Shopping for Campaign Gear
Revealing your presidential pick used to be as taboo as disclosing your salary. My grandmother died at 93 having kept her choice in presidents a deep dark secret. Not these days. Now we have bobbleheads, bumper stickers and baseball caps screaming our choice for president. You can even get a pair of thong underwear with your preferred candidate's logo printed on the front. There are plenty of places to buy this type of gear. Here are a few of them:
Political Americana is a small hole in the wall along Pennsylvania Avenue, just a stone's throw from the White House. But it's packed with current campaign gear, as well as memorabilia from previous runs. You can get a Barack Obama or John McCain bobblehead for $20, action figures of the two for $15, presidential playing cards for $10, bumper stickers representing either campaign for $2.50 and T-shirts for as low as $12.99. Jim Warlick opened the store in 1989 and has been successfully predicting presidential outcomes based on button sales. As of now, he says Obama is the clear winner. He also noted that many shoppers have been looking for items that feature Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate.
America! is slightly more expensive but also offers some interesting items. Like a life-size cardboard stand-up of McCain, Obama, or Palin for $42.99 each, an Obama rhinestone pin for $12.99 and a pink Palin T-shirt for $18.99. The store has several locations in the Washington region, as well as an online shop.
And both of the campaigns offer their own gear. Obama's site is selling a $60 gray cardigan with the campaign's official logo that was designed by New York-based designers, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos. Or you can get a $75 canvas bag designed by Rag & Bone, a clothing maker, with the words "Change is Awesome" printed on the front. At McCain's site you can get the "Great AmeriCain Hero" T-shirt designed by "The View" co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck for $47. The shirt is available until Oct. 8.
And if you're really die-hard about your choice, get that pair of thong underwear with either Obama or McCain's logo printed on the front for $12.99 at Election Outlet, an online store that sells all sorts of campaign gear.
Do you buy campaign gear? If so, where are you getting it?
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