I’ve been asked many, many times where my kids got their awesome homeschool t-shirts – you know the unsocialized homeschooler ones:
Sit back and let me tell you a story. (Be patient…there’s a really cool giveaway at the end.)
Once upon a time, there was a homeschool family with a kid named Josh. (Nope, this isn’t about us, even though I have a kid named Josh.) This homeschool family homeschooled way back 20 or so years ago. You know, way back when in homeschooling years.
There was a mom named Theresa and a dad named Chris. Theresa and Chris wanted a homeschool t-shirt for their son, Josh, but where to find one in the way back when of homeschooling?
Being the industrious folks that homeschoolers are known to be, they decided to make one. So, they found a book that named some famous homeschoolers. They put a collage of those folks’ faces on a t-shirt, added the caption, “I am homeschooled and so were…” on the top, and had the shirt printed up.
Josh (the one that doesn’t belong to me) started wearing the shirt. His homeschooled friends started asking where they could get one. Chris and Theresa discovered that people were willing to pay them for these t-shirts, and Great Products was born, bringing awesome homeschool t-shirts (and, now, novelty items and discount computers) to the masses.
The Osborne family has since sold over 25,000 of that original homeschool shirt design all over the world, along with dozens of other designs, including our family’s favorite, the “warning: unsocialized homeschooler” shirts.
Josh, who now has two children of his own, says that his family has traveled the country doing hundreds of homeschool conventions from coast to coast. “In fact,” he says, “we still do about 15 per year. The first 10 years of our travel, I was still being homeschooled. I got one of the best educational experiences possible because I got to see in person all the sites that most kids just read about in their geography books. Not only that but I was shown first hand how a business works and all the effort that must go into running a success one.”
The cool thing about the beginnings of Great Products is that is reminds me a lot of how we first came into contact with the Osborne family. It was in our second or third of homeschooling. My daughter had been out of public school for a couple of years, but she still often wore one of her two school t-shirts from her former elementary school. They were getting too small.
It occurred to me how cool it would be to have a homeschool t-shirt that would show Brianna’s pride in being a homeschool student. I also thought that it would be really cool for all the kids in our homeschool group to have matching shirts so that they could enjoy the experience of “school pride” and connectedness that a school shirt can bring.
I searched around the Internet and found Great Products, just at they were having their annual $5.99 t-shirt sale. I took up an order from our homeschool group and it wasn’t long before our kids had matching shirts with our homeschool group name on the back.
We placed orders every fall for several years after that, giving our kids a wide selection of homeschool group shirts. Great Products still offers that same $5.99 sale every year. In fact, it’s going on now through September 15.
Not only can you catch a great deal on some awesome homeschool t-shirts this week, but you can also enter to win a SET of homeschool ninja shirts for your entire (maybe) family (limit 6).
How to enter:
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