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What a GREAT IDEA!

Tomlin Middle School, Plant City.

 

Three years ago the Tomlin PTA reached out to me to purchase special padlocks for their exceptional students.

 

They created an Honor Wall at the school and recognize any student that earns straight “A’s” for the entire year.  Each grade gets a different color and a personalized lock. The locks are at the school and serve as inspiration to strive for success.

6th graders get a blue one, 7th graders get a black one and 8th graders orange – the school colors.

This year because it is the third anniversary of students earning the locks, if any student in eighth grade earned one in 6th and 7th grade they received a GOLD Honor Lock. Pretty cool idea, right?

The front has the students names and year and the back seen in the picture also has the school mascot, Nice huh?

This is a quite a unique way to honor outstanding students and they love them.

If you know a school that might want to join in please contact us: robert@lock-itz.com

Work Number: 203 847 – 7700

Please help spread the word about this unique inspirational educational news.

We would love to work with more schools.

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What are Love Locks used for? The simple answer is for love.

We get so many orders for love locks and each one has a story behind it. We can read into the meanings and can only image where they will end up.

Our favorite of all is the proposal lock. Guys around the world have used our locks to pop the question. Engravings like “Will you marry me” and “She said YES” come in at least once a week. How cool is it to be a part of something that will last lifetime.

Some are for the birth of a newborn such as “Welcome to the World Son” or clearly a celebration of their child’s first year in the world, “Happy First Birthday Charlie”.

Sometimes the locks are just a simple initials with a heart. Just a reminder of when their journey started and that they are still going strong with love.

Others are for anniversaries with dates and an occasional anniversary milestone like “50 years still going strong!”.

How can you not enjoy the wonderful messages our customers engrave.  Then there are the silly cute ones with pet names that have special meaning to only their loved one, “Smoochy” was one of my favorites or “Boo Boo Bear”.

There also the travel locks that clearly are meant for overseas to be left behind somewhere to someday hopefully remain until it is visited again. My wife and I always take a lock with us on holiday. We have left locks in Grenada, Barbados, Curacao and Puerto Rico to name a few Islands and then some here in the US, Providence, Newport, NYC and Greenville, SC. Each one commemorates are trip and is something we will look for when we go back in the years to come.

So think about what you want your lock for and then write something special. Have fun with it. Cheers.

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Happy Valentine’s Day 
One of the inspirations for selling love locks that started for us back 2011 our the stories behind the locks. Each day we engrave personal messages of love.
Today I received a lovely email from one of  our customers explaining the “42” engraved under her and her husbands names.

What a Valentine treat!

Please read on….
“The story of the number 42 on our lock began 28 years ago back in 1990. My husband and I met in the 8th grade and became best friends before eventually discovering we had deeper feelings for one another and making that big adolescent leap into boyfriend/girlfriend land. We were only 14 years old so we felt embarrassed for others to hear us say the words “I love you” to one another when getting off the phone, or walking to our next class, etc. so we came up with a code. When we’d say 42 it meant we were saying I love you. It has stuck with us all these years later…although we of course say the actual words most of the time, a “42” will still sneak out now and then. Our birthdays are only 16 days apart and we are both turning 42 years old this April. I’m excited to give him this personalized lock for his birthday and to surprise him with a trip to the Old Red Bridge in Kansas City, to place our love lock there forever. After 28 years of friendship, almost 22 years of marriage, and 4 beautiful daughters, we are still very much in love. I thank you again for your kindness and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait to see the product! ”
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THE LEGEND OF ST. VALENTINE

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

ORIGINS OF VALENTINE’S DAY: A PAGAN FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

VALENTINE’S DAY: A DAY OF ROMANCE

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY GREETINGS

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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Paper Weights for LOVE

Give the gift of organization this Valentine’s Day with our one of a kind unique HEART PAPERWEIGHTS. These adorable hearts were specifically design for Lock-itz® and are a huge hit, especially this time of year.

What a unique idea for that special loved one. Say it simple on one of our hearts and they will always know you love them when they are at work or at home. These adorable hearts fit right in on your desk and of course serve a purpose as well. Brilliant heart red the engraving you choose will let everyone that stops at your desk know who your special one is.

Buy a bunch for the office and your workers will love them. What better way to spread LOVE in the office?

Special Valentine’s special going on NOW!

Include one of our unique paperweights in your order and you get 25% off the entire order!

Put heart in your cart” this Valentine’s Day!

Please contact robert@lock-itz.com for bulk orders.

