Would An AbbyGabs Coffee Mug Make Your Life Better?

The other day, I posted this thought on Facebook:


And believe it or not, I got quite a responses in favor of an Abby Gabs t-shirt. In fact, many of you requested one to add to your own wardrobes. 

I have to admit, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about opening a little swag shop associated with my blog. I’ve actually thought about it quite a bit, mainly because a few of my favorite blogs (Late Enough, Crappy Pictures, Hyperbole and a Half, The Oatmeal) all have shops of their own.

Not to mention my father-in-law, Walt, author of The Lucky Puppy, who launched his shop years before I ever heard the word “blog.” 

After about an hour of scouring my blog, looking for items that might make cute t-shirts, I find that I have a few. All they require are a little editing, some funny catchphrases, and a vessel on which to print them up. For instance…

How cute would this be on a coffee mug?:

And I had already thought of this one for my nerdy Comic Con t-shirt…(Saying something like L8 Nerd.) 


I have a few that I could take ideas from, too…like Super Abby:


Or the classic “I Survived the Red Roof Inn:”


Of course, there would be Abby Gabs swag, too—bumper stickers derived from my banner, t-shirts with just the blog logo on it, etc.

The question is: are you guys really interested in this idea? Would you be willing to buy a $5 bumper sticker with my face on it? Would you really wear a t-shirt with a badly-drawn, caffeinated dinosaur on the front? 

So let’s put it to a vote. If you’d love to see an Abby Gabs swag shop, vote below. And if there’s an illustration you adore that you’d pay to see on merchandise, and I didn’t mention it above, let me know which one you’re interested in!

I’m curious to hear your thoughts, readers. I will say, I’m probably going to create the nerd shirt for myself, but opening up a shop would be a totally different endeavor! I think it would be fun, and I’m hoping you will, too. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “Would An AbbyGabs Coffee Mug Make Your Life Better?

  1. Stephanie

    Honestly, I’ve never once bought anything from a blogger. But I’m definitely curious to see what you come up with! I’ve been considering doing something similar, but I wonder if everyone’s like me…not usually into buying stuff from blogs. If you go through with it, I hope you make a million bucks!

    1. Abby Chamberlain

      Yeah, I think my luck with selling will depend on what kind of items I create. I think people are more willing to spend $4 on a cool book mark, sticker, or other small item than they are to spend $25 on a t-shirt.

  2. Laverne Smith

    I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve thought of opening my own shop too…my own secret now revealed. As for bloggers who have shops, I too have never really found any thing I have though wearable worthy. An Abby shirt…he’ll yeah!!! I say go for it. Especially if the start up is not a lot or free. I am dying to see what you do!!!!!

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