Local merchants say seasonal shopping deals are still to be had

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM.

While electronics and sporting goods continue to sell steadily, local stores have noticed a shift in holiday-specific purchasing.

“We’re seeing a slow-down as far as Christmas decorations,” Kurpil said. “I think most everybody has their trees up. Now, the focus has shifted from ‘trim-a-tree’ to ‘trim-a-package’: bows and boxes and gift wrap, that sort of thing.”

Given an extra shopping weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, shopkeepers said they will still offer special sales to help nudge undecided or last-minute shoppers, but urged customers to buy must-haves soon.

“We get special deals every day,” Sears Assistant Manager Vickie Speakman said. “This year, the (Craftsman) Bolt On tool is the new thing. Customers are really asking for it, but we have just a few left.”

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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