Shoppers Brave Wet Weather To Grab Last Minute Gifts

The rain isn't putting a damper on holiday shopping
LITTLE ROCK, AR- We are just days away from Christmas. The heavy downpour and strong winds are affecting the number of holiday shoppers. Some businesses across Central Arkansas are feeling the effects of the wet weather.

"Our traffic hasn't been as busy as we would like it to be and as it should be because of the rain," said Wendy Reed, Versona employee. "Last year it seemed to be busier. But with Thanksgiving being late, and then you have that ice and then you have the rain you know, I mean you can't win. It's like we're doomed from the beginning."

Wendy Reed's noticed the decline in shoppers this Super Saturday, which is supposed to be one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.

"It's hard to shop and get out of your car and carry packages to your vehicle when it's pouring down rain. So I think the general consensus is that they're frustrated," said Reed.

Rain or shine, shoppers like Ellen Martin, were determined to finally start their Christmas shopping.

"We actually tried to go yesterday but it was like monsooning the entire time, so that did keep us inside, but today we said we got to get it done," said Ellen Martin, Shopper.

While the storm kept most indoors Saturday, it turned out to be a great opportunity for Martin.

"The roads weren't terrible, University wasn't as crowded as I expected it to be and the parking lots are always terrible though, so I think today is a pretty good day to go shopping," said Martin.

Businesses expect it to be a packed house Sunday and are looking forward to boosting holiday sales.
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