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Shoppers make final mad dash before Christmas Day

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- Shoppers across the country and right here in west Michigan are making the last mad dash to get their shopping done before Christmas Day.

All this Christmas Eve, local stores have been packed with procrastinators.

At the Target store on West Main in Oshtemo Township there was a chorus of beeps as last minute gifts were checked out to frenzied shoppers.

It was a similar situation at Meijer on Westnedge in Portage with check-out lines winding through the store.

Its a different feel when you do last minute, because it's more busy and it's kind of more fun because it's so close to Christmas, said Emily Vanderhart of Kalamazoo.

Rush actually, we're trying to hurry as fast as we can so we can get to family's house for dinner and everything tonight, said Kim Tomerlin of Kalamazoo.

The toy and electronic sections of both stores were packed all day as people picked up whatever hot items were left.

Shoppers told Newschannel 3 that busy schedules kept them out of stores.

But one married couple from Kalamazoo had a very good excuse.

Were a little late because of our wedding. We haven't had time this past weekend and building up to the wedding to get everything organized. We're actually decorating tonight, said Kim Tomerlin, shopping with her husband Tramble.

You wouldn't know it by the crowds but experts say it's been a slow season for in-store shopping.

They blame the late Thanksgiving and a big increase for online shopping.

That means last minute shoppers have been able to take advantage of discounts over the past couple of days.
Don't know what to buy people, you get out and see what's on sale that I can get folks, said Tramble Tomerlin.

Shoppers are now left wondering if they can get it all done.

I hope so. I don't want to disappoint anybody, said Christina Heckman of Kalamazoo.