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Last-minute shopping in Shelby follows discount trend

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By Beth Herrinton-Hodge

Are there still gifts to purchase on your Christmas list? Never fear! Shelby County merchants say they are ready and willing to accommodate the last-minute shopper with special sales and incentives. It’s like being rewarded for procrastinating.

Keeping in trend with sales national retailers have announced, chain stores in Shelbyville have filled newspapers with flyers and advertisements announcing big sales for the end-of-season rush.

You can find deep discounts on clothing and gift items at Goody’s and Walmart. Stocking stuffers, smaller gift items, extra batteries and Christmas light bulbs are easily picked up at Walgreen’s, CVS, and Rite-Aid. Kroger offers these items, as well as foods to fit your holiday menu.

But for the hometown touch, you’ll want to check out Shelby-owned businesses for unique last minute gifts.

Carol and Co., a jeweler on Midland Trail, built a Web site especially for the holidays, with a countdown clock reminding shoppers of the hours and minutes left to secure that special something to put under the tree. The store is offering a coupon for $100 off any purchase of $500 or more.

Granted, this might be a steep price tag for a last-minute holiday purchase. But, as the store’s Facebook page reminds us, “Christmas is the season to shine!”

Stacey’s Simple Stuff, at 1025 Main St., created a festive Christmas atmosphere, complete with “snow” to draw customers’ eyes and invite shoppers into the store. “We also have our outdoor lights synchronized with holiday music, which adds a nice touch to the neighborhood,” owner Stacey Pettibone said.

This year the shop, which opened in March, won the Shelby Development Corporation’s award for best holiday decorations.

 “Probably the feature that has encouraged  many customers is our free gift wrap, which we offer year-round, not just at Christmastime.” Pettibone said. “We make our own bows, as well. And we can also pack and ship gift items, with the customer covering the costs for shipping.

“We’ve extended our hours this week before Christmas. We’ll be open on Christmas Eve from 10 to 2, and will offer fifteen percent discount on select items that day.”

Said Shalon Pettibone: “We carry a number of items in the five-dollar-to-ten-dollar range, and quite a few ornaments. People have come in to shop for office gift exchanges and ornament exchanges.”

Across the street at 1038 Main St. is Pathelen Flowers and Gift Shop. Lori Glass is busy making bows and creating arrangements to meet holiday orders. “Flowers are often the last-minute gift resort for people,” Glass said. “They might not find something to give as a gift, so they’ll stop in and pick up flowers. Others pre-order arrangements for their holiday tables. We’re always busy right up until Christmas Eve.

“This season was slow to pick up. We often receive a lot of our orders in the first two weeks of December. But this year, for some reason, people are just now thinking about gift-giving. These past two weeks have been very busy. Of course, we always like to have more business.”

Metzger’s Country store in Simpsonville has been offering special sales on dog and cat food, some feeds for larger animals and pet toys to fill stockings for your favorite family pet. Larger items, such as firepots and fountains, also are discounted, as well as Montana Silversmith Jewelry.

This weekend, store owners placed coupons offering $5 and $10 off purchases. According to the Metzger’s Facebook page, sale items range from 25 to 50 percent off.

A stroll down Main Street, in the center of Shelbyville, also will yield a number of holiday specials, from treats at 6th and Main Coffee House, to specials at our consignment shops and antique stores.