Local shops enjoy successful holiday sales

While waiting for your receipt at Thrifty Treasures in downtown Wapakoneta, you might be greeted by a couple of furry, friendly faces.

Resident cats Sadie and Woody help add to the small town experience of shopping locally in Wapakoneta.

Going to malls and department stores may afford you the opportunity of getting family and friends more popular, common items, but shopping locally allows you to find the perfect, unique gift for the person you have in mind.

Shops like Casa Chic, Thrifty Treasures and Relics in downtown Wapakoneta saw successful numbers during the holiday season.

Landa Tomlinson, co-owner of Casa Chic, said they’ve been running a constant increase through the years, but normally November is their best month.

“We have the Holiday Open House in early November because we know we have to catch some of the people before they go to the mall, and before they get those gifts people are asking for,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said in past years come December there has been a bit of a drop off in sales, but not this year.

“This year it definitely increase over last year,” she said. “In November and December we had a 10 percent increase.”

Donna Parsons, who owns Thrifty Treasures with Lisa Schott, said the store did very well this year, and that is in part due to the awareness of what customers would like to see in the store.

“This was our third Christmas that we were open,” Parsons said. “Every year we can try to anticipate, this didn’t sell this year, we haven’t sold this, people aren’t looking for that, this is what they’re looking for. In November they’re looking for decorating ideas. Come December they’re looking for gift ideas, so we have to try to anticipate and see what’s hot this year.”

For the full story, see the Monday, Dec. 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.