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Stikii Gives Thanks

Thanksgiving, a holiday centered on tradition, is just around the corner! We have decided that the best way to “stik” with tradition this season would be to devote this week’s blog to the upcoming holiday.

Thanksgiving: A History

Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The day is focused on food, family, friends and thanks, all in honor of the early settlers and their harvest feast known to all as “The First Thanksgiving”.  However, long before the Pilgrims came to the “New World”, the area was occupied by numerous Native American tribes. The natives local to the setting of the first Thanksgiving were known as the Wampanoag people and they knew the land and its offerings extremely well, as they had survived off of it for over 12,000 years!

Wampanoag Tribe

In the early fall of 1620, the Mayflower (a small ship carrying roughly 100 English Protestants) set sail from Plymouth, England in search of a new home where travellers would be free to practice their faith, own land and be prosperous. This journey across the Atlantic Ocean lasted 66 days, after which the ship finally hit shore at what is now known as Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  The passengers departed the ship and began the work of founding the village at Plymouth Rock.

Mayflower

The Pilgrims prepared for winter the best they could in the strange new land. They gathered food, made blankets of fur and even used some Wampanoag supplies. Many of the colonists remained aboard the ship at this time, having become ill, and many did not survive. Upon moving back to shore in the spring, the remaining settlers were greeted by a Native American, Samoset, who astoundingly spoke English. Several days later the man returned with another Native American named Squanto. Squanto was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe and had been previously kidnapped by an English sea-captain and sold into slavery. After escaping to London, Squanto returned to America on an exploratory excursion.

Squanto taught the newcomers how to best use the land around them. He gave lessons in how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, and how to catch fish in the rivers. After spending much time together, Squanto helped the Pilgrims to form an alliance with the Wampanoag and they joined together to protect each other from other threatening tribes.

During the fall of 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast. The settlers invited their Native American allies, who brought along with them various foods and dishes. The meal consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today’s traditional Thanksgiving feast. This celebration, in which people from such different cultures can together in harmony, has come to be known as Thanksgiving.

In the 19th century, Thanksgiving as we know it today began to take shape. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings. The first was to be celebrated in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and the other in November to give thanks for “general blessings.”

Traditions:

Turkey – no one really knows if a cooked turkey was at the table during the first Thanksgiving, but it has since become ubiquitous in relation to the holiday. Nearly 90% of Americans eat this bird during their feasts, whether roasted, baked or deep-fried! Other traditional foods include mashed or sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie!

Parades – We have all heard of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in New York City each Thanksgiving morning. This nationally renowned show began in 1924 and is the largest and most famous attracting some 2-3 million spectators. The parade route is approximately 2.5 miles and can include marching bands, celebrity performers, decorative floats, giant balloons in shapes of our favorite characters and the most anticipated feature….Santa Claus and his reindeer! Many towns also have their own local parades.

Football – Thanksgiving has become a football spectator’s favorite day. Due to nearly all businesses being closed for the day, everyone is available to watch the game. Some of the most anticipated match-ups are played on this holiday and the sport brings a fun sense of competition into family time. Many families have even taken to holding their own flag football games, weather provided.

Volunteering – Many generous people take the holiday as an opportunity to give to those who are less fortunate. Many people volunteer at soup kitchens and homeless shelters or participate in canned food drive. Thanksgiving is all about sharing and being thankful.

Volunteers on Thanksgiving

Travel – Many people travel from out-of-town to gather in one place. The sense of family and togetherness on Thanksgiving is unavoidable. Thanksgiving is actually the busiest travel day of the year!

The Wishbone – Many families, especially the youngsters, look forward to breaking the turkey’s wishbone after their feast. After allowing the wishbone to dry and brittle, two people each take hold of one end of the bone, make a wish, and pull. The person who ends up with the larger piece of the bone is said to have their wish granted!

Wishbone

Turkey Pardon – Each Thanksgiving, the current U.S. president will receive a gift of a live turkey. At a White House ceremony, the president will follow tradition by “pardoning” the National Thanksgiving Turkey, allowing them to live out the rest of their lives safely on a local farm.

President Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey

Giving Thanks – Many families will go around the table/room and ask each guest to share what he or she is most thankful for. This is a great way to give thanks and share.

