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Saints gear selling fast

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By David Kenney - bio | email 

The big game is still three days away, but the party planning is already underway for Saints fans.  Area stores are quickly selling out of saints gear, as kickoff quickly approaches.

At Party City's two metro locations, all the Saints plates and napkins are sold out, snatched up by Saints fans in a pre-game shopping blitz.

Manager Robin Harrigill said, "When our shipment came in, before we could put it in the system, we had negative 18; on the plates on hand we sold 18 before we received them into the system."

At the Wal-Mart in Brandon, consumer demand prompted them to convert a closed photography studio into a 'who dat?' zone.   Saints jerseys, shirts and hats line the walls, but store managers expect it all to go fast.

Manager Allen Patterson said, "We sold out last week. We actually sell out on a day-in-day-out basis.   The vendor I get my jerseys from, I called him last night, e-mailed him yesterday afternoon and asked if I could another overnight shipment of jerseys, and he was completely out of black fabric."

Kenitra Battaglia who snatched up a few remaining Saints napkins said, "We've always loved the Saints. Our hearts have always been there for 'em through thick and thin, wins and losses. This is just phenomenal."

At Sports and Company in Jackson, all the Saints clothing racks have been moved to the front. Apparel is flying out the doors.

"We've gone over goal every single day just because of the Saints. We have people come in and buy seven or eight shirts because they love the Saints," said Brett Stegall, Sports and Company employee.

Many stores said they don't know if they'll get more shipments in before the big game.  

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