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Shoppers grab last minute Christmas gifts

VIDEO: Shoppers grab last minute Christmas gifts

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Thousands crowded the Mall at Johnson city Saturday in an effort to pick up their last Christmas items.JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I'm buying my last gift for my daughter,” shopper Judy Gardner said.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Some weren't planning to shop this late.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I didn't know what she really wanted until this morning she told me,” Gardner said. “She caught me off guard, so I'm out here rushing."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Gardner only had to buy her last item, but others had a list to tackle.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Well there's nothing in Greeneville really to buy from,” shopper Kathleen Sauceman said. “There's a lot more choices here. But this particular store, all of my family is crazy over this stuff."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Sauceman's granddaughter, Liberty, was especially excited to get Atlanta Braves baseball cards. That purchase benefitted a local business.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Business has been crazy this weekend,” Fanatics 101 assistant manager Nate Cox said. “We've got a lot of sports fans coming through getting some last minute Christmas shopping done. It's been really cool."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Cox said the business helps more than just the store employees.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"It helps out because it doesn't just help us, it helps the whole city do just a little bit better, because where everything goes online and through chains and stuff, it's always good to have that sort of home grown touch."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The customers are ready for Christmas.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I'm all excited, I got a new great-granddaughter that's 7... 8 months old, and this is going to be the greatest Christmas."

{p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The mall will be open Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will close on Christmas day.

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