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Small Business Saturday: Shakedown Goods

The first time we met Shakedown Goods was 2010 in the middle of the night at Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas….and the rest is history!  John and Wesli of Shakedown Goods have an amazing business.  It’s like a hippie emporium but so much more because they are artists with a passion for supporting other artisans.  They sell a wide range of amazing hand crafted goods like: original art hat pins and patches, band related dog collars and pet charms, leather/gemstone jewelry, Dope on a Rope soap, hemp lighter kits, some really REALLY cool socks and more!

That’s just the amazing stuff they sell!  John and Wesli have become some of our best friends over the years and it is inspiring to see them grow their business.  We have vended next to and shared booths with these guys, been through some pretty scary storms together, and have gone to countless Widespread Panic shows with them.  John and Wesli now run a successful traveling and online store that caters to a music loving, festivarian crowd and are a household name throughout the nation. We are very grateful to have this amazing couple in our lives and we’re stoked for the memories to come!

Check out Shakedown Goods!

Collaboration With Kind Design – Maroon Bells Tarpestry

Kind Design has released their second Tarpestry and it is breathtaking. The “Maroon Bells” design is a unique rendering of the iconic peaks in Aspen, Colorado. There are over 12,000 hand made triangles in the artwork!

This Tarpestry is truly one of a kind in design and functionality. It’s the very first “Rugged” style artist print we’ve ever made. Which means it’s water-repellent and UV resistant on BOTH sides. You can really put this Tarpestry through the wringer – it’s perfect for all things outdoors. The beach, lake and river are perfect destinations for the Maroon Bells Tarpestry.  Since it’s UV resistant the colors will last and the double sided water-repellency means double the durability. 

To shop the Maroon Bells Tarpestry and all designs from our Artist Series, visit this page.

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How to rock the holidays with Tarpestry

Baby, it’s cold outside! The fire is going in the fireplace and you’ve stashed your Tarpestry away to be ready for next camping season…  Wait, what? You don’t need to put your Tarpestry away for the winter!  Here are a few ideas for using your Tarpestry this holiday season:

Use your Classic Tarpestry for your Christmas tree skirt and wrap the base of your tree in style.  Not only will your presents be placed on beautiful fabric, but your hardwoods will be protected from water drips.

Take your Tarpestry on your next sledding adventure!  Park the Tarpestry at the top of the hill for breaks without wet bums. Plus, you can add your arsenal of snowballs to your Tarpestry and move them to the best firing locations.  The Rugged Style is best because it gives double the water-repellency!

Feeling a draft?  We know from experience that it is no fun to have a fire in the fireplace,only to feel a draft of cold air streaming in from a crack in the door or windows.  Brrrr!  We have very effectively used a Tarpestry to cover a window or door and reduce the cold air creep.  It really helps!

Other fun ways you can use your Tarpestry this holiday season include but certainly aren’t limited to:  seat around the outdoor bonfire, guest air mattress cover (a nice buffer from the cold air), cover for the firewood, firewood transport, buffer in the car for wet gear and so much more!

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Make Someone Happy!

We have seen our share of elated faces over the years – pictures of people opening their brand new Tarpestry presents.  We agree! Tarpestry makes an excellent gift for anytime of the year but especially during the holiday seasons. That’s because anyone can use it, practically anywhere!  They can use their gift in the park for picnics, on the beach, at lawn concerts, and more.  

We have heard people say that the Tarpestry was their favorite gift over the holidays!  But shhh we aren’t supposed to tell anyone.  So let the snow fall, and let the smiles appear on your loved ones faces this Christmas when you all sit around the tree together and they open their Tarpestry.  So go on, make someone happy, and give them the gift of adventure!

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Holiday Gifting: The Perfect Match

It’s hard to pick out certain gifts for people – jewelry, clothing, books and definitely Tarpestrys. There are different styles of Tarpestry with tons of design options so it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the perfect gift. After watching people choose their favorites at festivals for six years, we have the inside scoop for matching personality types to designs. We’re not psychic…but it’s a good starting point. Plus we offer exchanges, just in case.

For the Athletic Person
For this person, functionality takes precedence. We recommend the Rugged ‘Harvest’ design. Earthy colors hide the dirt and it’s paired with our tougher Rugged style that can withstand a more rigorous lifestyle.

