Earlier this year, I wondered if I would even do this post. The last three years that we’ve done it the number one and two spots have been, respectively, the X-Files “I Want to Believe” patch and our Plague Survivor patch. I felt like I was starting to repeat myself. And then, the unthinkable happened — a newcomer to our line torpedoed it’s way to the top spot! So, here it is — the Storied Threads top sellers of 2015!
In first place – Pawnee Goddesses Patch
We introduced this patch in April of this year, and it was an isnstant hit. It quickly showed itself to be a contender, despite lacking three full months of sales for the year, and October proved to be the tipping point, with dozens of orders filled for people who wanted to be a Pawnee Goddess for Halloween.
It was so popular that later that summer, we also introduced a Pawnee Goddesses messenger bag, with the badge stitched on a purple background to match the vests worn by the girls in the episode.
Second and third places this year were…a bit more predictable.
In second place – X-Files “I Want to Believe Patch”
For three years running, this patch has hel the number one spot in our top sellers, and the upcoming TV revival has made certain that people were still interested in it. Not one to take defeat at the hands of a newcomer lying down, this patch managed to hold onto a tenuous silver medal finish for the year – but only just! To date we have sold exactly ONE more of these patches than we have our third place finisher. Which means that it’s entirely possible that by the time the ball drops in Times Square Thursday night, these two could well have switched places.
Which brings me to:
In third place – Plague Survivor Geek Merit Badge
Our geek merit badge line has become our signature line of patches, with 38 patches currently available, and more to come! While they are consistently good sellers as a group, the Plague Survivor has managed to be the most popular of them for four years running now.
Rounding out the top ten in our patches were the Mad Scientist Geek Merit Badge, Valar Morghulis, Though She Be But Little, Final Girl Geek Merit Badge, #bgsd (which will provide a nice donation to the Girls Leadership Institute later this week), Knope/Wyatt 2016, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show “Anticipation” patch.
Of course, we make awesome embroidered things besides patches as well, though not in as great quantity. Doctor Who was the big winner in both the messenger bag and in necktie categories. Our Doctor’s Name messenger bag came in first in that category by a landslide, dominating sales in all three bag sizes. And the Seal of Rassilon and Time Lord Seal ties managed a dead heat for first place there, with a combined total that figured for more than 25% of our total tie sales.
Our scarves gave first place in sales for the year to another newcomer — the Harley Quinn scarf, which we introduced in October, managed to just squeak out a top place finish for that category! The unique double-sided finish to this scarf, combined with the popularity of the character, allowed it to rocke to first place in just three months of sales.
With two new designs upsetting the scales in 2015, it makes me even more excited to do as many awesome new things as we can for next year. Let’s see what 2016 will bring us!
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