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5 Cleaning Tricks for Holiday Parties
Posted on November 28, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

A good holiday party is full of the worst kind of messes. To make sure your office or home stays clean throughout the season cheer, keep these cleaning tricks up your sleeves!

 

Trick #1
Use a lint roller to pick up pine needles or glitter.

 

Trick #2
Boil vinegar and baking soda in a burnt pot to scrub clean!

 

Trick #3
Stained couches and chairs can be fixed by wiping with a mixture of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.

 

Trick #4
Sticky icing can be cleaned from fingers and household fixtures with hand sanitizer.

 

Trick #5
Put newspaper in the bottom of trash can liners to soak up any liquids guests may throw away.

 

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5 Items to Welcome New Employees
Posted on November 21, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

There’s an old saying: “You give a poor man a fish, and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish, and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”

 

If you are bringing in new staff, try to make a welcome package to help them start off on the right foot. Because when it’s all said and done, the best brand ambassadors for your company are those working for it!

 

Welcome Package Essentials
1. Sweater/T-Shirt
2. Pen/Pencils
3. Post-Its/Stationary
4. Staplers, tape, scissors
5. Business Cards

 

Make sure to stop by our Logomall for options on branding your own welcome kit or contact our promotional specialist Barb Garvey directly at barb@getgarveys.com.

Keep Documents Safe with Fellowes
Posted on November 14, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Keep your documents organized and safe this year with Fellowes Storage Boxes. As we approach the end of the year, it is time to swap out the files from 2016 to make room for the new 2017 files. Unless you have rows and rows of file cabinets, the most efficient way to store your records is to use Fellowes Storage Boxes. Fellowes has a box for every use depending on what your needs are:


Basic Duty Boxes 
The choice for basic use for records that are not accessed frequently and do not require high stacking options. 


Medium Duty Boxes 
Choose a medium duty storage box when you will occasionally need to access the records you are storing in them.  You can stack these up to 7 units high.


Heavy Duty Boxes
Heavy Duty Boxes are the best choice when you need to frequently access records and can be stacked up to 10 units high.

5 Ergonomic Fixes
Posted on November 7, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

When you’re already in love with your current space, it’s hard to make a change. So instead of showing what you can buy to make your workspace more ergonomic (and trust us there are a lot of great products out there), here are five quick adjustments you can make to the ‘old sweet home cubby.

 

1. Monitor: On average, your computer screen should be 20 inches away from you and at eye level. This will decrease the likelihood of craning your neck.

 

2. Chair Height: Adjust your seat until your feet rest flat on the floor and your knees are parallel to your hips. This will naturally help you sit up straighter. Backaches begone!

 

3. Armrests: Make sure your office chair has adjustable arms. More importantly, use them! It prevents the muscles in your neck from working overtime.

 

4. Screen Background: Avoid bright colors. The muter the color the less overtime your eyes will take processing them.

 

5. Keyboard: A general rule of thumb is that your keyboard should be in the middle ground between you and your monitor. This will stop you from over or under extending the muscles in your arms.

Winner Announced: Lysol iPad Air 2 Raffle
Posted on November 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

It pays to keep the office clean during cold and flu season with Lysol products! Congratulations to Latonia N. from Infant Welfare Society of Chicago for winning our Lysol raffle. We hope you enjoy your iPad Air 2.

 

If you didn’t win this time and are on the hunt for more opportunities to make your office spotless (and walk away with a really cool prize), make sure to sign up for our email list.

To-Do List or Not?
Posted on October 31, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

There are usually two types of people in the office: People who write and use to-do lists and those who just use their memory for their lists. While we applaud the memory of those who can remember their to-do lists off the top of their heads, here are three reasons why you should start the habit of writing your day’s agenda down.

 

It Creates Priority
When you write information down, your brain automatically starts sorting the information. You’ll start categorizing things by deadline and how important they are.

 

It Creates Memory
The repetition of writing down what you already know reinforces what you need to do. That’s why it’s surprisingly easy to remember what’s on your list without even looking at it.

 

It Creates Focus
Workplaces are distracting. There are so many things going on in a given day, from your phone ringing to your email box constantly filling. But when you write something down and create that priority and memory of it (like we talked about above), it forces you to focus and complete the task.

 

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BIC Kris Bryant Jersey Winner Announced
Posted on October 24, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

As if the Cubs returning to the World Series wasn’t thrilling enough, we are excited to announce the winner of our BIC Kris Bryant Jersey raffle. Congratulations to Joanna Z. from Sasser Family Holding. We hope you enjoy cheering the Cubs on in your brand new #17 jersey.

 

Strike out this time? Make sure to sign up for our email list. Remember that there's always more chances when you bat with the nice guys.

Ink Color Effects
Posted on October 24, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

According to Science Daily, the color of your writing utensil is just as important as what you write with. Check out these little known blue and red ink facts below. You might be surprised to learn how much your chosen pen color plays a part in your day!

 

Blue Ink
People tend to associate the color blue with things that represent openness, such as the sky, ocean and water. This makes people feel safe and therefore more likely to be creative when using blue. If you are in the process of creating, it’s a good idea to reach for blue pens.

 

Red Ink
Thanks to stop signs and other red emergency lights, we tend to associate red with danger and caution. This means that we pay careful attention to details when something is written in red. If you are editing or revising a proposal, red pens are the better choice.

 

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Simple Office Upcycling
Posted on October 17, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Despite what Kermit the Frog may have said, it is easy to be green. On top making recycling bins available at your office, try some of these tricks to reuse office break room supplies.

 

Keurig K-Cups
Instead of throwing out your Keurig K-Cups, wash them out. They can serve as a useful holder for small office supplies like paperclips, thumbtacks and staples. As a bonus, they will fit in most of the slimmer office drawers.

 

Plastic Bottles
If your office has an empty wall, hang up some recycled art. This company created their logo from soda bottles. First, they sliced them in half. Then, they glued them to the wall.

 

Folgers Tubs
Once you finish off your coffee, take your Folger’s tub and upcycle them into canisters. To make the canister, simply remove the label and paint the tub (optional). Once finish, place them in the office breakroom to hold things like spoons, sugar packets and more!

 

Coffee Mate Containers
With Coffee Mate’s easy to pour cap, these containers are the perfect candy and nut holder. To create the holder, simply wash and remove the label. Set out in your company waiting area for guests or clients to use!

Avery Halloween Templates
Posted on October 10, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Looking for the perfect accents for your home or office Halloween party? Labels can help you create a party full of tricks and tricks. Just check out some of our favorite templates!

 

Snack Labels
Create your own warning signs for jars of food or candy. Zombies beware.

 

Door Hangers
Let trick or treaters know that your home or office is candy friendly by making a boo-tiful hanger for your door.

 

Bag Toppers
Think your takeaway treats missing some spookiness? Top them your bags with decorated splatters.

 

Postcards
If you’re looking to convey a classy Halloween party, these shadows and chandelier templates are just up your alley.

 

Bonus: All of these templates can be customized and printed right from your computer when you purchase any of our Avery labels below.


