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Stores Low On Winter Supplies, Here Are Home Alternatives

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Piedmont Farm & Garden Supply in Spartanburg say it can’t keep winter supplies on the shelves.

“We sold out of all our ice melt,” said Tony Hollifield. “We sold out of all of our salt. And we're about to sell out of snow shovels."

As the snow continued to fall Tuesday the customers kept coming, looking for shovels, sleds and anything to melt ice.

“Salt rock, Anything that would melt the ice on the stairs,” said shopper Sokphen Phin.

Those waiting until the last minute are having a hard time finding the supplies they need during this winter storm. But there are items in your home that you can use to keep you safe this winter.

“On a sidewalk you can probably use rice, oatmeal, anything that's grainy or gritty,” said Hollifield.

That also includes kitty litter, sand or wood shavings. Those who know winter storms well say you can use just about anything that gives you traction on the slick ice.

“A lot of people were sold out of the salt, but you can put this down and put just a bit of salt on top of it,” said shopper Jack Trentham.

With de-icer gone you can also use any salts that you have at home. Table salt works, but you will need a lot of it. Animal salt and absorbers work too.

“Anything that will break the ice up, and anything that will stop it from really just sticking together,” said Trentham.

Also keep in mind—hardware stores say you may have a hard time finding winter wear like gloves and boots. Stores are also running low on de-icer and kitty litter. Store owners also tell 7 On Your Side they’re getting a lot of calls for sleds, but they are sold out.

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