LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – The confederate flag won’t be flying at the South Carolina state capitol anymore, but at a store that sells flags in Littleton it’s flying out of the store.
John Seebeck, owner of A House Of Flags on South Sycamore Street, said that over the course of normal activity he’ll sell two to three confederate flags in a month. However, in the last month or so, he has sold approximately 70.
The confederate flag is a symbol of racism to some and one of history to others. Seebeck says as the controversy has heated up since the tragic church shooting in South Carolina, so have sales, both locally and online.
He says the stockpiling didn’t surprise him.
“I’ve spoken to several people who have said ‘They don’t want me to have it, so I want it,’ ” he said.
Seebeck says he originally had 30 to 35 confederate flags in stock, but when they started flying off the shelves he called his supplier and ordered hundreds more.
A House Of Flags sells flags from more than 200 countries, as well as rainbow gay pride flags and others.
“We do sell basically anything that is in flag form,” he said.
The confederate flags at Seebeck’s store from $4 to $150, depending on the size. And while the public decision has been made in South Carolina, he thinks personal sales will continue to climb.
Seebeck says three of the largest flag manufacturers in the country have stopped making and selling confederate flags. He is able to get it from other suppliers and doesn’t anticipate that they will discontinue sales of the flag.