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Limitless Labeling
Posted on October 3, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Whether you’ve just bought a labeller or are considering on buying one, the uses for it around the office are virtually limitless. If you don’t believe us, try some of these ideas. But use with caution. You might just catch the labeller fever and start labeling everything!

 

Folders
Do you have the type of handwriting that is indecipherable? Spare yourself the headache by labeling your folder tabs instead of handwriting them.

 

Property
Everyone has that one office supply that turns up missing after being “borrowed.”  Make sure you give it a unique label so everyone knows where it belongs.

 

Book or Catalog Spines
Instead of remembering company names, just mark the name/pages you order from on a label and place on the spine of the book. One quick glance will now tell you which book to snag.

 

Birthdays
It happens. You forgot an office birthday. You can still send your best wishes by labeling some copy paper into a birthday card.

 

Office Parties
Want to reduce your office party waste? Try labeling cups by name. People will be less likely to throw away a cup with their name on it.


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Happy Hydration
Posted on September 26, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We all know the importance of drinking water. After all, the human body is made of 60 percent of water for a reason! But during daily tasks, it’s often hard to keep track of how much you have drank and how much you still need to consume.

 

If you find yourself looking for ways to stay hydrated and happy, take a look at this nice guys video tip for making a water drinking schedule. All you need are basic office supplies to keep yourself refreshed!


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Cleaning Clothes
Posted on September 19, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

In our opinion, it’s never too early to start decorating the office or home for fun-filled Halloween. In case you’re tired of doing the traditional things, try out these fun office supply ideas.

 

Leaf Garland

Have some coffee filters lying around? Color at will then cut the filters into leaf shapes. String your feathers together for a creative and classy garland.

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Color Block Pumpkin

Guilty of being a hazardous carver? Avoid the scrapes by simply coloring your pumpkin this year.

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Tissue Box Monsters

Looking to add more fun to your Halloween decor? Try making monsters out of empty tissue boxes. Using the opening as a mouth, you can pretty much design whatever creature your imagination can come up with.

No way, show me » 

 

Are all these crafts leaving you a little low on supplies? Stock up on the items you’ll need for these crafts below.


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Cleaning Clothes
Posted on September 12, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Although we may not realize it, we all clean on a daily basis. Whether it’s our job or we are just removing the evidence of a meal gone wrong in the office microwave, we all reach for a cleaning cloth. However, not all cleaning clothes are made equal; so here are three things to look for when buying for sanitation.

 

Liquid Absorption
The best products are geared towards duel situations. Ideally, your cloth should not only be a magnet for dust, but also be able to shine with water.

 

Multiple Colors
Multiple colors prevent cross contamination of materials and provide an easy way to color-code to make sure your cleaning gets done – i.e. red for kitchen, blue for bathroom.

 

The Microfiber Advantage
If possible, reach for clothes that are microfiber. The short explanation is that an ordinary cloth has large fibers. A microfiber cloth has small fibers. The more fibers a cloth has, the more ability it has to attach themselves to the smallest dirt particles such as bacteria, pollen and hair.

 

If you’re looking for a cloth recommendation, check out our Rubbermaid HYGEN™ Microfiber by shopping below or reach out to Janitorial and Sanitation specialist Mark Annes at mark@getgarveys.com.


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Laminator Tips
Posted on September 6, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

With back to school in full swing, it’s important to make sure you have a laminator to last the year. If your laminator isn’t in the best shape, here are some tips on what you should look for.

 

Type
There are typically two types of laminating technology – hot or cold. A hot laminate machine uses heat to melt a film or pouch onto your material. A cold machine uses pressure to apply a film or pouch, which then bonds your material. Out of the two, we’d personally recommend a hot laminator. Documents tend to last longer and the film and pouches are generally less expensive.

 

Speed
Your laminator’s speed typically depends on how much time you want to spend waiting for your material. If you have a cold machine, the time is usually less, as a hot laminator takes 1-2 minutes to heat up, depending on the machine’s quality.

 

Laminating Thickness
In most cases, film or pouch thickness isn’t usually a problem. However, keep in mind that the thicker the laminate, the more tear resistant your document will be. If you are looking to laminate something and don’t want it to bend at all, choose a thicker laminate like a 7 or 10 mil.

 

Price
Of course, sometimes the best laminator is the one that fits your budget. Now until December 31, you will save $10 when you buy $50 or more for pouches for select Fellowes laminators. We’d encourage you to take advantage of this deal while you can. If you are looking to purchase a Fellowes laminator to be able to use the deal, click on the button below.


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Canstructure
Posted on September 2, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Canstruction Chicago wins the Structural Ingenuity Award for the second year in a row. Go team! We are proud to sponsor an event that donated 5,350 cans to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

 

Together, we can make a difference!

GCFD Pizza Party Contest
Posted on September 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Congratulations to Ericka B. from Jeron Electronic Systems, Inc. for winning our Food Drive Pizza Party Raffle. We’d like to thank everyone who entered the raffle by holding a food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We are so lucky to have the most generous customers around!

 

If you would still like to hold a food drive this summer, you can find all the information you may need here.


Hacks
Posted on August 29, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

You have a deadline. No coffee. And you’re about two minutes away from a meltdown. It happens to the best of us. Instead of waiting for the stress to volcano, we suggest these quick tips to release your inner office zen.

 

Eat a Snack
While we should always be mindful of what we eat at the desk, we should also know that the connection between the brain and gut is HUGE, and you should never deprive yourself of food. Nothing is more stressful to the brain then feeling like it’s out of fuel. Shop now » 

 

Go for a Walk
As the movie Legally Blond once informed us: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” A simple walk around the office or a trip to the water cooler can do a lot.

 

Get an Office Plant
At Washington State University, a study found that people had a drop in blood pressure just by being around some green! Our nice guys :) would like to know if fake plants count… We think they do.

 

Listen to Music
Invest in some headphones and generate a track of songs. Any songs you like will help decrease the level of stress hormones.

 

Watch a Quick YouTube Video
Laughter is good for the soul, but use with caution. One YouTube video sometimes only leads to another! Watch the nice guys :) on Youtube  » 


Hacks
Posted on August 22, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Sometimes you just need to wing it. And when that moment arrives, it’s good to have a few office hacks up your sleeve. Here are some of our favorites!

 

Permanent Marker Stains
Use hand sanitizer to remove permanent marker from clothes. Spritz then wash as normal.

 

Forgotten Charger
If you have the charger cord, 90% of TVs will have the USB outlet to plug it in when you are travelling.

 

Lost Keycard
Put your keycard in the back of your phone’s case. If you loose your phone and therefore keycard, at least you’ll be able to track it with your lost phone computer app!

 

Tablet Hanger
Grab some 3M hooks and you have an instant tablet hanger for wherever you may be!


The Power of a Good Cup of Joe
Posted on August 15, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

A recent survey from Keurig reported “a good cup of coffee can make an entire workday better.” The survey identified coffee as the key ingredient in securing some of the offices’ best business deals.  While we all can agree that coffee keeps us awake through the daily grind, take a look at some of the other more interesting claims from this survey below. We’d love for you to let us know what you think by either by tagging us on social with #PowerofJoe or emailing us at social@getgarveys.com.

