Metal license plates, badges, jewelry, flags, pendants, fridge magnets, and of course Her Majesty's "ordinary" cotton T-shirt ...;)
All the way from Chicago to Los Angeles (and much wider) it is possible to get a variety of souvenirs that will remind you of the journey you have crossed, the adventure you experienced, and of course when you get home you can show others where you have all been. As I come back from every trip with a "few" T-shirt, I will not make an exception this time either, but I plan to take that experience to a new level. I don't carry anything with me except what I'm wearing, and a few underpants and socks. I will buy other clothes (mostly T-shirts) on the way anyway, so there is no need to unnecessarily load the luggage.
Across the pond, I was in New York and the southwestern part of the U.S., the so-called Wild West, so I think I gained some sense of realistic prices.
Many shops along Route 66 are so-called. tourist traps where enthusiastic tourists are sold overpriced souvenirs that you can get at another store at half price or even cheaper. I may be stingy, but I have absolutely no intention of paying for a $ 25-30 t-shirt if I know I can buy such or a similar t-shirt for $ 5-10. Shops held by Indians in the reserve do not pay taxes, so their prices are automatically lower by 10-15%.
Some popular shops along Route 66:
ROUTE 66 ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS - Pontiac is one of the first cities on the road. The Hall of Fame and Route 66 Museum have free admission and are open all 7 days a week. They are funded by the sale of souvenirs, which means that my deviation outside the set budget (I am afraid this will become the rule) will directly help maintain an association that cares about promoting the legend of this road. An exclusive T-shirt designed by Bob Waldmire, one of the legends who literally spent his life in a bus-house on Route 66 itself, made of quality American cotton and made in America costs a moderate $ 15.
World’s Largest Gift Store - Gift shop in Phillipsburg, Missouri. One of the satisfied visitors wrote "The best T-shirts on Route 66." What other recommendation do we need? A coffee cup is tempting, but I think only a t-shirt comes into play on this occasion. Bandana is also one of the possible choices.
Midpoint Cafe - Halfway of course. Stat for a coffee, take a selfie and check out the souvenir offer. You never know what kind of pearl is hiding on the shelves.
Angel & Vilma's - Angel Delgadillo is a local barber in Selingman, Arizona. When the new highway bypassed Selingman in the fall of 1978, the city began to decline rapidly. Angel called a meeting at the Copper Cart restaurant in Seligman on February 18, 1987, to organize a group to promote "Historic Route 66." The meeting was made up of Angel and 15 other people along Route 66 in northwestern Arizona, resulting in the founding of the Route 66 Historical Association in Arizona. The headquarters of the association was established in the barbershop Angel and Vilma in Seligman. As interest in the thing and nostalgia for Route 66 grew, people began to want souvenirs labeled Route 66.
Jack Rabbit Trading Post - In 1949 Jim Taylor bought a building in Arizona on Route 66. On the move here he had a statue of a black rabbit in the back of a convertible car. Along the way people kept saying they liked it & took lots of pics of it. So when he got here he put it in the ground so people could sit on it & take pics. That was how the Jack Rabbit Trading Post was born.
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