The Charlotte area is buzzing with Winter Storm Helena set to blanket the south with the first snow of the season. While the North Carolina mountains are blanketed with snow for much of the late fall through early spring, the Charlotte area receives maybe a decent snow every other year. So, with snow comes the demand for snow toys like sleds, saucers and inner tubes.
If you lived “Up North”, finding these things were that hard however since it snows so infrequently in Charlotte, finding these items here can be quite tricky if you don’t know where to turn. Here are some tips:
The Hardware Store
Please don’t confuse the big box home improvement store with an actual hardware store. They are completely different and worth a visit if you haven’t had a chance to check one out. Behind the counter, you will find the requisite old guys standing around, talking about life, local events and they usually have sleds. The last 3 sleds I’ve purchased in town have been from a Hardware Store. Which ones may have sleds?
- Blackhawk Hardware – Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte (704) 525-2682
- Renfrows Hardware – Trade St, Matthews (704) 847-4088
- Potts Hardware – S Tryon St near Billy Graham, Charlotte (704) 523-7112
- Little Hardware – S. Mint St, South End Charlotte (704) 333-3133
- Jones Hardware – Moores Chapel Road (Right near the Whitewater Center): (704) 394-1231
Check out Yelp for a Hardware Store nearest you and give them a call to see if they still have sleds. I would be surprised if any are available after Friday morning.
Of course, why not hit Amazon for a sled? I purchase everything from Amazon but with snow moving in, you’ve got to act FAST to get your sled here by the weekend. Plus, the prices I found on Amazon were steep compared to what I’ve paid at the hardware stores over the years. I did find an great prices on Inner Tubes, which makes storing this occasional use toy very attractive. Just make sure that you have some way to inflate your tube otherwise you’ll be too out of breath to enjoy the SnOMG.
One final note – if you’re new to Charlotte, PLEASE DO NOT think that snow in Charlotte is anything like snow wherever you are from. It only takes half an inch to paralyze the city, which leave many laughing as they try to drive and end up in the nearest ditch. With a lack of equipment and lack of prolonged cold weather, the snow here usually has a nice icy layer that forms just below the snowy surface. As speaking as someone who, has put their car in a ditch following a snow storm (because I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING…), treat it like you would a hurricane. Stock up on food and videos and stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.