Friday, April 05, 2002

The Insatiable Shopper

Scouting the marketplace with Joy Kraft

        Custom Crayolas: Now there's a way for colorers who are crazy about cornflower or bonkers about burnt sienna to have a say in the 64 colors that go into their boxes. The virtual crayon factory at lets consumers fill a 64-box with any combination of up to four colors from the 120-color palette for $8.99.

        Send-a-spex: Give more than a goofy greeting card with Wearable Greeting Cards by Rachel Ellen Designs. This 4 1/2-by-10-inch card includes silly “Easy Tiger” shades that say “It's Your Birthday” on the temples. At Metronation, Ninth and Elm streets, downtown. $4. Information: 962-2862.

        Go-cars: We thought Lee Iacocca's Lido electric “woodie” was worth a second look — a glorified golf cart that breezes along at 25 mph for 40 miles on a single charge for $9,999.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer ( or (312) 527-9100. But that was before the Sparrow landed. The electric three-wheeler from Corbin Motors, Hollister, Calif., zips from 0 to 60 mph in 15 seconds and goes 60 miles on a six-hour charge from a standard household outlet. $16,900. Information at


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