By DARCEL CHOY Wednesday, December 25 2013
IN TYPICAL Trini fashion, thousands of last-minute shoppers converged on Christmas Eve, on the streets of the capital Port-of-Spain in a frenzied hurry to complete final shopping of gifts for loved ones and items for their homes.
Scores of persons were seen carrying several large bags filled with mats, toys, curtains and sheets along Queen, Frederick, Henry and Charlotte streets.
Vendors who last week were complaining of slow sales, yesterday sang a different tune telling Newsday sales began to pick up on Monday evening and for most of yesterday, it was pace to keep up with the demand of last minute shoppers.
Those who sold carpets and dried flower arrangements were very popular with shoppers as they picked up their household items. A woman said she buys the flower arrangements because she likes to have different decorations for her house every year.
“Every year, the have nice arrangements and I like to put everything together for myself and make my house look nice, and I enjoy the hustle of Port-of-Spain on Christmas Eve, there is nothing like it,” she said.
Toy vendors were also popular as many people were seen buying toy cars and bicycles.
“I only got my salary on Monday and this was the only time I could get, to buy my children’s gifts. They both want bicycles so I am here looking for one for them right now. If I had gotten paid earlier, I would not have been caught up in this madness that is Port-of-Spain but it’s for my kids,” Kevon Samuel said.
In the malls along Frederick Street, workers at various jewelry and electronic stores tried to keep up with the number of customers that came in.
“You know there is always one gift that you forgot to get, and that is why I am in Port-of-Spain on Christmas eve. As soon as I get what I want, I’m leaving,” said one shopper.
On Charlotte Street, the pavements were impossible to walk on as shoppers and vendors blocked access so many had to resort to walking in the roadway.
“It is not Christmas for me, if I don’t come to Charlotte Street, you really get the Christmas spirt here,” one woman who gave her name as Anna said.