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Shoppers give retailers last-minute gift

Grace Perena Grace Perena
Douglas Simmons Douglas Simmons
Rose Schoening Rose Schoening
McKenzie & Shannon Walsh McKenzie & Shannon Walsh
Patrons pack a store for last-minute shopping Patrons pack a store for last-minute shopping

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - "I have a shirt from Hollister. I have some stuff from Macy's. I have slippers. and I have some stuff from Marc Ecko. They have a really good sale," Grace Perena said.

She was one of the masses in the Pearlridge Center mall, cutting it close on Christmas Eve as thousands of shoppers went store-to-store.

"This is it. If you're going to get something, you got to come out and get it now," said Douglas Simmons, general manager at Razor Concepts.

Across America, retailers said the eleventh-hour push will cap the best holiday shopping season since 2007.

Town & Country Surf store manager Rose Schoening said it's a great end to 2010.

"I was just guessing that it was going to be similar to last year. We were just prepared for that," she said. "But it was a nice surprise."

Some stores opened to eager early birds who lined up before doors opened.

Many customers window shopped, others compared prices or just zipped through their lists to tie up loose ends.

"We're just doing last-minute things. People giving us last-minute hints on what they want. So it's going and grabbing those presents and then going home to wrap them," said Shannon Walsh, who was shopping with her daughter McKenzie.

Binge buying on the day before Christmas can snag shoppers deep discounts. But you also run the risk of items being out of stock.

Razor Concepts made sure it had plenty of product.

"We have stuff for a toddler, clothing for them, all the way to your grandmother who wants a purse or a bag," Simmons said.

One survey predicted 23 million Americans would finish their shopping on Christmas Eve this year.

At Pearlridge Santa's helpers were out in force.

"I think one more - that's it. I'm outta here," Perena said.


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