Last minute Christmas shoppers found in Vermont and New York

‘Tis the season for procrastination– the National Retail Federation shows 6% of surveyed shoppers wait until Christmas Eve to find the perfect gifts.

There’s no exception in South Burlington, Vt. at the University Mall. That’s where James Bean of Colchester could be found on December 24.

"I'm out here getting a couple of gifts last minute just in case those Amazon packages don't come in,” Bean said.

His excuse?

"You know just really busy and work and Christmas crept up on me,” he said.

Bean’s not alone. Not only were shoppers out in Vermont, but New York as well.

Local 22 & Local 44’s Haley Bouley reported the Champlain Center parking lot was nearly full. People she spoke with were picking up gifts, wrapping paper and stocking stuffers. Some, like Heather Martin from Plattsburgh, were even shopping for themselves.

“I actually bought myself a phone because there is a big deal on the Galaxy,” Martin said. “So instead of $756 it is $456. So that’s my Christmas gift to myself."

The NRF also reported 5.3% of participants plan to shop on Christmas day or later to take advantage of some after-holiday deals.

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