Flags fly off the shelves in wake of terrorist attacks

American flags apparently have been the hottest selling item in Kingman since the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, and residents who don't have a flag probably will not be able to buy one for a while.

Managers of a sampling of retail stores in the community contacted Friday by the Miner all said they have sold out of American flags and do not know when they will be able to get more from their suppliers and/or warehouses.

"There's a shortage of flags nationally and our home office is working to get more," said Jeff Van Horn, manager of Wal-Mart.

"Our red, white and blue ribbons have sold out, too."

Leroy Butler Jr., manager of Leroy's Ace Home Center, said his business sold over 200 flags in the past week.

That included 150 small flags, 50 medium-sized ones, and 30-40 large flags.

"I probably could have sold 500," Butler said.

"Every other call I'm getting is someone asking if we have flags."

Kmart manager Gary Bokath said his company also is out of flags and trying to get more.

He does not know how many he sold during the week.

Sheryl Burgess, manager of Family Dollar on Stockton Hill Road, said she has gotten numerous inquiries about the availability of flags, but that her store only carries them around holidays such as the Fourth of July.

The Family Dollar store on Northern Avenue also has no flags, Burgess said.

An employee at True Value Hardware told the Miner his store is out of American flags as is its warehouse.

However, readers of the Daily Miner on Sunday found a heavy paper insert of the American flag in color within its pages.

In addition, the Mohave Museum of History and Arts has 1,000 letter-sized flags to give away on a first-come, first-served basis, according to director Jaynell Chambers.

More flags will be printed up as needed, she said.