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Top money memorabilia of 2009

"Party like it's 1929!" was one of the best-selling recession T-shirts.

By Teresa Mears Dec 29, 2009 2:25PM

During the last week of the year, it’s customary for journalists and critics to round up the “The Best Of” and “The Worst Of” various topics. The Business Insider has rounded up the best-selling financial memorabilia of the year, at least on CaféPress.


CafePress, which allows you to create and sell your own T-shirts, bumper stickers and other items, sports hundreds of thousands of items with ties to the economy, including 143,000 products about the bailout, 114,000 about Wall Street, 85,600 on the recession and 5,360 sporting TARP jokes.


These were the top sellers (click on the links to see them):

If these products aren’t quite what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other recession humor products on the market. Zazzle, a competitor to CafePress, has 2,890 products listed under “recession humor gifts,” including T-shirts with such slogans as “Bad Credit is Your Protection Against Identity Theft” and “Dude, Where’s My Bailout?”

Perhaps you care enough to send the very best, but Hallmark doesn’t have quite the sentiment you’re looking for. You can buy recession greeting cards from Rock Scissor Paper, such as one that says on the front “Will Work for Chocolate” and says inside “In times like these … you gotta remember what’s important!”


As the old Jimmy Buffett song goes, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.”


What are your favorite recession sayings on T-shirts, mugs and other memorabilia? Or what sentiments do you think should be emblazoned on a T-shirt? Remember, keep the comments clean.


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