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Why we make the products we make.

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Mason Jones

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.  

Posted in 8th ave. s. Nashville, Nothin' Beats Football in the South, Pullovers, Tristar, Tristar Stickers

The position has been FILLED!

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Mason Jones

Thank you to everyone who applied for our internship position! We are pleased to say that we filled the position and we are so excited for our new interns!

We Are Hiring!

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Mason Jones

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 anna@volunteertraditions.com with a resume, a blurb about why you would be great, and the hours you can work.

Show your state pride..

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Mason Jones


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.

 

Posted in Decal, Nashville, Tennessee, Tristar, Volunteer Traditions

Bonna- who?

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Mason Jones

 

Tennessee has been home of one of the largest music and arts festival since it opened its gates in 2002. Each June, Bonnaroo brings tens of thousands of people from all over the country to sway beneath the Manchester stars. Bonnaroo pulls in big names from Sir Paul Mccartney to Kanye West to Tom Petty to Grouplove. This coming weekend is no different. So whether you are going to to listen to your favorite jam band, sing Benny and the Jets at the top of your lungs, or just to eat an Amish donut, welcome to Tennessee, y'all. 

Posted in Bonnaroo, Manchester, Nashville, Paul McCartney, Tennessee, Volunteer Traditions

Father's Day

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Mason Jones

 
Growing up, your dad was probably the most embarrassing person to be around. In hindsight, your dad was pretty rad. He may have taught you to ride your first bike, or to drive your first car. He was at all of your football games, and he is probably the reason you sing ZZ Top at the top of your lungs when they come on the radio. Lets be honest: You wouldn’t be here without him.
So that leads us to the question..
What do you get for the man that means everything and has everything, too? We have thrown together a few little gift guides that just may be what you are looking for.
NASHVILLE DADS:
 For the dad that likes to cook..
Southern Country Cooking from the Loveless Cafe: Fried Chicken, Hams, and Jams from Nashville's Favorite Cafe
For the VolTrad dad..
Volunteertraiditions.com duh
For the sweet toothed dad..
Oliveandsinclair.com
For Cartographer-eque dad
thehoodshop.com
TENNESSEE DADS:
For the dad who enjoys farming in luxury...
 
The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm: Recipes and Wisdom from Our Artisans, Chefs, and Smoky Mountain Ancestors
For the dad that needs a Tennessee shaped cutting board:
aHeirloom.com
Because everyone likes GooGoos.. 
GooGoo Cluster Original 12 count
For the football loving dad:

NCAA Tennessee Volunteers Neyland Stadium Mural Wall Graphic 

For the tie wearing dad:

Volunteertraditions.com 

SOUTHERN DADS:

It's great. Trust us.  
The New York Times, 36 Hours USA & Canada: Southeast (36 Hours (Taschen))  
For the meat loving, American dad:
bentonscountryham.com
For dad that is named 'Henry Watson Haworth'
colonellittleton.com
For the book loving dad:
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
 

Posted in Tennessee, Volunteer Traditions

Tristar Decals - How to properly align your Tennessee Flag Sticker

Posted on March 02, 2014 by Mason Jones

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

Posted in Tennessee, Tennessee Bow Ties, Tennessee Capital, Tennessee Clothing, Tennessee Flag, Tennessee Flag Belt, Tennessee Flag License Plate, Tennessee Flag Visor, Tennessee Governor, Tennessee License Plates, Tennessee State Flag, Tennessee State Flag Shirt, TN T-Shirt, Tristar Caps, Tristar Decals, Tristar Hat, Tristar Stickers, Tristar Tie, Tristar Ties

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