Neighborhood Shoppers React to Fiscal Cliff Concerns

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Falling off the fiscal cliff wasn't at the top of shoppers' minds Sunday afternoon as they came out by the dozens to spend their cash.

"We've enjoyed the after-Christmas sales, and we've come out looking for that unique find to put in our house," shopper Jill McAbee said.

David Dodds stopped for a bite to eat at a restaurant and says he was in good company dining out.

"I've seen a lot of people out at restaurants trying to get a change-up from their Christmas turkey," he said.

With the cliff deadline looming dangerously close, some might be inclined to scrimp and save. But there weren't many signs of that around South Charleston - especially at the Antique Mall, where owner Velma Moore says even big-ticket items were selling.

"They're buying lots of furniture," she said. "So I feel like everybody's probably pretty comfortable that the fiscal cliff will be taken care of."

But she says losing revenue was a worry before the weekend started.

"I felt like this season it might very well happen because of people's concern about the cliff, but it hasn't happened," she said.

What will happen in Washington remains to be seen. Here at home many people had different opinions, but all agreed not to fret - at least for now.

"I would like to hope that they will reach a deal and that it will all settle down," McAbee said.

Dodds says he thinks legislators are headed over the cliff, but doesn't believe all hope is lost.

"I think it'll be a short-term problem and we'll make it through OK," he said.

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