Posted at: 12/21/2012 5:25 PM
Updated at: 12/21/2012 5:49 PM
By: Lynette Adams
If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, retailers are extending their hours to help you and, of course, them out.
Eastview Mall will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and if that’s not quite enough time, Macy’s opens at 7 a.m.
News10NBC expected the mall to be busy on Friday and while it has bee, it could be the calm before the storm.
“It’s too hard to figure out what everybody wants.” Hilton resident Kim File was exhausted by lunch time. It was a fast and furious morning for this last minute shopper. “I waited until the last minute, I brought the kids out and just kind of got ideas. We separated and I just went out and bought.”
File is not alone. She's among the millions of shoppers who wait until the last minute to get it all done. The National Retail Federation estimates only 11-percent of shoppers had all their gifts bought by December 13.
Some people like Gates resident Timothy Thomas need time to get just the right gift. “Well women are difficult and this is a gift for my wife. I had to verify information and make sure I had the exact right thing because I want her to smile on Christmas.”
Sharon Coleman prefers to shop at the last minute. The Binghamton resident took time to shop while her fiancé was in meetings in Rochester all day. She was determined to stay in the moment and not to get stressed. “I'm just enjoying the Christmas season this year. I'm enjoying the people I’m standing in line with and it's been going well. I’m having a good time.”
That was not the case for Wanda Edgecomb. She had a list and was checking it more than twice as she whizzed through the mall. “It's part of the season. You wake up early and you're up late and you're stressed but the kids are coming in on planes and you pray that the weather goes with you, everything will get done, you know. Just go with it.”