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Yep, it’s that time of year again, when we take the lazy way out and regale you with an end-of-the-year countdown lisitcle kind of thing. But let’s be honest; you’re probably too geared up for your New Year’s Eve festivities to put much effort into reading anything, so it benefits both of us.

So here we go, the top items of 2016!

PATCHES

  1. TerrifiCon_PawneeGoddessPawnee Goddess. For the second year in a row, a late-year surge in sales for Halloween pushed this patch to the top of our best-seller list. We made more than 100 of these patches this year!
  2. X-Files: I Want to Believe. Our longtime number one best-seller continues to do well and has a lock on the number two slot.
  3. Plague Survivor Geek Merit Badge. Another longtime top seller, which this year barely eked out its spot at number three over another Geek Merit Badge…
  4. Final Girl Geek Merit Badge. This design got a big boost after it was featured in an article online (sorry, I can’t find it again to re-post the link). It was a top ten seller last year and barely missed the number three position by one sale. Maybe next year!
  5. Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce. Another past top ten seller making it into the top five! I’m always thrilled when someone buys a Shakespeare patch.

In the interest of efficiency, I’ll just spotlight the top items across my non-patch catalog of items.

Away Team Science Small 1The best-selling bag of 2016 is the blue Science version of our Star Trek-inspired Away Team bags. These were always the best selling bags at shows and we hope the love for them continues in 2017, our first year as a strictly online business.

Our top scarf design was the Harley Quinn-inspired harlequin scarf. Our best-selling necktie design featured the anti-demonic possession tattoo from Supernatural — which, I will note, will soon be retired as a design, so if you want to get one, go order one now! And our top embroidered bookmark was inspired by the greatest stage direction of all time, from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear.”

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I Want To BelieveDid you catch the return of The X-Files last night?

Okay, to be fair, we did not. We don’t actually have cable, and so chose to go out for drinks with friends and listen to a little live music instead. But we are looking forward like crazy to watching it on Hulu tonight after we’re done working in the studio!  Here’s hoping that the revival is as good as the early, awesome episodes of the show were.

I want to believe.

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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!

PawneeGoddessesIn 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.

I Want To BelieveIn 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:

Plague SurvivorIn 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.

DoctorWhoCountdownOf 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.

Harley QuinnOur 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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XFilesTablet1Our small version of this bag was so well received that we sold out of them within two hours of opening at ConnectiCon!  We were so stunned – and thrilled – by this response that we immediately set about doing a tablet size version.

This messenger bag was inspired by the iconic “I Want to Believe” poster we’re all so familiar with. It is made of a sturdy sky blue cotton canvas.

Our Tablet / Netbook bags have an interior measurement of 12″ wide by 9″ tall and 3.5″ deep. They feature a wide elastic band against the back wall, to hold your iPad, netbook, or other electronics securely in place while leaving room for other items in front.

This bag is available on our website, and will be available in limited quantities at Connecticut ComiCONN in two weeks.

Click here to buy one!

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IMG_3614This messenger bag was inspired by the iconic “I Want to Believe” poster we’re all so familiar with. It is made of a sturdy sky blue cotton canvas.

Our small messenger bags are the perfect size for carrying just what you need — wallet, keys, phone, and even a book. They have one compartment inside, which measures 10.5″ wide by 6″ tall by 2″ deep, and fasten securely with two adjustable plastic side-release buckles. Straps are 4 feet long.

Click here to buy one!

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