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December 13, 2010 04:52 PM

Cold Weather Items Become Hot Commodities

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The race is on to clear sidewalks and driveways.  After a storm like this last weekend, it's a tough job that takes the right tools.

"Gloves, hats, rubber boots, even down to ice scrapers for your auto windshields," Rick Swanson of Ace Hardware said.

But finding all of those tools can be a challenge. There are a few bare spots on the shelves of this Ace Hardware where shovels used to be.

"Once people started to get out a little bit and they woke up, it was a little slow starting, but by Saturday afternoon, it was pretty crazy," Swanson said.

The Ace Hardware location at 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue still has two snow blowers left on the floor. The manager here says they guessed just about right for the recent storm.

"You know, we don't forecast the weather but we've got to kind of judge what we're going to order in ahead of time," Swanson said.

However, the shelves will soon be completely restocked as more of the items that become a hot commodity in the cold weather have already been ordered.

"It gets to the point where we do sometimes run out of some things but we're pretty much reloaded and we'll be back on track today and tomorrow morning," Swanson said.

Swanson adds that this time of year also brings a rush for other items you might not necessarily think of. One example of that is bird food because all of this snow covers what they'd typically eat, so many people like to help them out and make sure their feeders are stocked.
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