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The Dollar Wallet is a simple, functional, well-designed wallet that is made in the U.S.A. And it starts at just $1.
The Dollar Wallet is a simple, functional, well-designed wallet that is made in the U.S.A. And it starts at just $1.
The Dollar Wallet is a simple, functional, well-designed wallet that is made in the U.S.A. And it starts at just $1.
3,908 backers pledged $25,419 to help bring this project to life.

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FINAL DAYS! New personalization options and the Kickstarter and #STARTexp exclusives:

By popular demand, we are introducing a more simple personalization option for the Dollar Wallet! One line of your text and an optional social media icon (30 character maximum) for $8 and you still pick the stain and band color. Check out some sample customizations we've made and back the $8 Simple Customization level before time runs out!

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The Kickstarter exclusive will be painted Kickstarter green! One side will be laser etched with your choice of an exclusive laser design we'll be releasing later or choose from a selection of the designs that will be available at the $6 level (basically all of them that will work and look good etched into paint). The wallet will then be coated in polyurethane to protect it from friction, the elements, and sadness. This will come standard with a black band. 

Similarly, The #STARTexp exclusive will be painted red! One side will be laser etched with your choice of a selection of the designs that will be available at the $6 level (basically all of them that will work and look good etched into paint). This wallet will also be coated in polyurethane to protect it from the boring and the mundane. Standard is the black band.

Samples of the Kickstarter and #STARTexp exclusives, available in many of the laser etching options.
Samples of the Kickstarter and #STARTexp exclusives, available in many of the laser etching options.

THE STORY

Hi, my name's Kyle and I wanted to make a wallet that is simple, functional, affordable, well-designed, and made in the U.S.A.

The Dollar Wallet is the answer to the desire for a thin-profile, minimalistic wallet that doesn't charge a premium for simplicity.

The Dollar Wallet costs $1. It is made from high-quality, American-made fiber board and non-roll elastic. It's a smidgeon bigger than a credit card. It's durable, reliable, and fits up to 8-10 credit cards and some cash. Yep, still just a buck.

The Dollar Wallet Plus is like its older cousin. It's a little more mature, more refined. The Dollar Wallet Plus can be upgraded and customized to your heart's content. It starts at two dollars and is made of high-quality American-sourced plywood and the same non-roll elastic available to upgrade with multiple colors and patterns.

The Dollar Wallet, two available stains on the left. The Dollar Wallet Plus, two available stains on the right.
The Dollar Wallet, two available stains on the left. The Dollar Wallet Plus, two available stains on the right.
1st round of laser designs for the $6 Dollar Wallet Plus Laser Design – designed by Paul Briney. *These designs are in progress and subject to change.
1st round of laser designs for the $6 Dollar Wallet Plus Laser Design – designed by Paul Briney. *These designs are in progress and subject to change.
The Dollar Wallet compared to my old wallet
The Dollar Wallet compared to my old wallet
The Dollar Wallet compared to an iPhone 5
The Dollar Wallet compared to an iPhone 5
The Dollar Wallet Plus made out of end-of-life authentic vintage vinyl records. These rewards will feature the unique look and feel of vinyl. This is our vinyl prototype (missing the notch in the top, which will be in the final version)
The Dollar Wallet Plus made out of end-of-life authentic vintage vinyl records. These rewards will feature the unique look and feel of vinyl. This is our vinyl prototype (missing the notch in the top, which will be in the final version)
A sample of some of the elastic band colors, more will be available as well!
A sample of some of the elastic band colors, more will be available as well!

HOW WE GOT HERE

We've made our way through about a half a dozen prototypes to the version you see today. It started as a sketch in my notebook at work, first laid out horizontally, then as I shared the idea with a few friends, shifted to vertical.

The sketches that started it all.
The sketches that started it all.

Then I made a cardboard sample which lasted all of one morning before I got excited, drove to A.C. Moore, bought some craft plywood and carved a new sample in the workshop at work on my lunch hour. I carried that prototype for a week as I researched options for final materials. I settled on 3/32" Taskboard for the Dollar Wallet and 1/16" Aircraft craft plywood for the Dollar Wallet Plus. Both offer rigidity and durability from a high-quality material that will thrive in your pocket all day and a high value to cost ratio to keep production costs low enough to make the Dollar Wallet affordable for everyone. I rented time on a local laser cutter to make production prototypes of both materials, stained them, and began testing in my pocket and with friends.

A few of the steps along the way
A few of the steps along the way

The production prototypes you see are laser cut, as the final version will be. The only minor modifications remaining to be made before production are tightening up the notches for the elastic on the sides to fit the band more snugly, and using better stitching to secure the elastic.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Production prototypes are expensive. In order to make this product a reality we need to use the funds from this Kickstarter to purchase our supplies in bulk and purchase a laser cutter to install in our garage studio allow us to make the wallets as efficiently as possible.

Production of the Dollar Wallet starts with the raw boards, which get laser engraved and cut into the Dollar Wallet shape. Meanwhile, the elastic bands are cut and sewn into a loop. Then the elastic is placed in the notches and the Dollar Wallet is complete.

