Dec 23, 2012 8:56 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY News

Rain won't stop holiday shoppers

Holiday shoppers were braving the weather today.

Shopping centers and downtown areas along the Central Coast were bustling just before the Christmas holiday.

Thanksgiving came a little early this year, leaving 32 days between Black Friday and Christmas day. That's as many shopping days as possible, but still, just two days before Christmas, sidewalks were shuffling with shoppers.

It may have been cold outside, but they were all in good company.

"It's hard to bring stuff from far away when you're coming in to town," Allison Patrick, of New York, said as she was picking up one or two more gifts.

We all have our reasons for putting it off. But, at least, we're not alone.

According to a survey by Visa last week, three-quarters of shoppers still have more gifts to buy.

"There's always lots of procrastinators each year, so the rest of today and tomorrow will probably be really busy," Derrick Conahan, sales associate at Moondoggies in San Luis Obispo, said.

Conahan will have more sales to make, even on a day as wet as this one.

"Yesterday, the weather was pretty crazy and it was still really busy," he said. "I don't think the weather has had a negative effect on the shoppers at all, I think it kind of adds to the holiday feel."

Armed with umbrellas, hoods and credit cards, shoppers say a Central Coast winter won't put a damper on their holiday spirit.

"I usually expect 70 degrees around Christmas, but we'll adapt," Michelle Patrick, of San Francisco, said. "We'll survive."

So, maybe you're more like Derrick, who finished holiday shopping before Christmas Eve for the first time this year.

But, chances are, you're still checking off your list.

This will be such a busy weekend for stores around the
country, sales are expected to beat Black Friday.



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