Promotional giveaway items, knicknacks, doodads, whatnots, thingamajigs.
The items have changed through the years.
Kind of like a geologic time scale of gimcrack whatchamacallits.
Anything with enough room to cram a company logo.
Pencils. Pens. Matches. Ashtrays. Jar openers. Umbrellas. Chip clips. Note pads. Pill boxes.
You name it, they make it.
And because you & I are suckers for a freebie, we have LOADS of this stuff (most of it untouched) jammed in drawers & cupboards throughout our home.
I have a cabinet filled with more sport bottles than there are Olympic events!
Another area is home to coffee travel mugs—and no one in my family drinks java!
Today, the giveaway items have evolved with technology to include mouse pads, memory sticks & selfie-sticks.
In recent days ballcaps with catchy slogans have been popular.
(I don’t have one of these.)
Through it all, one item has remained a marketing fav…..the tote bag.
Popular since humans have had hands, the tote bag is perfect for two reasons. One, a tote bag gives the organization plenty of room for a logo. And two, a tote bag allows me to carry more crap.
But I am here to say “Enough already with the tote bag.”
I am up to my waist in tote!
With a quick count, I tally up no less than 57 tote bags in my home.
Totes from hospitals, health systems, food companies, sports teams, grocery stores, cable companies, running races, retail and the list goes on.
We even have a giant tote bag to hold all the smaller totes!
I was given a backpack tote with a logo–and I can barely walk.
Totes of all sizes & shapes.
We have totes of enough different colors to choke ROY G BIV.
Marketers, please. Hear me out.
Stop with the tote bags. My hands & closets are full.
Frankly, I’m ready to go back to jar openers.