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12/26/06-Harrison County

Mom and Daughter Firework Stand Team Make Holiday Bright

The New Year is just around the corner, and many of you may be ringing in the holiday with fireworks.   Stands all over East Texas, are now open. One mother and daughter team are making the buying experience a lot more festive.  

Teri Bosley and her mom Becky of Longview have been working out of Fantastic Fireworks since December 20, stocking shelves and selling fireworks to kids of all ages.

"It's really a lot of fun...there are a lot of people that come in, and little kids are the most exciting cause they're just like oh look, oh look, at everything," Teri says.

This is a 24/7 job for Teri during the holidays. Believe or not, she actually sleeps in the firework stand, watching over the fireworks all night. This is actually the first time the two have worked out of a fireworks stand. It all started when Teri saw an ad in the newspaper.

"I thought that's a great way to make extra money," Teri says.

And with Teri going to Tyler Junior College in January, she needs the money for a down payment on a new car. And good ole mom has volunteered to help her out, making the experience a family affair.  

"It's been a lot of fun, I've enjoyed every minute of it," says Becky Whatley, Teri's mother.

 "Oh, we cut up, I study some, and then she handles everything, but we cut up a lot with the customers and have a lot of fun, we sit outside and talk to everybody," Teri says.

And besides making money and meeting "some very interesting characters," Teri and Becky see it as a way to spend time together during the holidays.  

"It's just, been a fun thing for us, we've all spent more time together this year then we have in years," Becky says.

A lot of time, after all, they're inside that "box" from ten in the morning to ten at night, passing time and making each other laugh.    

Teri and Becky say they expect sales around the clock this weekend. And since they've had so much fun this time, the two say you'll probably see them selling fireworks on July Fourth, too.

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