Last-minute Valentine's Day rush in full swing
Eric Fink talked with last-minute shoppers Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Timberline High School teacher Greg Sandmeyer and hundreds like him grabbed a number and waited in line Wednesday to make a sweet purchase at Boise's Lee's Candies store.
"I'm hear because I don't want my kids to become orphans," Sandmeyer said.
For Sandmeyer, shopping at Lee's for his wife's Valentine's Day gift is a sweet tradition.
"If I make it out of here $80 dollars or less, it will be an inexpensive year," Sandmeyer said with a smile. "But, she has a quota. She need's Monte Carlo lights and maltballs."
According to the National Retail Federation, the average customer will spend about $130 this Valentine's Day.
At Boise At Its Best Flowers, employees prepare for hundreds of deliveries. Georgia White's owned the City of Trees flower shop for 18 years. On this Valentine's Day eve, White cannot remember a better year for business.
"I think the economy is better," White said. "I think people are willing to buy flowers. They are tired of being more frugal than they need to be."
White reserved *30 delivery trucks for Thursday. Each will make at least 25 home deliveries throughout the valley.