This is what our previous managers had tried, printing on a fabric
label with a barcode. It did NOT work. They used labels intended
for use in clothing, and it still did not work. For the amount of
wear the items get and the number of times they're cleaned, getting
coated in makeup, we were lucky with the ones that made it two
years. Some shrunk, faded, wrinkled, it was a terrible outcome for a
project that took so much time and energy and money.
I really recommend not attempting bar codes unless you use heat seal
codes. The extra expense is well worth it--as they are the only
absolutely permanent solution I've found (and I've been researching
for seven years now--we are planning to switch over soon). You can
get the tags for 21-25 cents each, and they can be custom printed if
you'd like. (Usually a flat $40 fee per order). Heat seal machines
are about $800-2000. I've estimated for our 30,000 pieces we could
do it for around $6000, which is what it cost us ten years ago to use
a substandard process.
My only problem now though, is does anyone have a good software to
use for costume rental tracking using the barcodes? The only one
I've found that includes billing is enormously expensive. Any advise
on that part would be much appreciated.