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Shoppers jostle for Christmas deals

By CAROL MATROO Sunday, December 22 2013

Beryl-Samuel Gray came from Tobago with her two daughters to shop in downtown Port-of-Spain.

“There’s a better variety and prices are far more reasonable than Tobago. I’m buying all my curtains and everything here, and all my daughters’ toys,” she said as her daughter Xhane pulled down a toy, demanding her mother get it for her. Samuel-Gray conceded with a laugh.

Marilyn Solomon, who is from Trinidad, was shopping with her aunt Edwina Wilkie, from Miami. Wilkie was most taken with the embroidered curtain panels and was ready to take some back home.

These two women were among hundreds of shoppers who crowded the streets of downtown Port-of-Spain yesterday to do their Christmas shopping. With just three more days before Christmas Day, the scene was one of chaos as shoppers jostled to get the best deals and satisfy their needs and wants for the holidays.

Housewives bought new curtains and bed sheets sets to match the new paint on walls or new couch set. Women were weighed down with large shopping bags, men accompanying them not appearing pleased at all to be carrying boxes and appliances.

Watch vendors appeared to be having a good season with one vendor on Charlotte Street saying that her stocks were going at a fast rate.

Kitchen towels, mats and curtain rods remain good sellers for the vendors who stood on the sidewalks hawking their goods.

Textile and fabric stores were teeming as women demanded attention from harried sales people trying to serve several customers at once.

Curtains of every imaginable colour, texture and design adorned every available space in the fabric shops. One store manager, who did not want to be named, admitted that while sales started off slowly earlier in the month, it has picked up within the past few days.

One woman, arms filled with several bags, said they were filled with toys for her grandchildren, even as she described the prices for items as expensive.

Yet others appeared to have no problem with the cost as they bought bicycles, baby dolls and action figures.

One shopper, who gave her name as Ms Creese, was accompanied by her daughter Whitney.

Mom’s hands were swinging free, but Whitney was hugging a large bag with curtains and sheets.

“She is shopping and I am paying. I don’t buy curtains and sheets every year because I have, I just wash and put back up. She changed the colour of her bedroom, and so she needed new things to match. That is going to last her a few years,” Ms Creese determined.

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