, and most durable, mylar finish available.
  • We use top quality CMYK inks for our 4-color printing process, providing you with vibrant button packs that are sure to stand out.
  • No order is too small or too large! From 1 to 1 million, we make orders of all quantities. We produce over 5 million buttons per year, and work hard to meet all your deadlines and be “on-time, all the time”.
  • We use 100% made in the USA 2-piece button button parts and machinery. Our buttons and backer cards are printed, produced, and assembled in Phoenix, AZ. 
  • Fastest turnaround time in the industry! Standard button production time of 6 days, with Fast-Track 1-3 day service and same-day shipping available.
  • Our talented graphics team will make sure your order comes out perfectly every time! Artwork proof provided with every order to make sure your order is perfect before it’s sent to production. 

Button packs are by far one of the most unique ways to show off your business, and have been used for giveaways, trainings, and for-purchase products at events. The backing card provides customized packaging for your buttons and works to make the product look more attractive and valuable overall. Compared to loose giveaway buttons, our button packs provide a more cohesive unit for your customers, and are better able to catch their attention with more space for your branding, promotions, and message.

At the end of the day, it is all about trying to capture the attention of your target market and telling them what they need to know about your brand. These button packs are a wonderful and truly unique asset to add to your marketing materials.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery.

As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

Connect with us:

Twitter: @LuvMyButtons

Facebook: Everyone Loves Buttons

Instagram: Everyone Loves Buttons

An Update Regarding COVID-19

We want to assure you that we are taking the health and well-being of our staff, customers, and community very seriously during this time. Like you, we are closely monitoring the rapidly developing news and effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

At this time, our office will continue to remain open during our normal business hours (Monday Friday 7:30am-5pm Arizona Time) to fulfill all of your custom button needs.

We have implemented additional cleaning protocols in our office to help protect our staff and ensure their safety, including:

  • Practicing social distancing both in our office and at home to help stop the spread of this virus
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces frequently, and being mindful of the surfaces we interact with
  • Washing hands frequently and thoroughly with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Having employees that feel unwell stay at home to prevent any spread of illness

We encourage all of our customers to also follow these tips to help keep yourselves and your community healthy, and to check the CDC website for more information regarding COVID-19 and what to do to help stop the spread of the virus.

Everyone Loves Buttons® is a Woman Owned business certified by the WBENC, and we always appreciate your custom button orders.

To thank you for your continued support, we would like to offer you a 15% discount with code “ThankYou” valid today through April 30, 2020 for custom button orders up to 2,500 qty ordered through our website www.custombuttons.com. This code is good for orders placed through April 30, 2020, and delivery dates can be selected any time within the 2020 calendar year.

When placing your online order, we let you pick the date you would like your buttons delivered on. Whether you need your buttons next week or next month, we have you covered! Delivery dates after April 30, 2020 can be selected for your custom button order, and the discount code ThankYou can be used as long as the order is placed before April 30, 2020.

Not sure how to place an order online?

Click here to check out our helpful blog post for a tutorial and tips for placing your online custom button order.

Remember, we are all in this together.

We will continue to monitor the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation, and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies so we can continue to support our staff, customers, and communities.

For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep yourself and your community safe visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov, or your local health department’s website.

Questions about custom buttons?

If you have any questions about your custom button order, or the ordering process, you can give us a call at 623-445-9975 or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during our business hours. We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery. As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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Using Buttons For Social Distancing

One thing that we have learned so far from 2020 is the importance of taking care of ourselves and those around us. Not only mentally, but physically when it comes to taking health precautions. As a company, we have made it a priority to ensure that our employees are up to date on hand washing procedures, refrain from touching their face, and do not come to work if they are sick.

We encourage all of our customers to be safe, and our pin-back buttons can help remind others about practicing safe interactions during this time. With our buttons it is easy and quick to communicate to others that someone is avoiding direct physical contact, while avoiding awkward interactions or explanations. It will be much easier for their peers to respect their boundaries, as the visual message will be communicated even without being verbally mentioned.

Wearing a button stating that someone is practicing social distancing or not shaking hands is a clear non-verbal safeguard and is helpful when others may not necessarily want, or be able, to explain their situation. That way, there is no awkwardness and people are able to respect the personal space of others. This is not just relevant for the current pandemic of COVID-19 and the annual flu season, but also for those who may not shake hands or have other reasons for social distancing.

What is “Social Distancing”?

