CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's 150th birthday made for big business under the state Department of Commerce's merchandise tent.
"The sales were just crazy," department spokeswoman Andrea Bond said.
Workers sold 1,863 T-shirts over three days of celebrations last weekend, marking 150 years since West Virginia's founding . . . in 1863.
The merchandise tent also moved 750 coffee mugs, 396 water bottles and 256 hats. Workers sold out of all 1,000 key chains the department ordered for the event.
"They should be a collectors' item someday," Bond said.
Some merchandise still is available on www.wvscenics.com. The state has sold an additional 30 shirts, 20 hats and 25 coffee mugs on the website since it opened earlier this week.
Collectors snatched up the Department of Commerce's entire stock of special-edition sesquicentennial coins within 12 hours of its May 19 release.
Bond said the department was able to save one coin, however, for a drawing on the state's birthday.
Over at the state Division of Motor Vehicles tent, workers sold 33 sesquicentennial license plates at Saturday's festivities.
Spokeswoman Natalie Harvey said drivers needed only to show up at the DMV's booth with their proof of insurance and vehicle registration card to get one of the limited-edition plates.
"We were able to do that right on site," she said.