Winter Snow Causes Winter Gear Shortages

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While there's no shortage of snow on roads and on our cars, there is a shortage of the things we need to clear that white stuff out of the way.

Shovels are a hot commodity at Ace Hardware in Weston, where supplies are running low, but there's one tool that's even harder to find right now: a roof rake.

Ace Hardware Garden Manager Kathy Phillips said the store is running out a lot of winter gear, and they only have about seven shovels left until the truck comes with new supplies.

"Obviously we're selling a lot of shovels," Phillips said. "But the roof rakes have been a surprise. We didn't expect it. We've never had this happen before, but yeah we just can't keep them in stock."

Phillips said they've sold nearly 70 roof rakes so far this season, and in her fifth season with the store, she's never seen anything like it.

"Generally, we sell a handful (of roof rakes) a year, but we've been getting them in by the dozens twice a week, and we're selling out," Phillips said. "It's crazy. We've never seen anything like it."

Phillips also said Ace Hardware has a waiting list for roof rakes, but it hopes to have more roof rakes coming in later this week as well as some more shovels.

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