Social distancing is a term used to describe when an individual begins to distance themselves from social situations where groups of people may congregate. This includes activities like attending sports games, going out with friends to restaurants, or going to the movies. In our home state of Arizona there are currently recommendations to cancel or postpone mass gatherings of over 50 people, and the President of the United States has recently advised avoiding groups of over 10 people.

It is important to note that social distancing does allow for essential tasks to be made, like buying groceries or going to work. The key idea is to keep a larger than normal space between yourself and your peers when outside of your home, and then remaining inside your home as much as possible. Avoiding situations where there are a lot of people in one area can help prevent the spread of illness, as there are fewer people in one spot for an illness to infect.

This button design helps declare that you intend to practice social distancing when away from your home, and will help others quickly recognize and respect your personal space.

Why are These Buttons Important?

Although flu season occurs every year, this season there is also a COVID-19 pandemic. Since flu season is annual, individuals do not always take caution when it comes to the health and safety of others. Consumers can be proactive by wearing the “I Don’t Shake Hands” and “Social Distance” pin-back buttons during this time to help prevent close contact interaction with others. These visual indications allow for quick communication without awkward explanations, and are an ideal impulse purchase item given the current focus on personal and public health in our current society.

What Type of Wearable Backings do You Make?

Traditional Pin-Back Button

Our pin-back buttons can be attached to nearly every piece of clothing: shirts, hats, or bags. The sizes range from 7/8” all the way to 6” in various shapes like rectangles, squares, ovals, and circles. This type of button backing is considered the traditional/standard backing.

Clothing Magnets

We offer several types of clothing magnet backings for our buttons, which suit a variety of situations. The first is a small round clothing magnet for our smaller sized buttons. Although small in size, they are powerful and will definitely stay in place!

The second is a clothing bar magnet that is excellent for larger buttons that may pull on clothing due to their weight. These magnets are also able to stick on surfaces that are magnetic, like refrigerators.

Bulldog Clips

Our bulldog clips can be easily attached to ID tags, which makes them perfect for anyone who does not want several buttons on your shirt.

Click here to see our full button backing lineup, and click here to see our past blog post about our backings for more details!

How Can These Buttons be Sold in Stores?

One way these buttons can be sold in the form of our button boxes. Our button boxes provide a quality impulse purchase for consumers, and are perfect for placing on your check out counters.

The MSRP is 3 for $5, or 1 for $1.99. These boxes are designed to have 88 buttons, with the attached backer card, per box. The backers of our custom buttons and boxes can be designed to your preferences. In the case of the “Help Stop The Spread” buttons, they come pre-designed, with a retail and fundraiser option to choose from. Fundraiser boxes, or FunD for short, help raise money for the CDC Foundation, which is working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have a favorite charity/non-profit you would like to raise money for, our FunD boxes can be customized with the organization of your choice.

For large volume orders, button boxes can also be customized with your company logos.

Where do these buttons come from?

We are proud that all of our products are made in the USA and have no foreign components. Everything from the metal button parts to the graphics printing is made in the USA, and every button is assembled at our facility in Phoenix, Arizona. All of our employees follow proper cleanliness protocol to ensure that your products are made to our high standards. We are always committed to providing you the best service, and work hard to ensure you are happy with your buttons.

We are also proud to be a Woman-Owned Small Business, certified by the WBENC. Check out our past blog post to read more about this amazing organization, and don’t forget to #BuyWomenOwned!

Let’s help spread awareness and limit the spread of this illness that is altering our way of life here in the USA.

Some people just feel uncomfortable saying they are socially distancing, and now they can wear it on a hat, jacket, backpack, purse or more so they don’t have to feel they are offending anyone. Help us all spread the word so we can limit the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call at 623-445-9975, or send us an email at sales@custombuttons.com. You can also reach us through the chat feature on our website during business hours (8am-5pm Arizona Time). We are here to help in every step of your button ordering process, from beginning your order to shipping your buttons for delivery. As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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FAQ Series – Part 4: Button Artwork & Design

button artwork & design questions

Welcome back for our final part in this FAQ Series, Part 4: Button Artwork & Design. Our first three parts of our FAQ Series can be found here: Part 1: Product Questions, Part 2: Turnaround, Production and Shipping Times, and Part 3: Custom Button Order and Ordering Process. In this installment, we are going to be reviewing different questions in regards to your button artwork and your button designs.

Can I Split A Quantity Between Multiple Designs?

