Economists encourage early holiday shopping as supply chain issues continue

The earlier the better if you want to check everything off your list this holiday,

The earlier the better if you want to check everything off your list this holiday, which goes from anything to electronics to apparel.And you could be spending more money on those items this year too.”People are smart to try to shop early, to try to get what they want as soon as they can,” said Dave Swenson an economist at Iowa State University.Even before the turkey hits your table, economists say now is the time to start checking items off your Christmas list.Shopping centers and businesses have already started to see an influx of customers getting a head start.This comes as supply chain issues promise shortages of highly requested items.”There is going to be a shortage of highly desired items especially if those items were manufactured in other countries,” Swenson said.Gifts like toys and electronics are anticipated to be in short supply.And items that are in stock are set to be more expensive this holiday season.Local retailers like Fontenelle Supply Co. in East Village are experiencing a few shortages of their own as they prepare for holiday shoppers.”Especially on the screen sprinting side, is getting the right size runs of the right color of apparel,” said Adam Tweedy who co-owns the store. “Ball caps and hats that we do leather patches on that we do, those are almost impossible right now to get.”Luckily enough for them, they are able to manufacture many items in-house or locally.Something they hope entices shoppers to shop locally this year rather than big box stores.”If we don’t have a product that we would normally have on the shelf we get from overseas, from a different vendor or anything supply chain issue wise like that, we can always make something,” Tweedy said.The East Village will hold its annual holiday promenade every Friday from Nov. 19 to Dec. 17.You can find more information here.

The earlier the better if you want to check everything off your list this holiday, which goes from anything to electronics to apparel.

And you could be spending more money on those items this year too.

“People are smart to try to shop early, to try to get what they want as soon as they can,” said Dave Swenson an economist at Iowa State University.

Even before the turkey hits your table, economists say now is the time to start checking items off your Christmas list.

Shopping centers and businesses have already started to see an influx of customers getting a head start.

This comes as supply chain issues promise shortages of highly requested items.

“There is going to be a shortage of highly desired items especially if those items were manufactured in other countries,” Swenson said.

Gifts like toys and electronics are anticipated to be in short supply.

And items that are in stock are set to be more expensive this holiday season.

Local retailers like Fontenelle Supply Co. in East Village are experiencing a few shortages of their own as they prepare for holiday shoppers.

“Especially on the screen sprinting side, is getting the right size runs of the right color of apparel,” said Adam Tweedy who co-owns the store. “Ball caps and hats that we do leather patches on that we do, those are almost impossible right now to get.”

Luckily enough for them, they are able to manufacture many items in-house or locally.

Something they hope entices shoppers to shop locally this year rather than big box stores.

“If we don’t have a product that we would normally have on the shelf we get from overseas, from a different vendor or anything supply chain issue wise like that, we can always make something,” Tweedy said.

The East Village will hold its annual holiday promenade every Friday from Nov. 19 to Dec. 17.

You can find more information here.

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