Whether it gets you excited or puts you to sleep, 'tis the season for holiday shopping.
"We are here Christmas shopping," said shopper Tammy Volpe, who was with her daughter.
The mother-daughter duo is making a list and checking it twice, shopping till they drop. Choosing not just chain stores, but also moving to the center-- the center aisles, that is, of the University Mall in South Burlington, where many Vermont vendors pop up for the holiday season.
"I think they add a lot to the mall," Volpe said. "There's just so much variety."
From T-shirts to toys, flannel to flagpoles, all sorts of eclectic carts line the center of the mall, including Linda Crady and her 20-foot flagpole. Crady owns L & R Flag Poles, a Vergennes business without a storefront. She sells sports and flag memorabilia year-round at craft fairs and shows. She's also been renting a space two months before Christmas at the U-Mall for five years.
"We're a spur of the moment buy, especially our flagpole. If you can get that person interested in listening to you, nine times out of ten they'll buy it," Crady said. "But they're not going to come to my store."
That's why she doesn't have a store. Crady says the temporary space is the way to go because there are no overhead costs.
"If we waited for people to come into a store down where we live we'd probably go hungry," Crady said.
"When you come out there's always something here and something to browse around," Volpe said.
And business is only going to pick up. Vendors say the 10 days before Christmas are when the sales really start rolling in.
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