Absolutely! We offer combined quantity pricing if each art version is at least 50 in quantity. The buttons need to be the same size as well, to get total quantity pricing. You will need to contact us directly, in order to receive total quantity pricing.

Do You Offer Digital Proofs / Mockups?

Yes! We will send you a digital proof for approval after we receive your order confirmation. Please be aware that production time does not begin until you approve your proof, so you will need to be prompt with your proof approval especially if you have a Fast Track order. 

How Many Colors Can I Put On A Button?

As many as you want! All of our custom buttons are printed in full color using the latest in digital press technology. We print on a CMYK printer, so please be aware of that when sending over Pantone colors for us to match.

Can You Design My Buttons For Me?

Of course! We offer our design services from our award winning graphics team. Our $29 setup fee includes all of our standard design services and a digital proof. If we are designing your button, we do need some information from you, such as what you want on your button, text colors, font styles, button colors, etc. The more information you provide, the faster it is for us to put something together for you! We also offer unlimited revisions for your button design; so if you don’t like something after receiving your digital proof, let us know! We will make the changes, and email you an updated digital proof!

What File Types Do You Accept for Button Artwork?

When working with graphics, we prefer to receive your art in vector format such as an AI, PSD, INDD, and PDF in some cases, however we can also accept your art in TIF, JPEG, PNG files. If you have the capabilities, please outline your test and link any images in the file. If you are sending a flattened image (such as a TIFF, JPEG, PNG) that the resolution of that image is at least 300 dpi.

Do You Have Templates I Can Use For My Button Artwork?

Yes! We have templates on our website here. You can download the button size that you need as a PDF file. If you bring that PDF into a design program such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, the file will have different layers you can work with.

What Do The Lines Mean On The Button Template?

The black lines on the button template are our cut lines, please do not put any graphics or color in these lines. At the top of the button, there is a tick mark, please do not remove this mark, it allows us to make sure that your buttons are straight during production. There is no tick mark for the 7/8”, 1”, and our button shapes. The next line in is the blue line, this line is the bleed line. The bleed line is the furthest your button artwork should go when designing your button. Finally the red dashed line indicates the edge of the face of the button or the safe line. Anything within this line will be on the face of the button, anything between the red dashed line and the blue line will wrap around to the back of the button.

We do have taglines in between the red dashed line and the blue bleed line. If you do not want our taglines, or wish to add your own, feel free to remove ours! If you do not remove our taglines they will be on your buttons when you receive them.

What Is A Vector Image?

A vector image is made using lines and points in a design program. These designs will always looks smooth because of how the design program saves the image. Every point and line is saved as coordinates and formulas rather than as pixels, and as a result the design will stay sharp even when enlarged. We have a great blog that discusses the differences between images and file types found here.

Can I Use Specific Colors For My Button Design?

To a certain extent, the answer is yes. We print on a CMYK printer, which means RBG and Pantone colors can print in slightly different shades. Our graphics department wrote a great blog breaking down colors and how they print here.

What Is The Difference Between The Full Service Art Setup Cost And The Camera-Ready Art Cost?

Our most popular setup option is the full service art setup. If you have artwork but need help setting it up, or if you have no artwork at all, this is the option for you. We can create a full design for you by taking your ideas and bringing them to life. We can also modify an existing design to fit your current project’s needs within our button template. Our camera-ready art setup option means that your artwork must be correctly set into our template and a vector image. You will need to have your bleed trimmed to our bleed line and all text and images to appear on the face of the button within the red dashed line. Our template lines need to be in their own separate layer. You can read more about print ready artwork here.

What Is The Copy Change Fee?

A copy change means that you have multiple versions of artwork. This means that we have to setup multiple versions of art for your order. With each additional version, there is a $5 copy change charge.

Can I Reorder Artwork That I’ve Previously Ordered?

Yes! We store every order’s artwork in our archives in case you want to reorder the same buttons. You do not have to pay the setup again, rather a flat $5 fee for the art to be pulled from our archives and a proof confirmation of the graphics is sent to you. If you have changes to an existing artwork, we charge an additional fee based on the changes being made to the artwork.

Questions?

If we missed any questions on this part about artwork and designs, you can always give us a call (623-445-9975), send us an email (sales@custombuttons.com), or chat with us on our chat feature on our website (custombuttons.com). We are here to help with any questions you may have from art, to orders, to shipping. As always we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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FAQ Series: Part 3 – Your Custom Button Order & Ordering Process

your custom button order & ordering process

Welcome to our FAQ Series Part 3: Your Custom Button Order & Ordering Process!

