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Post Glasgow Commonwealth Games merchandise attracts bargain hunters

It was all over far to quickly but the Car Hire Glasgow Airport team had a busy couple of weeks, just like the Commonwealth superstore is at the moment.

George Square in Glasgow has been overwhelmed by thousands of Commonwealth Games bargain hunters as merchandise and memorabilia prices were cut by 50%. Trade was brisk at the Glasgow 2014 superstore and at the Glasgow Central railway station branch, after stickers appeared announcing the sale.

The Games were labelled the best ever, with Team Scotland winning a record 53 medals. The sales exceeded expectations, with up to 46,000 Clyde mascots sold. Also around 76,000 T-shirts have been bought, plus 30,000 pin badges and 17,000 key rings.

A Glasgow 2014 spokesman said “The Glasgow 2014 superstore in George Square has been a phenomenal success and with final stocks still flying off the shelves, it will now close on Wednesday rather than the end of August as originally planned. All of our ranges are selling very well across the stores from our Team Scotland merchandise through to our Scottish specific items. It has been brilliant to see crowds of supporters sporting the Glasgow 2014 brand.”

But thousands more items have been sold as the shop prepares to close on Wednesday, creating space for Friday’s parade through the city by Team Scotland’s athletes, which ends in the square. Elsewhere, the Games organisers have established an online auction to sell off major memorabilia. Among the items available is John Barrowman’s opening ceremony 4×4, Usain Bolt’s 4x400m relay baton, and a number of closing ceremony tents. Nottingham-based website Leftover Solutions is also selling a number of Glasgow 2014 items, including swimming blocks, megaphones and rain ponchos.