As the saying goes, even bad publicity is good publicity. Last month the story of then New York Gov., Eliot Spitzer, rocked the media world. The supposed location of the tryst happened at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Ever since the news of the steamy deed was announced, the Mayflower Hotel has been flooded with “tourists, gawkers, and assorted voyeurs all wanting their own piece of the action,” reports the Washington Post.

The hotel gift shop, stocked with merchandise featuring the Mayflower logo, has become the main attraction to the Spitzer followers.

Resident Manager Joseph Cardone said, “sales have increased sharply since the Spitzer scandal.

This wave of attention has created a thirst for the “luxuriously soft white terry-cloth bathrobes, stocked in every guest room and available to take home for $69.99.” The Mayflower mints are popular, but the coffee mugs sold out after someone bought two cases.

However, some souvenirs could not be purchased. The numbers were taken off the door of room 871. Cardone said he doesn’t know how they were taken, but they were replaced.

“It’s a chance to remember the names in the paper,” Cardone said. “The mystique and aura of the hotel have come through.”

Some people have gone a step further. Campaign buttons and copies of newspaper coverage have popped up on eBay.

Another person is selling an official Spitzer inauguration invitation, but the Web counter posts only 14 visits.

If buying items online doesn’t suit you, then consider visiting the Mayflower Hotel too. It’s been a tour bus stop for years and the concierge will give you postcards. Not to mention the plaques throughout the hotel to commemorate Mayflower moments.

Just remember to make your own memories and not dwell on those of others.

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Tamika M. Murray blogs at PJ’s and A Movie and Stop and Stare Photos.

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