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Businesses report increase in holiday shopping

Published 3:03pm Friday, December 21, 2012

Glasscock said another popular thing over the holiday season was a “wish list” her store compiled of things individuals visiting the store wanted for Christmas.

“We would scan the inventory number of particular items and attach it with the person’s name so anyone shopping for them could just pull up the wish list and buy exactly what they wanted,” Glasscock said. “We ended up having people come in and purchase entire wish lists for someone and that way they got whoever they were buying for exactly what they wanted.”

Glasscock also encouraged her customers to shop locally and support local businesses in the area.

“I think the success of stores throughout Chilton County this holiday season was largely due to the fact we were all trying to help each other out by supporting the idea of shopping locally,” Glasscock said.

LJ’s Boutique in Clanton saw an increase in Christmas shoppers and attributed a lot of their success to Facebook.

LJ’s Boutique sales associate Alissa Higgins said the store had a “12 Days of Christmas” sale leading up to Christmas and would post the different sales on Facebook each day leading up to Christmas.

“We have a lot of people that shop locally, but we also have a lot of people who live in Alabama or can view our Facebook page and would travel to come see us after viewing what we posted online,” Higgins said. “We also have an option on our Facebook page where if you want to purchase an item online you can.”

Higgins said the boutique enjoyed having the “12 Days of Christmas” sale due to the overwhelming response from shoppers.

“It was a lot of fun seeing so many people excited about buying things for Christmas,” Higgins said. “People were definitely out shopping this year.”

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