Fireworks sales starting off with a bang

Gunnar Stafford, 3, showed off the fireworks he and his family was buying from the Black Cat tent Thursday afternoon.



Tents housing fireworks for sale have popped up in corners of popular shopping centers or vacant lots this week and most have said that sales are really starting to pick up as Independence Day approaches.

“It started out slow but now it’s really starting to pick-up,” said Leuana Leon, manager of the Black Cat tent located in the Eastgate Shopping Center.

Leon said the average family was spending close to $75 on fireworks, most planning to incorporate them into their backyard barbecue celebrations.

Mark Stafford was shopping in the tent with his daughter, Jocelyn, 8, and son, Gunnar, 3. “We’re probably going to spend about $200 this year,” Stafford said, adding that this was their second trip to the firework tent so far.

“It’s been pretty good today and we expect it to pick up tomorrow since it’s the first and a payday for some people,” said Kat Woolfe, supervisor of the Boone Firework tent located on U.S. Highway 50 near Cottonwood Liquors.

Woolfe said she couldn’t tell yet whether or not sales would be better this year than last year but she does expect to sell nearly everything in the tent by Sunday.

Most families buy a variety pack of fireworks, but many are also buying novelty items like the Grande Latte, $6.99, or the Closing Ceremony whose display resembles a sports stadium display for $59.99.

Both Black Cat and Boone are offering a buy 1, get 1 free sale to boost sales.

Other shoppers prefer to buy fireworks while contributing to a good cause. The tent located in the parking lot of Partyland is operated by a choir and drama troop called “An Act of Praise.”

This is the third year the group has sold fireworks as its major fundraiser for the year. Rita Varacat said sales were starting to pick up and many of their customers come to buy from that tent just to support the kids.

“It just depends on the family–some spend $30 and others spend $100,” Varacat said.

There are also a rare few who spend hundreds of dollars on their 4th of July display. “I’m always amazed at the ones who come in here and spend $400,” Varacat said.

Most tents said they would be open until supplies ran out or through the 4th of July.


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