 

Coffee by the Numbers

(as according to Keurig’s “Coffee Break Survey”)

13% of workers swear coffee helps brainstorming sessions
16% use coffee to casually interact with their boss
37% of workers use coffee to catch up with coworkers
52% wish their company would provide better coffee in the office
85% say that “meeting for coffee” is the best way to start new client relations

 

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Ugly Chair Winners
Posted on August 8, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We searched high and low for the ugliest chair of them all! After cringing our way through torn fabrics and duct-taped seats, we would like to congratulate Lori S., Amber M. and Patrick F. We hope you love your brand new HON® Solve Chairs!

 

Big shout out to everyone who participated and our sponsor HON. To be the first to know about future nice guys : ) contests, sign up for our email or like our Facebook page.


Tape Hacks
Posted on August 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

In honor of one of the office products that always sticks around when you need it, here are five hacks you can accomplish with tape.

 

The Perfect Bouquet: Can’t seem to make a flower arrangement that flatters your office or home’s front hall? Make a grid out of tape, and you’ll be surprised how professional your bouquet will look!

 

A Charger You’ll Never Lose: Is your charger always going missing? Wrap your traditionally white charger in colorful pieces of tape so you’ll always know which charger is yours!

 

Colorful Light Switches: Tired of boring white light switches? Roll grid tape over your switch and color with markers. When you get tired of it, you can peel and do another design!

 

Keeping up with the Kids: When kids are young, they grow fast, conserve some money by buying clothes that you can hem with tape!

 

Update Furniture or Electronics: While we might not be able to afford the latest in tech, you can accomplish a simple updated look with a few bits of colorful tape.

 

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Lollapalooza Tickets: Winners Announced
Posted on July 25, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Congratulations to Nicole W. from ISMIE Mutual Ins. and J. Campos from East Bank Club for winning our Rockin’ Summer Raffle! By winning this raffle, both will receive two 1-Day passes to Lollapalooza® to rock out at Grant Park on Sunday, July 31st.

 

If you missed your chance this time, be sure to follow the nice guys :) on Facebook or join our email list here. Watch out for more opportunities to win!

Back to School Ideas
Posted on July 25, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

While kids like to think that school’s out forever, teachers know better. So here are a few ideas that you can implement when the classroom is back in session to keep restless summer minds on the goal at hand.

 

Hand sanitizer hall passes: This creative idea not only ensures that the child goes to where they are supposed to be going, but also provides a reminder to wash hands after using the lavatory.

 

Velcro dry erase markers: This trick helps you keep track of your white board markers in the classroom by velcroing them to the board. It also makes your markers last longer as the ink is always saturating the tip of the marker when hanging upside down.

 

Post-It board: Create a “What stuck with you?” board to see what students remembered or forgot at the end of each week. Encourage questions and thoughts to be added to the board as well!

 

Absentee file box: Designate a box or cabinet to fill with files for all the days in the month. Put copies of each day’s assignments in the files. Let students grab missing assignments when they are absent.

 

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Office Productivity
Posted on July 18, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We live in a technological age. The chances of you remembering to bring a smartphone over a computer when traveling for work are high. So try out some of these apps geared towards making a mobile workday productive.

 

Genius Scan
Price: Free
Available for: iOS, Android
Need to scan a pdf to your phone? Not a problem. This app also includes a password lock to keep confidential documents safe.

 

Evernote
Price: Free
Available for: iOS, Android
Purpose: Capture a note once and it’s instantly available on all your devices. As the motto goes “Evernote is wherever you are.”

 

Camcard
Price: Free
Available for: iOS, Android
Purpose: Keep track of contacts by making their personal business cards digitized. Goodbye rolodex.

 

Expensify
Price: Free
Available for: iOS, Android
For the fellow or gal that’s always travelling for business, this app is essential. It keeps track of receipts for expense reports!

 

Mailtracker
Price: Free
Available for: iOS
Purpose: One of the biggest problems in business? People not reading their emails. With this app, you can see who reads your email and what device they read it from.

 

Focus Lock
Price: Free
Available for: Android
Purpose: It’s just what the app’s name suggests. It shuts down phone distractions and prevents the awkward “I forgot to shut my phone off” scenario.

Meet Bernie's Book Bank
Posted on July 11, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

The start of July means a new candidate announcement for our Recycle for a Reason program. And we are proud to introduce that candidate as Bernie’s Book Bank, a nonprofit that distributes books to at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicago.

 

Fundamentally, reading is considered one of the single most important skills a child needs to learn. Despite this, studies have shown that 61% of low-income families don’t have books in their household. By collecting books, Bernie’s Book Bankguarantees that each child that is part of its program receives 12 books throughout the year.

 

To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit berniesbookbank.org. To donate your used toners, flattened cardboard and electronics to raise money for Bernie’s Book Bank through our Recycle for a Reason program, click here.

#PrinterProblems
Posted on July 5, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We’ve all had that moment. Two minutes before an essential meeting with an error message. It’s when you find yourself muttering, standing in front of the machine, pressing buttons and opening drawers.

 

Well the next time you find yourself in such a situation (because there will be a next time), take a deep breath and try some of these tricks!

 

Problem: All the drawers have paper, but says it has no paper…?
Solution: Check which tray you are printing to. Most commonly, people accidently print to the bypass tray, which usually stocks no paper.

 

Problem: It says it has a jam, but it seems clear.
Solution: First, double check. Sometimes, it’s identifying a small piece of paper within its gears. If you truly believe that it has no jam, shut down the printer and restart. If it still doesn’t work, call a tech.

 

Problem: It says I need to replace an ink cartridge, but I’m out of ink and need to print. Help!
Solution: Pop out the toners, shake them (yes, we’re serious) and replace them in the printer. This should let you print up to 10 pages.  If you need more prints, call about our same day delivery options. It can be a lifesaver!

Pilot Winners
Posted on July 5, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We have drawn the names and now have twelve (12) lucky winners of a Deluxe Pilot® Pen Cup full of Acroball® pens. Congratulations to all! We hope these penholders and pens inspire some creativity in the office.

 

Dawn from American Epilepsy Society
Jan from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates
Jean from Leon Korol Company
Jean from Legacy Marketing
Kayah from McCaffery Interests
Michael from The Gunderson Group
Monica from Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates
Normandie from Illinois Hospital Association
Rhiannon from Energy Distribution Partners
Roger from Adapt Telephony Service, INC.
Theresa from Eagle Market Makers
Toni from Joseph Electronics

 

Safety Winners
Posted on July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Congratulations to Nikki from Hennessy & Roach and Kiara from Rising Medical Solutions Inc. for winning our Safety Promotion. Both winners will receive one (1) $50 American Express gift card.

 

We would also like to thank everyone that participated in this giveaway for National Safety Month (June 2016). By purchasing a first aid kit for your company, you kept both your employees and clients safe. Keep up the good work!

 

Lysol Winners
Posted on July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Congratulations to Debbie from Liberty Bank for Savings for winning our Come Clean Lysol Promotion. As the winner of this promotion, Debbie will receive one (1) Apple iPad Air 2 64GB Tablet complimentary of Lysol® and Garvey’s.