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Lock-itz® introduces two NEW colors for their heart lock collection – Blue and Green

Our customers rave about these adorable locks. What better way is there to send your valentine a heart? Don’t send a card or chocolate send a HEART. Not only is the heart special but you get to choose what you want to write on it. Keep it simple with maybe just your initials or say something profound that really hits home. Our locks are laser engraved and can never fade or come off. Each lock comes with an adorable small key that can used as a charm on a bracelet or necklace. The key is a symbol that you and only you can use to unlock and keep your special ones heart safe.

Our new two colors are different and cute. The blue is as cool as the ocean in the tropics and the green is symbol of growth and newness in a beautiful garden.

The locks are 1.75” by 1.5” with a 0.75” shackle. They make a perfect attachment to a purse or keychain. This way she can carry your heart wherever she goes.

Be sure to check out our special Valentine’s Day sale going on right now.

All single orders are on SALE – 10% off——-Buy TWO or more items and receive 20% OFF!!!

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Love is in the AIR

2018 starts a new year of love. Is there someone special in your life? Maybe this is the year to take a step forward and say what really is in your heart.

Lock-itz® has a question for you? “What is your heart saying in 2018?” Make a list and write everything and anything that your heart has to say. Speak from your heart and don’t be shy. Is there that special person that you’ve be wanting to say the three magic words to or maybe you just don’t say it enough. It’s simple and sweet.

I LOVE YOU.

The three complete words that can be hard to say at times. We at Lock-itz® want to make it simple for you to say it on a heart lock with an adorable key that can be used as a charm.

Valentine’s Day is only 5 weeks away. Start planning now to pop that question or just say those three simple words – I LOVE YOU.

Use us to make it simple and easy and say what your heart has been saying all along.

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The New Year is here and Lock-itz® welcomes 2018.

This marks the conclusion of our 7th year selling love locks. Over the years we have seen many locks with a wide assortment of engravings. From the loving couples to the touching poetic rhymes to some really funny ones. Here are just a few of our recent favorites:

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Linda & Dave

August 30, 1975

41 years +

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Gravity Pulls on C & B

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Love You

Sempre e per Sempre

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You are my Forever

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02/14/88

K + C = Forever

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You make me complete

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Kristen & Jon

I love you to the Moon and back

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Jenny

Will you Marry Me?

Joey

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How fun is it to be able to say what you want on one of our locks. Apparently Joey from Kansas City did to Jenny and it worked out GREAT. He sent us a picture with Jenny’s hand showing off a beautiful diamond ring!  I guess you could say Lock-itz® is a proud sponsor of spreading love and bringing people together.  So what do you say? Is there someone out there for you?  Let us help and let them know what your heart is saying this New Year.

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Christmas and the Holidays are upon us once again. The years keep ticking by and we keep sending LOVE.

Over the years we have been in the business of sharing love. This was the sole purpose of starting Lock-itz®.

The most gratifying gift we can give at Lock-itz® is knowing that each lock we engrave is meant for love. Thousands upon thousands of our love locks have been shipped around the world. We’ve shipped our love locks to every state and over fifty different countries. We reach the world and its four corners.

This world needs love and needs to focus on giving. The best Holiday gift is giving and expecting nothing in return. This holiday think of someone and send a heart engraved with something special on it. A small token of friendship, meaningful thought or words of encouragement can help spread our simple message.

Every day I wake up to check our orders and read the words of our customers and their special messages. What a great way to start the day! Some are simple with just initials and a heart and others our thoughtful words that are unique to their special person. Reading the messages keeps hope in my heart that we all share the same bond and desire to love.

So this holiday season Lock-itz® wishes you and your family a Happy Holidays.

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Love Locks represent a desire and spirit of locking love for lovers in the form of engraved padlocks forever.

Love locks from all over the world are being engraved with names, dates, and sweet words that announce to the world expressions of love. Lover’s lock their padlocks to an iron fence or rail and hide their keys to seal their undying love for each other.

Lock-itz® was the first in the United States to help people express their thoughts of their special loved one. The idea started with a simple question after seeing a lock with a name on it in Central Park back in 2011. My wife asked “Does anyone sell these on the internet?” Great question.

We got home later in the evening and remembered the lock and did a google search and found many pictures from around the world. Of course Paris was first on the search with tons of pictures but no sites to market the idea. Our son who is quite the tech guy quickly made a dummy web page to test the waters. Once the site went live orders came in immediately and we scrambled to find a padlock to actually sell and then figure out how to engrave the locks. It so happened that less than a mile from home was a local engraver and we quickly developed a wonderful relationship. The business took off and orders came in 24 hours a day seven days a week. We’ve been going steady now for seven years with no end in sight. Love is the one underlying trait that everyone feels and shares and there is no end to love.

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