Stikii Thanks You!

At Stikii, we are thankful for many things. We are most thankful for all of our fans who have stuck by us throughout our design and manufacturing process. Even though the tangible product is not yet available, our followers have stuck by us and offered great support and feedback. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all and to share with you all that Stikii has to offer as a brand.

Stikii is also thankful for its great employees and all of those who have helped to develop the brand and prepare it for launch. The manufacturers, distributors, marketers, designers, consultants, etc. have all made a great impact on what is sure to be a future filled with success.  We cannot wait to see the reaction we get from the public, and it would not have been possible without you.

We are also thankful that in just a few short weeks we will be able to share with the world a new take on children’s footwear. The journey has been fun and exciting.

Thank you again for all of your support. Happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and be sure to visit our e-commerce site, www.stikii.com for more information.

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Stikii: Under Construction

With the Stikii Shoe launch date just around the corner, our guess is that you are wondering where you will be able to purchase this fabulous footwear.  The locally owned, Toledo-based footwear company has a few options currently under construction to be used for shoe sales this coming holiday season.

The first option (a very convenient one) would be for interested customers to visit our e-commerce website. The site, like the shoes themselves, is set to go live on December 1, 2011.  By accessing this website, the customer will have full access to all that Stikii has to offer, including the product. 

Stikii.com Homepage

The newly constructed site will include a Home Page, a Stikii Store, more information on the “Stikii Situation”, contact information, a shopping cart, and a “Build a Shoe” tab. The “Build a Shoe” portion of the website allows the customer (adult or child) to literally build their own shoe! We believe that this is a special opportunity for the customer to get to know the product and allow them to truly enjoy their shopping experience.

Build a Shoe Option

 Through this option, the customer would first choose the shoe color and size, the quantity, and the Stik-em’s to go along with them! The shoe on the screen will change along with the choices selected.  This also includes a tool that allows the consumer to drag and place different Stik-em’s on the shoe so that they can visually see what it is they are purchasing. When finished with building, just simply add your creation to the shopping cart. A simple AND fun way to shop!

Build a Shoe - Add Stik-em's

Another option for purchasing Stikii Shoes will be via kiosks at various malls in the United States. Here we will display the shoes and various Stik-em’s. Interested customers will be able to see the product up close, and even purchase them on the spot! This will be a great way for us to market our product and spread the word. The exact dates and locations of these kiosks are to be determined, so keep checking back to find out if they will be at a shopping center near you.

The third Stikii Shoe purchasing option will be sale through our Stikii Showroom (for a limited time only, once our nation-wide kiosks have been opened, sales will be directed there).  For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a showroom is a marketing location used to help promote the sale and awareness of a product. It is usually a large space used to display products for sale such as automobiles, furniture, appliances, clothing, or in this case, shoes.  A showroom can act as a retail store where products are available for sale in a space created by the brand, or it can be used as a space for wholesale buyers and the interested public to view the merchandise and become acquainted with the product. Please view the following photos of  showroom construction:

Stikii’s showroom will be located in Toledo, Ohio, at the street address of 5842 W. Central Avenue. For those familiar with the area, this is near the Holland-Sylvania intersection near the Computer Discount store. This location, which is currently under construction, will include a warehouse with shipping facility, 4 office spaces, a conference room and a flashy showroom with a RMU/kiosk setup to demonstrate the future mall locations to be operated across the country.  We are planning to go national with the kiosk business model at Stikii. Our whole way of business will be completely driven by the e-commerce site and the kiosks at the beginning. Eventually, our goal is the place our products on the shelves of “Big Box”/chain stores in order to increase the reach of the goods.

Stikii Showroom: 5842 W Central Ave

The color scheme of the showroom will be the “Stikii Green” with a likely glossy black floor. A glass-walled conference room will sit directly behind the showroom. The space will have Stikii shoes and Stik-ems displayed which will be available for sale for a limited time. The estimate completion date of this product is November 15th. But, remember, the showroom will not be open to the public until our launch date on December 1st. Be sure to stop by then and see all of our awesome inventory and to learn more about how Stikii shoes can become a part of your child’s life!

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Halloween Top Favorites!

