By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – This frigid December weather has Minnesotans flocking to stores, buying lots of new and traditional winter items.

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At the outdoors outfitter REI, Wendy Oskey was debating Wednesday between two of their high-end booties for her golden retriever Yoffi. One pair was $70, the other was $50.

“This last week, she walks and then she picks up one leg, because her paw is frozen and she can’t walk,” Oskey said.

In the end, she settled for the $70 set. The longer $90 booties are sold out in most stores.

REI sales people say lobster gloves, which keep three of your fingers together, are another bestseller. At the Bloomington REI, pairs were in stock, selling for $135.

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The less expensive lobster gloves ($50) are sold out in some stores store.

For those crazy winter bicyclists, there is something called a bar glove: a giant glove that fits over the bikes handlebars and extends up the bikers arms. It sells for $65 and is selling well, sales people say.

At the Richfield Menards, rational items like snow blowers, shovels and tube sand are selling quickly.

Andrew Bigby was loading up on rock salt for his driveway.

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“Old man winter is getting us already,” he said.

Esme Murphy