For the Introvert
We are thinking of the quiet picnicker or casual book reader on your list. The Classic ‘Moon Garden’ design is a good fit. Although it has a complex design it is easier on the eyes, plus the Classic style has the cotton upper for comfort.

For the Creative Person
For the person who is always thinking outside the box and wanting to create. We match them with the Artist Edition options of ‘Black Canyon’ or ‘Instruments’ because of the pure artistic power put into these designs.

For the Playful Person
The whimsical type that has a go-with-the-flow mentality. Any of our Classic 3-D designs are a good fit for the playful person. They come with 3-D glasses for hours of play!

For the Practical Person
We get this question in our booth at every festival: “What is the best Tarpestry?”. We go with the Fleece every time. The fleece packs a bit larger, however it is warmer and thicker than the other styles. It’s practically perfect!

For Everyone
Tarpestry Gift Cards!

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Holiday Gift Guide

As you plan your holiday shopping for this year, think about including small businesses!  Supporting artisans is a wonderful way to sustain local communities AND you can find really unique gifts!  

When we travel to music festivals during the summer we love meeting the other vendors and checking out their crafts.  These vendors are incredibly talented people who support themselves and their families through their small businesses.  They offer handmade clothing and jewelry, artwork, pottery and crafts as well as outdoor goods.  The products are always high quality and one-of-a-kind.

So when you’re looking for the perfect present, don’t forget to start with local and/or small businesses.  We promise, you’ll find something they’ve never seen!

Here are some of our very favorite small businesses and the crafts they offer:

Super Rad Cape Co. – unique handmade capes for all ages!

Shakedown Goods – a collection of artist-made goods

Mandala Dyes – hand tied and dyed in Colorado

Dope Soap on a Rope – hand crafted soap with hemp oil

Apsarajewelry & Textiles from Past & Present

Peak to Peak Batiks – batik clothing and wall hangings handmade in Colorado

Hooked Productions – sustainable and eco friendly clothing

Colorado Kaleidoscope Company – handmade kaleidoscopes

Feather Flies & Humble Bee Botanicals  – hand crafted with love in Colorado

Jessica Lee Designsfine hand crafted heirloom jewelry

100 Mics – clothing, jewelry and accessories

Radiant Shade – handmade clothing

Synergy Organic Clothing – organic women’s clothing

Legalize Pot Belly Pigs Co. – environmentally conscious gear

Vaughan’s Glassworks – glass blower in Asheville, NC

Brendan White Jewelry – hand crafted in Colorado

Loki Colorado – outdoor gear

 

For the art enthusiast on your list:

Kind Designs By Valentine

Tripps Prints

Phil Lewis Art

The Art of Ryan Kerrigan

The Art of Isadora Bullock

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Why Choose Classic

The “Classic” is our most popular Tarpestry style.  It has a soft 100% cotton top fabric and a durable, water-repellent and UV resistant base fabric.  The cotton fabric is hand silk-screen printed with unique designs.

Team Tarpestry loves the Classic style for picnics, outdoor concerts, camping, in the car and the back yard.  Put your Tarpestry down in the park and lay out your spread of cheese and wine (or fried chicken and PBR). Be sure to bring a set of tent stakes so your Tarpestry stays down in the wind. If the rain comes, pile your stuff on the Tarpestry and flip the sides over the pile so it stays nice and dry…or throw it over your head and use it as a poncho!  If the sun starts to wear you out, use the grommet rings to hang up the Tarpestry for instant shade.  

If you’re ready to keep it Classic, check out our designs here.


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Picnic With Tarpestry!

The picnic.  The quintessential time that we all need a blanket of some sort.  So many times in the past we have used a bed sheet/tapestry or a quilted blanket on the lawn…which is how the idea of Tarpestry came about in the first place!  The sheets and quilts end up getting wet from the dew on the grass or from a spilled drink, and the grass and burs always stick to them.  After many a wet butt and a blanket covered in goose poop we created the Tarpestry to take care of the picnic pitfalls.

