Worse, the ones that are available don‘t seem to be selling: Some vendors offer them three for $9.99, yet no pedestrians, rollerbladers or skateboarders were wearing them. One man worked a table fairly buckling with the weight of merchandise that included desk flags, Old Glory decals, “Don’t Mess With America” T-shirts, FDNY caps and red-white-and-blue matches. He told the Weekly that some of the money went to the Red Cross, and displayed a number of official-looking vendor-identification tags. “We set up in gas stations or in front of a Ralphs for three days, then move on,” he said.
How was business this Saturday afternoon?
“Slow,” he said, deflated. Perhaps he hadn‘t heard of the old three-for-$9.99 strategy.