When it comes to the custom button order process, you may have a few questions. In our previous two installations of the FAQ Series, we discussed our products, turnaround times, production times, and shipping questions. You can read Part 1: Product Questions here and Part 2: Turnaround, Production, & Shipping Times here. This next part of our FAQ Series will be about button orders and the ordering process.

Can I Cancel My Order?

We’re sad that you want to, but you definitely can cancel your custom button order. If your order is cancelled before you approve the proof, you will receive a full refund. If your order is cancelled at any time after the proof approval, you will be billed for the work that was done up to the point of the cancellation. This includes all the setup, printing, cutting, and production fees.

Can I Place A Reorder?

Of course! You can place a reorder through our website or directly through us! Instead of the $29 setup fee you paid originally, we charge $5 to pull the art from our archives. The $5 covers the cost to pull your artwork from our archives and ensure that it is the proper graphic before going into production.

I’m Not Ready To Place An Order… Can I Get A Quote Instead?

Absolutely! All you need to do is either go onto our website and click on the Get A Free Quote Button and submit your free quote request, or you can give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to help you determine pricing for your custom button order. If you submit a quote request, it can take up to 24 business hours, so if you need your buttons in a hurry, it might be best to give us a call or reach our via email. To be able to give you an accurate price quote, we need to know what size buttons you want, the total quantity, when you need your buttons by, and the delivery zip code the buttons will be delivered to. We will gladly discuss our different options with you and put together a formal estimate after our conversation for you to have.

I’m Not Sure What Size Is Going To Be Right For Me, Can You Help?

Definitely! Our team of custom button experts can help you determine what size button will be right for you. In order to provide different size options, we will need to know what the buttons are being used for and what will be on the buttons.

If I Order Today, When Can I Get My Buttons?

This falls within Part 2 of our FAQ Series, however we do get this questions a lot when it comes to the ordering process. Our standard production time is 5 business days from the proof approval. We also typically ship we UPS ground, so shipping would depend on where your custom buttons are going. We are based out of Arizona, so anything going to the East Coast will typically take 5 business days with UPS Ground. If you need your buttons on a specific date, we can Fast Track the production, or expedite the shipping. Our Fast-Track production options include Same Day and 1-4 Day Production. For shipping, we can expedite the shipping as well. If you give us a specific in hands date, we will calculate out the best way to get the buttons to you on time.

I Placed An Order Through The Website, But I Need To Make Changes

No problem! Sometimes our customers need to add buttons to their order, change sizes, change delivery dates, or delivery addresses. We can accommodate that for you! If you are increasing your quantity, changing sizes, or the delivery date extra costs may be involved which we will discuss and approve with you before proceeding with production. To make changes to your order, the easiest way to do so is to give us a call or send us an email.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, personal or corporate checks, and ACH transfers. If you are sending a check, it needs to be received and cleared before we can begin production. A delay in payment will also result in a delay in the production. This may also result in a delay in the delivery of your order. We do also accept Purchase Orders (PO’s). You must call to discuss payment terms if you are using a PO. If you are providing a PO, you may be required to fill out a credit application.

How Do I Place An Order?

There are a few different ways that you can place an order with us. You can place a custom button order by website, by phone, by email, or by quote request. If you are ready to place an order, one of the fastest methods is through our website. Our website will allow you to choose your size, quantity, and delivery date before checking out. If you have questions or would like help, you can reach out to us and we can help walk you through the ordering process. If you received a quote from us, you can also use that estimate to submit payment and we will turn that estimate into an order. We also have a few videos posted that shows how to go through the ordering process, linked here.

I Didn’t Receive My Coupon Code for 15% Off My Buttons

Oh no! We are sorry to hear that you haven’t received your 15% off coupon! Sometimes our emails go into the spam or junk folders or there could have been a typo. If you contact one of our sales representatives, they can help you get a coupon code. In order to provide the coupon, we will need your email address. Providing your email address will allow us to set you up in our system.

Questions?

If we missed any questions on this part about your custom button order or the ordering process, you can always give us a call (623-445-9975), send us an email (sales@custombuttons.com), or on our chat feature on our website (custombuttons.com). We are here to help in every step of your button order process, from starting an order to shipping out your order.

The next part of our FAQ Series will feature topics on Button Artwork and Design. As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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