To round out our Halloween blogging session, we thought that some lists discussing some Halloween favorites would be perfect. It is obvious, that we love to dress up in costume on this holiday. Our first list compiles what we believe will be some of the most popular Halloween costumes this year, for both adults and children! After much research, we have compiled these lists:

Top 10 Adult Costumes

1. The Royal Couple (Prince William and Kate Middleton)

2. Green Lantern

3. Angry Birds (this game is a global epidemic!)

4. iPhones/Steve Jobs/Anything Apple

5. Lady Gaga

6. Jersey Shore Characters

7. Captain America

8. Foot Loose Characters (the remake of this classic is in theaters now!)

9. Flight Attendant (thank you, Pan Am)

10. Charlie Sheen

Top 10 Children’s Costumes

1. Captain America

2. Twister

3. Monster High Characters

4. Transformer’s “Bumblebee” Costume

5. Wolverine

6. Smurfs

7. Disney Princess Characters

8. Harry Potter Characters

9. iPod

10. Any other Superhero

**There were many more that are not listed, but it’s our guess that these will be some of the most popular!**

Stikii shoes and accessories will go GREAT with costumes next year. It will be so easy to match shoe color to the color of the child’s costume. Also, Stik’em accessories can be purchased to go along with the theme of the costumer. Crown Stik-ems would go great with a princess costume, and a guitar Light-up Stik-em would be the perfect match for an iPod costume. Be sure to keep this in mind next year when preparing costumes for your little ones!

We cannot wait to pass out candy to all of these decked out trick-or-treaters this year! Speaking of trick-or-treat, what candies are the most popular to toss into goodie bags each year? We are pretty sure they do not change much over the years. Check out this list of the most classic and popular Halloween candies (in no particular order):

Popular Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  2. Snicker’s
  3. M&Ms
  4. Pop Rocks (flashback to the 70s?)
  5. Kit Kat Bars (so much candy is given out on Halloween that children don’t even have to worry about breaking of a piece to share!)
  6. Sour Patch Kids
  7. Laffy Taffy (be sure to check out the jokes on the wrappers!)
  8. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
  9. Nerds
  10. Halloween Themed Candy (gum eyeballs, chocolate skeletons, orange and black taffy)
  11. Tootsie Rolls
  12. Candy Corn
  13. Twix
  14. Starbursts
  15. Butterfinger
  16. Candy Corn
  17. Nestlé’s Crunch
  18. Bubble Gum
  19. Blow Pops & Caramel Apple Suckers
  20. Baby Ruth’s

Did you see some of your favorites on this list? We are hoping that by 2012-13 we can get Stik-em’s on that list. These accessories would be a great for treat bags, especially for smaller Halloween parties. They are a practical and healthy alternative to the usual candy passed out!

Feel free to comment and let us know if we are missing anything on these lists and we will be happy to add your suggestions. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook Page and “Like” us www.facebook.com/stikiishoes. We hope that you enjoyed our Halloween themed blog series! Stikii wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Making History: Halloween

Halloween may go down in the books as one of your child’s favorite holidays of the year. Surveys show that children love the spooky holiday nearly as much as they love Christmas! At Stikii, what is important to children is important to us as well. Thus, we begin our Halloween Blog session. Over the next few weeks we will share with you some thoughts and information on this very special fall holiday.

Halloween is celebrated on the last day of October (October 31) and traditional activities include trick-or-treating, costume parties, ghost stories, haunted houses and carving jack-o-lanterns.  The holiday is celebrated in countries such as the US, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Though the United States is known for its Halloween celebrations, the holiday actually originates from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. This festival celebrates the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. On this day, the ancient pagans would take stock of supplies and prepare for the treacherous winter months. The Gaels also believed that on October 31st, the window between the worlds of the living and the dead would open and the deceased could come back to life and reap havoc on the locals by creating mass illness or damaging crops.

Samhain was considered to be a magical holiday on which strange and enchanting things would occur. It has been said that offerings of food and drink were left to aid unleashed spirits, or to ward them away. Others tell tales of the Celts dressing up in peculiar costumes and roaming the neighborhoods in order to scare the spirits away.  On this day many thought they could predict the future or even communicate with the dead, and often enough, unusual behavior was observed by a normally structured and quiet civilization.

