Greensboro, N.C. - The effects of Hurricane Sandy stretch all over the country, including here in the Triad, in ways you might not expect: like the Holiday Market.
This is the prime time for vendors to make money at events like the Holiday Market. But, Hurricane Sandy has robbed several of the market's vendors of their merchandise and their piece of mind.
As Darrell Klansky sells socks and scarves at the Holiday Market, he's thinking about more than just making a sale.
"It's tough leaving everybody. I know they are strong."
Hurricane Sandy destroyed his neighborhood in Hoboken, NJ. His family still does not have power.
"My wife is a tough woman. She can hold down the fort without me. I know that, or else I would not have left," Klansky said. "There's not much gas. Every time I talk to my wife, she's concerned about using the family car."
Darrell couldn't afford to skip the Holiday Market because, he says, "This is how we pay our bills."
Not too far away, Twila Lawrence's boutique has fewer items than it usually does. Hurricane Sandy hit her New York suppliers.
"It all of a sudden dawned on me that I'm not going to get this merchandise, probably for awhile," Lawrence said.
Less merchandise means she'll lose thousands of dollars at the market.
"We're just doing the best we can do. We'll make it," Lawrence said.
She's overcome obstacles before. Her store ended up underwater when Nashville flooded a few years ago.
"It's incredible, the damage. Fortunately, we didn't lose our home. So many people have lost their home. To me, that would be even worse than losing your business," Lawrence said.
Twila decided to travel around to shows like the Holiday Market after the Nashville flood shut down her business. Even though she doesn't have all the merchandise she'd like to sell, she's still happy to be here in Greensboro this weekend.
The Holiday Market is at the Greensboro Coliseum.
It's open until 9:00 o'clock Friday night.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 on Sunday