Souvenir Watch: Inauguration Air
Maker: Brother-sister team Gabriel and Frenika Mudd
Price: $3 per bottle available on eBay
Why: From the product’s Web site: “Get a piece of the inauguration! 100% unfiltered, unadulterated air from the heart of Inauguration Central, Washington D.C., on 1/20/09. This is the perfect, most inexpensive way to experience the change that is in the air. Receive your own piece of D.C. that day, and be a part of this momentous occasion by getting your own bottle of collectable air from the day the world changed!”
The product was originally dreamed up as a joke when Gabriel, who lives in New York, and Frenika, a graduate student in D.C., were home in Ohio for Christmas. “I started singing ‘Change is in the Air,’” (to the tune of “Love is in the Air” by John Paul Young) said Gabriel.
So far the team has sold 10 or 12 bottles, said Gabriel Mudd, but they hope to bump up those numbers when the product is re-listed on eBay on Thursday. There’s a limited supply, though Mudd declined to give the specific number.
Make sure you order authentic Inauguration Air, Mudd warned. Their product was gathered on the Mall on Inauguration Day – the family had tickets – but impostor Inauguration Air is being sold from places as far away as London. Theirs is the only one currently being sold that ships from Washington.
Inauguration Watch Verdict: Need a little whiff of hope and change when times get tough? Can’t beat the price.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
January 22, 2009; 3:04 PM ET
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