Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Show Your Team Some Love with IceJerseys.com

It's a story that was told many times during my childhood. The story of the time my Dad almost came home with a game-played baseball. Almost. If it hadn't been for my Mom.

You see, she was new to the game, and asked lots of questions. Mom had to go to Montreal for a business trip, back in the early 70s. And Dad went with her for a little vacation. They got tickets to an Expos game, and he was thrilled. They were our team, and he couldn't wait to see them play in person. I'm not sure exactly where they were sitting, or how good their seats were, but they were in a foul ball zone. I know that because, as the story goes, Mom was confused about what made a ball "foul" as opposed to a "strike," and as Dad was explaining it to her, the foul ball in question popped up and landed at their feet. Except he didn't see it, and someone else did. Bye-bye Expos ball.

I was a staunch Montreal Expos fan through my childhood, although the Blue Jays stole my heart by the mid-80s. I've always loved baseball, so it's great that I now live in Toronto and can take in a game at the Rogers Centre when I feel the call. I've never been big on hockey, which is likely good, since trying to get tickets to a Leafs game is insane. Football is my other sport of choice, and my husband instilled in me an undying love for the Buffalo Bills. Not sure I'll ever see them win a Super Bowl, but I am nothing if not loyal.

With our love of sports, we have a pretty good collection of team apparel for the whole family. We wear it when we go to games, watch them at home, or just because. And I find I always have room for more ways to show my affiliations. Tshirts are my go-to. Boo likes hats. Jim and our big guy prefer jerseys. It's all good. Mostly we have purchased our items either at the stadium, or online, through an official team site. But that latter option gets pricey if you are buying from a US team site, so I'm glad to have been introduced to a Canadian option!

You can show off your love for your favourite team with a jersey, tee, hat, or other merchandise from IceJerseys.com.  What I love - the company is Canadian, based in Quebec, and you know I prefer to support Canadian businesses whenever possible. All prices are in Canadian dollars, and your purchase ships from their Canadian warehouse. No exchange rates, brokerage fees or duties to worry about. Plus, ground shipping is free with every order of $85 or more. It's a great deal. Ice Jerseys is officially licensed to offer a full selection of NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA & IIHF jerseys, apparel and more - all the fan gear you could need! I also appreciate that they accept Paypal payments - my preferred way of making all my online purchases, and are part of Ebates.ca. Start your shopping trip at Ebates.ca (affiliate link) and get 5% cash back on your purchase.

The site itself is easy to navigate. You can use the search bar to find a specific item you're looking for, or browse by league and team, or by player name. Ice Jerseys carries a variety of novelty shirts and themed holiday wear as well, including Ugly Holiday Sweaters and a St. Patrick's Day line.

Go Bills!
I chose to get myself some Toronto Blue Jays merchandise, and settled on this Women's Authentic Collection Team Choice Quarter Zip Streak Fleece by Majestic. It's 100% polyester fleece, very soft but also very sturdy. It is slightly fitted to the body, for a feminine shape, and keeps its shape really well. Other key points for me - it has a lower hem in the back, two pockets (!), and thumbholes in the sleeves. It's a comfortable fit, with a fun, diagonal logo. I'll look great at our first game!

Ice Jerseys has styles for men, women, kids, and infants. There are even team jerseys for the family dog! Depending on the team, you can find accessories, gift items, drum sticks, slippers, socks, and more. Shopping and checking out are both very straightforward, and in stock items ship within one business day. I received my purchase 2 days after placing my order.

We are at an exciting time in Toronto, with the Blue Jays just starting their season, and the Maple Leafs and Raptors both looking at playoff berths - the first time both teams have made the playoffs since the 2001-2002 season. It's the perfect time to start or add to your fan collection and show off your devotion to your favourite team. Of course, I am biased, living in Toronto, but the selection available covers all the North American teams, and even international ones, not just my local boys :) You can even pick up some retro gear, like this replica Montreal Expos Tim Raines Jersey. Sweet!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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