Shopping Early to Save Big - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/28/02

Shopping Early to Save Big

It's 5 a.m. and while hitting the snooze may seem like a good thing, you may be missing out on the best deals of the shopping season. Early birds won't be getting the worm Friday, they'll be getting major discounts. Retailers are stocking up and marking down for holiday season with specials everywhere from Wal-Mart to Target to the South Plains Mall.

Rick Cohn is the Owner of Nature's Gifts, where you can exchange your change for a couple of special rocks. "We have many what we call world class stocking stuffers that begin at a couple of dollars." Cohn says, "We also sell a lot of educational products for children that are fun as well. We have a butterfly garden where they can grow their own butterflies, special wood puzzles for young children and a very unique ant farm village."

Now what about those Friday only shopping specials? "For every gift you buy, that's $20, we'll give you a free candle." Alma Montoya is the Manager at Things Remembered, where you can buy ornaments that benefit the Make a Wish foundation. She says, "We have gifts for everyone on your list from the sportsman to the businessman to any lady. Anything can be personalized."

If you need a shopping break, why not visit "A Couple of Nuts"? "We cook our nuts in a copper kettle in cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. We put water in that and the process takes about 12 to 15 minutes" Dwayne and Reba Herman of Seminole own a kiosk stand that will be at the mall through the holidays. You can buy snack packs of either almonds, peanuts or pecans starting at $3 and up to $12 for a pound. Or you can add a little more flair with some special dishes to put the nuts in. Herman says, "We also have lots of gift ideas for your Christmas needs."

Larry Thomas, the store manager at Bag N Baggage says its trendy purses for the ladies and wallets for the guys. Or you could keep the kids "hip" with a rolling backpack. Thomas says, "The rolling backpacks for kids are extremely popular this year. It's got the inline skate wheels with the handle system."

There's something to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth at the Candy Wrapper. Owner Barbara Deason says, "We have our baskets, which are filled with all sorts of holiday goodies from candies to stuffed animals to red and green popcorn. We also have little candy-filled stockings that are good for teachers and secret pals. W also have a lot of sugar free chocolates." The Candy Wrapper will also ship gifts by mail or can deliver locally.

If you want to skip the crowds, you can go the easy route. Beth Bridges, the Marketing Director at the mall says, "We have some great gift list ideas that are available at guest services and if you're still unsure a South Plains Mall gift certificate is a good idea."

Check the newspaper for all of the special sales and early times. Between 7 and 8 a.m. in the food court you can register to win a South Plains Mall $500 shopping spree. Two winners will be drawn at 8:15 am. For more on the mall, ( click here ).

For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.

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