Visitors eye Balloon Fiesta collectibles
Posted at: 10/05/2012 9:01 PM
| Updated at: 10/05/2012 10:10 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The 41st International Balloon Fiesta is upon Albuquerque, and beyond the ascensions and food, the constant on many locals and tourists is the clothing and pins.
Jodi Webber's company runs the official merchandise for the Balloon Fiesta. She said come Saturday morning, it will be standing room only in her massive tents. She said there is one popular item in her store so far.
"We always do an official event hat, and we've added an official event pin to go with it," she said. And that is going really fast."
But the main thing most people ask about when they come into her store is about the official Balloon Fiesta T-shirt.
She said there is something about the T-shirt that makes people come back year after year.
"It has the name, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and the year, that's what just makes it so special and everybody wants that," Webber said.
One customer told us she prefers pins over anything else. She said she got the official shirt last year for the 40th anniversary, but she said this year has a more economic trend.
"We're looking for the sales. Get better deals on the sales. So it's good to come early. Last year we missed out on that early day," Tracey Moushon, of Illinois, said.
Things go quickly from merchandise tents, so Moushon suggests that if something catches the eye, do not hesitate.
Jodi Webber said things will be hectic over the weekend when it comes to buying things, and the smart shoppers wait until Monday to hit up the merchandise shops.