Michael Jackson memorabilia sells quickly

June 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fans are flocking to all kinds of stores to pick up Jackson memorabilia. And despite the grim reason, in this economy, many small business owners are grateful for the extra business.

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Everything Michael Jackson-related is in high demand at the Park Place Vintage store in San Jose. Thursday, the store sold out of Jackson's albums and postcards. On Friday customers still wanted more.

"That's why I'm here to just look around and see what else she's got," said Jim Reilly, a shopper from San Jose.

The search for memorabilia is bringing in shoppers -- more than the struggling store has seen since the economic downturn. Since Jackson's death, business has increased 25 percent.

"He's such an icon that I always had things here and there. His music always of course, so popular so had the LP's" said Linda Waltrip, the Park Place Vintage store owner.

At Falcone Coins and Collectibles, they're now digging up and bringing out Michael Jackson memorabilia.

"Something like [this autographed picture] will probably go for a $1,000 or more," said Sal Falcone, from Falcone Coins and Collectibles.

Before Thursday, there wasn't much interest. Now, fans are calling constantly. Michael Jackson fans suddenly seem to be ready to spend. At Streetlight Records, all Jackson C.D.s and albums sold out Thursday in just three hours.

"The phone started ringing off the hook, 'Do you have any Michael Jackson?' We are getting online emails," said Paige Brodsky, a Streetlight Records store manager.

Sales at Streetlight Records shot up 10 percent after Michael Jackson's death. It also happens to be the same amount that it's been down most days because of the economy.

Gabriel Marquez is looking for Jackson's "Off The Wall" C.D. even though he doesn't really need it.

"I wanted to just listen to it, windows down, cruisin' home type deal. I got it at home, just wanted to pick up a copy for the drive," said Marquez.

Right now the mad rush is not about cost, it's about preserving memories made by one man and his music.



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