Last-minute shoppers have a plan
Published 12:25 pm Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Stocking-stuffers were high on the lists of last-minute shoppers in North Suffolk late Monday and early Christmas Eve, by which time the mercury had dropped to a more appropriate level than it had occupied earlier in the week.
At Harbour View East shopping center a little after 5 p.m. Monday — about 30 hours before the deadline to have them under the Christmas tree — Angie Asche was out and about buying gifts in some not-very-Yuletide-like warm weather.
“I have a bit left to do; I’m a procrastinator,” Asche said, adding she was probably about 80-percent done. “I normally leave it to the last minute.”
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Florida’s Monica Hopson, who had flown into Virginia to spend Christmas with family, was feeling right at home in the practically balmy conditions.
“It’s going very well,” Hopson said of her gift buying, explaining she had decided to run the risk of purchasing most of presents here at the last minute, rather than fly them in with her.
“I did do a few online purchases a couple of weeks ago, and this is the wrap-up.”
Hopson said she was after “stocking-stuffers, primarily. The big-ticket item is just being home with the family.”
One of those who had left everything to the last minute was Deborah Evans. “I do the same thing every year, and I always come out a winner,” Evans said.
She was speaking during what she said were the final moments of a daylong shopping expedition. “I’m almost finished,” she said.
While the temperature at Harbour View East late Monday afternoon was in the high 60s, it had plummeted to the 30s by 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The weather being closer to the Christmas ideal — a slight chance of snow flurries was even predicted — evidently brought out a few more shoppers.
Sarah Gibbs was picking up “just some last-minute presents for the family.” She said she had been waiting for her Christmas bonus from work.
“We went to Target this morning at about 8, and there was hardly anybody there,” Gibbs said. “It seems like people are starting now.”
Michele Garwood said she was after “stocking-stuffers, and that’s it. Just little things that the kids can use; socks, toiletries, things like that.”
She normally would have had all her shopping done, she said, adding that the last-minute thing was “fun, it’s exciting — especially with the cold weather.”
Meanwhile, Tom and Bonnie Murray said they were just making some very minor purchases before heading off to a Christmas Eve church service.
“Everything’s already wrapped and under the tree,” said Bonnie Murray. “Santa’s already come.”