 

Big shout out to everyone who told their biggest messes on the nice guys :) social media or purchased Lysol products for a raffle ticket entry. Be on the lookout for more raffle opportunities by liking Garvey’s Office Products on Facebook or joining our email list.

 

Snack On This
Posted on June 27, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Everyone indulges themselves in an office snack or two (or three or four). It’s what keeps the 3 PM slump from taking effect. But sometimes what you choose to eat can not only affect your health and weight, but your productivity and focus at work too. If you’re looking for the best options, then we’ve got the list for you!

 

1. Almonds: Known for its “filling” affect, a handful of almonds will keep you from munching too much before lunch while boosting your proteins to help you stay awake.

 

2. Popcorn: Substituting a small bowl of popcorn in place of chips will satisfy salt cravings while adding fiber in your diet.

 

3. Cereal: With its primary ingredient glucose, a spoonful of dry cereal helps your brain stay alert and focused.

 

4. Pretzels: Pretzels are a low calorie version of carbs that can be useful in the fight against pre-lunch hunger pangs.

 

5. Wasabi Peas: Containing both protein and fiber, wasabi peas energize, making late work nights a breeze!

 

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Summertime Party Essentials
Posted on June 20, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Summer is in the air – and if your office was busy during the holidays, this could mean it’s the time of the year to plan your office party.  Now that you’ve got the theme, don’t forget to stock up on the essentials.

 

Paper everything: Trust us when we say you don’t want to do the dishes or pay to have them done when your company size is 500+.  If you’re worried about the environmental factor that this brings into play, we suggest you look into eco-friendly options.

 

Plastic everything: The same goes with utensils – and if you’re concerned about forks and knifes breaking due to your culinary choices, opt for the brands that mark that their product is ‘heavyweight.’ It’s worth the extra buck!

 

Trash bags and bins: Of course all these paper plates and plastic forks need to be disposed of. Ironically, one of the often most forgot about things when it comes to a party are waste receptacles. Make sure to have at least 1 bin for every 100 people. 

 

And of course, after your checklist is done, remember to have fun. After all your hard work, you deserve it!

 

Rebates Alert!
Posted on June 13, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Okay. So, we know the term mail-in rebates may seem old school. But when an old school method saves you money or gives you a gift card to quench a Friday coffee urge, you tend to keep it around.

 

In the office supply industry, there are literally dozens of mail-in rebates. Manufacturers supply them almost monthly; the catch is that they can be a little hard to find.

 

Fortunately, our nice guys : ) have done the heavy lifting by compiling them online. You can access them by visiting our Rebates Center. For this month, we’ve also complied our top three favorites below!

 

Free $5 Coffee Gift Card
Must purchase: two packs of Smead Pick-A-Tab File Folders
Dates active: January 1 – June 30, 2016

 

Free $25 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card
Must purchase $75 worth of Avery Labels, Binders or Dividers
Dates active: April 1 – June 30, 2016

 

Free $20 Darden Restaurant of Home Depot Gift Card
Must purchase $100 of Original HP Ink
Dates active: May 15 – June 15, 2016

 

5 Digital Office Purges
Posted on June 6, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

If you’re looking to be more productive at work, most people can agree that the best thing to do is toss paper. But for some, that’s a large feat. Buried, it’s hard to know where exactly to start. So, here are five things to do that will get you into the mindset to purge.

 

1. Delete / File the emails in your inbox: If you’ve completed an email, file it. If you finished a task, delete it. Now, the top of your inbox becomes your digital to-do list.

 

2. Clear out old voicemails: We know that blinking red light bothers you as much as it does us. And think of how refreshing it will be to know that the light actually means that a call was missed that day.

 

3. Scan paperwork: Invest in a desktop scanner to transfer files to your hard drive. If you have a lot, be sure to dedicate an extra hour to shred important paperwork.

 

4. Digitize appointments: While it’s okay to write down your appointments on a sticky note when you’re busy, devote some time to put appointments and meetings on your email calendar. Not only will you find the alerts useful, but also the extra desk space.

 

5. Declutter the desktop: It’s the same concept as a surface desk. You don’t need everything at arm’s reach. Organize files into folders. A useful tip is to store items by date – that way, in three years you know what to delete when storage space becomes limited!

 

 

Tips for Workplace Safety
Posted on June 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

June is national safety month. In the spirit of keeping employees healthy, here are some tips to create a safe working environment – minimal effort involved!

 

#1: Take Regular Breaks

We know it’s hard when there’s a deadline to be met, but many work-related injuries occur when an employee is tired. Those breaks are there for a reason; so use them!

 

#2: Think Posture

Many of us are aware of the dangers an industrial environment can provide, but rarely think about the hazards of a standard office. If you’re at a desk all day, make sure keep your shoulders in line with your hips to avoid back problems. If possible, ask your employer about ergonomic furniture options.

 

#3: Keep Your Space Uncluttered

This seems like a no brainer. If an emergency should take place, it’s important that bags are not obstructing exits. Create a space for your loose items at your desk. If you can, invest in organizers.

 

#4: Use Mechanical Aids

We know that the copy paper doesn’t look heavy, but trust us it is. If you have a cart or lift, make sure to use it. It’s better then a trip to the chiropractor.

 

#5: Report ANY Possible Hazards

Did you notice a light sparking? Part of a creating safe workplace is being responsible. Remember that we all play a part in creating a healthy working environment!

 

Promote This
Posted on May 27, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Garvey's Office Products will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 31st. All orders placed today, May 27th will be delivered on Tuesday, May 31st.

 

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Promote This
Posted on May 23, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

So you know the facts: That 83% of people remember a brand when it’s on a product. But here’s the problem: With so many choices, you don’t know what to put your brand on!

 

Our advice? Sometimes the best fit for your message, might not be the most conventional one – so, here are three items that are popular in our promotional department, but are not your typical mug or tee.

 

1. Bag clips and soda toppers: Often companies think to brand food itself, but don’t think about the leftovers. Things like bag clips and soda toppers are consider top notch in our eco-friendly society.

 

2. Cell phone accessories: We live in a world that cannot live without its mobile devices. This means items like cell phone stands, holders, chargers and cases are essential and great items to brand.

 

3. Luggage tags: If your goal is to target the folks who run a business, you’re looking at someone who’s always on the go. Why not let your brand travel with them? This way, you're not only keeping your company at the top of their mind, but also promoting to others who may see it.

 

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LunchTime To End Hunger
Posted on May 16, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We are proud to announce that our nice guys : ) team is participating in the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s LunchTime To End Hunger campaign. Running now until May 20, 2016, its goal is to end hunger among children in the Greater Cook County area by asking Chicagoans a small request: Donate what they normally spend for lunch. 

 

How You Can Help

Help us fill the lunchbox in three easy steps.

1. Visit http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/goto/niceguys.

2. Click on the orange JOIN TEAM button.

3. Donate what you can!

 

Donations will be accepted any time until May 20th. Together, we know we can fill the lunchbox!

Gifts for Corporate Dad
Posted on May 9, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Is your dad always at the office? If your answer is yes, try wrapping some of these office supplies for this upcoming Father’s Day. Not only will you score a good gift, but one we can guarantee that he will actually use!