Sacred bonfires were lit in the center of town in honor of the Pagan gods and the Celts would gather (some in costumer as well) to celebrate the harvest and discuss the upcoming months. Faeries (known to us as fairies) were believed to roam the land during Samhain, dressed as beggars asking for food door to door. Those that gave food to the faeries were rewarded, while those that did not were punished by the faeries. It is from this ritual that modern day “trick or treating” originated.

In the First century A.D., as Christianity spread across the globe, the Pagan festival (Christians did not like a festival with Pagan roots) was replaced with “All Saints Day” to honor dead church saints and martyrs. However, Samhain continued to be celebrated and eventually, All Saints day was moved to November 1, and was also known as All Hallows. Since Samhain remained on October 31st it became to be known as All Hallows Eve, and now, as Halloween.  November 2nd was designated as All Souls day to hour the dead who were not saints, but now the two are celebrated as one.

Over the next several centuries, superstitions about witches and black cats were added to the folklore and legends of Halloween. Cats were thought of as evil, especially black cats, and were killed by the thousands in Medieval times, possibly contributing to the Black Plague, due to the shortage of the rat’s natural enemy, the cat. During this time, the church created the belief that evil witches existed. Jack-o-lanterns can be traced back to early Pagan Celtic peoples who would hollow out turnips, gourds, or rutabagas to hold an ember from the sacred bonfire, so they could light their home fires from the sacred bonfire. We now carve faces and other shapes into pumpkins.

Halloween was not a popular observance in early United States history, as most of the early settlers were Protestant. At the time, Halloween was considered mostly a Catholic, Episcopalian, and Pagan holiday. Colonies such as Virginia and Maryland, observed some Halloween customs. The first common events included “play parties” where neighborhoods would gather together to celebrate the harvest, dance, sing, tell stories of the dead, tell fortunes, and have pageants for children in costume.

By the mid twentieth century, Halloween turned into a secular holiday, community centered with parties city-wide, parades, and great costumes. Halloween is mostly aimed to children, but young and old enjoy this holiday, with events and parties for both children and adults.

Some modern day Halloween traditions include:

  • Trick or Treat
  • Costumes
  • Bonfires
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Jack o’lanterns
  • Ghost stories
  • Haunted houses
  • Scary movies
  • Hay rides
  • Corn mazes

Stikii recognizes Halloween as a fun time for children to dress up and be carefree. The holiday is memorable and enjoyable, just like our shoes. In the future, Stikii may even release some Halloween themed Stik-ems that would be perfect on costumed feet!  Stik-em accessories would also make for a great alternative to Hallowwen candy. When trick or treaters come knocking on your door, hand them a Stik-em and we asure you that the costumed cuties will leave with a smile on their face! For more information on Stikii shoes and Stik-em accessories, become a fan on Facebook. Visit us at www.facebook.com/stikiishoes. Our products are set to release on December 1, 2011.

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What the Kids are Collecting

Last week we spent some time discussing the reasoning behind the public’s NEED to collect even the most miniscule things. The reasons that were uncovered were actually very straight forward and  quite logical. So, now that you understand WHY people tend to accrue certain things, we hope to communicate the kind of objects that people have a habit of collecting. As the public is aware, Stikii is a children’s brand of footwear, which has motivated this blog to focus its discussion on the variety of items that a child would enjoy collecting. Kids have been forming collections for centuries, just like adults, but they tend to find different things more appealing to collect. The following, in random order, lists and discusses what we have found to be 10 of the most popular items collected by children over the years:

1. STICKERS

If you have been around kids long enough, you will have noticed that somehow, in some way, stickers tend to become a part of their daily routine. Stickers can be used to monitor progress, as a form of reward, some kids like to mark documents with stickers to remind them to return to something later, and others just find the novelties to be a cute and fun form of decoration for arts and crafts projects. If you are a teacher, you know exactly what I mean (its chaos if your stock of stickers suddenly depletes). Further than those many uses for stickers; children have also come to love to collect them. Kids thoroughly enjoy gathering up stickers and placing them in books or albums. There are an umpteen number of sticker shapes, styles, textures, sizes and characters. In reality, unless the child is focused on a specific category of stickers, this can be a hobby that never has to end!! Kids even get keen on trading and swapping stickers with their friends! In fact, sticker collections have become so popular that one can purchase quick-start sticker collections at toy stores and arts & crafts stores across the country.

