Holiday shopping season kicks off early

Holiday shopping season kicks off early

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by Tim Gordon, KGW Staff

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Halloween is over and the Christmas holiday shopping season is already underway. Some of the area's largest retailers transformed their seasonal sections into holiday extravaganzas in the hours right after Halloween.

From Target to Wal Mart, retailers are getting ready and hoping shoppers are in the mood to spend. At the Hollywood Fred Meyer Store, workers spent the overnight hours pulling Halloween merchandise from the shelves and bringing out the holiday selections. From lights to nutcrackers and ornaments it's all on display - and for sale.

“We bring in all the Christmas merchandise because this is what our customers tell us they want,” said Josh Lundbom, assistant store manager at the Hollywood Fred Meyer.

Some shoppers are more ready for the holiday retail season than others.

“I have a rule: Thanksgiving comes and then the day after that you can start celebrating for Christmas," said Jessica Larson.

“I like the lights, I just like everything about Christmas. Everybody it seems like is in a better mood,” said Babette Shelman.

At Costco, the holiday frills and gifts have been out since late August, even before Labor Day.

Claudia Holman wasn’t thrilled with that, yet she was there to holiday shop.

“To get it done early - yep, my grand kids, my son, my daughter-in-law and family in Spokane. Oh ya, it’s great,” said Holman.

At Wal Mart, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, usually reserved for the weekend after Thanksgiving, are already on sale online.

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