At the eighth annual International Pickle Day street festival on Orchard Street yesterday, vendors were selling pickle t-shirts with as much fervor as the actual pickled stuff (cukes, beets, dilly beans, okra, and even pears). It was a pretty good day to be a pickle supporter, watching loved ones buy pickle shirts for each other, then immediately slip them over outfits.
Look down at your shirt right now. Is there a pickle on it? Well, now you can fix that. Check out the designs, after the jump.
Adamah: A Jewish environmental retreat center in the Connecticut Berkshires, where pickling is part of the sustainable agriculture activities.
Wheelhouse Pickles: A Brooklyn-based small batch pickle company where pickles are so anthropormorphized, they even get teeth! You know, to eat other pickles. This design also comes in canvas bags and onsies—for that tiny pickle lover in your life.
Last year's Wheelhouse Pickles baseball tee design, lonely in a bargain bin labeled $8. The "W" sort of reminds me of the flying-W from old Weezer albums.
The Pickle Guys: They were less concerned with fashion statements (these shirts weren't for sale), and more focused on handing out free half sours from the big barrels.
Horman's Best Pickles: I don't know if this design was made for girls. Luckily, it was just boys sporting them at the booth, where the $1 "pickles on a stick" (exactly what it sounds like) inspired a line halfway down the block.
Rick's Picks: Owner Rick Saunders models with his helper, who had scissors ready to personally cut each shirt to suit your body type. These were the priciest of the selection, but $20 pretty well spent. Three designs: Mean Beans, Phat Beets (after two of their best-selling products) and the straightforward "Pickle Person."
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