2. BEANIE BABIES

During the mid-1990s, the Beanie Baby craze swept the nation. The cute, animal shaped bean bags by Ty Warner (the tags just read “ty”), were first introduced in 9 different forms. The Original 9, as they became known, were in no matter an instant success. Once Ty retired 11 different beanies, the remainder was swept off the shelves in a matter of hours, and the toys were an instant success and collector’s item because some would now be rare and difficult to find. Each different animal had a special name and poem printed on their red and yellow heart-shaped tags. The Original 9 released in 1993 included:

  1. Chocolate the moose
  2. Cubbie the bear
  3. Flash the dolphin
  4. Legs the frog
  5. Patty the platypus
  6. Pinchers the lobster
  7. Splash the Orca Whale
  8. Spot the dog
  9. Squealer the pig

People traveled far and wide to collect the Originals as well as any other beanies that they could get their hands on. They became so popular that Ty, along with McDonalds, released “Teenie Beanies” for distribution in Happy Meals. Even THOSE became collectables. Special additions were released in honor of events such as a tribute to Princess Diana, or in honor of the Olympic Games. These collections were worth a lot of cash as well. Some rare additions can cell for hundreds of dollars each. Over a hundred different beanie babies have been produced over the years and, though they are no longer “hot” items, many people today are still looking to complete their collections.

3. POKEMON CARDS

When beanie babies were becoming popular with young girls (and of course some boys), the Pokémon Trading Card Game was introduced and was aimed to appeal to young boys. Pokémon TGC is a collectible card game based on the Pokémon video game series and was first introduced in Japan in late 1996, and then in the US in 1998. Types of cards included in sets were: Basic Pokémon, Evolved Pokémon, Baby Pokémon, Energy cards, Trainer cards and Multi-type cards. They can be categorized into 9 different categories: Grass, Fire, Water, Lightning, Psychic, Fighting, Darkness and Metal. Kids still collect mass amounts of these cards, and some even play the game in tournaments. Many cards and sets can also be worth some money. They can sell anywhere from near $1 for a regular card to THOUSANDS of dollars for completed rare sets.

4. BASEBALL CARDS

It is a rare occurrence to come across a baseball fan that has never purchased a pack of baseball cards. Actually, it is not unusual to come across non-fans purchasing packs for the sake of the gum included! Baseball cards came into play shortly after the introduction of professional baseball itself. At first, these cards were packaged as a “bonus” along with products such as tobacco, candy or gum, to help boost sales. Many collectors today focus their collections on, for example, a specific team, era, players and more. Cards can be purchased at places like hobby shops, general retailers, pawn shops, antique dealers and the internet. Cards, depending on age, rarity, and player, can be sold for a few dollars to hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions if you find the right buyer.

5. SILLY BANDZ

In the recent years, Silly Bandz, the crazy, colorful, animal/fun shaped rubber bands made of silicone, have become all the rage in the elementary age group. They stretch to fit around the wrist and then return to their original shape when taken off. Sets include zoo animals, dinosaurs, western themed, Rockbandz, sports, tropical, Barbie, Justin Bieber, and Marvel silly bandz to name a few. You can wear them, collect them or trade them with friends! Many kids think that it’s cool to collect as many bandz as possible and then see how many they can fit on each arm.

6. KEYCHAINS

Keychains were first developed to help a person find their keys in the morning, or as they dig through their pockets or purse, or as a means to recognize one’s own set of keys. They can be personalized and unique, and used to showcase something the owner is interested in and enjoys. However, a set of keys with dozens of keychains will end up getting in the way and becoming heavy. The solution? Start a keychain collection! Many people choose themes to follow for these collections, such as places they have traveled, quotes, or a specific animal. Some people even use keychains as Christmas tree ornaments! Kids love to collect these because it makes them feel grown up and they can attach and hang them in a variety of fun places. Children can also collect chains from their favorite television shows or favorite movie characters, which make the process extra enjoyable.

