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Mad Scramble for Thousands of Discarded Obama Invites

People are picking through dumpsters near the Longworth and Cannon House Office Buildings on Capitol Hill to collect some of the thousands of invitations to Obama's inauguration that were discarded this afternoon, a source tells Inauguration Watch. The invitations were...

By David A Nakamura | January 23, 2009; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (7)

Sen. Feinstein: Purple and Blue Ticket-holders Will Receive Special Souvenirs (*Updated)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) will be distributing packages that include a souvenir program, color photos of President Obama and other memorabilia to people with tickets who were not admitted to the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, according to an email sent to...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (44)

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....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 22, 2009; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Post's Midday Edition Hits the Streets

(Near 6th and Pennsylvania, NW, at the Newseum) The Washington Post afternoon edition has been spotted downtown. One man, Mike Ivey, 40, of the District, said he purchased his from a street vendor near 6th and F streets. The $2...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Open Bathroom, Good Business

At an Obama souvenir shop that opened its doors Sunday on E Street between 6th and 7th streets NW, owner Valerie Cunningham willingly allowed people to come in to warm up and use the bathroom. "Good morning, good morning," she...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Ball Caps

Maker: New Era Price: "approximately $35" Why: the Barack Obama-Inspired collection features designs and definitions drawn from the phrases that made his campaign one to remember including "Hope", "Dream", "Change" and "Progress." Also included in the line will be...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (2)

Spider-Man Comic Book Creating All the Buzz

It's Inauguration Day, and mass bridge closures on the D.C.-Virginia border have not stopped the likes of the Chameleon from infiltrating the president-elect's swearing-in ceremony. In fact, the villainous shape shifter has not only braved the colossal crowds to get...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 11, 2009; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official "Be the Change" Inaugural Poster Unveiled

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has unveiled the official inaugural poster, designed by street artist Shepard Fairey, whose Obama image during the election became an iconic symbol. The 24" x 36" print costs $100, with 1,000 signed by the artist going...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Post Commemorative Editions Available for Pre-Order

Some readers had asked about ordering The Post's inauguration editions ahead of time; that option is now available at www.washingtonpost.com/store. Readers can order either the Jan. 20 special edition, which will come out in the late afternoon that day, or...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 7, 2009; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Official Obama Inaugural Store Open Online

A piggy bank ($10). A tote bag ($30). Cufflinks and a tie bar ($50). The official Barack Obama inauguration collectibles store has launched online at the Presidential Inaugural Committee's Web site. In case there was any doubt, a note on...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Hot Sauce

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. When the holiday leftovers start to taste a little blah, don't lose Hope -- Inauguration Watch can help! Item: Barack Obama Inauguration Hot Sauce Maker: Toodarnhot.com of Owensboro, Ky....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 26, 2008; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama in 'Chicago-style': Fashionable or Offensive?

The annual African American Holiday Association Marketplace Festival & Health Fair held Saturday at the Reeves Center in Washington, D.C.'s U Street corridor was also a festival of seasonal Obama gear. One T-Shirt, however, stood out among the piles of...

By David A Nakamura | December 23, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Souvenir Watch: Inauguration Map-kerchief

Ever wanted to blow your nose on the Lincoln Memorial or clean your glasses with the Verizon Center? Of course you have. And now you can with the Rand McNally's inauguration "fabMAP." The map, which displays the route of the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 19, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Different Kind of Inaugural Ball

Barack Obama is a noted hoops enthusiast, known for his election day-pickup games. Now, two groups are honoring his pending swearing in as president by creating inaugural basketballs. The first comes from the Harlem Globetrotters, who sent Obama four of...

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Evening Bag

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama evening bag Maker: Flash Bags Price: $52 Why: From the Web site: "Each one is hand numbered and we're only making 2009 of these- a true collector's...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Downtown D.C. Street Vendors To Get 'First Dibs' For Inauguration Space

Street vendors already licensed to sell their goods in downtown D.C. will get first preference for the spots during the inauguration Jan. 20, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs announced today. D.C. vendors had been concerned that they might...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 17, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: The Obama Pin

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Inaugural Pin Maker: D.C. jewelry designer Ann Hand Price: $75 (available in 18-carat gold and diamonds by special order) Why: From the Web site: "The designs of...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Is on a Roll

The story about the guy who printed the president-elect's face on a roll of toilet paper sounds like the start of a thousand punchlines -- or worse. But Jeremy Rupke insists it's only business; nothing personal. "I am not picking...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Expects 500 Temporary Street Vendors for Inauguration

As if there aren't enough places to buy Barack Obama memorabilia, the D.C. government now says it expects to issue 500 temporary licenses for street vendors good for just one day--Jan. 20, when Obama takes the oath of office....

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Obama Souvenir Store Opens In D.C.

The Treasury Department and the White House were on one side of 15th Street. But the tourists stopping to take photos were aiming their lenses at a new presidential souvenir shop on the other side. Hoping to capitalize on...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: The 'OBAMA-SCOPE'

The man who made and sold 3,800 periscopes for former President Bill Clinton's inauguration is back -- with the "OBAMA-SCOPE." California lawyer and former FBI agent Richard Tosaw, 83, has created a 26-inch-long, 8-ounce periscope made of cardboard that uses...

By Washington Post Editors | November 24, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Souvenir Watch

Post reporter Thomas Heath filed this report on his Value Added blog about how one souvenir company is coping with demand for Obama inaugural items. I talked to the guys at Capsco, Inc., in College Park this morning and asked...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Soap on a Rope Maker: Dugshop, a collective of artists who specialize in vegan-friendly novelty soap. Cost: $15 plus $5 shipping; proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Trading Cards

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama Trading Card Maker: Topps Company Inc. Price: $1.99 for package of six foil-wrapped cards, plus one sticker Why: The "90-card set will document, in colorful photos and...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

 
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