You may wonder what makes Tarpestry so much better for picnics than other outdoor blankets?  For starters, the company has been built from the ground up by Carrie and Ted – a husband and wife team.  All Tarpestrys are made in Colorado because made the U.S. is very important to us. Also, the Tarpestry features grommet rings! If it’s windy or you find yourself on a sloped hill for your picnic you can stake this blanket into the ground so it will stay put whether you are on it or not. And if you find yourself in an unexpected rainstorm you can throw the Tarpestry overhead to keep dry.  Last but not least when you take out a Tarpestry for your picnic you are taking with you a piece of art.  You can sit on an artistic design instead of a plastic blue tarp or plaid blanket.  The Tarpestry has many other uses that you will soon find out about when you take yours out on your next picnic. So break out your cheese and wine and your Tarpestry, it’s picnic season!

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Hidden in the Hollow Music Festival

Our good friends in the music biz run Hidden in the Hollow Music Festival…the most epic all-VIP festivals ever thrown!  $120 gets you in, a screen printed poster, a cup, a hat pin, camping, free pizza saturday night, and beer is free. Lets repeat that last one…BEER IS FREE. There are giveaways everyday.  They give away so much free stuff like hand blown glass and Tarpestrys that you’ve got a 1 in 10 chance to go home with something that is worth the price of the ticket – or more!  Located at a hidden BEAUTIFUL mountain top location between Boone, NC and Johnson City, TN. MAY 20-21, 2016.

This will be the fourth annual and last year we were finally able to be there. We joined the prep team and also donated a Tarpestry for one of the many giveaways through the weekend.

2015 featured George Porter Jr., Jeff Sipe Trio, the Keels, Consider the Source, Native Sway, PBR, and so much more.  Man what a party it was and we had a great time!  During the Keels late night we helped rip a few giant fireworks to really get the mood lively!  Yes there was a bonfire…..and free moonshine, free beer, free pizza, and the most amazing RoShamBo contest ever witnessed (might have broken world records) not to mention the winner got to go home with a brand new Tarpestry!  

This year’s lineup is amazing and has a few returns as well as new acts such as Dumpstaphunk, Yo mama’s big fat booty band, and Rumpke Mountain Boys who will be playing from 2a.m. until!  It’s time to get your boogie on down at the Hidden in the Hollow this year.  Grab your tickets here! Good luck on the RoShamBo contest and Tarpestry is proud to announce the winner will once again go home with a Tarpestry!  Hope to see you party people in the hollow!

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Happy Music Festival Season!

Some of you already have a few music festivals under your belt this year and for others the festival season is just beginning.  Either way we hope you are as excited as we are to hear some amazing music in the company of good friends, family and the great outdoors.  Festival season is our favorite time of year! Not only do we get to travel the country and listen to great music but we are also reunited with all of you…and get to meet some of you for the first time!  Warm weather and smiling faces get us so excited to embark on Tarpestry Tour.

If you’re headed to any music festivals this summer don’t forget to pack your Tarpestry! You’ll always have a home base at the main stage for you and your buddies…not to mention a personal dance floor.  If the rain comes (and you know it will) pile your stuff on the Tarpestry and flip the sides over the pile so it stays nice and dry.  Or throw it over your head and use it as a poncho!  Be sure to bring a set of tent stakes so your Tarpestry stays down in the wind.  When it’s time for a break, bring the Tarpestry back to camp and hang up for privacy during nap time.  If the sun starts to wear you out, hang up the Tarpestry with the grommet rings to make life-saving shade.  Cheers to music festival season, have a blast and most importantly don’t forget to pack your Tarpestry!  Oh yeah, and lots and lots of water.

See our Tarpestry Tour schedule here!

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Mother’s Day, Tarpestry Style

For Mother’s Day this year surprise the mom in your life with a Tarpestry of her own!  Maybe your magnificent mama is an avid adventurer or maybe she likes to lounge in the yard. Either way we think it’s safe to say that she will LOVE this gift.

Let’s break down the perfect mother’s day experience.  You call mom and tell her you would like to take her out to eat.  She might be thinking, oh a nice restaurant with the family how nice.  Well surprise!  It turns out you have organized a picnic with her favorite meal and some delicious dessert.  You take her to the local park or picnic area and lay down a brand new Tarpestry in the grass, set up the food and have a nice relaxing time with mom.  She mentions how neat this blanket is that you brought.  Well here’s the kicker.  When you’re all done and ready to head home fold up the new Tarpestry nice and neat and tell her that you actually bought it for her. Not only did you want her to have a Tarpestry, but also a wonderful day to remember every time she uses her Tarpestry again.  You’re basically the best child in the universe.  

