By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The clock is ticking. If you still need to make a dent in your Christmas list, Friday is the very last day to shop before Christmas. And you only have until early Friday night to do so.
According to the Nation Retail Federation Christmas Eve is expected to be the second busiest day between December 18th and Christmas Day.
Earlier Christmas Eve we caught up with thousands scrambling from store to store to get those last minute deals and gifts for their loved ones. And it probably will not surprise most of you to know that there were a lot of men shopping Friday for wives, girlfriend and their kids.
"We all waited till the last minute. Oh well. I guess it's part of the Christmas spirit," said Stephen Sanders, a last minute shopper.
It came down to the wire for thousands who rushed from store to store Christmas Eve to mark off the last items on their list.
"There's been a lot of families and a lot of women too. But there is a lot of men at the jewelry stores and at the perfume counters," Beth Bridges, South Plain Mall.
If you dared to venture to the mall you may have noticed the large crowd, but even more so the high ration of men.
"I was standing in line at Victoria's Secret with about seven guys trying to get last minute stuff. A lot of guys. A lot of guys," said Sanders.
The men were at the mall because they waiting till the day before Christmas to finish up.
"A lot of people walking around. A lot of people in a rush. I see frantic people. I see nervous people," said Sanders.
Bobby Diaz also waited till the last minute. "I'm about to go look for some shoes for my mom since tomorrow's Christmas."
But what's the challenge for these Christmas Eve shoppers. "Finding that item that you wanted at the beginning of the season because inventory levels have really turned over," said Bridges.
"It's really 50/50 you'll find something and sometimes it won't be there," said Jacob Garcia, a last minute shoppers.
So what did most of them learn this year? "I learned if you're going to come do it, you need to come early," said Garcia.
"I don't think I'll do it again next year, but yeah it's been good," said Sanders.
From Black Friday until the end of December the South Plains Mall alone expects more than 1.5 million people to pass through their doors.
We are headed out to see how shoppers are doing in the Hub City and who decided to wait till the very last minute. We will have that story for you tonight on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 5, 6 and 10.
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