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Crowds, Deals Await Last-Minute Shoppers

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Three days until Christmas, it's a wild weekend at the malls.

For the last-minute shoppers, the wait may pay off.

"It's wonderful," Mary Murdock said. "Everyone is so friendly and so nice and just scrambling around for the last minute shopping. So great. I love it."

Last week the National Retail Federation found only about 11% of shoppers nationwide had finished everything.

That being said, national surveys show a lot of stores offering big-time savings this final shopping weekend.

"Oh phenomenal," Alex DeTennis said, shopping Saturday morning at Bay Park Square Mall in Ashwaubenon. "We've seen some absolutely great deals out there which isn't really making anything easier just trying to whittle it down. If you could just find that one thing out there it'd be great but instead you see this would be good for this person, this would be good for this person."

Mall management are prepared.

"The atmosphere is crazy," Stephanie Blavat said, marketing manager at the mall. "People are out shopping for last-minute gifts trying to get that last minute deal so to speak, so just be prepared when you come out to the mall. It will be a little bit crowded but it's also a fun experience too."

As for the real procrastinators, the National Retail Federation says about 10% of shoppers will wait until Christmas Eve to buy that final item.

"About 90% done," DeTennis said with a smile. "So I'm happy to say almost done. One or two more things to pick up, and we'll be done."

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