Last minute shoppers push it to the limit

By Megan Carpenter

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some said they think more people than ever are pushing their Christmas shopping until the last minute.

Thousands flooded Oakdale Mall in Johnson City on Sunday, feeling the pressure to get their shopping done in time for Christmas.

"My sister and brother in law and their new baby are coming in town in a couple days, so we want to get some last minute things for them," said Mary Beth Morris of Jacksonville, Florida.

With Christmas just a few days away, some said the holiday snuck up on them this year.

"I think because thanksgiving was so late people were surprised that in three weeks it was Christmas," said Lynn Morris of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Store owners welcomed the eager crowd, even breaking out sales they had during Black Friday.

"We brought back the 50 percent off because we feel for those last minute shoppers this year," said Earle Hill, Manager of Express.

According to a new study by The NPD Group, Inc., more than half of shoppers will buy gifts on sale this year. The survey shows though people may be shopping later, more than half plan to spend the same on gifts as they did last year.

"Rarely would I buy something at full price unless I love it a lot," Mary Beth Morris said. "I'm a sale girl."

Despite the rush to Christmas, some took a different approach, donating gifts to children in the area instead.

"We we're thrilled to be a part of that and get back to the true meaning of Christmas," said Joan Fitch of Elmira.

Fitch donated gifts to the Central United Methodist Church. 100 children attended their Christmas party Saturday. On top of the gifts they received, they also had an early visit from Santa Clause.

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