PINEVILLE, N.C. – Last-minute shoppers hit the malls Sunday trying to cross the last few items off their Christmas lists. The rush was on at Carolina Place Mall outside of Charlotte.
“I've got most of my big things out of the way so I'm just doing minor pickups now,” said shopper Lacovia Stevenson.
The weekend before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest for retailers. Many stores are offering deep discounts to shoppers worried about their bank accounts.
“We had a little extra expenses this year so we're kind of cutting back,” said Trish Simpson.
Some people are masters at the last-minute dash through the mall.
“I'm a last minute shopper,” said Angelo Hubbard, who was shopping for his daughter. “Have been all my life. It's fun but I'm getting older and I don't have the stamina to stay out here with all these teenagers shopping.”
They say the chaos is worth it when they see the smiles on Christmas morning.
“Just want to be thankful and enjoy it. It only comes once a year so it's not like you do this all year through," said Hubbard.
Most shoppers say despite their best efforts, they will be back at the mall on Christmas Eve to buy the last few gits on their lists.
“I try to plan it out,” said Stevenson. “The plan is to plan it out. But I always end up waiting till the last minute to get those final things.”
According to ShopperTrak, consumers are spending on those final things – but they're doing so cautiously. The trade group predicts sales will be up over last year, but only by a modest 2.5 percent.