Whew! I just made my escape from the main merchandise building at the Masters. It was a close call but I made my way safely to the more quiet realms of the “Patron Corridor.” Man, was it a crowded and bustling marketplace. In terms of swirling activity, it reminded me of a feeding frenzy at dinnertime at Shark World. OK, I exaggerate (a little) because everything at the Masters is done in a cordial and orderly fashion. Anyway, in search of some “best buys,” here’s what caught my eye (but not necessarily my wallet) inside golf’s ultimate shopping experience:
Masters pin—at $8, it’s one the lowest cost items in the shop. Just wished it didn’t have the year on it. But that’s what makes it a collectible, I guess.
Hat clip with magnetic ball marker—A smart buy at only $10 and it will last as long as you don’t lose your hat.
Masters notecards—I’ve been buying this box of 12 notecards (and envelops) with scenic holes for a number of years. Nothing says “thank you” so well and for so little. $15.
2-pack of can coolers (aka koozies)—Told it was new logo item, I picked up several of them at a bargain price of $10 (or $5 each.) Later, I went online and learned a corporate price for customized koozies can be ordered for as little as 15 cents.
Teeshirts—Hey, Masters competitor Jimmy Walker yesterday bought some Masters tees so that’s a strong endorsement. Prices range from $25 to $45 for short and long sleeve models. Only downside again: most of the tees are logo’ed with this year’s tournament year.
Silk Tie—When I first purchased a Masters tie more than 20 years ago, there were only a few colors and styles. Now there are over two dozen ties (and bow ties) to choose from. At $75, it’s still a good buy because of its “staying power” versus the fashionistas.
Cinch Bag—A new item, this “drawstring” bag is softer and lighter than a backpack and cheaper at $22.
I-phone cover—sharp item and reasonably priced at $25. Perfect for those addicted to golf, the Masters and hand-held devices.
Binoculars—One of the “must have” patron items here is a pair of binoculars to help watch the action, especially if you’re seated in an observer stand. A quality product at only $29.
Umbrellas—A very hot item yesterday morning before the severe weather hit thereby closing the shop and the golf course. Note: the optimum clime for umbrella commerce is a light steady rain without the chance of a “wash out.” Plenty left today at $45.
Money clip—Another good and enduring item at $20.
Poster—Again, something you’ll have for years to come and modestly priced at $20
Vintage Masters Sign—Love this new item akin to the “Gone to the Beach” signage popular for cottages and summer homes. A little pricey at $95 but definitely a cool addition in the right home or office.
Holiday ornaments—It’s Christmas in April with this set of four different ornaments. $25.
Pet Collar—Even your beloved Spot or Lady can proudly don the Masters logo at $15. Heck, I bought one and I don’t even have a pet.