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by on November 27, 2007 at 1:38 pm in Economics | Permalink

Tumbleweeds:

Linda started her online business, the Prairie Tumbleweed Farm, as a joke. It was 1994 and she wanted to teach herself how to design a website. Since she lived on the prairie in southwest Kansas, where rolling tumbleweeds are sometimes the only dynamic feature of an endless flat horizon, she invented a farm that sold tumbleweeds, listing prices at $15 for a small one, $20 for a medium and $25 for large.

Hollywood has also come calling. Katz’s tumbleweeds have appeared in films like Johnny Depp’s “Neverland.” And she has supplied tumbleweeds to the big purple dinosaur kid’s show, “Barney.”

Katz says people usually use her tumbleweeds to recreate the look and feel of the old west for theme parties. But some customers tell her they buy tumbleweeds to remind them of the home on the prairie they left long ago.

She is now making about $40,000 a year.

The pointer is from David Welton.  Here are David’s writings on Padua.

rluser November 27, 2007 at 3:28 pm

Ahh… nothing quite like assisting in the spread of an invasive species. The joys of free trade.

Robert S. Porter November 27, 2007 at 4:32 pm

I wonder if there’s a market for authentic Canadian tumbleweeds…

rkillings November 27, 2007 at 9:26 pm

“the look and feel of the old west”? “authentic Canadian tumbleweeds”?
Not that old or that authentic: Salsola of Ukrainian origin was first reported in South Dakota in 1877.

Robert S. Porter November 28, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Not that old or that authentic: Salsola of Ukrainian origin was first reported in South Dakota in 1877.

Thank you Wikipedia.

I come from Europe, am I not an authentic Canadian either?

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