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Residents Stock Up Before the Storm

Sleds were among the items on Sarah Schlechter's snow-preparedness shopping list when she stopped at Westport Hardware on Tuesday afternoon.

"We have a big hill in our yard, perfect for sledding," said Sarah, a Weston resident and mother of two. "One of the sleds we bought my 5-year-old son is already breaking because he keeps going over the snow bank."

In addition to the sleds, Sarah picked up two packages of fatwood, or kindling, for her wood-burning stove, which she said is "ready to go."

Sarah's purchases were among some of the top-selling snow and cold-weather items at the family-owned hardware store, said Gabriella Velez, daughter of owner Robert Velez.

"We just got an order of sleds today, and we've probably sold almost half already," Gabriella said at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. "They are the one thing that keep going and going."

Another item that kept flying off the shelves was rock salt. According to Gabriella, the store receives merchandise deliveries every Tuesday. The store had received an order of 50-pound bags, which were all gone, she said.

"People were buying like four bags at a time," she said. "But we still have the 25-pound bags and 10-pound containers."

Among those stocking up on salt was Westport resident Jim Ross. Because all the 50-pound bags were gone by the time he stopped in, he improvised and bought two 25-pound bags.

But more important than the salt, he also bought a new shovel. "The snows of December killed my other shovel," Jim said.

Outside of the three S's—salt, shovels and sleds— Gabriella said a lot of customers were buying batteries, driver reflectors, bundles of firewood and flashlights.

And to keep up with customer demands, Sarah Velez, Gabriella's sister, said employees have been restocking shelves all day. "This is our third time stocking today," she said at about 3 p.m.

Did you go out and stock up on snow supplies or food before the storm? What did you get?

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