By Summit R. Swedge, southdacola.com

Not only have hardware stores in Sioux Falls seen an upswing in wheelbarrow sales this past week, they said the sale of mason jars and mattresses are also on the rise. A strange course of events that has some hardware store managers attributing to the Summit League Tournament.

“In the past we have seen a small up-tick in sales around the tournament time, but nothing like this. I think more people are seeing the bigger potential with the tournament now being played at our new events center,” says ACER Hardware Store Manager, Kevin Kneeberg.

I asked if people were more inclined to do yard work, brew hooch and get a good night’s rest around tournament time?

“Oh, I have speculated all of those things, but I guess I really don’t know. My wheelbarrow supplier couldn’t even tell me what it was all about when comparing market studies,” says Kneeberg.

I decided to ask some fans what they attributed the sales streak to.

College basketball fan, Marvin Boredtoudeaf thought maybe it had to do with tail-gaiting, “You, know, it’s gonna be a Hell of a nice weekend, one of those wheelbarrows would come in handy for a butt load of chips and salsa.”

Another fan, Grace Needsomtingtodo, said, “The games can get a little boring, so those mattresses would come in handy.”

I wasn’t buying it, because as I perused the parking lot at the Events Center, I didn’t see any of these items. So I decided to ask one of the Summit Tournament organizers the significance of the purchases and if there was some kind of promotion going on.

“Well, sports fans are usually full of a lot of crap . . . heck, really, I don’t have a clue, but I will concur, I could use a new bed” says organizer Carl ‘Lumpy’ Oranges.

It seemed I was getting no answers from these folks, so I decided to wait outside Acer Hardware and BINGO, I saw a guy feverishly hauling two wheelbarrows to his truck.

I yelled, “Sir! Sir! Could I ask why you and many other citizens are loading up on wheelbarrows? Are you a big fan attending the game? Have you received a special promotion?”

The man who cared not to be identified said, “College basketball? HA! I wouldn’t watch that for free at home, besides, I heard it is a real bi*ch to get tickets at that bent up tin can.” So I still wondered, why are people buying these items around Summit Tournament time?

He replies, “You’re kidding right? Now I have known for a long time that you journalists in Sioux Falls aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, but you seriously have no clue?

It’s for transporting and storing all the money this tax payer of Sioux Falls is going to make from the economic impact of the tournament, gotta be prepared, it’s like winning the lottery. Which reminds me, I also need to grab a shovel and a ticket.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell the gentleman that really isn’t how it works. I just hope Kneeberg is prepared for returns on Monday, besides, the economic impact or not, the tax payers of Sioux Falls are still going to have to make that mortgage payment on the Events Center every year, for a very, very, long time. They may want to keep the wheelbarrows to assist them in delivering that payment each year.

7 Thoughts on “Wheelbarrow sales hit all time high this past week in Sioux Falls

  1. scott on March 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm said:

    I’m sure all those new bars and restraunts that opened up out there will be busy. Oh wait…..

  2. Joan on March 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm said:

    People also use mason jars for craft projects.

  3. Dan Daily on March 6, 2015 at 8:38 pm said:

    Mason jars are for trapping bed bugs in hotel rooms. It will take wheel barrows to haul jars and mattresses away. New mattress replacement for hotels.

  4. Dan Daily on March 6, 2015 at 8:40 pm said:

    Joan, that’s sweet but mason jars better for holding moonshine.

  5. OldSlewFoot on March 7, 2015 at 9:13 am said:

    Not just the taxpayers of SF making payments. Everybody who buys stuff in SF which is about 2 times the households in SF. So you SF taxpayers should be glad you are not burdened by the mortgage alone.

  6. l3wis on March 7, 2015 at 9:46 am said:

    Yeah, we should count our lucky stars because it will be operating in the black and we ONLY have a mortgage (and maintenance) expense.

    If I could put the clock back, I would have setup the funding process totally different and try to make it a truly BLACK operation. I would take any additional profits (from sponsorships and sales) and put it into an escrow account for maintenance and mortgage payments. I would also try to promote as many shows as possible (larger profit margins). The building COULD have the potential to pay for itself, and I will admit I am very happy it is doing well, but it seems a bit counter productive when there is a whole lot of people (private industry) rolling in the dough on this facility and we are not using those profits to pay the mortgage also.

  7. Helga on March 7, 2015 at 5:22 pm said:

    The “upswing” in wheelbarrow sales is obvious, they are needed to haul the “crap” being spewed by SD repubs and the mayor. One big load of crap is the “House Majority Leader Brian Gosch (R-32/Rapid City) has said he and other committee members weren’t really killing the task force Wednesday; they were just putting process over practical results.” A person needs a shovel and a wheelbarrow for that one.

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