When it comes to Fake Patty’s Day, ‘why wait?’ seems to be the fashion mantra. Local stores have already started rolling out green t-shirts for Fake Patty’s Day, the unofficial celebration that usually takes place the weekend before March 17.
Several outlets, both in and outside of Aggieville, began selling merchandise last week.
James Parker, of Thread in Aggieville, said the custom t-shirt shop started selling custom Fake Patty’s Day t-shirts Friday.
“Right now we’re looking at anywhere from 20 to 30 different designs, but honestly a lot of what we’ve made so far are custom designs,” Parker said.
New designs will also be posted on the store’s Facebook page.
If the past is any indication, sales on the t-shirts should start to pick up soon. Parker said that in previous years, sales have increased about three weeks from the date of the event. He couldn’t say exactly how many t-shirts are usually sold each year, but was confident the number is in the thousands.
“Our entire wall turns green come Fake Patty’s Day then our entire wall disappears,” Parker said. “A lot of shirts.”
He said the ability to make custom shirts based on customers’ designs and quick turnaround on those designs has made Thread a popular destination for Fake Patty’s Day merchandise.
Non-Aggieville locations are also displaying their inventories.
HyVee, a supermarket in the north end development area, has included simple green t-shirts, that read “Fake Patty’s Day” in a small section dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day.
A HyVee representative directed questions regarding the display to the store director, who was not present at the time.