Last-minute shoppers hit stores on Christmas Eve - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Last-minute shoppers hit stores on Christmas Eve

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Shoppers flocked to malls and shopping plazas throughout Connecticut Monday to get last-minute gifts.

According to National Retail Federation, 57 percent of people have not completed their holiday shopping, which is up from 47 percent in 2011.

"There's no question that holiday shoppers wanted to make the most out of retailers' promotions as early as they could, but as personal schedules get even busier these days, we know there are plenty of people who haven't even made a dent in their list yet," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. "As two of the most important weeks of the holiday season, retailers will do their best to pull in those final dollars with unique offerings and creative promotions."

Some of the top-selling items this year are clothing apparel and toys, however DVDs, CDs and books have also been popular in 2012, according to NRF officials.

According to experts, the economy is still affecting how about half (47 percent) of the United States population is shopping this year.

Elizabeth Zigmont of West Farms said there is still time to shop and the mall is open until 6 p.m. on Monday.

"The lines have been long, but we are seeing great sales this weekend," she said about the holiday shopping weekend. "We are seeing a lot of those after Christmas sales before Christmas. So, we are seeing a lot of people take advantage of those sales."

Some shoppers told Eyewitness News that they're a little stressed trying to cram it all in, while others said they actually look forward to it.

For Deborah Williams and her sister Cecilia Jones, it is a tradition.

"We'll hang out until the last store closes, even if we don't need anything," said Deborah Williams, who was shopping at West Farms.

Some stores have extended their hours in anticipation of the holiday rush. Toys R Us is one of those stores, which will be open 88 hours straight.

There are limited spaces, so West Farms is running a valet service to help you get in the door. The price is $10.

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