Officially licensed gear featuring the logos of your favorite sports teams tends to be ridiculously overpriced, which is annoying if you really want a Twins jersey or Gophers purse or whatever.
Fortunately, big stores like Amazon sometimes make dramatic reductions on gear to clear it out. Usually are just a limited number of a given thing (or only certain sizes are discounted) so one usually has to jump on the discounted merch quick when it shows up. (Oftentimes after the discounted item from amazon sells out, you'll have the option to purchase a high/regular priced one from a 3rd party seller.) I'm a pro at discovering great discounts, acquiring Twins bags & purses for $3 a pop over the years, hoodies for $12 or less, and other Twins stuff.
Sometimes you can get deals on household goods that normally cost $30 or something unbranded, but the version with the logo will get marked down (so if you want an item with a logo or don't care if something has a logo on it, you might love that $30 picnic table with the Arizona Diamondbacks logo on it).
Oh-- many of the designs and manufacturers are shared from team to team and sport to sport and the discounts vary depending on team (seriously, you can get some cheap stuff with the Diamondbacks or Rockies or Marlins logos). If you're interested in something like a purse and want to know more about the size & fabric, feel free to ask me because I own a shocking number of Twins bags and purses by now as well as plenty of other things with the Twins logo on it. Happy to tell you what I think of items, just ask in comments or email email@example.com.
I created some bit.ly URLs to the 70% off or more merch for sale from Amazon (not third party sellers) for some of our local teams, in case you'd find this useful. (To navigate to similar sales for other teams, you want to go to the Amazon Fan Shop
& find the team you're interested in, select Prime and/or a seller of Amazon.com, select 70% off or more and then you're off and running . . . You could also choose a different discount filter, of course.)http://bit.ly/gophersale - for Minnesota Golden Gophers stuffhttp://bit.ly/wolvesale - for Minnesota Timberwolves stuffhttp://bit.ly/twinssale - for Minnesota Twins stuffhttp://bit.ly/vikingsale - for Minnesota Vikings stuffhttp://bit.ly/wildsale - for Minnesota Wild stuff
(Sadly Amazon doesn't seem to have much Lynx stuff.)
Bonus Gophers item (of interest to people who like keeping warm & dry while outside at sporting events): Coleman 3 in 1 Minnesota Gophers poncho
is marked down to $16. It looks like Coleman got smart and started selling team branded versions of their 3 in 1 blanket/poncho
. We got ours four years or so ago at a regular price of $30 maybe? It's been invaluable at Twins games when it gets windy and/or rainy. The thing folds up, the wind/waterproof blanket has a fleece lining and it's great to have a windproof/waterproof blanket that's soft on the inside. Can also be worn as a poncho, though the hood on ours leaves something to be desired as it really is pretty much the bag that the blanket folds into so isn't terribly hood-shaped but it gets the job done.
Alas, I'm no longer an Amazon Affiliate (not by choice) so these aren't affiliate links.
If you're a crafty sort, the steeply discounted clothing can be useful for fabric & logos even if the only sizes left aren't ones you'd want to wear.