I often get questions about what to use as price tags in your own brick & mortar store or antique mall. Tags are less important than staging and the merchandise itself, but it does help you set yourself apart from the competition and can even make your work more memorable. I investigated ordering pre-printed, pre-strung price tags to save time and match my online and offline branding perfectly, but I'm glad I went with a custom-stamp.
I'm still testing my custom stamp so I can't recommend a custom-stamp maker for you yet, but I'm enjoying this one so far. I'd never seen an acrylic stamp before and it took some practice, but once I got used to it I discovered these weirdo clear rubbery stamps are The Batman of making a detailed, extremely crisp (not blurry or inky), straight impressions. I tested various inks and stamp presses and recommend this Fiskars Stamp Press (must-have for acrylic stamps!) and Memento Ink. The VersaFine Inkpad was recommend by my stamp-maker but I tried Michaels, Jo-Ann, Office Depot, Staples, Hobby Lobby and Walmart (ow, my gas) and it's not available in red locally. Waiting on it to arrive in the mail.
The acrylic stamp photo in the previous picture is actual-size, these are somewhat campily large price tags. I feel like that goes with my playful aesthetic and helps me stand out, although, it can make my booth look a little crowded if I don't position them carefully. I may have to develop smaller stamps and tags, too to diversify it a bit.
My favorite part of the hand-stamped tags is the tangible, hand-crafted quality you can never get from computer printed tags. Each one is slightly different and there's something so visceral and tangible about a hand-stamped item. It's the reason why shoppers go for vintage in the first place, and the use of the traditional white hang-tag keeps it nostalgic.
Edit: Here's my Price Tag History + Branding Tips
What do you use for price tags? What price tags do you respond to? Got any more advice on stamps and ink to share? I'm excited to keep updating packaging- business cards and postage goodies next!