After the success of our kickstarter will will immediately order the supplies and laser cutter (UPDATE: We have already ordered and received the laser cutter and many of the supplies), with an anticipated delivery date of mid-October for our Early Bird backers and mid-November for most backers. The clear intention of timeline is to make the Dollar Wallet available in time for Christmas so that those of you who are inclined can give the Dollar Wallet as a gift to the minimalist-loving friend or family member of yours!

This project has pledged 5% of its profits to go back into the Kickstarter community, learn more at http://kickingitforward.org.

Risks and challenges

Risks are relatively low with a successful campaign. We have multiple quotes on the laser cutter and have secured pricing for the bulk materials, all we need now is to press the order button and we'll all be a little closer to pocketbook bliss.

The only risks are sudden uncontrollable price changes and delivery time on the laser cutter. We are excited to embark on this journey with you and will be posting regular updates to keep our backers aware of all production processes!

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    The Dollar Wallet. You get one high-quality Dollar Wallet, handmade in the U.S.A. Not required, but please consider adding $0.50 for postage in the U.S.

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    INTERNATIONAL DOLLAR WALLET – The Dollar Wallet. You get one high-quality Dollar Wallet, handmade in the U.S.A.

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    EARLY BIRD – The Dollar Wallet. You get one high-quality Dollar Wallet, handmade in the U.S.A. in the first batch of production products, before anyone else.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD – The Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains. Black band.

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    EARLY BIRD – The Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains. Black band.

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    INTERNATIONAL EARLY BIRD – The Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains. Black band.

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    The Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains. Black band.

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    INTERNATIONAL – The Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains. Black band.

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    EARLY BIRD – The Dollar Wallet Plus Laser Design. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains, one of our elastic choices, and one of our laser designs etched into your wallet.

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    The Dollar Wallet Plus Laser Design. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains, one of our elastic choices, and one of our laser designs etched into your wallet.

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    INTERNATIONAL – The Dollar Wallet Plus Laser Design. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains, one of our elastic choices, and one of our laser designs etched into your wallet.

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    Simple Customization – The Dollar Wallet Plus: You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A in your choice of one of two stains, one of our elastic choices, and one line of text (plus optional social icon) submitted by you etched into your wallet (30 character maximum).

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    The Dollar Wallet Plus – Kickstarter Exclusive. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A with our Kickstarter exclusive stain, elastic, and laser etching.

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    The Dollar Wallet Plus – #StartExp Exclusive. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A with our #StartExp exclusive stain, elastic, and laser etching.

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    INTERNATIONAL – The Dollar Wallet Plus – Kickstarter Exclusive. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A with our Kickstarter exclusive stain, elastic, and laser etching.

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    ARTIST SPECIAL EDITION – You get one Dollar Wallet Plus with your choice of one of two special edition illustrations designed by artist Scott Brinkley (see sample illustration to the left) laser etched on the wallet. Also includes your choice of stain and elastic band.

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    INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL EDITION – You get one Dollar Wallet Plus with your choice of one of two special edition international backers only illustrations designed by artist Scott Brinkley (see sample illustration to the left) laser etched on the wallet. Also includes your choice of stain and elastic band.

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    SPECIAL EDITION VINYL DOLLAR WALLET PLUS – You get a Dollar Wallet Plus featuring a back made of an authentic vintage vinyl record, with a light grey band. This item will be handcrafted and full of character. Shipping to the U.S. and the world.

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    The CUSTOM Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A with a custom laser etched image or design that you provide on one side. Also includes your choice of stain and elastic band.

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    INTERNATIONAL – The CUSTOM Dollar Wallet Plus. You get one high-quality wooden Dollar Wallet Plus, handmade in the U.S.A with a custom laser etched image or design that you provide on one side. Also includes your choice of stain and elastic band.

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    DELUXE CENTER CUT VINYL DOLLAR WALLET PLUS – You get a Dollar Wallet Plus featuring a back made of the center (including label) of an authentic vintage vinyl record, with a light grey band. This item will be handcrafted and full of character. Shipping to the U.S. and the world.

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    LIMITED OFFER: ARTIST SPECIAL EDITION – You get one Dollar Wallet Plus with a kickstarter exclusive special edition illustration designed by artist Scott Brinkley (see sample illustration to the left) laser etched on the wallet, numbered and signed by the artist. Also includes your choice of stain and elastic band.

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    CUSTOM CENTER CUT VINYL DOLLAR WALLET PLUS – You pick the record (any artist, any album) and we will do everything we can to find a copy (up to $30 spent to acquire it) and you get a Dollar Wallet Plus featuring a back made of the center (including label) of your chosen vintage vinyl record, with a coordinating colored band. This item will be handcrafted and full of character. Shipping to the U.S. and the world.

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    The Dollar Wallet Sponsorship pack. This is for companies and organizations. You will be an official Dollar Wallet Partner, listed as a sponsor on the website and a card or advertisement of our mutual agreement will be mailed with 750 Dollar Wallets to the other backers of this project. No wallets are included, this is an advertisement opportunity. Message Kyle for details.

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