People are buying pins and t-shirts on Etsy that say 'Not a Republican, just vaccinated' now that mask mandates are going away

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  2 weeks ago  •  13 comments

By:   Kelsey Vlamis, Business Insider

People are buying pins and t-shirts on Etsy that say 'Not a Republican, just vaccinated' now that mask mandates are going away

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People are buying pins and t-shirts on Etsy that say 'Not a Republican, just vaccinated' now that mask mandates are going away




Kelsey Vlamis
Sun, May 30, 2021, 8:03 PM











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CoolGiftAtelier sells more neutral "vaccinated" pins, but the political ones are more popular.   CoolGiftAtelier/Etsy
  • As more Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine, some cities and states are lifting mask mandates.

  • Now some people are looking for new ways to signal their support for COVID-19 precautions.

  • "Not a Republican, just vaccinated" merch is popping up on Etsy and one seller said they are her bestsellers.

  • See more stories on Insider's business page .

As mask mandates lift, people are looking for new ways to signal that they're taking precautions against COVID-19 - and that they're not conservative.

An   Etsy search   for vaccine-related merchandise turns up countless results for t-shirts and wearable button pins, many with a simple "vaccinated" message. But look a little further and there are dozens of items with some version of the following message: "Not a Republican, just vaccinated."

Masks, and especially mask mandates, have been a   divisive, politically charged topic   almost since the pandemic began. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first began recommending them to curb the spread of COVID-19 in April of last year.

Since then, anti-mask rhetoric has largely come from citizens and   politicians on the right side of the aisle . The states that never had mask mandates, or had them for a very brief time period, are   almost exclusively red states . But since the CDC updated its recommendations, mask mandates are   dropping in most places .

Caroline, who is based in Miami, Florida, and owns the Etsy shop   CoolGiftAtelier , said she received a custom request a couple of weeks ago from a customer interested in one of her pins that featured a rainbow and said, "Vaccinated, You can hug me." Instead, the customer asked for the   message : "Not Republican, just vaccinated."

Caroline said she didn't totally understand why someone would ask for that message because she has been so busy with her kids and her three Etsy shops, but she was happy to fulfill the customer's request. She also noticed there were already shirts being sold with the message, but no pins.

"Then, as soon as the listing was created, something odd happened: my phone started sending notifications one after the other. 1 heart, 2 hearts, 3 hearts… A lot of people were adding the pin to their favorites," she told Insider in a message.

"Then the sales kicked in. I think I received almost 50 orders in 1 day. A record for my brand new little Etsy shop," Caroline said.



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CoolGiftAtelier's most popular pins read: "Not a Republican, just vaccinated."   CoolGiftAtelier/Etsy

She listed even more designs with the message and they have become her bestsellers.

More Etsy stores are picking up on the trend, with lots of new listings popping up. The reviews for the pins are glowing as well, with people saying things like, "So cute and much needed!" and "Such a cute pin! And sooooo needed LOL! I can't be mistaken for a you know what!!"

Katie, an Etsy shopper who left one of the glowing reviews, told Insider she wanted the pin because "there was a fear of people misconstruing my intent when I do not have a mask on or pulled up."

Now that she is vaccinated, she does not always wear her mask when she is in spaces that are not very crowded or are outdoors, but she doesn't want people to think she is anti-mask or anti-vax, both of which have been associated with conservatives.

"It is very important to me that others know where I stand on politics, health issues, and racial injustice," she said. "I do not want others to assume that I am Republican because I would never want anyone to think I would do something so careless towards them like not wear a mask without being vaccinated."

Caroline said she believes many of her customers feel the same way, especially the ones who opt for the non-Republican pins over the far more neutral "vaccinated" ones that she offers. She pointed out the extremely mixed reactions to President Joe Biden's May 13   tweet : "The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do."

"It's easy to see how divided the nation is about this subject," she said. "People are definitely afraid of others' external assumptions."

"This pin helps them communicate their 'fully vaccinated status' in a cute yet humorous political way," she continued. "There is definitely a 'belonging' component.'"

Have a news tip? Contact this reporter at   kvlamis@insider.com .

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Tessylo
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1  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

FANTASTIC BUSINESS IDEA!  They're going to make millions.  They just found a customer in me.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

"Masks, and especially mask mandates, have been a   divisive, politically charged topic   almost since the pandemic began. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first began recommending them to curb the spread of COVID-19 in April of last year.

Since then, anti-mask rhetoric has largely come from citizens and  politicians on the right side of the aisle . The states that never had mask mandates, or had them for a very brief time period, are  almost exclusively red states . But since the CDC updated its recommendations, mask mandates are  dropping in most places ."

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tessylo @2    2 weeks ago

The litmus test will be after this holiday to see if cutting back on masks and social distancing results in a new surge of infections.  

 
 
 
Ender
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2.1.1  Ender  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.1    2 weeks ago

I went to a home improvement store yesterday and I saw only one other person wearing a mask and only one employee.

This from the state last in people vaccinated.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

More Etsy stores are picking up on the trend, with lots of new listings popping up. The reviews for the pins are glowing as well, with people saying things like, "So cute and much needed!" and "Such a cute pin! And sooooo needed LOL! I can't be mistaken for a you know what!!"

Katie, an Etsy shopper who left one of the glowing reviews, told Insider she wanted the pin because "there was a fear of people misconstruing my intent when I do not have a mask on or pulled up."

Now that she is vaccinated, she does not always wear her mask when she is in spaces that are not very crowded or are outdoors, but she doesn't want people to think she is anti-mask or anti-vax, both of which have been associated with conservatives.

"It is very important to me that others know where I stand on politics, health issues, and racial injustice," she said. "I do not want others to assume that I am Republican because I would never want anyone to think I would do something so careless towards them like not wear a mask without being vaccinated."

Caroline said she believes many of her customers feel the same way, especially the ones who opt for the non-Republican pins over the far more neutral "vaccinated" ones that she offers. She pointed out the extremely mixed reactions to President Joe Biden's May 13      tweet   : "The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do."

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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4  Bob Nelson    2 weeks ago

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

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Hal A. Lujah
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6  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

I wonder if etsy has caskets with anti vaccine slogans on them.  I mean if you’re proud enough to die for the cause then you should be enshrined with a catchy slogan.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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6.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @6    2 weeks ago

A giant mask would make an awesome burial shroud.  The slogan would be....I should have worn one when I was alive.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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6.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6.1    2 weeks ago

They should have buried Herman Cain with a mask on that said Sucky Ducky, not so lucky.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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6.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @6.1.1    2 weeks ago

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Ronin2
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7  Ronin2    2 weeks ago

Fools and their money are soon parted.

Companies make millions off of morons- doesn't matter which party they support.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @7    2 weeks ago

How many MAGA hats do you own Ronin?

 
 
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