Bear Stearns Bag Found At Knickknack Shop

I spotted a tote bag for Bear Stearns, the investment bank that recently nearly collapsed and JP Morgan Chase purchased, on sale outside a used goods store here in Brookyln. No doubt it was pawned off by one of the many recently liquidated Bear Stearns employees in the New York area (hey, that Tivo doesn’t pay for itself). I didn’t check the price tag, but it was probably more than $10, which is more than can be said for a share of Bear Stearns stock. Note the new Chase bank sign reflected into the store window.

(Photo: Ben Popken)


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  1. humphrmi says:

    I still have my Commodore T-Shirt.

    I also still have a NeXT T-Shirt, but they don’t count, because they’re still in business.

  2. fleshtone says:

    is that chase logo reflection photoshopped in, or is the picture that awesome?

  3. famousauthor says:

    The Bear Sterns bag is just a reject from the shop that made them, because they misspelled the name of Bear Stearns.

  4. mantari says:

    This would not win you out of the Bear Level on Katamari Damacy.

  5. Umisaurus says:

    @mantari: I think I love you.

  6. Hoss says:

    @famousauthor: Whar?

  7. sansraisins says:

    And just this week I cut up a Bear Stearns beach towel for cleaning rags. Ironic value not realized. Unless it just was.

  8. cookmefud says:


  9. @famousauthor: It’s “Bear Stearns”. The bag is correct. The Consumerist, on the other hand…

    I wasn’t going to point it out because this is what the people who do deserve. (Or maybe I didn’t notice.)

  10. Ben Popken says:

    @fleshtone: No really, that was totally there. I didn’t even notice it until I uploaded the pic. Here’s a slightly different angle.

  11. mantari says:

    @Ben Popken: Tell me that I am not going to catch a reflection of a naked Ben Popken with a camera if I study the glass too carefully!

  12. mannyv says:

    “JP Morgan Chase got strong-armed by the Feds into purchasing”

    Sigh…only fools believe this kind of drivel. Morgan stands to make tens of billions from this briar patch. If only all of us were lucky enough to be “stiff-armed” like this.

  13. humphrmi says:

    @mannyv: Agreed, as well as the fools who say that JP Morgan “bailed out” Bear. Yeah, just like if you were offered to buy a new Ford for $1,500, that’d be bailing them out.

  14. fleshtone says:

    @Ben Popken: too funny. the cool, warm glow of chase neon (not literally neon, but whatever gas makes blue).

  15. drjayphd says:

    @mantari: Now, see, if it was Cowbear Stearns…

  16. matto says:

    BSC was trading above $10 when you posted this, and Jamie Dimon just bought a metric buttload of them on the open market at $12, presumably to wave around in a threatening manner at the upcoming shareholders’ meeting.

  17. Peteski says:


    “Bear Squeezed Twice”

  18. NVSmythe says:

    I just bought a camelbak backpack off ebay and when I received it there was ‘Bear Stears Investment Banking’ embroidered on the front… damn ebay..