Black Friday is just a memory, Small Business Saturday has come and gone, and Cyber Monday was in full swing Monday. But some local customers were still shopping at local retailers in Central Connecticut looking for deals Monday afternoon.
Kohl’s in Plainville and Target in New Britain were buzzing with shoppers seeking holiday deals.
According to the Associated Press, stores like Kohl’s are looking to extend their retail sales through this week. The AP also reported that Kohl’s is having a Cyber Week with five consecutive days of door busters from Saturday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Ron Angelone, of Southington, said he didn’t go Black Friday shopping and even though it was Cyber Monday, he decided to go to Kohl’s to shop for an item that was on sale to give to his wife.
Ashley Kelley, of New Britain, was also at Kohl’s on Monday.
“I’ve been coming to Kohl’s for the past three years on Black Friday but I was sick so I couldn’t come on Black Friday,” Kelley said. “I come for the boots and pajamas for my son.”
Kelley said the shoes she was shopping for were cheaper on Black Friday but she thought the price was still a good deal and purchased them on Monday.
Kelley, like many others, is wondering where she will buy toys this year.
“I used to go to Toys “R” Us but that has closed down,” Kelley said. “This is the first year there’s no Toys “R” Us so I don’t know where I’m going to get any toys.”
In addition, Kelley did not take advantage of any of the Cyber Monday online deals because she likes to shop in person.
“I really never shop online,” she said. “I would rather be in person, shop, try things on, look and hold. I don’t like to shop online.”
Coupon specials at retailers like JC Penney over the weekend helped boost the department store’s sales as well, while big box stores like Walmart offered online deals in an effort to compete with Amazon.
For people like Sean Milner, of West Hartford, the long shopping weekend was not enough.
Milner went shopping on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But he wasn’t done on Monday and stopped at Target to purchase a jacket for himself.
“I am actually still shopping online as well,” Milner said. “I like instant gratification sometimes but I am doing Cyber Monday shopping. Amazon is probably the only place I’m going to go to. I’m going to just browse and get anything that’s the right price, nothing in particular I’m looking for, maybe I’ll pick up a couple of Christmas gifts but I’m going to browse.”
According to AP, online spending was expected to hit $7.8 billion on Monday. That would be an 18 percent increase from a year ago. according to Adobe Analytics. About 20 percent of the day’s spending was expected to happen late Monday when shoppers are home from work and rushing to catch some deals before they’re gone.
Mackencie Litke, of Plainville, wasn’t able to go Black Friday shopping, but decided to go to the stores in person instead of shopping online on Monday.
“I would actually rather go to stores to shop instead of online just because then I know the quality of the product that I’m getting and then I can walk around too, I don’t have to just sit at home on a computer,” Litke said. “I like to go out and actually go shopping and if I find something that I didn’t think I need it then can go buy it. It’s therapy. Retail therapy definitely works.”
Litke was shopping for Christmas presents at Five Below, Ulta Beauty and Charming Charlie in Plainville.
“Five Below is one of the best shops for stocking stuffers,” Litke said. They have a lot of cool knick-knacks in there, their sports equipment isn’t bad. They have a lot of good quality cups in there. They have a few aisles of candy too, that’s always good for little kids.”
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.