About & FAQ's
ABOUT SALTWATER DRY GOODS
For a long time I had wanted to start a business as an outlet for my daydreams about the sea. In 2020, I had some spare moments due to COVID, so I took the plunge and started this small business "SaltWater Dry Goods".
I have been lucky enough to spend a ton of time on Cape Cod, as a kid and as an adult, and without a doubt that's where my love of the ocean sprouted and flourished. To this day I am happiest at or on the water inhaling salt air.
During my long career in commercial construction I've destroyed mountains of clothing. Blood, sweat, fire, grease, sewage, adhesives, just about anything you can think of I've used to ruin many many tee shirts, sweatshirts, and more. As a necessity, I replace these items often.
With my aspirations to apply my saltwater infused daydreams to a business, I started putting onto paper designs that had been banging around my head for years, and I married them with my need to replace destroyed tee shirts and sweatshirts and the like. And SaltWater Dry Goods was born.
While I realize I am creating simplistic items and certainly not performing brain surgery, I take great enjoyment in the designing and I have tried hard to provide good products at a fair price. I see tons of New England influences in my designs (lifelong resident - it's what I've absorbed) while also pulling from more tropical flavored daydreams. That's what I see anyhow....
I'm enjoying the learning curve and the adventure, most of all I'm glad to be fulfilling a long held desire. If nothing else, I'm doing something that makes me happy and it's cool to see some of my stuff out there on the street.
* Print Methods on Products?
Unless noted otherwise, the products are printed with direct to garment inks. These colors set into the fabrics & materials as opposed to sitting on top of them, such as screen printing does. This process enables more intricate and detailed designs to be printed.
Hat designs are embroidered unless otherwise noted.
* Shipping Costs & Lead Times?
Nothing is free, despite any promotions companies run saying otherwise. Rather than play semantic games with shipping costs, I've simply built them into my product pricing. So - prices you see include shipping.
Lead times vary by product but most tees ship within a few days, and most sweatshirts have a similar lead time. Hats are more like 7-8 days before they ship and some of assorted items (like leggings for example) have a 2 week-ish type lead time. I keep an eye on all orders and any that linger I contact vendors about.
Because I use third parties to produce my products, which quite honestly is great to keep overhead low, I don't currently stock items in bulk. Instead, I produce items "on demand". If you order something, it is made for you with your selections and shipped directly to you by one of my vendors. It's advantageous for me in that I don't have to scratch up a bunch of capital to buy large runs of items, and I like the fact that it eliminates the likely waste of unsold items. (The disadvantage to me is the profits are thinner than if I did buy in bulk, but it's not all about the money). Having experimented with multiple vendors, I've settled on ones that provide good products, good execution of printing designs, in a reasonable time frame. I am not, nor am I trying to be, a business sending stuff out next day air or overnight. As stated above, I design some tee shirts and sweatshirts, none of which are important enough nor "need" to be in someone's hands in 24 hours. If that doesn't fit your needs as a customer, I rather be upfront about it and say thanks for looking.
All I can do is ask that you carefully review sizing info provided BEFORE you place an order. I attempt to include sizing info as best I can. If something doesn't fit, I'll do a swap for you, just realize it does impact me because of the on demand manufacturing I mentioned above. If you simply don't like something even though it fits, contact me at email@example.com and we'll sort through it. I will absolutely make every attempt to satisfy customers, but I am not foolish enough to think I can please everyone all the time .