How to Store Award Ribbons & Rosettes
After a long hot weekend (or in some cases a long air conditioned weekend) of running or managing a competitive event, the last thing anyone wants to do is “clean up”. So you pull yourself along hoping that everything has been properly put away so you can pack up and go home. Everyone is running around gathering their things and exiting and you think to yourself, “looks good to me” and you turn the lights off and leave. The question is, who packed what and where…especially things like award ribbons?
After a month off, it is time for the next competition and so you start unpacking the office where you discover, oh no! The award ribbons were thrown into a box along with all the other show supplies. They now more resemble a basket of wrinkled up forgotten clothes than the beautiful rosettes that you first ordered (which is definitely an investment). Or perhaps some rodent friends decided to build a nest with them?
We have been asked by many of our customers what the best way to store their award ribbons to keep them fresh and looking great. First, we highly recommend removing the bands from the ribbon packets. After this, transfer and store them in a Steralite 41 Quart Underbed Box shown below which can be purchased at stores like Walmart or Target. The box has a clear base that allows the contents to be easily identified. The opaque lid snaps firmly in place to keep the ribbons well-stored and secure. If you have multiple boxes, they store very easily under most anything or can be stacked. Award ribbons of all sizes can be stored in these boxes from regular place ribbons (shown in the picture) to longer champion rosettes that can be placed flat. The boxes are long enough that the streamers will not become wrinkled. The best thing is that the ribbons can remain stored in the box even during competition times except what is needed. That way, at the end of the day, the ribbons are still properly store. And, that means no more sorting or repacking! Once the competition day is over the boxes should be placed in a cool and dry place until needed again.