Now this is how you have Mother’s Day, Tarpestry style!

Love, Team Tarpestry

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Tarpestry Festival Tour 2016

AAAND we’re off!  This weekend starts our festival season and man are we excited to get back on the road.  On Tarpestry tour we will travel across the country and set up our vending booth at different festivals. We have a super fun lineup this year with a few new (to us) festivals and some classics that we love returning to every year.  If you’re headed to any of our festivals please come by our booth and say hi!

Festival schedule:

Merlefest – Wilkesboro, NC (4/28 – 5/1)

Hidden in the Hollow Fest – Butler, TN (5/20 – 5/21)

Delfest – Cumberland, MD (5/26 – 5/29)

Telluride Bluegrass – Telluride, CO (6/16 – 6/19)

Rockygrass – Lyons, CO (7/24 – 7/28)

FloydFest – Floyd, VA (7/27 – 7/31)

 

Potential festivals – fingers crossed!

Gauley Fest – Summersville, WV (9/15 – 9/18)

HillBerry – Eureka Springs, AR (10/13 – 10/16)

Hulaween – Live Oak, FL (10/30 – 11/1)
*See our On The Road page for direct links to festivals*

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Why Choose Rugged Tarpestry?

The Rugged is our toughest Tarpestry Style and has been known to withstand some pretty intense adventures!  If you are tough on your stuff then this might be the Tarpestry for you.  The Rugged has a urethane-coated polyester top AND base so it is durable, water-repellent and UV resistant on both sides.  Team Tarpestry’s favorite uses for the Rugged include water adventures (beach, river, lake), yard work, in the car and on the ski slopes.

While hiking and camping there are a lot of amazing places to rest that might seem too damp, rocky or full of sticks or pine needles.  The Rugged gives an extra barrier between these pokey elements so your break will be nice and comfortable.  When you’re done resting, pack it up and rope it up at camp over your hammock or lay it down in front of your tent!

The beach is a relaxing place, but the sand can become a major bummer.  If you’re using a beach towel or blanket the sand can get really stuck in there!  And then they can get wet and take forever to dry. Use a Rugged Tarpestry as your beach mat instead! The sand brushes right off and it’s also quick to dry!  Keep your towel dry and sand-free for when you need to use it. The UV resistant fabric provides protection from fading which allows it to hold color when using for long days of full sunshine.  When you pack up to leave, roll up your wet items into the Tarpestry to separate them from your dry goods. The Rugged simply can’t be beat for summer beach trips.  

If you’re ready to tough it out, check out our Rugged designs here.

Happy Adventuring!

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March Mini Madness Sale

March Madness is upon us and we want to be a part of it this year!  We’ve had a lot of requests for a Mini Tarpestry sale so may we present to you…the March Mini Madness Sale!  All Mini Tarpestrys are only $60 during the whole March Madness tournament!  That’s $15 off each Mini!

PASS this news along to your friends so they can get in on the awesome savings as well.  

TRAVELING isn’t allowed in the tournament but we highly recommend it for summer. Better make sure you have a Tarpestry while you are on the road!

TOSS your Tarpestry down on the ground for a picnic or outdoor concert.

LAY UP your tarpestry for shade when camping or on the beach.

SHOOT on over to our site to check out these killer deals on the Mini Tarpestry.  

Sale is live March 25 through April 4.

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Spring Cleaning Sale

It’s time to gear up for Summer! Waaaahoooooo!  It’s about time!  We’re clearing out shelf space to make room for summer inventory with our annual Spring Cleaning Sale!  From March 18-22, everything on our site will be 15% off.

Spring is the time to hike, bike, camp, rock climb, kayak, raft, picnic. go to music festivals, outdoor concerts and so much more!  You can enhance all of these outdoor excursions by bringing along your new Tarpestry.  If you don’t have a Tarpestry, take advantage of our Spring Cleaning Sale.  The best part is that if you get your Tarpestry now you can share it with all of your friends and family all year long.  Some of the designs that are on our site now won’t be available again…so take advantage of our 15% off Spring Cleaning Sale while designs are still available.
Sale is only available March 18-22

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