As the pandemic continued into summer, it meddled with the travel plans of many. Those who did not want to cancel their vacation plans had to come up with original solutions to travel while social distancing and RVs are a great way to do so. Dealers of the recreational vehicles saw a 170% increase in sales for the month of May compared with the same time last year, according to the RV Industry Association.
Of course, purchasing an RV is not a viable option for everyone, and many travelers chose to rent a vehicle making rental numbers surge as well. If you’re inspired to plan an RV trip and aren’t sure where to start check out our previous article titled 10 RV Campgrounds in the US Every Camper Should Know.
If you feel like every person you know has been baking bread during quarantine, you may not be wrong. Baking saw a wave of popularity in the pandemic. It’s partially due to the fact many people preferred to refrain from visiting the grocery store too often and opted for self-sustaining through baking. For others, baking served as more of a hobby or pastime, and quarantine was a good opportunity to try their hand at more elaborate artisan bread.
Consequently, sales of baking supplies have soared, but yeast was particularly hard to come by. Yeast sales were up by a whopping 647% at the end of March, compared with the same week last year. In fact, yeast experienced the fastest sales growth over a seven-day period than any other grocery product.
We all remember the toilet paper craze in the early days, as the fact we are in a worldwide pandemic started dawning on people. The toilet paper shortage caused many people to consider installing a bidet, a commonplace object in homes in Asia and some parts of Europe, but less so in the US.
Google searches for bidets spiked in mid-March, while companies that sell bidets experienced a boom. According to Yahoo, bidet sales became 10 times higher than they were pre-pandemic.
Even as lockdown measures eased and cities were opening up, many continued to work from home, and it is generally still recommended to avoid crowded places. With so much time spent at home, it isn’t surprising that sweatpants are one of the items that soared in sales at this time.
While clothing sales dropped by 79% in April, sweatpants purchases rose by 80% compared to the same period last year, according to the New York Times.
Not exactly a necessity, but if you’re going to stay at home, you may as well make the experience as pleasant as possible, especially with the extra cooking going on. Scented candle sales soared, too, during the pandemic, with some retailers reporting an increase of 130% compared to last year.
Popular candle scents during March include Cherry Blossom, Rhubarb, and Rose. Candles infused with blends of essential oils were also popular, especially oils that are renowned for boosting the mood or calming like Sandalwood and Lavender.
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