People ready to shop despite winter weather

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - How are you doing with your holiday shopping? Experts predict by tomorrow, most people are expected to be done. That's despite the weather, and any rough spots on the roads.

There's snow near the sidewalks, but not one flake in driving lanes. Most store parking lots look like Short Pump Town Center.

It's the final stretch before Christmas and a little snow isn't keeping retailers from raking in the green.

"Better than it was last year this time of year," said Thomas Orr. Shopping for big ticket items, Orr strategized during Thursday's storm.

"We tend to wait until it snows and then go shopping because that way we miss all the crowds and all the people," he said.

A national study says the average person still has about 50 percent of holiday shopping to do.

A lot of people shopping today are running into this problem. They come into parking lots that look clear, but just a few rows over they find themselves surrounded by snow and ice.

"I was hoping to go yesterday and do some and didn't get to go out," said Marybeth Cox.

She's one of 37 million Americans just starting their Christmas shopping.

But, if another storm hits...

Marybeth: "Nope! I will wait until another day.

Melissa: "But you're pushing it already because you only have one week left."

Marybeth: "I know, don't remind me."

Even in slush, the Chaneys from Charlottesville are ready to spend.

"This is our first chance to go shopping," said Phil Chaney. "Christmas shopping! We haven't started."

A national study shows most people should be done shopping by tomorrow. However, next Friday, Christmas Eve, is set to be the busiest shopping day next week.

The National Retail Federation reports the most popular holiday gift is clothing. CDs, movies and video games round out the list of top items.

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