KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Across the nation, bad weather and a shorter shopping season are causing concern.
Once the ice melted Friday, people wasted no time getting out shopping for either Christmas or the next round of wintry weather.
Jerry and Jennifer Knight drove more than half an hour from Raymore to purchase metal snow shovels at the Strasser Hardware Store in Kansas City, Kan.
They were not alone. After seeing the mess the weather created Friday morning, people stocked up on the essentials to combat the ice and possible snow.
That alone has kept store manager Travis Andrews and his employees busy.
One of the hot items that people bought in bulk is ice melt, better known as calcium chloride.
"Right now everyone wants to put it out once and be done with it," Andrews said.
Calcium chloride melts up to eight times as much ice as does salt alone.
"Our warehouse is fully stocked so we're not going to run out this year. Just like every year, we're kind of the last people in town to really ever have it," Andrew said.
While the weather to some might have seemed frightful, to Tracey Van Vlack it made it delightful to shop.
"I wear more sweater and jackets just to go and shop cause I'm walking," Van Vlack said.
The money she's spending is helping the Bunker in Westport increase their sales figures— which is especially important with this year's short holiday shopping season.
"We were up for the Black Friday weekend. It's been about even in December, but we are starting to see the sales increase over last year as we get closer to the holiday," General Manager Drew Barr said.
With 12 days until Christmas, retailers will be relying on shoppers like Van Vlack who are willing to brave the weather elements to make this a successful year.
"I'm a planner. I don't usually wait this long but I knew most of what I wanted was within a small area and would go pretty quickly," she said.