Some feel the heat with two more shopping days

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) – You can mark another shopping day off your calendar.

Shoppers have made their lists and checked them twice, but as of Saturday, many hadn't checked too much off it.

"I was like, ah gee Christmas is like four days away, I better hurry," said last minute shopper Shawn Kelly. "I've been working on it for about two hours and so far, I am about 50 percent done."

That’s no problem to Kelly.

"I'm a last minute shopper, I always do this and usually I start about a week ahead of time, but this year, time just crept up to me," he said.

Kelly's not alone, this week the National Retail Federation estimated that one-in-five men haven't hit the racks to start holiday shopping.

The shops are packed, but Kelly used a one day shopping strategy at the Goody's in Turkey Creek.

"I just kind of walk through and if I see stuff someone might like, I just grab it," he said.

The procrastinator's plan also works for last minute shopper Ken Lester.

"Men hate shopping and I hate shopping,” he said. “That's why I put it off so long."

He didn't just put off pushing a shopping cart, he only asked his wife what she wanted on the way to the store.

Fortunately for Lester, his wife Darla is among the nearly 15 percent of women who also haven't bought their holiday cheer.

Shoppers say it's not the traffic at the register that's the holiday hassle, it goes beyond that.

"Driving and parking that's been bad,” said Kelly. “It took me 20 minutes to get out of the parking lot at Colonial Pinnacle."

John Beckett is finished with his shopping and offers his advice.

"I am guessing they may not know their anniversary or wife's birthday either,” he said. “Just a bit of planning is all it takes."

If that scared you into the shopping mood, you can still head out to several Knoxville stores till midnight.


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