Halfway through the sorting and packing last week I was still having my doubts about Valleyschwag, but when we had the burlap stenciling and tied up with twine I realized that this might be the nicest packaging that most of our subscribers had ever received. I looked at it and realized that I would actually pay the subscription price to be on the list, even as I was packing the stuff myself.
Apparently some bloggers also like the packaging, and the whole experience, because Valleyschwag got blogged a lot last week. Especially important were: Scott Beale - schwag contributor and man-about-town, whose post was picked up by BoingBoing, which some of you may be familiar with. Plus venture-capitalist and blogger David Hornik lent us some legitimacy outside the freakshow circuit.
Needless to say, this resulted in more than a few new subscribers over the last few days. So all your corporate types and venture-backed startups out there, time to empty out your closets and send us ALL YOUR SHIRTS. God knows we need them. The people need them.
So, returning to my standard list format, here are 8 pieces of schwag I'd like to see in a valleyschwag package. (Note that most of these don't exist yet.)
Secret decoder rings that can be exchanged on first dates. I'm not sure exactly what they would do, but it would kick ass.
LED's and tiny laser pens to encourage more lightpainting.
Those super-hot SWAT team EFF hats.
- Mule Design
Tiny cameras and audio recorders to spy on our employers.
Blackboard t-shirts and chalk, so we can make a custom shirt for every event we attend.
Reversible shirts with myspace logo on one side and nothing on the other side, so we can turn them inside out and deny that we have a myspace account.
- Laughing Squid
One live squid.