 

Mug or Tee: Order a custom mug or t-shirt with your father’s favorite saying on it. If he doesn’t have a quote he likes, use his favorite sports team! He’ll think of you each time he has his coffee or tea break.

 

Chargers: Let’s be honest; one phone charger only leads to another. Even if he has one, he can always use another to leave at the office or in the car. Just be sure to remind him to Bluetooth in the car – no texting while driving!

 

Laptop Locks: If your dad is of the traveling sort, try gifting a laptop lock. It will make him feel secure on those long business trips and relax a little more.

 

Bluetooth Tracking: Is your father always misplacing items or losing his office keys? With a Bluetooth Tracking device, he’ll always be able to find his items – even if he can’t remember where he put them.

 

Post-It Note Dispenser: Give your dad a smile every time he has to jot down a note with a uniquely shaped dispenser! We personally love this karate one. And if you’re feeling extra ambitious with your gifting, you can also equip his dispenser with some custom notes just for dad!

Office Crafts Mother's Day Gifts
Posted on May 2, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Cinco de Mayo is this Thursday, and for some this will mean throwing a little fiesta in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. So along with getting the ingredients for delectable food, try snagging some office supplies to make these five easy crafts.

 

  1. Luche Libre Mask: This mask is as easy as searching online and downloading a template. Once you print, use some scissors, tape and glue to make it 3D.
  2. Paper Cup Maracas: Fill a cup with beads. Tape or hot glue it to another cup. Decorate and make some music!
  3. Paper Plate Tambourines: Same idea as the Paper Cup Maracas – except with plates, a hole puncher and some strings.
  4. Mustache Straws: Add an element of fun to your dinner table by cutting out paper mustaches, hole punching them and inserting straws.
  5. Spanish-Style Hats Centerpieces: Take a paper cup and glue it to a paper plate. Decorate with pom-poms and you have yourself a festive centerpiece.

 

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Office Crafts Mother's Day Gifts
Posted on April 29, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

While it’s important to take some time out of the day to find a gift for mom for Mother’s Day, if you absolutely can’t leave the office, here are a few gifts you should be able to DIY with some small purchases and office supplies you have on hand.

 

Marker Pillow
Supplies: Small white pillow, permanent marker, stencil
Take a white pillow, grab your favorite permanent marker then put all love for mom into a doodle she can snuggle with. Bonus tip: The easiest way to make your letters straight is by using a stencil.

 

Family Flower Pot
Supplies: Plain pot, whiteout
Instead of just sending her flowers, make her something she can reuse each spring. Buy a plain ceramic pot then paint family names and a love note on it with whiteout!

 

Thumbprint Platter
Supplies: White platter, red paint
Is your mom always in the kitchen? Buy a white platter then take some red paint to create heart thumbprints of all the kids.

 

Game Board Frame
Supplies: Frame, scrabble pieces, glue
This gift is perfect for the mom who has a love of board games. All you have to do is buy a pretty frame then glue game pieces into a message for her!

 

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Kevin Garvey Live on Chicago's Morning Answers
Posted on April 25, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Need something to do to pass the time on your Wednesday morning commute to work?

 

Listen in as Chicago's Morning Answers’ radio hosts Dan and Amy interview our very own nice guy Kevin Garvey live in Garvey’s furniture showroom. On April 27, 2016 from 5  - 9 AM, Kevin will be featured in the radio’s small business program where they will discuss the challenges a Chicago business faces and the essentials it needs to survive.

 

This broadcast will be available from your computer or mobile device or live from AM 560. Be sure to tune in!

Teacher's Day Gifts
Posted on April 25, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Instead of sending your kids to school with apples, try these gift ideas below that are guaranteed to bring a real smile to your educator’s face.

 

1. Post-It Notes
Teachers are always reaching for sticky notes to flag items to review or schedule a class. Of course, all that writing takes lots of notes. So thank your teacher with a bouquet of post-it notes!

 

2. Jar of Highlighters
Likewise, you can’t have notes without the proper writing utensils. Pick out your favorite colors and deposit them on their desk with a bow. What better way to say to your teacher that they were the highlight of your child’s year?

 

3. Hand Sanitizer/Soap
Working is messy – but working with children all day can tend to be, well, messier. Tell them that they are “hands down” the best teacher around with some scented sanitizers and soaps.

 

4. Water bottle
It takes extra ingenuity to keep a class interested. And that means talking… A lot. Tell your teacher that you think they are refreshing with a water bottle that can keep them hydrated.

 

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Patrick Kane Jersey: Winner Announched
Posted on April 22, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We are proud to announce Sherry from Patrick Dealer Group as the winner of our Kane #88 Jersey. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered for the chance to win as well as our friends at BIC who provided the Jersey. For future opportunities, make sure to join our mailing list and shop online. You never know when there’s another goodie to win!

Plantable Promotions
Posted on April 18, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

In honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 29th), we are now offering plantable promotions. What does that mean your green office? Read through our Q&A below!

 

How do plantable promotions work?

  1. You pick your promotion (paper bookmarks, postcards, tags and more), and print your message on seed paper.
  2. You promote and giveaway that message.
  3. Your customers take it home to plant and grow into flowers, herbs or vegetables.

 

What is seed paper?
Seed paper is paper you can plant and grow into flowers, herbs or vegetables. Contrary to popular thought, most seed paper is very durable and does not rip – making it perfect for promotions.

 

What happens to the paper?
The paper part in seed paper is compostable. When you plant your promotion, it only leaves flowers, herbs or vegetables.  It does not contain chemicals, dyes or additives and is made in environmentally conscious manufacturing processes.

 

Is there a limited time before a promotion needs to be planted?
Similar to growing normal seeds, most seed paper will stay viable for at least a few years if they're stored at a low enough humidity and temperature. 

 

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Haymarket Center
Posted on April 14, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We’re a quarter of the way through the year and, for our Recycle for a Reason program, that means one thing: Another recipient is announced. After raising over $10,000 for our first quarter recipient City of Hope (Thanks to customers like you!), it’s no wonder we can’t wait to get the donations started for the next, the Haymarket Center.

 

What do you need to know about the center? For starters, it’s been around since 1975. It’s a non-profit for adult detoxification, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility; and it just happens to be the largest one in Chicago. What makes it different is its belief that addiction is a disease, and it should be treated as such. 

 

For more information on donating to this wonderful center, we suggest you mosey on over to our Recycle for a Reason page. However, if you’re looking to get even more involved, there’s also an opportunity to attend the center’s 22nd Annual Summer Institute on Addictions, which runs from June 13-15, 2016 in Elmhurst, Illinois.

 

Now let’s make our 2nd quarters total even more then our 1st!

Tax Supplies Preparation
Posted on April 11, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

It’s official. April 27th is Administration Professional’s Day. So to honor the occasion, we put together little gift list. Because — let’s be honest — where would you be without all that phone wrangling, appointment making, printer fixing and shipping expertise!

 

Gift Idea #1: Tech
We live in a digital age; and that means everyone loves tech. Browse

our website for the newest in office supplies – something as simple as a

phone charger can go a long way.

