Sled sales rise as snow begins to fall

By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

February 12, 2014

YADKINVILLE - Flakes started to fall around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, just as predicted, and area residents were stocking up on winter items. Employees at Quality Hardware on S. State Street in Yadkinville said that sleds and other winter-related products were selling fast.

Logan Shoaf, a student at Appalachian, had stopped in to grab herself a sled on the way back home to Lexington. Scottie Johnson was purchasing a sled for his three daughters, ages 13, 11 and five. Johnson said his girls were very excited about the predicted snow storm and ready to hit the hills on their new sled. “Especially the youngest one,” he said. “She’s ready to go!”

Juan Cirimo, an employee at Quality Hardware, said that this is the first time in several years that sleds had been such a popular item at the store.

“It’s the only time we’ve sold out of sleds,” he said. “We’ve had a palette of sleds for a couple of years now and finally hopefully it will snow.”

The store had already sold out of several different styles of sleds. A box of 200 foam sleds had been opened that morning said Valerie Brown, another employee, and already 40 or 50 had been sold.

“We’ve already sold out of salt and we’ve been sold out of shovels,” Brown said. “We’re selling a lot of pine shavings too.”

The forecast for the area indicates a major winter storm that could pile as much as 10 inches of snow on the ground.Within an hour of the start of the precipitation, streets in Yadkinville were already white.