World Cup flags flying high

DON PEAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

Flags have been flying off the shelves at the Original Flag Store.

Her factory is going full tilt churning out pennants for all countries before the World Cup kicks off Friday, Flag Store CEO Cecilia Burke told the Sun.

“It’s so exciting here,” she said Thursday from her Barrie factory. The flags will be flying even higher for some fans as the matches get under way and teams start winning, she said.

As flag sellers start to set up shop on street corners around the GTA, it’s clear Burke knows what she’s talking about.

Most fans have turned flag-flying up a notch since the last World Cup four years ago, she said.

Rather than one flag on one side of the car, now fans are sporting two — one for each side, Burke said.

The radio antenna flag has also gained in popularity, she said.

Operating since 1966, the Original Flag Store has seen its share of World Cups.

When Italy was on its way to winning the World Cup in 1982, flags were flying off the shelves so fast, Burke said her father had to hire security guards to man the door of their old Toronto store and only let six people in at a time. They were open from 6 a.m. to midnight just to keep up with demand.

“It was crazy,” she said.

The biggest sellers are, not surprisingly, some of the soccer powerhouses.

Number one is Italy, England is second, and Portugal and Brazil are tied for third. Germany and the Netherlands round out the top six countries.

don.peat@sunmedia.ca


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