Sock seller plies trade at tourney

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WALLA WALLA — When Steve Eskridge packs for a two-day basketball tourney like the Peach Basket Classic, he takes along 500 pairs of socks.

The Strideline Basketball socks vendor made his first trip to the 20-year-old YMCA three-on-three tourney. And along with him, he brought hundreds of pairs of brightly colored basketball socks that feature the Seattle skyline, as well as the skylines of other popular cities.

“It’s a nice little thing. And the kids love it,” he said, taking a couple of minutes away from selling socks to be interviewed.

In the 90 minutes since he had set up Saturday, Eskridge had already sold 40 pairs at $14 a pair or two for $25.

“It’s not bad. I got into it from one of my ex-basketball players,” he said.

A former basketball coach at Shoreline (Wash.) Community College, Eskridge said socks are proving to be a lucrative side business. And he also sells them at volleyball, soccer and lacrosse tournaments.

This weekend, Eskridge estimates he will sell at least 200 pairs of socks.

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