MerchOp

Hand Screen Printed T-shirts and Gifts

Carbondale, Illinois On Etsy since 2017

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MerchOp

Hand Screen Printed T-shirts and Gifts

Carbondale, Illinois | 1,371 Sales

Announcement    Get behind the scenes and keep up with new designs by following us on social media:
www.instagram.com/merchop_pics
www.facebook.com/merchopforbands/

UPDATE: Still healthy here and maintaining safe distances during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are fortunate that confirmed cases of the virus remain low our very rural area and being a two person team, who work from home, our production abilities remain mostly the same. We'll be wearing gloves and masks when we pack your order and are following CDC safety guidelines. We hope this finds you safe and well.

Hello and thank you for visiting MerchOp! We're a small (two person) screen printing shop in the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois. Currently operating out of the converted family garage, we design and print by hand our own original designs as well as commercial work for bands and local businesses.

PLEASE NOTE If you are purchasing band merch from The Hooten Hallers or Chicago Farmer: We print these items to order, so their processing times are longer. We try to ship as quickly as possible, but if you are buying band merchandise as a gift, please feel free to send us a convo so that we can make sure not to miss your special occasion. And thank you for supporting hard working musicians!

Don't know what size to order? Many of our listings have a size specifications table included with the product photos. You can measure a favorite shirt, just below the sleeves, and compare that to the chart to pick the best size option. Be patient with us as we slowly revise all of our listings with this information.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 3, 2020

Get behind the scenes and keep up with new designs by following us on social media:
www.instagram.com/merchop_pics
www.facebook.com/merchopforbands/

UPDATE: Still healthy here and maintaining safe distances during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are fortunate that confirmed cases of the virus remain low our very rural area and being a two person team, who work from home, our production abilities remain mostly the same. We'll be wearing gloves and masks when we pack your order and are following CDC safety guidelines. We hope this finds you safe and well.

Hello and thank you for visiting MerchOp! We're a small (two person) screen printing shop in the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois. Currently operating out of the converted family garage, we design and print by hand our own original designs as well as commercial work for bands and local businesses.

PLEASE NOTE If you are purchasing band merch from The Hooten Hallers or Chicago Farmer: We print these items to order, so their processing times are longer. We try to ship as quickly as possible, but if you are buying band merchandise as a gift, please feel free to send us a convo so that we can make sure not to miss your special occasion. And thank you for supporting hard working musicians!

Don't know what size to order? Many of our listings have a size specifications table included with the product photos. You can measure a favorite shirt, just below the sleeves, and compare that to the chart to pick the best size option. Be patient with us as we slowly revise all of our listings with this information.

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Heather Smith

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Heather Smith

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About MerchOp

Sales 1,371
On Etsy since 2017

Merchop Originals on Etsy

We are Heather and Hugh and we started Merchop a few years ago, mostly as a means to sell t-shirts online for the bands we were in. After a while, our friends hit us up to make shirts for them, along with some local businesses in our area. We still do a lot of custom wholesale work but the local popularity of Heather’s retail designs encouraged us to branch out and offer these to the Etsy community.

With the Great American Eclipse coming up on August 2017, we wanted to get as many eclipse related designs out into the world as soon as we could. We are fortunate to see the eclipse in its longest totality at our home base of Carbondale, Illinois. Just down the road from us is Makanda, surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest and Giant City Park, and it is the crossroads for the 2017 eclipse and the 2024 eclipse. We are quite fortunate to be able to experience both of these astronomical events! In addition to our Southern Illinois pride in this total solar eclipse, we’ve created shirts featuring other states with excellent views of this event including Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas City, Western Kentucky, Nashville and South Carolina.

Our home state is Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, so we are pretty proud to have some Lincoln related material on our Etsy store along with bunch of other designs that we like. We come from different backgrounds with lots of different interests so hopefully you can find something here that is appealing!

We print all of our t-shirts in our garage that we converted into our shop in 2013. Every print is made by hand, pulling a squeegee across the silk screens created on our homemade exposure unit. All items are cured in our restored conveyor dryer, spared from the scrap yard by a talented electrician.

Most all of our shirts are printed on soft materials as our customers appreciate the comfortable texture of these garments. We do have a few on some heavier cotton for those who prefer a more rugged fit. Some of our preferred t-shirt brands are Bella Canvas, American Apparel, Hanes Nano and Gildan Ultra Cotton.

Our shirts are printed with standard plastisol ink and should hold up just fine when washed in a standard washing machine without a need for special care. Our tea towels are printed with water based ink and the same should apply.

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  • Heather Smith

    Owner

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