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Local customers take in some last-minute shopping

December 24, 2012
By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL -?Sunday afternoon Wal-Mart was busy with customers doing last-minute Christmas shopping.

"I wasn't here yesterday, but we're really busy today," said cashier Diane Myhre.

Myhre started work at 11 a.m. and was about half-way through her shift.

Asked what people were buying, Myhre said, "Everything."

Reasons for last-minute shopping varied.

"Right now I'm shopping for stocking stuffers for my children," said Cheryl Fey from Edgerton. "Why? Good question. This is the first year I've had a full-time job. Before I had a part-time job."

Some customers were shopping on behalf of someone else.

"We're shopping for our nephew," said Amanda Lecy from Hazel Run.

Amanda Lecy's husband Chuck said they were shopping for his mother.

"Because my mom's a procrastinator," Chuck Lecy said.

Many shoppers seem to have come from out of town, like Lacy Runholt, also from Hazel Run.

"It's not really last-minute shopping," Runholt said. "Tomorrow is last-minute Christmas shopping. I'm shopping now because that's when the paycheck comes again, and you look for deals, or try to. They're best after Christmas."

Julie and Emil Pagel came in from Balaton for some shopping but weren't anxious about it because they'd gotten their major shopping done already.

"We're shopping for our kids," Julie Pagel said. "If we find something, we find something. If we don't, we don't."

And then there is probably the most common reason in the harried approach to Christmas Day.

"I'm shopping for my children," said Mary Wilgenbusch from Marshall. "I thought I was organized and done, but I just decided to get some things at the last minute."

So it goes on the run-up to Christmas. A lot of people buying at the last possible minute, and of course, not forgetting the wrapping paper and ribbons. But somehow it seems to get done, and everyone breathes a sigh of relief and enjoys Christmas Day.



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