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Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

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Shoppers are crowding area stores with just one week left before Christmas.

Traffic is sure to be backed up on Green River Road near Eastland Mall for the last shopping weekend before Christmas morning, and on Tuesday night, area stores have reported a surge in customers since Saturday.

A survey just released by Visa shows about 16 percent of shoppers haven't even begun their Christmas shopping and more than 70 percent haven't gotten all their gifts.

One consumer market that's seen a lot of activity this December is the local clothing and jewelry market.

Brinker's has added staff and extended it's hours, and at House of Bluez, owner Jodi Merrick has been hard at work wrapping gifts for her customers and preparing her store for what is sure to be a crazy week ahead.

"This weekend, I mean, we'll see the traffic levels extremely high Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  A lot of the kids that are gone to college, there at home so they're out shopping," Merrick said. 

"We still have the weekend before Christmas hits, so we'll have a very busy weekend with last minute shoppers, but we've got a lot to offer," Anne Marie Owens with Brinker's Jewelry said.

Last weekend, drivers reported lines of cars trying to get to the mall, backed up past the Lloyd.

Evansville Police are urging safety and patience when it comes to your weekend shopping experience.

Don't forget our local charities when you're trying to decide on how to give this holiday season.

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