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Thousands of visitors are expected to descend into southeast Idaho region to view the solar eclipse, wallets in hand. Along with businesses and lodging corporations, some Rexburg families are also getting in on the business boom coming with the shadow of the moon.

August 17, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

Thousands of visitors are expected to descend into southeast Idaho region to view the solar eclipse, wallets in hand.

Along with businesses and lodging corporations, some families are also getting in on the business boom coming with the shadow of the moon. 

"My kids are excited," Megan Garner told BYU-Idaho. "They're excited to sell a few shirts....and it's been something that's really fun for us to do this summer."

For Garner, selling the shirts was not part of their original tan. The pursed lips of President Trump wearing eclipse glasses proclaiming, "We're going to cover the sun, it's going to be yuge and Mexico's going to pay for it," originally started as just a few shirts within the family. But, it didn't take long for Garner to post pictures of the shirts on Facebook to see if there was any more interest outside her own family.

"We love Trump, we're huge Trump supporters and you know, we're always trying to look at things from Donald Trump's point of view and so we were just talking about how, you know, if Donald Trump was in charge of this eclipse, what would he say about this eclipse," Garner said. "It just kind of fell into place."

But, it didn't take long for Garner to post pictures of the shirts on Facebook to see if there was any more interest outside her own family. Within 48 hours, over a dozen had expressed interest in purchasing. 

"I'm not looking for anything huge, big," Garner said. "My kids help me, they're just very homemade, very basic shirts."

Mother and daughter duo Paige and Terra Sargeant echo similar sentiments. They decided to make eclipse t-shirts to sell early on but involved the whole family.

"I asked all the kids about it, we have five kids and [Paige] spoke up and said, 'yeah, I'll design something," Terra Sargeant told BYU-Idaho Radio.

Paige Sargeant, who describes herself as someone who isn't necessarily an artist, went to work.

"A lot of nights, staying up, staring at the computer," Paige Sargeant said, before describing the night the final design came togher., "It was kind of like this explosion of brain activity I guess and there was a lot of happiness because we came up with this amazing idea...it looks really cool."

Terra Sargeant says the family had the final design printed and have taken to the streets during large community events, the kids all trying their hands at entrepreneurship.

"It's been kind of fun to see them go from, 'I don't want to do this,' to 'this is kind of fun to see what we can do," Terra Sargeant said. "It's been fun seeing them get out of their comfort zone and try something new."

You can reach Megan Garner about her Donald Trump t-shirts on Facebook in several groups like "Life in Rexburg" or "Rexburg Garage Sales."

You can reach Terra Sargeant about their family's shirts by phone (208-356-5742) or on Instagram (@terrasargeant).