7. STAMPS

Like stickers, youngsters also enjoy collecting stamps. This is often an activity that is done with parents or another adult, because stamps have so much history and educational value attached to them. You can collect stamps of any kind, or select special areas to focus on. Popular areas include: airmail stamps, commemorative stamps, people on stamps, birds on stamps, holiday stamps and more. Stamps can also hold a great deal of value and kids will love inspecting them with magnifying glasses and placing them in albums with tweezers.

8. COINS

Coin collecting is a hobby enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn. The images on coins can teach them about countries around the world as well as their own country. Kids have a ball collecting “money” and feel a bit “richer” with each coin they add to an empty slot in their books. A great, more recent, coin collecting hobby is collecting all 50 state quarters.

9. MARBLES

Kids have been playing with marbles for AGES, so it is obvious that they have been collecting them for that long as well. The wide array of colors and designs that they come in makes them all the more appealing to children. Collections of marbles can come from old games, or just random findings. Displaying them in clear jars makes for a great decoration too.

10. INSECTS

For the science and nature loving child, collecting insects is a great and educational hobby to begin. With adult supervision, kids can collect live or dead insects for display. They can be displayed in jars, vials or frames. Helping them to identify the type of critter, the wings, antennae and legs makes the process a learning experience. They also have a blast catching the bugs with nets, jars and other containers.

Collecting things is pleasurable, which is why, at Stikii, we have decided to sell our Stik-em accessories in a multitude of designs and shapes, along with packaging them in pairs. Children will be eager to build their collections of Stik-ems and will take pride in sharing them with their friends. Each Stik-em category can call for a different and separate collection!!Keep checking back to see when Stikiis and Stik-ems will be available to purchase.

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The Collection Phenomenon: Why do we do it?

Do you know someone with boxes stacked up in their closet filled with baseball cards? Or perhaps one of your good friends collects postage stamps? Or maybe your sister has an extensive collection of antiques (and most likely within this type of collection, there are multiple smaller collections of different types of antiques)? Odds are most of us have either at one point had our own collection, or know someone who does. And this is not just specific to the United States, collecting is a global phenomenon!!

People have been collecting things for AGES, whether it is on purpose or just simply acquiring things on accident is another story. Sometimes it is hard to understand why we collect things that are old, new, expensive, rare, odd, etc. There are multiple reasons why a person may begin a collection, and a lot of the time we are just dying to know the reasoning behind that rare assortment of treasures that they protect and love as if it was their first-born child.

The following are some common reasons why a person may begin a collection:

1.    It stimulates fond memories.

 Perhaps a specific coin reminds them of a day they spent with their father in Atlantic City, or a pink seashell of their honeymoon….just the touch can transport them back in time to that very day, that very moment in which they picked it up! Kind of like their own personal time machine.

2.    To reminisce of their childhood.

As we grow older, we grow out of certain toys and games, but that by no means indicates that we fall out of love for these things. Adults are finding more and more often that they really miss the toys they used to play with as children. This is why a lot of people will collect old toys, old board games, old video games, etc. Having them reminds them of when they were young and even sharing them with their own children brings them great joy.

3.   It’s fun, duh!

Many find it exciting and enjoyable to search for the next item needed for their specific collection. It is like a modern-day treasure hunt. You never know where that item may turn up, or how long it will take you to find it, but when you do, it feels like you just won the lottery or an Olympic gold medal. Yes that’s right, it’s that fun!

4.      Investment Purposes.

Although most often we find that people collect thing as a hobby, there are others out there that begin their collections for the sole purpose of monetary value. There are several things that one can collect that will rise in value as the years go by, or that are worth a pretty penny as complete set. This type of collection is no walk in the park, if the collector is not extremely careful, they may end up losing more money than they make of the assortment in the end. This makes it important to research and gain expertise in the field and sometimes to get a second opinion as to the condition or genuineness of the object. Rarity.com is a good site to use for this circumstance and to avoid such issues.

5.       “Fandom” or obsession. 

It is easy today for people to become obsessed or “star struck” with many objects or documents. Some people like a specific celebrity or movie so much that they feel the need to collect items that relate to them/it. Star Wars is a good example. People still love to collect memorabilia from the film such as R2D2 toys, light sabers, posters, etc. The same goes for a celebrity like, say, Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe.

