Last minute shoppers

By Ben Garbarek  - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –  If you spent the day doing some last-minute shopping, we don't have to tell you that you're not alone. Area malls were packed with people trying to get that last bargain before Christmas Day.

Some of the shoppers we talked to at Chesterfield Towne Center Friday say they wouldn't recommend waiting until the last minute to find that elusive Christmas gift, but if you're forced to shop on Christmas Eve you might been rewarded for your procrastination.

It was now or never for last-minute shoppers like Antonio Thrower.

"I'm a procrastinator. Don't procrastinate but this is when I shine. I did it to myself," he said.

Other shoppers like Tyshay Winston say she actually waited until the last minute intentionally.

"It was worth it. I got a shirt from Aeropostale for $3. Last week it was what, 7, 12 dollars so yeah the longer you wait the more sales you get," Winston said.

For Tony Miller, shopping earlier this holiday season just wasn't an option.

"I work so much and don't have much time on my hands to shop so I figured since I had the day off I'd spend the whole day shopping," he said.

Local malls like the Chesterfield Towne Center were packed with shoppers making their final purchases before Christmas Day. All this is good news for retailers that expect this steady sea of shoppers to translate into the best holiday season since 2006. Shoppers like Mernard Green say he's doing more than his fair share to help the retailers' bottom line.

"Found too much. More than enough, but it's nice," said Green. "Good day to be out, but now I'm ready to get out of here."

The National Retail Federation predicts the holiday season could bring in over four hundred fifty billion dollars. That's over three percent more than last year. Retailers say shoppers have been out in force since Black Friday and haven't let up yet.

Competition for parking spaces may have been tough as Christmas nears, but some shoppers say it's all worth it.

"People are rough these days for the last-minute sales, but I got what I wanted," said Winston.

Another encouraging sign for the economy is the spike in online shopping. Retailers predict about thirty six billion dollars was spent shopping online this holiday season. That's up fifteen percent from last year.

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