 

Gift Idea #2: Mug
It’s a thank you with every sip – a great way to show your appreciation in a functional way. With our nice guys : ) mug or our logo mall, you can even customize a mug with your admin’s favorite saying!

 

Gift Idea #3: Chair
We’ve yet to meet an admin that leaves their command center. Update their chair to show you know how much work happens in that seat! Visit our

Try Before You Buy program to pick the perfect one.

 

Gift Idea #4: Tote or Bag
Sometimes we wonder just how much admins can actually cart around in their bags. It almost guarantees that a new one is in order. Here are some

great totes!

 

Gift Idea #5: A Day Off
Of course, when products don’t accomplish it, you have to think outside the office. Literally. Give your admin a day to themselves to relax!

 

Tax Supplies Preparation
Posted on April 7, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Congratulations to Julie from Milliman, Inc. for winning our Opening Day Sox Tickets. Julie was able to snag four club level tickets with a parking pass! These tickets will get her up close and personal as the Sox take on the Indians on Friday, April 8th. 

 

If you missed your opportunity to be a part of the game this time, make sure to check back on our blog or sign up for our email for future opportunities.

 

Tax Supplies Preparation
Posted on April 4, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

April 15th is just around the corner and unless you are thinking about filing for an extension, it’s time to start checking items off your to-do list. At the bare minimum, make sure to have these office supplies at hand!

 

Banker Boxes: Whether your 2015 box didn’t last or you’re looking to store documents for next year, banker boxes keep the desk uncluttered and organized.

 

Filing Cabinets: While banker’s boxes can hold the majority of information, it’s always a good idea to keep any documents with personal information under lock and key.

 

Calculators: Nothing beats the tried and true calculator. As any good administrative assistance or accountant would tell you, it’s an absolute must during tax season.

 

Tax Forms: You can’t do taxes without the correct forms – and more importantly, the form you should use should be IRS approved.

 

Envelopes: Once all the calculating and printing stops for taxes, the stuffing of envelopes begins. Reach for a trusty double window design, complete with security lining.

 

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Anniversary Giveaway Winners Announced
Posted on March 21, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Thank you to everyone for entering our 90 Years in Business Anniversary Giveaway Celebration Contest. We appreciate all the kind messages and emails we have received over the past week. Here are the lucky winners that were randomly drawn, and the prizes they won:

 

Ultimate Snack Basket - Val M. at Kinship Trust Co.

HP Printer - Melissa K. at First Trust Portfolios

Fellowes Laminator - Lena D. at Vibes Media

Workfit Sit/Stand Desktop - Kathy J. at Cagan Management

Keurig B150 Brewer - Rose V. at Planned Parenthood

Hon Ignition Chair - Mireya S. at True Partners

Titan XS Portable Hard Drive - Barb at Village of Melrose Park

Dymo Labeler - Erin M. at Olcott Plastics

Stack-N-Shred Shredder - Annette H. at Lewis Flooring

40" TV - Sharon S. at Noble

Thanks again to everyone for participating in this amazing giveaway! Make sure to subscribe to our email or check back on our website for more fun prizes and giveaways!

 

Spring Eggs
Posted on March 21, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

As the weather warms, our inner craftiness comes out. But instead of using traditional methods to dye spring eggs, try these office product alternatives.

 

Sharpies
The idea is to avoid coloring fingers and dishes by skipping dyes altogether. Bonus: Your Sharpie gives you extra precision. And you can use rubbing alcohol to create a “blurred” effect that is often desired from dyes.

 

Chalkboard Paint
Yet another reason we office geeks love our chalkboard paint. Coat eggs (or stones for a everlasting egg) with paint then give chalk to the kids to display their inner Picasso. Erase and create new designs every day. If you opted for stones, you can store and use again next year!

 

Washi Tape
We have yet to find a place we can’t use washi tape. Pick your favorite design, grab some scissors and unearth your very own unique creation.

 

Glue + Sparkles
Pour glitter into a paper coffee filter, sponge on glue to your egg and you’re ready to roll.

 

Did all these ideas have you hatching another non-traditional egg decorating tip? We want to hear it! Tweet or post it to us using #SpringDecorating. Or get right to crafting by shopping all our supplies.

 

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Tip Off Contest
Posted on March 17, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Congratulations to Karen from JAN Management. She is the lucky winner of our 2016 Tip Off Contest. Karen scored two tickets to see the Bulls take on the Kings on Monday, March 21st at 7 PM.

Thanks to everyone for participating in this amazing giveaway! If you didn’t score this time around, make sure to subscribe to our email or check back on our website for more fun prizes and giveaways!

 

Spring Clean Around The Office
Posted on March 14, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

With spring comes organization and with organization comes cleaning – make sure to give the once-over to these three (often forgot about) office spots.

 

Phone
You’ve been through a lot with your office phone. Give some TLC to the one item that listens to you talk every day. We’d recommend CleanSmart for the task, as it has no harmful chemicals for you to breath in. Make sure to scrub that mouth piece.

 

Drawer Knobs
How many times in a day do you reach for a file? Grab some Purell Sanitizing Wipes and give that drawer a once over. It’s a good way to stop the office bug from spreading as temperatures (hopefully) rise.

 

Computer Mouse
Many of us are diligent about cleaning our keyboards, but often forget about our mouse. After removing any batteries or cords, wipe the electronic down with a damp microfiber cloth then absorb the moisture quickly with a dry one.

 

Garvey’s Office Products – 90 Years In The Making
Posted on March 8, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

We are very excited to announce our company will turn 90 years old on March 19, 2016.  And as we look towards the future, we thought we would provide our readers with highlights from the past!

 

THE TIMELINE

1926: Small Beginnings
Garvey’s Office Products was founded in 1926 as Schiller & Schmidt. The original owners, Alex Schiller and Alex Schmidt, met while working as salesmen at a company called Ed Garvey Printing.

 

Fun Fact: Ed Garvey Printing is of no relation to the current Garvey family.

 

1954: The First Garvey
Alex Schiller hires Bernard Garvey, Sr. to work as a sales rep after meeting him at a wedding. What a pivotal hire that was!

 

1968: Ownership change
In 1968, Bernard Garvey purchased Schiller & Schmidt – bringing his children into the business one by one.

 

1992 - 1993: Becoming Family-Owned
Eventually, five of Garvey’s eight children purchased the company from their father and changed the name to reflect its family-owned status.

 

1997: Ch-Ch-Changes
Faced with changing times, the siblings – Bernard Jr., Ken, Kevin, Sheila and Dan – started altering inventory and offerings to stay competitive. They expanded selections and began operating 24 hours to ensure next day delivery.

 

2007: Nice Guys : )
Eventually, the tagline of “The nice guys in office supplies” was coined – to describe how employees deal with customers, vendors and each other.

 

Today
Garvey’s Office Products is a $40,000,000 per year supplier of office supplies, furniture, breakroom supplies, document finishing, promotional products and more. We’ve come a long way since 1926, and we look forward to see where the next 90 years will take us.

 

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Office Crafts: St. Patrick's Day
Posted on March 7, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? Try these simple DIYs. Your party-goers will be green with envy that they didn’t think of it themselves!

