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December 14, 2012

From the December 12, 2003 Archives - Local merchants enjoying brisk sales

PRINCETON — Compared to 2002, the holiday sales for Mercer County saw an uplift according to a sampling of merchants.

Princeton Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Robert Farley said of the seasonal sales in Mercer County, "I've noticed published reports that this year [2003] has looked better to date than last year. I think it will be a good shopping season."

Recent snows in the area has ."put people in the mood to shop" according to Roses Department Store manager Sam Woolwine. "Our traffic has been about the same as last year. The biggest items have been seasonal apparel including holiday sweaters."

At Wal-Mart, the most popular items were DVD players, "Hokey Pokey Elmo", the Hummer 2 remote control car, Playstation 2, and the Xbox according to manger Matt Keesecker.

In the downtown area, Elizabeth's Boutique also noticed a higher traffic pattern compared to last year. She noted that people started shopping earlier that year, and she thought the weather had a lot to do with it. "People seem to be in the holiday spirit and positive about the future."

In the Pipestem area, Hillbilly Trading Post manager Sandy Pierce said, "Everything we have is selling well from dolls, to angels, Indian and deer figurines, knives, furniture and flowers because people are looking for Christmas gifts."

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