Last-Minute Shoppers Continue Through Weekend Before Christmas

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    Retailers remained busy through the Saturday before Christmas, as last-minute shoppers took advantage of extended store hours.

    Even late through Saturday evening, Westfarms Mall in West Hartford was bustling; people inside were scoring deals and getting gifts for their loved ones.

    "[I got]..a purse for my girlfriend...It cost a lot of money, so I hope she likes it," said Tim Pearson.

    "My parents just bought me a Christmas present, which is a Mac book...yay!," said Natalia Tymkiv.

    Some also scored good deals while they shopped.

    "30 percent off at J. Crew...40 percent off at Banana Republic, so that's pretty good," said Patricia Queen.

    Over in Meriden, last-minute shoppers also took stores by storm.

    "My wife always says, 'oh, right down to the wire.' But, maybe, it's exciting that way," said Gill Masler.

    "I procrastinated on buying gifts for people, so now I'm going out with my friends and seeing wht I can get," said Marissa Holder.

    Procrastination can be a good thing if you ask retailers. The retail tracking firm, Shoppertrak, expects Saturday and Sunday to be among the busiest shopping days of the year. The only question is whether stores will have some of the items you're looking for.

    Some stores are going the extra mile, catering to the last-minute rush. Macy's and Toys "R" Us will remain open around the clock through the weekend. Some retailers believe this weekend could beat out Black Friday sales.