Two years ago the University of Tennessee reached out to us with an idea to work with them on licensed merchandise. Our instant thought was, "Cool, but this is a pretty massive undertaking for a business our size." After further discussions, they helped put together a plan for Volunteer Traditions to ensure this was doable. They agreed to the designs we had been wanting to make in order for us to have a unique brand, that the marketplace would be ready and desired the products (the UT Bookstore for example). With a new project it was crucial to have partners that wanted this to work as much as we did. We have been very blessed with this opportunity and are getting to make an assortment of awesome products we've always wanted to bring to the market!
The question now from many people is, "Why don't you make more (insert team name/color/state)?" Sometimes people are great about it...sometimes they are less than understanding that we are not Nike/Ralph Lauren and can't make 50 colors/work with every school/etc. We would love to work with additional colors and schools. In terms of colors we simply bring designs/colors to our retail partners, working to get preorders months in advance helps us to plan our line and end up with the products that are most likely to be sold complete. We simply cannot financially carry every color if stores are not demanding these designs/colors. Some people call this capitalism, others would rather complain via social media of the injustices we are causing.
In addition, we plan out well in advance of a season, so if you don't see something that was just released today, we probably would be adding a color tomorrow. We're a small business and we can't churn out new products overnight.
If you work for a university and are interested in working with us, we'd love to hear from your to get your institution on board. Our collegiate line has been extremely successful and would love to look into more places across the south.
Volunteer Traditions is hiring!
We are looking for a fun spirited, hard working college guy or gal to join our VolTrad team this fall. This will be a part time position for a student in the Nashville area.
Duties include: running the front store, helping out around the office, prep work for orders, daily chores, and other things of the sort.
This may not be the most glamorous job, but hey, its a pretty cool place to work.
We need someone to work Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoons. If you think you’ve got what it takes, email email@example.com with a resume, a blurb about why you would be great, and the hours you can work.
We are all about state pride at Volunteer Traditions. It doesn't matter if you are from Yorkville or if you are from Knoxville. It doesnt matter if you are a Vol fan or a Vandy fan. One thing we all have in common is the great state of Tennessee. Whether you were born and raised here, or you are just spending your college years here, show your pride. You may have see one of our decals on the back of a car driving down your street. Go get yourself one. And for goodness sake, don't mess up the alignment.
For the tie wearing dad:
Serious topics deserve serious discussion. That's why we decided to explain the correct way for Tristar Decals to be placed on your vehicle, laptop, dorm fridge, nalgene, etc. Luckily, we have had some help getting the word out about the issue. Our friends at WPLN in Nashville came and talked about the topic this past December. The key to properly aligning your decal is to make sure that it's two stars over one....with the left a slight bit higher. The best explanation cane be found here.