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Holiday decor supply chain problems

Issues like rising shipping cost and labor shortages may affect how you shop for your holiday decorations this season.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 4:21 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2021 7:22 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. - There's only 10 days left until Halloween, 35 until Thanksgiving and 65 days left until Christmas. Some of our favorite holidays are coming up and Americans are racing against the clock to find ways to get in the holiday spirit.

The problem is that a bunch of retail stores around the world are experiencing supply chain issues of course due to the pandemic. As a result many people may find it hard to get into the holiday spirit when it comes to holiday decorations.

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"There's like nothing left and they said their not stocking anything else," said Perkins.

It's hard to show off what we've learned from Pinterest and HGTV when almsot all the shelves are empty. Elizabeth Perkins has been hunting the isles of Dollar Tree and Walmart for Christmas decor.

"Once you get into November, December, if you haven't already got it your'e not going to get it and that's just from past years so this year it's just going to be even worse," said Perkins.

Retail giants like Walmart, Target and Hobby Lobby have advised thier customers to start their holiday decor shopping. Supply chain issues like rising shipping cost and labor shortages could make looking for ornaments almost impossible to get this year.

Dori Cantrelle and her partner love Halloween but becuase the cost of groceries and gas is so high right now affording a costume is a no go.

"You have to pay rent, you have to pay bills. Right now my girlfriend is shopping for some fabric, she's going to home make a costume for halloween," said Cantrelle.

If you want your home to be decked out in time, decoration staples like skeletons, garlands and christmas trees should be ordered or bought now. Unlike a lot of the residents I spoke to Chase Suttoon who isn't trying to prep for the holidays at all.

"Mainly, financially but also I'm just not really ready to decorate for any kind of holiday right now," said Suttoon.

Chase says between inflation in America still going up and COVID still surging he has more important things to worry about.


"I'm more focused on school and also I'm kind of sick of seeing decorations."

At this time holiday decorations could cost you three times the usual amount unless you've got a coupon or can find a good sale.

Stores in Lafayette are experiencing a shortage because so many other retail stores in our surrounding parishes are still damaged from Hurricane Ida. Therefore, all of those customers are flocking to locations here in the Hub city.

If you haven't already stocked up on your holiday decorations and presents start now to ensure that "special something" is wrapped and ready to go by the holidays.

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