 

Frame It. An office printer can double as frame-filler. Print off your favorite Irish saying and display it next to party goodies for that extra touch.

 

Banner It. Another activity revolving around your trusty printer – and all you have to do is stylize it to your liking, punch hole and string.

 

Picture It. Use green construction paper to cut out little green mustaches that party-goers can Instagram themselves with.

 

Color-Coordinate It. Planning at meal at your event? Pick up different colors of greens and oranges for your table setting. Make it disposable for less cleanup.

 

And the number one tip for a successful St. Paddy’s party? Remember that there’s no luck needed when you’re in good company – not when you have all the supplies!

 

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Laminate This
Posted on March 2, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

The truth is that one laminated item just leads to another. And now that you’ve got your shiny new laminator, we’ll give you a few ideas to put it to use.

 

Business/ID Cards: How often do you reach for a card in your wallet or purse only to find it bent? Laminating business/ID cards not only guarantees that you won’t harm your information, but neither will your recipient.

 

Phone Lists: Just admit it. You eat at your desk sometimes and splatters can happen. Laminating client or internal phone numbers will stop reprints and frantic googling to replace numbers.

 

Presentation Sheets: Nothing says bright idea quite like a shiny laminated presentation. It also shows forethought, planning and will help you stand out against your competition.

 

Policies/Procedures: Rather then printing out forms every time you need a new employee to look over policies, just print one and laminate. They can view and return when finish! Transfer signatures over to an online format.

 

Counter Signs: If you are in the retail business, you know that the front desk sees some serious wear and tear. Laminate your important information and hang it with Velcro.

 

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Valentine's Crafts
Posted on February 22, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Although it happens every quarter on schedule, it’s always difficult to remember what helps you buckle down and study. So, here are a couple of products (and tips) to score an A on that test.

 

1. Snacks: Keep healthy snacks near your study area. In order to process information, your body needs fuel!

 

2. Calendar: Write down what and when you need to study. Dedicate certain times to certain subjects so you cover everything and keep yourself on track.

 

3. Flash Cards: It’s a tried and true method. Write it down. See it. Remember it. There is a reason the term “study guides” exist.

 

4. Tags: Not getting something? Give it a rest. Tag the place and come back to it later. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you can get everything on the first try.

 

5. The Right Environment: Pick a comfy place. If your backaches or your having problems concentrating, turn to products geared to support your body or change locations entirely.

 

And remember, you took this class. You listened to the lectures. You got this!

Valentine's Crafts
Posted on February 8, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Whether you’re hosting a party or just in the mood to decorate your workplace with love, to craft your way into the perfect Valentine’s Day - all you need is the right office supplies and a little TLC (tender love and care)!

 

3-D Paper Hearts: It’s just a simple adjustment to turn your standard paper hearts into classy decorations. To create the “3-D” factor, simply cut a slit into the middle of the heart and glue the two sides together. Hang on walls with double sided tape.

 

Coffee Filter Garland: It’s okay. We’re addicted to coffee too. But in the spirit of love, give up a couple of filters to make garlands for your walls. Just make sure to keep a few (or dozen) so you can admire the results from behind a mug.

 

Giveaway Heart Totes: Many of us are guilty of having too many bags. Repurpose some into Valentine’s giveaways by decorating with hearts. For the bag in our linked example, Clumsy Crafter actually only uses a pencil and some paint to make hers!

 

Upcycled Toiletries: Not everyone is on board the love bandwagon; so take a break from your standard heart and upcycle a toilet paper roll into an owl via scissors and paper. Not only is the result adorable, but it’s the perfect Valentine toy for an employee to take home to their kids.

 

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Mardi Gras Crafts
Posted on February 4, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Looking to prevent an overdose of sugar and keep your hands busy? Indulge in making some of these easy office supply Mardi Gras crafts.

 

Mask: You can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without a spectacular mask! To make yours, simply cut a paper plate in half, glue to a Popsicle stick and decorate with either paint or pens.

 

Crown: If messy glue intimidates, try simplifying your project even further. For a crown, all you need is a paper plate and scissors. Cut from the center of the plate and make triangles. Bend the triangles up and volia!

 

Candy Necklaces: Grab some Twizzlers, string and scotch tape.  Thread pieces of Twizzlers until you form the desired necklace length. Caution: The old “eat one than bead one” method may happen. Craft at your own risk.

Nice Guy Contest
Posted on February 1, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

From February 1 - 28, 2016, we are on the hunt for the Nicest Nice Guy! Enter someone in your life or work life by following the steps below. And of course, may the nicest of them all win.

 

How To Enter

1. Tag the name of someone in your life that you think is nice on Garvey’s Office Products' Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. Photos and explanations on why your person is the nicest are not required, but are highly encouraged.

 

2.Wait and see if you win!

 

The Prize

Besides the bragging right of being 2016’s Mr. or Ms. Nice Guy, the winner will receive a package full of Nice Guy goodies.

 

 

The Logistics

A winner will be chosen by Garvey’s Office Products’ resident Nice Guys on February 29, 2015 at 3 PM CT. The winner will be announced on the Nice Guys' blog and social media platforms. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize, if no response is met, another winner will be chosen.

 

No purchase from Garvey’s Office Products is necessary to win. Multiple entries are encouraged. Upon submitting a photo, entrants automatically consent use of said photo in further contest promotions hosted by Garvey’s Office Products.

City of Hope
Posted on January 29, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Garvey’s Office Products announced today that City of Hope will be the recipient of all 1st quarter funds raised for the company’s Recycle for a Reason Program.

 

Recycle for a Reason is Garvey’s Office Products’ cardboard and toner recycling program. Each quarter, the company collects flattened cardboard and used toner from its customers. All funds received from the recycled items are then pooled together to raise money for local charitable organizations. Over $217,000 and counting have been raised since the program’s inception.

 

“The partnership between the City of Hope and the office product industry has been strong for years,” said Kevin Garvey, Vice President at Garvey’s Office Products. “Their groundbreaking work in the field of cancer research will one day lead to a cure for a disease that touches all of us.”

 

To learn more about Garvey’s Office Products’ Recycle for a Reason program, click here. First quarter collections for City of Hope will end on 03/31/16.

Game Day Crafts
Posted on January 28, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

The table is set. The TV is on. But just in case you need something to wow guests during halftime, here some creative super bowl decorations that you can make with the most basic of office supplies.

 

Football Field Table Cover: We all get a little messy. To save your table from chicken wings, all you need is brown craft paper, tape and markers.

 

Football Paper Chain Links: Don’t leave your walls empty! Paper chain links can not only decorate, but keep the kids busy while the game is on.
Download template (PDF)

 

Football Popcorn Cones: Print paper with a football-themed design. Tape or glue into cones then fill with your snack of choice. We personally are popcorn fans, but we wouldn’t say no to candies.

 

Football Toothpick Food Identifiers: Glue toothpicks to football paper cutouts. A handy Bic Pen will do the rest. Stick into dips to let guests know what they are getting into.

