Monday, 10 December, 2018

How much will you spend on Valentine's Day?

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"Sometimes people purchase plants or other flowers, especially if the roses have all sold out" she said. "A lot of the people coming in like red, white and pink, since that's very Valentine's-y".

"We have been swamped the last two days".

"They've been ordering flowers pretty steadily, but they tend to procrastinate a little", said Crossman.

Most Valentine's Day flowers, the carrier added, come from Latin American countries, such as Ecuador, Costa Rica and Colombia.

The average person will spend $88.98 on gifts and treats for their significant other, $25.29 on other family members like parents or children, and $4.79 on coworkers.

"We do a lot of dads to daughters". Regardless of how many get scheduled for Wednesday, he'll have a busy day: Murphy also is playing Valentine's parties at Oak Park Place and The Barn Restaurant.

Downtown in the 1200 block of Eighth Street at Mark Knox Flowers, General Manager Tom Williams described the flower factory the shop would become, a couple weeks after setting up the showroom of stuffed animals, sweets and gift baskets.

"We noticed some quality issues on some of the things we bought it from California", he said.

Of course, it is the roses that are always flying out the door.

Brittney Haze (left) discusses bouquet options with customer Rich Maves to select the best combination for a bouquet for his wife with whom he has celebrated 23 Valentines Days.

Businesses that specialize in jewelry also see a spike in activity as February 14 approaches.

"Everybody wants roses, red roses in particular", Biler said. "If they do talk to an order taker, they are not professional designers nor do they know what we have in our shop", she said.

The NRF estimates that about three in 10 adults (27 percent) don't plan to celebrate Valentine's Day but still plan on doing some shopping, either on a special gift for themselves or on anti-Valentine's Day gifts.

"There's definitely a surge in demand for jewelry", said Lochead, describing how business goes.

But the site's analysis also discovered a rising anti-Valentine's Day sentiment, with 64 per cent of Australians planning to boycott the day altogether.

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