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New Product Alert! UC Scrunchies Make It Easier Than Ever To Flaunt Your Good Taste

Summer is here, scrunchies are back in fashion, and your drink is sweating. Quick! What do you do? We recommend going the functional fashion route and bundling a new koozie with a matching scrunchie, or ordering a scrunchie to go with an Uncommon Covers koozie you already own! Whether the scrunchie trend is new to you or you are thrilled to see its third regeneration, donning an Uncommon Covers scrunchie while sipping an Uncommon Covers sheathed beverage takes awesomeness to the next level.

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Aside from being a fabulously fun way to accessorize your hair, scrunchies can be used for a myriad of things! Wear one on each ankle and change the look of a pair of heels. Decorate your pet. Send to a loved one and think about them each time the coordinating koozie is used. Adorn a doorknob as festive décor. Claim a drink in the frig. Snap against your wrist to break a bad habit. Wear around your ears as an alternative to earrings. Hang on the rear view mirror to identify your car in a sea of similar-looking SUVs. Use as a napkin ring. Censor your Bad Words koozie when mixed company is around. Match with a friend then use as a reference point when exercising your constitutional right to free speech and freedom of assembly. The possibilities are endless!

rainbow hair scrunchieJazzed to engage with the scrunchie crowd? Order yours today via three different ways! One: under a specific koozie, select on the drop down list. Two: choose as a product category. Three: contact Jenny to have a special customized scrunchie made. It’s that easy! Concerned about summer fun and sun making your scrunchie crusty? Throw it in the washing machine! Just like the majority of Uncommon Cover koozies, these scrunchies are machine washable. Happening, versatile, and coordinated! Who’s got it together? You do! Now, the let world know without saying a word. Viva la scrunchie!

Take Father’s Day Up a Notch This Year!

Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 21, 2020)! Did you know this celebratory holiday has been a calendar staple in Europe since the Middle Ages and is now honored all around the world? In fact, the very first Father’s Day in the United States was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Father’s Day is also a time to honor father figures, mentors, and fathers worth admiring.

Shopping for Dad gifts is not always an easy task, especially in a time of social distancing. Getting something the recipient will both love and use is often a challenge. Break away from the usual drab selections and take advantage of the Uncommon Covers Father’s Day Gift Bundle! This customizable bundle features two crowd favorites: Day Drinker and Bad Words koozies, available in the sleeve, regular, skinny, and tall boy sizes. Order two sizes, three sizes, or four sizes – the combinations and recipient list options are endless! Versatility for practically all types of cups, cans, bottles, and more; Day Drinker comes in original neon yellow neoprene and Bad Words is offered in gray neoprene.

For all your selfless shopping and supporting of a small, Texas business, the Uncommon Covers Father’s Day Gift Bundle comes with a multi-product discount, and shipping is free on orders over $75. Go ahead and get the bundle now that you are thinking about it; for guaranteed delivery by Father’s Day, orders must be submitted online by June 12. There are endless ways to use these koozies! They are perfectly at home on a boat, at the golf course, in the garage, and in a cup holder, summer, spring, winter, and fall! Give your Dad, Husband, Brother, Friend, or someone who has been like a father a handy gift they will happily use all year long.

Support Three Birds with One Face Mask

Now is a time of uncertainty for all. Personal and professional lives are intermingling like never before, and clear courses of action are in short supply. We as Americans have ways to lessen impact to our communities, including social distancing and utilizing face masks, as well as supporting our healthcare workers and grocery store employees. One thing which remains steadfast is kindness: choosing to treat others with compassion and respect is important especially now.

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Of course, we are all aware of how local and national businesses are being affected. One constant which may not be so obvious is the United States Postal Service. Everyone needs USPS to deliver mail, packages, and magazines; in this time of isolation, this connection has become key. However, due to businesses reducing marketing and customers reducing purchasing, the USPS has been impacted, in addition to the detrimental 2006 law passed by Congress which required the creation of “a $72 billion reserve to pay for the cost of its post-retirement health care costs, 75 years into the future. This burden applies to no other federal agency or private corporation.”

Here are some facts about the United States Postal Service:

  • More than 7.3 million people are employed by the agency.
  • Zero tax dollars are used by the Postal Service. Sales of postage, products, and services fund its entire operation.
  • The Postal Service employs more than 97,000 military veterans and is one of the largest employers of veterans in the country.
  • In 2019, the Postal Service recycled 177,612 tons of paper, 39,792 tons of cardboard and 5,537 tons of plastic.
  • Minorities comprise nearly 40% of the Postal Service workforce.

Source: https://facts.usps.com/

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Now for some great news!

It is easy to support both the United States Postal Service and a small business! Along with the usual array of unique drinkwear, Uncommon Covers is now offering face masks for sale, which will be shipped, as usual, via USPS. This is the perfect way to support two types of industry which are essential to America, and protect your family and community! Available in both adult and child sizes, these masks are hand sewn (as are all UC products!), washable & reusable with 3 layers of cotton. Each face mask is made to order; multiple fabric options are offered. Send a few to family and friends, gift your favorite essential worker, and order for yourself.

Uncommon Covers has proudly donated to frontline workers and first responders in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Houston, and Lubbock. This is a real opportunity to help multiple groups of people. Order today!

March is for Celebrating!

