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Last-minute shoppers hit the stores

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Thousands of cars streamed through Taft Corners Sunday as shoppers rushed to big box stores in Williston. The pace proved a bit slower on Church St. in Burlington earlier in the day, but nearly everyone had the same goal: finding last-minute Christmas gifts.

One shopper, Sean Haussman, told us, "Last year I did it on Christmas Eve, so I'm actually getting out early. "You know I like the stress, you gotta love the stress :00 and you find some late deals which is always a plus."

Nicholas Ludwig is still looking for some gifts for family members.

"I have my mom, my dad, my sister, my aunt, my uncle, two cousins and anyone else in between I can think of. I guess I'm doing some last minute shopping, I work at the Outdoor Gear Exchange, so that's probably where most of my shopping is going to happen." said Ludwig.

Craftswoman, Maureen Short observed, "People are pretty predictable in their procrastination."

For Maureen Short, spending her holiday season on Church St. is a tradition. One that's been running for 29 years. She says at this time of year, she sees a different crowd at her jewelry stand.

"Through the year almost all of my customers are women and then at Christmas I'd say it's 80 percent guys." said Short.

Just South, on the pedestrian walkway, it's a similar story at Von Bargen's Jewelry.

Phillip Bosen, the store's director says those walking through their door either know exactly what they want, or need a good deal of guidance.

"I expect we'll probably have 70 or 80 people today and probably another 30 or 40 on Monday." said Bosen.

But, as with childrens' toys, popular items go fast.

"Our inventory is fantastic right now, it's just not as full as it was a couple of weeks ago." added Bosen.

Experienced last-minute shoppers say they've still got plenty of time to cross everyone off their shopping lists.

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