Last Minute Christmas Shopping

December 24, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR--'Twas the night before Christmas and all through  the land shoppers are out trying to buy clothes and walkmans.

"The parking is terrible, the traffic is awful, it is a hassle," said last minute shopper Chaka Davis.

"On the day before Christmas usually people are just grabbing whatever they can get a hold of," said Target manager Richard McLeod.

"I think everyone should just take their time and be calm and be happy and that way everyone will have a nice and happy holiday," said last minute shopper Ronda Renihan.

On the shelves the pickings are slim and prospects of that hard to find item are becoming dim.

"As far as toys all my toys are on the sales floor, I have zero in the stock room, so my shelves are getting pretty bare," said McLeod.

With visions of holiday cheer in their dreams shoppers run out to buy those gifts that under the tree gleam.

"We're just picking up loose odds and ends that were hard to find items," said Ronihan.         

"This is kind of a bit much I have a lot to choose from and a lot to do so by it being Christmas Eve and so many people be out, if I don't get it done today it's not getting done," said Davis.

Whether you are just starting your shopping or just picking up those last minute odds and ends shoppers are finding a lot of empty shelves when it comes to those hard to find items.

"Believe it or not I actually have one iPod on my shelf, it is a 399 dollar iPod video," said McLeod.

No iPods what a shame, how about those popular video games?

As far as Xbox 360 we have a few games but as far as the system itself, we sold them within 10 minutes," said McLeod.

As the minutes on Christmas Eve begin to tick, what can you do to give your loved one the item they want that won't make them sick.

As far as retailers this is a day we sell a lot of gift cards because people can't find those real good items so they resort to gift cards," said McLeod.

Now if you missed out buying a couple of those last minutes Christmas items you are probably too late. Most retailers here in region 8 are now closed for the Christmas holiday.