Shoppers seek out Christmas savings in Macon

wcrenshaw@macon.comDecember 21, 2013 

Most people love Christmas, but most people also love finding ways to make it less expensive.

While the best shopping deals may be on Black Friday -- the busiest shopping day of the year -- shoppers on Saturday said they were finding some good deals. The Saturday before Christmas, also known as Super Saturday, is the second busiest shopping day of the year.

Liz Stoldt, of Warner Robins, and her husband, Rich, were among a large crowd at The Shoppes at River Crossing, where parking spaces were scarce. She carefully plans out her shopping trips to get the best savings, scouring the newspaper and fliers for deals and coupons.

“A couple of my friends use her as their personal shopper,” Rich Stoldt said.

She said the best deal she ever got on a Christmas gift was when her daughter wanted a leather jacket at Belk that cost $319.

“By the time I got through with Door Busters and VIP money and all that fun stuff, I got it for about $62,” she said.

She said she bought two SUV loads of items on Black Friday, and found the crowds Saturday about similar.

Sandy Hanks, of Valdosta, came to Macon with a church group on their annual trip to take senior citizens from the church Christmas shopping. They brought 40 seniors and she also found some time to do her own shopping.

She said the best deal she got was on some “stress lotion” from Bath & Body Works that sold for $5 a bottle, compared to the regular price of $11.

Laurie Moudy, shopping with her husband, Josh, and brother, Chris Sutton, said she found some good deals on clothes, including two scarves for $12. She prefers Super Saturday to Black Friday, and although the crowds were large, she didn’t find the lines very long.

“This is much better,” she said.

They are from Macon, but part of her shopping was getting ready for an upcoming missionary trip to Nicaragua.

Merita Burney, of Forsyth, was definitely among the procrastinators of Christmas shopping.

“This my first time getting out to shop,” she said.

She said she got some good deals on books at Barnes & Nobles, where she found books she wanted for $5 that were normally $15.

Robert Carson, manager of Money Mizer, a pawnshop on Riverside Drive, said Black Friday benefits large stores more than small businesses, but after that people begin to hit the smaller stores more. The store sells many new items and people were there doing some Christmas shopping Saturday.

He said firearms and archery were among his biggest selling items for Christmas presents.

“Archery is huge this year,” he said.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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