Reporting Suzanne Monaghan
By Suzanne Monaghan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some fashion industry experts are reporting a slow start to spring sales, but the turn in the weather is turning things around for some shops in Philadelphia.
Spring seemed to be on break this March, so refreshing the warm weather wardrobe wasn’t on the minds of many. But the temperatures will be more like summer for part of this week, which means hot sales for clothing stores.
Kate was out doing some shopping to put some spring in her step.
“Sandals (laughs). Get out of those winter boots and socks and big shoes.”
Abbey Kessler is co-owner of Smak Parlour in Old City. She says her spring line sold well throughout March, because customers chose to pair items with leggings and cardigans.
“We’ve been selling a ton of polka-dots, halter tops, flower prints denim little tie shirts — anything summery has been flying off the racks.”
Kessler says April and May are typically her busiest spring sales months.
“Sales have actually started to pick up,” says Heather Schwartz at Charlie’s Jeans. “It’s been really steady. People are coming in to do their spring shopping in terms of denim.”
She expects the warm weather this week to heat up sales even more.
“Our dresses are just kind of flying through. Everyone is coming in and seeing them on the mannequins and wanting dresses — a lot of dresses.”