 

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The Power of Promo
Posted on January 26, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Free swag. Loot. Promotional products have acquired many names over the years. Arguably one of the oldest forms of advertising, American businesses spend on average over $20 billion a year in the category. So, what can you do to stand out? Luckily, we have a few tips.

 

1. Choose a product with a shelf life. Think long term. A sticker won’t last a lifetime, but things like hats and mugs can be used over generations.

 

2. Partner your branded material. Every school has a team; every team has a t-shirt. Offer to foot the bill in exchange for some much-needed brand awareness!

 

3. Names go a long way. Rule of thumb: If something has a person’s name on it, the chances of them keeping it are higher.

 

4. Good design is essential. If it’s not considered pretty or hip, it’s out. Work with a consultant or designer to find the perfect fit.

 

5. Likewise, avoid passing trends. Sure. The blanket that’s also a shirt seems neat right now, but do you really think it’s going to be kept beyond a week?

 

And remember, the power of promotional products is lasting. So choose a message that you really want to convey! View our promotional category for ideas.

Office 101
Posted on January 25, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

If you find yourself basking in the success of your home business, it may be time to move your headquarters to an actual office space. As an Illinois family-owned business ourselves, we know how exciting this time can be. But before you open your doors, we suggest you equip yourself with a few basics. After all, nothing’s more important than starting your business on the right foot.

 

Think small. There are many supplies that we take for granted, but use on a daily basis. It’s the little things – tape, stapler, binder clips, phones, trashcan etc. – that a real office can’t function without. Trust us when we say that a missing highlighter can throw off a whole business day.

 

Rock, Paper, Scissors. Most importantly, paper. Regardless of what your company’s function is, you will need an ample supply paper to write down ideas and take notes and to load in your printer. Make sure to stock up!

 

A happy office is an organized one. As you grow, so will your records!  Ample file storage, folders, labeling and binding methods are key. If you enforce organization at an early stage, it will continue as your business thrives. 

 

A workable office is a comfortable one. Furnish your surroundings. Furniture not only will help an office’s production, but also provide security and extra storage when necessary. A simple table may have worked for a party of one, but now bigger things are on the horizon!

 

Here is an office basics list to get you started!

Being Green
Posted on January 18, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Being a green office doesn’t always mean dollar signs. It also doesn’t mean drastic changes. Sometimes it’s as simple as offering an alternative to what’s been done in past. So in the green spirit, we’re asking all of our customers and employees to try these five ideas. Give the gift of a cleaner and brighter 2016!

 

1. Implement a “switch off” program. Hang a sign that encourages employees to shut off their computers, digital frames and lights when they leave for the day. For most of us, it’s an afterthought!

 

2. Default printing to double-sided. Most printing is thrown away at the end of the day. So save a page or two by searching your printer’s instructions online. You’ll be surprised at how much paper you’ll save.

 

3. Set up an environmentally friendly signature. All it has to read is “please consider the environment before printing this email.” Your employees and clients will do the rest.

 

4. Replace old light bulbs with energy savings ones. Some brands come with lower wattage and guaranteed energy saving labels.

 

5. Considered recycled paper for your printers. You’ll be astonished on how many options are out there – and at reasonable costs. Some brands even work to make recycled paper from wood chips!

 

Can't see working any of these options into your office? Then just donate your empty toner cartridges to our Recycle for a Reason Program! Our 1st quarter recipient this year is Chicago's City of Hope.

Pantone of the Year
Posted on January 13, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

The Color of the Year has been announced. If you aren’t familiar with the award, it’s a color chosen by Pantone, a company which sole function is to manufacture ink.

 

According to Pantone’s senior VP & General Manger Ron Potesk , the Color of the Year is “… a forecast, a reflection of what’s happening in the word.” The color is chosen by drawing inspiration from the “now” – and that includes street art, fashion and even trade shows. 2016’s winner? Unprecedented, there are two - pink Rose Quartz and blue Serenity.

 

And so we ask: What do you think of this year’s colors? Let us know if you think the Color of the Year will end up in your office or home by posting to social with #2016Color.

From Concept to Completion: A New Year, A New Start
Posted on January 11, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

Once every year, we have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves. From a business perspective, this often means re-evaluating our office environment and how it functions. Whatever the reason – you’ve grown in employees or maybe you’re deciding to put a fresh face on an older brand – an office remodel is no easy feat. So, here are five tips from our furniture experts to help you celebrate the potential of a newly remodeled office space.

 

1. Think open but not too open

The problem with many offices today is that it restricts an employee to their desk or puts them on display for all to see. Try to find a happy medium between the two. A good alternative to the traditional desk are benching solutions - i.e. desks that have some walls, but do not completely seclude.

 

2. Paint walls with dry eraser boards and paint

An idea is an idea – no matter where one has it. The problem is getting the thought on paper when there’s no paper to be had! This creative solution not only allows an employee to transfer their thoughts, but also gives the office in question a modern edge.

 

3. Don’t shy away from color

Many offices are drab with neutral grays. As any graphic designer worth his or her salt would tell you, color is something that brings life to a space. Just check out the pops of blue we used ourselves in an install.

 

4. The food area should be just as focused on as the rest
When employees go on break, it’s a time for them to relax and chat. And if that’s not enough incentive, think of it this way: It builds the team cooperation without any team exercises involved.

 

5. A ray of sunshine is important
No one wants to work in a dungeon. If your space doesn’t have windows, good lighting is a MUST. If it does have windows, make sure to think about the positioning of your furniture – wouldn’t you rather look outside than a wall?

 

For more advice and even a digital mockup of your space, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our furniture specialists.

 

5 Must-Haves For The Shipping Season
Posted on January 4, 2016  |  Posted by: nice guys : )

While most people claim that spring is the time for clearing out clutter, it could be argued that most organizing happens directly after New Years. As people start to prioritize their life, they become more diligent and aware of their surroundings. So in the spirit of helping New Years wishes and goals come true, here are some tips for decluttering and cleaning your office space.

 

Start by putting everything away. Let’s face it; most of us think we need everything at an arm’s reach. In reality, we probably use less than a third of it. Start by putting everything that is cluttering the top of your desk in drawers. Only return items as you need them. After two weeks, say bon voyage to anything that is remaining in your drawer and hello to a whole ‘lotta space.

 

Break out the cleaner. Once you clear your desk, you'll notice some cleaning has been neglected. Reach for your office’s janitorial and sanitation items (or as we fondly like to call #JanSan). We’re talking spray bottles, dusters and trash bags. Focus on the items that you use most often. For example, can you remember the last time your phone’s earpiece was cleaned?

 

Place items where you instinctively go. Do you find yourself always reaching for your pens on your left? Your stapler on the right? Humans are creatures of habit. If you are doing something over and over again, your body is telling you something. If you start synching up your natural instincts with the placement of items on your desk, you’ll notice your workday will have less pauses and, therefore, more productivity.

 

Remember to maintain. Part of working is getting messy! Your desk is expected to get cluttered with paper, pens and other things. Sometimes, there’s not enough time to place something back its rightful home. So, allow yourself 5-10 minutes at the start (or end) of your workday to reorganize. It’ll keep your area tidy and prevent you having to take the time to search for an item throughout the day.

 

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