Meet the team behind

Threads & Thistles Inventory

Our Mission

At the risk of sounding like a pageant contestant, Thomas and I both believe in making the world a better place. Gaming is a big part of both of our lives, and we believe we can help make a difference in the world through our shared passion. As a woman, especially a woman in gaming, I have experienced discrimination and harassment simply because of my gender. Though Thomas will not fully understand what we women go through, the effects of toxic masculinity affects him too. As someone with a very bright and bubbly personality, Thomas has felt bullied for not fitting the status quo that society has created for men. For too long, feminine traits have been seen as inferior to masculine traits. In the world of gaming, you still see people gatekeeping who is allowed in, and who doesn't make the cut.

I named the shop "Threads & Thistles Inventory - A Gamers' Boutique", simply because it sounded feminine. Our goal is to show people that there are gamers that they can relate to, and they don't have to fit the stereotypical gamer mold. In TTI you will find a diverse range of style, all of which fit the brand. The brand is original and unlike other styles you would typically see in a store with products for gamers. We are here to help you feel seen, and to help you feel comfortable pursuing the hobby you love!

meet the owners
Alyssa & Thomas Dykstra

While I am the founder and the face of the business, I wouldn't be here without my husband, Thomas (Tom). You've probably seen photos of him in my social media, but what you don't know is that he does a lot of the behind the scenes work. While I handle everything from designs, customer service, marketing etc., Thomas helps the business by managing finances, shipments, business tools, and more. Most importantly, as my best friend, he keeps me level headed! We wouldn't have this business without each other. We're both so lucky to have a partner with the same interests!

Meet the copywriter
EMILY STROUP

Emily is the witty mastermind behind all of the product descriptions in Threads & Thistles Inventory. She says, "Since I've always loved playing video games, writing about them in a casual, accessible way has been incredibly fun and fulfilling!" Like the rest of the TTI team, she is a strong feminist and an avid gamer, as well as one of my closest friends. Her two favorite games are the Dragon Age games and Detroit Become Human. She's also the reason Skyrim is now one of my all time favorite games! Emily would describe her aesthetic as "grandma academia", which is expressed both in her fashion style and social media- even on her Animal Crossing island!

Meet the designer
Jimena Fernández

Jimena is my go-to designer whenever I need more of my complicated ideas to come to life, and she was one of my initial designers to help me with the first shop designs before I got my Ipad, like the "Leah's Feelings" design you see her wearing in the photo! She primarily does illustration and concept art, and she says she most enjoys character drawing for games. Jimena describes herself as a huge D&D nerd, and she even creates full designs for her D&D characters!

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We are looking for a diverse group of content creators who are willing to help represent our brand! If you agree with our mission and you wish to represent TTI with cool perks, then come and see if you qualify to become an ambassador!

FAQs

Yes! Under the Fair Use policy in the USA, I am legally allowed to sell designs that are not canon to the original designs based off of the video games. You will notice many of the designs based off of video games are creatively transformed, some more than others. I do get my designs double checked by the manufacturer I work with to be extra safe. I also make a point to reach out to indie creators to make sure they are comfortable with me making designs based off of their game. If they reach back out to me and tell me they do not want me making designs for the shop, then I don't.

I own all of the copyright to all of the designs, and all of the designs in TTInventory are owned by me. All ideas are mine, and I do occasionally get help from some talented illustrators who help me bring more complicated ideas I have to life. You can read more about them on the highlight on my instagram page.

For the majority of the products in the shop, we go through drop shipping with manufacturers we trust. This process has been very helpful for us since we currently don't have a physical store. We also own a warehouse with one of our manufacturers so we can order custom products from other suppliers, and have our manufacturers ship them to you for us! We will frequently host giveaways or sell limited edition products such as Valentine's Day cards, and in these cases, we enjoy packaging and mailing orders ourselves to provide more of a personal touch!

We work with eco-conscious brands such as Gildan and Bella+Canvas, the only two brands we currently use for our apparel. For other products, such as the candles, we look for manufacturers who use vegan products without any allergens.

We use packaging made of post-consumer recycled plastics for all apparel orders shipped from our manufacturers facilities. Our manufacturers reduced the use of packaging altogether, for instance by using triangular cardboard boxes for poster orders to replace tubes with plastic end caps. Any plastic used is made from Recycled Materials. 

Having fulfillment centers close to our customers is good both for the business and the planet. Strategically located fulfillment centers allow for faster shipping times and lower shipping costs, and it also helps with reducing the CO₂ emissions produced when transporting orders.

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