Shoppers jam stores as Christmas looms, and most of them are men
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Last-minute shoppers were out en masse yesterday, and they were mostly men, according to several retailers.
Hilary Farson who manages Plenty on West 4th Avenue, said a lot of guys came in looking confused.
"They come in all dazed, look at you and say, ‘My girlfriend is about your size — what would you wear?’ and just go from there."
Steve Ron shopped along Robson Street yesterday.
"It has become a tradition to wait until the last moment and get everything at once," he said.
"Today I’m buying all my big presents and tomorrow will be all the stocking stuffers."
Ron said despite a strong Canadian dollar, he prefers to support local stores.
Although they reportedly outnumbered women, men were not the only procrastinators shopping yesterday.
Madeline Lang and friend Iris Andrijaszyn hit Robson Street shops late because of a busy work schedule, they said.
"I leave shopping late because of scheduling," Lang said.
Andrijaszyn agreed, and said being a student can make it difficult, but that it always works out.
"I usually have it all planned out in my head," Andrijaszyn said.
Plans can go awry though, and that’s where big chain stores like The Bay, Zellers and Wal-Mart came into play this past weekend when some stores stayed open 24 hours.
Lina Caschetto, 23, manager of American Apparel on Robson Street, described most last-minute shoppers as having no idea what they want to get.
"It’s funny, a lot of people are still looking for gifts for themselves," she said laughing. "Mostly dads, husbands and boyfriends are coming in and getting comfy cotton underwear and socks."
Echoing other retailers, Caschetto said it was smaller items moving off the shelves yesterday as people seemed to have planned their larger purchases in advance.
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