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Vintage merchandise: What makes it last a lifetime?

By Miriam Diiren

If you grew up in Australia in the early 2000s then you most likely, definitely, remember these (now) vintage merchandise products. Every household would have some form of Vegemite or Nutella merch that lived in that corner cupboard of the kitchen. You’d get home from school and ask Mum if she could make a vegemite … Continued

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Why eco-friendly merch is a ‘must-have’.

By Miriam Diiren

This week is National Recycling Week and this year’s theme is ‘Waste is not waste until it’s wasted’. Here at Good Things, we see value in this year’s theme. Over the last couple of years, we have seen a steady increase of enquiries into eco-friendly merchandise products. This can include (but is not limited to) … Continued

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Coopers Gift With Purchase Campaign

4 Steps to nail that Gift With Purchase (GWP) Campaign

By Miriam Diiren

There’s one phrase that people might just prefer over discount… and that’s ‘gift with purchase’. A gift with purchase is a popular marketing tool to add value to a purchase that doesn’t involve discounting the RRP. The brand Estee Lauder pioneered the concept back in 1947 when they offered a free cream based powder with … Continued

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Merchandise-History

The Evolution & History of Merchandise

By Miriam Diiren

Have you ever had the thought, that 100 years ago people weren’t walking around wearing a Nike branded tee or a Coco-Cola branded cap? In the 1950s, during the post-war boom, our commercial industry changed dramatically. The advertising industry was in its glory days, which lead to the beginning of what we know today as … Continued

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4 things you didn’t know about Diwali

By Miriam Diiren

Diwali Vazhthukkal! That means — Happy Diwali!  Today is the well-known Hindu celebration of the Festival of Lights. This celebration symbolises ‘the victory of light over darkness.’ We will dive into the unknowns of this Indian celebration — like why Diwali has multiple spellings, which religions celebrate the festival and more!    1. Diwali is … Continued

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What’s the Tee with branded T-shirts?

By Miriam Diiren

Fun fact, on average one branded T-shirt can generate over 3000 impressions. If visibility and reach are key measurables for your brand, a branded t-shirt is a sound investment! We sat down with the well-known blockbuster apparel brand AS Colour, talking about all things branded tees. We spoke with Isaac from AS Colour about the … Continued

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Making event merchandise with Mavens

Making event merchandise with Mavens

By Miriam Diiren

What is a Maven? A maven is someone who is knowledgeable or experienced. A maven is a person who understands. A maven is (primarily) a woman who is skilled in any field. This Yiddish-originated word has come to mean even more with the launch of the Mavens. In early September, we had the pleasure of … Continued

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Why are AFL beanies a fashion icon in Melbourne

Why are AFL beanies a fashion icon in Melbourne

By Miriam Diiren

Walking around Melbourne in the colder months, you usually see at least one person a day wearing some kind of AFL mercherdise. Whether it’s a branded beanie (the most popular AFL merchandise item in Winter), or a branded scarf or even a branded face mask. You will find people wearing their favourite AFL team’s colours … Continued

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Top 5 Christmas SWAG gift ideas

Top 5 Christmas SWAG gift ideas

By Miriam Diiren

There are only 15 Fridays left until Christmas! So it’s time to get your skates on and get your Christmas SWAG orders in. Surprise and delight your hard-working employees with an end-of-year gift they won’t forget and won’t throw away.  So what are the predicted favourites for this year’s Christmas? Great question.  Considering that Australia … Continued

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And the winner is… Good Things! [What I’ve learned from building an award winning promotional product business.]

And the winner is… Good Things! [What I’ve learned from building an award winning promotional product business.]

By Miriam Diiren

It’s a common misconception that success can appear like it happens overnight. Just a few weeks ago good things happened – we were fortunate enough to pick up the highest industry recognition by winning the national award for Product Innovation and Design. What most people don’t see is the almost 11 years that preceded that … Continued

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The Good Things Guide to Merchandise Lingo

The Good Things Guide to Merchandise Lingo

By Miriam Diiren

You’ve just sent in your Good Things merch enquiry. Our team will get back to you in a flash! Then the merch journey begins. Our sales team and account managers may use some merch terminology that you’re not familiar with. So we’re here to help you out! We’ve collected our most common merch lingo here … Continued

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Are Christmas sweaters cool now?

Are Christmas sweaters cool now?

By Miriam Diiren

Seriously though, ugly Christmas sweaters are cool again and we’re here for it. The legendary 80’s look that everyone expected to be left in the past is back for good. Thanks to millennials and Gen Z’s, they have changed the social tune on the iconic ugly sweater and brought it back into fashion, in an … Continued

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4 ways to get more bang for your buck in marketing

4 ways to get more bang for your buck in marketing

By Miriam Diiren

When it comes to marketing, we all want to get the most bang for our buck. But what does that actually mean? Marketing ROI (return on investment) is a measure of how much your marketing campaigns are costing you versus how much revenue they’re generating. There’s a number of ways to improve your business marketing … Continued

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What has the Tour de France got to do with merch? A lot actually!

What has the Tour de France got to do with merch? A lot actually!

By Miriam Diiren

It’s July and you know what that means? The Tour de France has come around once again — one of the most prestigious sporting events of the year. Many travel from far and wide to the little roads of France to watch the world’s best cyclists fly past. What many of us don’t see is … Continued

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10 years of making Good Things a great business

10 years of making Good Things a great business

By Miriam Diiren

This year we’re celebrating a very special birthday — 2022 marks 10 years since we started Good Things. It’s been a stressful, challenging and at times tough journey, but my co-founder partner, Tim, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Many people have commented on our nice offices in Surry Hills, particularly our new office in … Continued

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Don’t underestimate the power of a pen

Don’t underestimate the power of a pen

By Miriam Diiren

Something we hear a lot from our clients is ‘I don’t want to do pens for merch, they’re boring.’ A pen is more than just a writing utensil. It’s the key to a moment in time.  Have you ever found yourself at a destination abroad and you wanted to send a postcard back home? Unless … Continued

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Hemp is the new leafy green that everyone is using, but why?

Hemp is the new leafy green that everyone is using, but why?

By Miriam Diiren

Hemp has taken the market by storm, with multiple industries using the plant for skincare, superfood and fabric fibres — which brings us to Good Things. But first, let’s take a look at what makes hemp so good and why we’re talking about it before World Environment Day. Hemp is part of the Cannabaceae family … Continued

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We’ve moved! Better things are on the horizon.

We’ve moved! Better things are on the horizon.

By Miriam Diiren

After 8 years of growing and operating Good Things HQ from Springvale, Victoria, we’ve left the nest and moved to the big city — Melbourne! The good people of Good Things now call South Yarra home; with great coffee, cafes and cocktail bars around the corner and the South Yarra metro station at our doorstep.  … Continued

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Ultimate Buyer’s Guide To Branded Caps For 2022

Ultimate Buyer’s Guide To Branded Caps For 2022

By Robert Reeve

If you’re looking for novel ways to market your business, then one of the best options is to use promotional products. Pens? Hoodies? Branded rubber ducks? All great ways of grabbing some attention for your brand! If stationery or bathtub toys aren’t your thing, though, another fantastic option for promotional products is a custom branded … Continued

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Water Bottles

Branded Water Bottles: Everything You Need To Know

By Robert Reeve

Branded water bottles are one of the best options when using promotional products to gain exposure and brand recognition for your company. Since they can be used every day and taken almost anywhere, branded drink bottles can show off your company name and logo to all manner of different people.  What’s more, they’re a practical … Continued

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