The Great Eclipse: Merchandise Sales Picking Up

While some will be watching the weather in the days leading up to the 'Great Eclipse', store owners across western Kentucky are watching sales of souvenirs.

T-shirts, glasses and even paintings are just some of the things people can buy.

With any big event like the Great Eclipse, there also comes the t-shirts and viewing glasses marking the occasion. Store owners in Madisonville say sales are going pretty well so far.

"It's been exciting. We've been busy," says Kelley Chandler of The Gift Horse in Madisonville

For Mallory Johnson, it's a special t-shirt for a special occasion.

"I thought this was one of the cuter designs I'd ever seen," says Johnson.

The shirt she bought is one of a growing number seen around town, and around social media.

"My Facebook knows I live in Madisonville, Kentucky and it will be a random t-shirt show up sponsored. 'You need to like this one, because you liked that other one,'" she says.

Chandler says sales are beating original expectations, with at least a hundred sold since they started selling.

"We've had people come in and buy 6-12 t-shirts at a time, because they want one  for each family member," Chandler says.

"I've been a little surprised. One of the hotels came in and their staff bought them for them to well. A lot of them are matching," adds Alisa Kavanaugh of Wildcat Wearhouse in Madisonville, who also sells eclipse t-shirts.

Other stores across western Kntucky are offering painting, and sculptures featuring everything from the big event, to the 'Little Green Men'. Chandler adds some customers have other uses for the special items once the eclipse passes.

"People have mentioned maybe using them in t-shirt quilts or something they can hold on to to remember the experience as a family," she says.

Store owners also say they'll be working with vendors to keep shelves fully stocked of souvenirs in the days leading up to the eclipse.
 

(This story was originally published on August 9, 2017)


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