6.       Achievement and/or completion of the set.

It is a really fulfilling moment when a person finds the last item needed to complete their collection. They love to know that they are one of the small bunches that actually owns the object in its entirety. This makes the owner proud, and indefinitely gives them “bragging rights”. It is similar feeling to reaching a long-term goal.

 7.       Something to talk about.

Often enough people collect things because it gives them something to talk about with family, friends and strangers alike! Often a parent will teach the child the importance behind the collection, or friends will star looking out for items that their collecting friend may need. It is an interesting conversation piece also because of the uniqueness and dedication behind the process.

We hope that, with Sikii and Stik-em’s, that children and parents will collect the accessories not only because it is fun, but because it will stimulate nice memories in the future. Our Stik-ems are so unique and fun that it will make an excellent first collection for children. This can help to teach them responsibility, the importance of research, and give them something to be proud us. Let us know if you would like more details on beginning your first Stik-em collection!

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My Stikiis, My Stik-em’s!

As we inch closer to the December 1, 2011 launch of Stikii shoes, it’s hard not to think about how much children are going to love them. The shoes are available in 8 different bright colors, in a shape that is one-of-a-kind! And did we mention that they are both affordable AND comfortable (two of the main shoe selection criterion)?!? But, possibly the most exciting feature of Stikii shoes are its interchangeable “Stik-em” accessories. 

Our “microfiber stik” material, created exclusively for the purpose of the footwear, allows children to continuously fashion their own unique shoe designs. The carefully formulated microfiber stik material with EVA OUTSOLE creates fun, comfortable and lightweight shoes perfect for any child. More importantly, however, the microfiber stik material holds Stik-em products firmly in place while still permitting children to easily remove the accessories to redesign their shoes at the blink of an eye! The fibers latch on to the back of the Stik-em’s in a sort of Velcro fashion that is both safe and fun!

We created Stik-em’s to complement the fun style and colors of our footwear. When released the shoes will be available in 8 different colors, which are as follows:

  1. Red
  2. Dark Pink
  3. Light Pink
  4. Medium Blue
  5. Dark Blue
  6. Brown
  7. Green
  8. Purple

Each color will have a fun name attached to it, such as “Razzle Red” or “Giddy Green”. This may be something we come to our fans for advice on. We intend to sell our shoes with accessories in an assortment of colors and sizes to provide consumers with an array of options including the following five categories:

  • Shiny Stik-em’s – Made of shiny PVC material, these accessories offer an eye-please contrast to the fabric on which they adhere.
  • Cloth Stik-em’s – These Stik-em’s resemble trendy, iron-on embroidered patches. Very reminiscent of Girl Scout and Boy Scout days.
  • 3D Stik-em’s – 3D movies and games are all the rage today, which is why we have created a 3D Stik-em category. These accessories are just like placing a soft a furry stuffed animal right onto the exterior of the shoe and the really POP out at you!
  • Rubber Stik-em’s – This highly durable material offers contrast and comes in various shapes and sizes. Think “rubber stamp”.
  • Light-up Stik-em’s – These clever ornaments light up with movement and last up to 20,000 hours. Kids will love playing outside in the evenings with these! It will make sneaking up on you tricky though!

Each category will offer a variety of shapes, characters, designs and more. Customer insight is always welcome. Our strategy remains to package the Stik-em accessories in identical pairs in order to entice children to trade the spare Stik-em with other Stikii wearers. Trading encourages trading and will assist in building the Stik-em collections. For centuries, children and adults alike have found pleasure in building and stocking collections, Next week’s blog plans to discuss the collection trend in more detail.

By combining Stik-em’s with the Stikii shoes, we hope to promote individuality and freedom of expression amongst youngsters.  Each day the child will have the opportunity to create a new shoe design, and thus, a new work of art. Color choice and Stik-em combinations will reflect the child’s tastes and mood each time they change it up. It encourages creativity in a fun way! Once the e-commerce website is up and running, consumers will have the option to “Build a Shoe” virtually. This feature allows the customer to first choose the color of the shoe, and then drag and attach multiple Stik-em’s to the shoe. When finished, just add the final to your shopping cart and check out! The shoes will then be delivered with the chosen Stik-ems!

Visit http://www.stikii.com for more details.

Stik-em’s will run at approximately $1.99 individually and $2.99 a pair. They will make great gifts and stocking stuffers when released this holiday season.

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