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Shoppers brave the crowd for last minute shopping

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Many of you may have made a list, and while checking it twice, you realize your holiday shopping is not over yet. Join in the frenzy! Shreveport shoppers are coping with the last minute rush which retailers call Super Saturday.

"Usually we do it earlier but I've had soccer all week so me and my dad came later this year" Mignon Huckabay, a shopper at Lewis Gifts on Youree Drive, says. Martha Lee was also a late shopper: "I've been working and I couldn't get a list." That trend continued for shoppers throughout the day, "kind of last minute, there are a few things that I've found that are pretty cool" Preston Davis says.

Mary Jean Lewis is one of the owners of Lewis Gifts: "we've had record days since Thanksgiving." The Shreveport shoppers are not alone. The National Retail Federation estimates sales this weekend to be up $22.6 billion from last year.

Shoppers were buying for everyone from their mothers to their sisters in law. "Still looking around a little bit, maybe some bath and body stuff here in a minute" Davis says.

This weekend is on track to maintain its place as the second biggest shopping day of the year, after Black Friday. Martha Lee had several people to shop for: "my son, my daughter, my husband, and then I keep buying things for myself!"

The Ark-La-Tex may not have a white Christmas, but this weekend thousands of people around the area are braving the traffic, rain, and other shoppers to make it a very merry Christmas. "I think the rain has hurt a little bit, but I think tomorrow we'll make up for it, it's supposed to be real pretty tomorrow" Lewis says. Several shoppers, however, were glad it was raining. "I'm excited that it's raining today because it's not so crowded" Lee says. "We came out because it was raining and didn't want to be in the house so we came out to do some last minute shopping, we didn't even need it! That's bad isn't it?" Cathy D'Angelo jokes.

Many big box stores are offering discounts this weekend for last minute shoppers. Deep discounts as high as 80 percent. That means some stores will be losing money just to get the inventory off the shelves, according to retail experts.

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