The month of March is the calendar home to both Texas Independence Day (March 2) and International Women’s Day (March 8). Small businesses are the epitome of independence, and women all over the world are working towards their own kind of inspiration. As Uncommon Covers is both a small business in Texas, and owned by a woman, we would like to celebrate March by highlighting some information close to Uncommon Covers!

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Bigger is Better

Interesting statistics about Texas small businesses:

  • As of September 2019, Texas has 2.7 million small businesses, which employ 4.7 million people.
  • Out of $100 spent, typically $68 stays in the community of the small business. On the obverse, out of $100 spent at a non-small business, only $43 usually stays in the community.
  • California, Texas, and Florida are the states with most veteran-owned businesses.
  • Roughly 52% of small business owners donate to charity; 90% of those donations are to local causes.
  • If you are looking for ways to support small businesses beyond purchasing directly, consider these options:
            1. Visit markets and venues showcasing small businesses
            2. Talk about local companies with friends and family
            3. Partner with small businesses and community organizations
            4. Share small business content on social media
            5. Leave positive reviews of small businesses online

Facts about Women-run businesses:

  • Women own 4 out of every 10 businesses in the United States.
  • In 2017, women of color accounted for 71% of new female-owned business launches.
  • The amount of U.S. women-owned businesses increased between 1972 and 2018, from 402,000 to 12.3 million.
  • Between 2007 and 2018, businesses owned by women of color grew by 163%.
  • If global entrepreneurship participation was the same between women and men, the global GDP could potentially be boosted by $2.5 trillion to $5 trillion.

Uncommon Covers is proud to support the local community and other small businesses! Personal involvement near and dear includes the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area. Consider using UC to celebrate the women in your life and the spirit of independence in Texas! And remember, it is almost river time!

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River Hair Don’t Care

Move Over Summer, Winter is Koozie Season

Many people associate koozie use with summer time, and with great reason! Summer goes hand in hand with being outside, water sports, and refreshing beverages. When you’re sweating, there is no reason for your drink sweat too. Plus at a table full of drinks, a personalized koozie is the best way to identify your drink among many others.

But have you considered the distinct advantages of using a koozie in the winter months? Outside activities are still quite common; you just need different equipment! Here are the top nine reasons why winter koozies rock.

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  1. Cup sleeves keep hot chocolate and coffee hot longer!
  2. Great way to differentiate your snowman from everyone else’s.
  3. Brightly colored Day Drinker koozie can be used as a signal if ice causes issues on the road.
  4. Keep your drink cool and tasty when hanging out next to a fire.
  5. Steel tumblers look fancy with a cup sleeve on.
  6. Full coverage from 16 oz. Tall Boy and 24 oz. Silo styles maintain perfect consumption temperature.
  7. Neoprene keeps cold and wet in so your hands/gloves/mittens stay dry.
  8. For the Texans, a koozie can help regulate the coolness or hotness of their drinks while the weather wildly vacillates between 80° and 25° within 24 hours.
  9. Still the best way to ensure you are drinking your own drink.

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So, yes! Summer is a fabulous time to have koozies around but winter is also the perfect season for koozie use. Keep them in your glove compartment or ice chest, not in the seasonal tubs. What are some ways koozies make your winter experience better?

Come say howdy at the Universal City Snowfest & Carnival on Saturday, February 15, 3pm – 9pm at the Universal City Park, 305 North Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148. Not in the area? Shopping online is available anytime! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with new designs, specials, and market postings.

As a Texas-based business, we at Uncommon Covers are generally deprived of snow and wintery goodness. We would love to see your custom koozie being used in all that white stuff, so snap a pic of you or someone braving the cold with an Uncommon Cover and we may just post it to our social media! Be sure to tag it #uncommoncovers for all the world to see. Stay warm out there!

Happy 2020 from the UC Team!

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Sarah & Jenny at Wein & Saengerfest.

What a fantastic year 2019 was for Uncommon Covers! We made great designs people loved, received new and exciting ideas for fans, and truly enjoyed our craft. Much thanks to online customers and visitors to markets we participated in: Wein & Saengerfest, Boerne Handmade Market, Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Flea at Silver Street, Christkindlmarkt, Texas Craft Brewers Festival, HUB MRKT, Currents Spring Open House, SoFlo Market, and Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater.

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Leather drinkwear

Some of our most popular styles were the cup sleeve (so versatile!) and the skinny (for light beer and hard seltzer lovers); commonly sold out (then quickly replenished) designs include cactus prints, leather styles, Day DrinkerI Love Bad Words, and River Hair Don’t Care. We love our sassy customers!

In 2020, we are steaming ahead! Two markets are on the horizon:  Deep Eddy Cocktail & Craft 2nd Anniversary Party on Saturday, January 18, 11am – 5pm at the Deep Eddy Tasting Room, 2250 E Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, and the Universal City Snowfest & Carnival on Saturday, February 15, 3pm – 9pm at the Universal City Park, 305 North Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148.

Of course, shopping online is available anytime! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with new designs, specials, and market postings. We are committed to blogging in 2020; here are some of the topics coming soon!

How Cup Sleeves Save Lives, or At Least, Clothes

What do Hunting Season and Swimsuit Season Have in (Un)Common?

Old T-Shirts Get New Lives

Are Promo Koozies Ruining Your Good Time?

Stay tuned and come say hello at our markets! We always love fan photos, so snap a pic of you or someone using an Uncommon Covers piece and we may just post it to our social media! Be sure to tag it #uncommoncovers for all the world to see. Cheers to 2020 and handcrafted drinkwear!