Shoppers dashing for last-minute deals, gifts

Some find it fun to be part of the crowd

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After Satuday, there are just four more shopping days before Christmas. You’re not alone, if the time seems to have slipped by too quickly.

Judging by the number of Saturday shoppers at Eastfield Mall, many qualified as last minute shoppers during this final weekend before Christmas. Some came for the expected bargains during the final few days, but apparently it was fashionable to mingle with the crowd of other last minute shoppers

Adam St. Martin of Springfield said, “I enjoy coming out with the crowd, the hustle and the bustle, its part of the whole Christmas spirit, I guess.”

Wayne Pierce of Spencer said, “The kids are grown up and pretty much gone, we don’t have a lot to buy, we like to be amongst the crowd.”

That surge of camaraderie among shoppers this time year finessed some people into the buying spirit, long after they thought they had finished all the shopping they had to do.

Jackie Jielpania of Palmer said, “I do have my shopping all done. I actually came to return a few things to Macy’s today, and of course I bought a few more things. Now I’m strolling through the mall, I’m buying all kinds of sweets for Christmas and Christmas Eve.”

These shoppers concluded that had they finished buying what they needed early, they’d miss out on the fun of being among the big crowds just days before Christmas.

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