Yes, you can buy your Seahawks souvenirs at a department store, a drugstore, a grocery store, a dollar store or a party-supply store.
Or you can visit Jasper Smith.
He was under a tent in a convenience store parking lot near downtown Puyallup early this week, then moved down the road to Graham.
“Roadside vending is what it is,” Smith said.
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His is one of a legion of pop-up stores that dot parking lots throughout the area. If this weekend were Valentine’s Day, Smith would be selling flowers. Same with Mother’s Day.
But this week it’s all about the Seahawks.
Smith represents a company based in Tampa, Florida, and several of the goods for sale are approved by the team and the league.
“A lot of it is official stuff, licensed,” Smith said.
He sells car flags and big flags ($20 to $40), T-shirts ($20) and hooded sweatshirts ($40 to $50). Hats ($20) stand beside towels ($15 to $20) and pennants ($8 to $15). The most popular items are bird flags and 12th Man flags.
The stock is replenished daily, and his suppliers are quick to respond to the news. One shirt reads: “Seattle: Crushing teams and their underinflated balls since 1976.”
Three other company outlets are located in Pierce County, Smith said, “but most of them are around Seattle.”
He’s open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. The busiest hours come between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and business has been good, he said.
“There’s nothing like football fans,” he said. “They’re just a great bunch of people to deal with, and they don’t care about spending the money.”
Unlike, well, basketball fans.
“They’re a little slow with the money,” Smith said.
He travels to cities where fans are likely to follow teams engaged in important games or tournaments.
“All we do is follow major sport events,” he said. “I’ve been to Kansas City. We worked the Royals last year. I’ve been to Detroit. I’ve done the Spurs, the Magic and the Detroit Pistons.”
He would especially like to work the Chicago area when the Cubs go to the World Series.
“I know that whole state will go crazy,” he said.
He enjoys meeting Seahawks fans.
“You can’t talk to a nicer bunch of people,” he said. “These are the friendliest people there are. It’s the way they were raised up.”
His prediction for Sunday’s game: Seahawks 28, New England 10.
Smith expects that the fever will last, so he won’t be leaving right away.
“I’ll be here a week or two after they win,” he said.
And as with those hapless Cubs, he will likely return later this year when the Mariners earn a spot in the Fall Classic.