Shoppers everywhere are putting on their Santa hats, grabbing wallets, checkbooks and credit cards, and heading out the door.
The 2007 Christmas shopping season is underway, and merchants all over Clayton County are at the ready. Many will offer special deals for those shopping online.
Southlake Mall in Morrow is gearing up for the holidays, and Santa just blew in from the North Pole for the season on Nov. 17. Special mall hours will accommodate shoppers eager to find some great deals.
Sears has a holiday offer of free shipping on mailable orders of $49 or more. Shoppers using their Sears card get deeper discounts. Sales include an extra 10% off electronics, fine jewelry, home fashions, tools and toys; an extra 15% off on appliances and lawn and garden supplies; and an extra 20% off on clothing and shoes.
Sears “Wishing Hours” promises shoppers “prices you could only wish for” every Monday and Tuesday through Dec. 18, in-store from 4 pm until closing, online from 4 pm until midnight.
According to the website the top 10 gifts wished for include: for Him, a Craftsman Combo Kit, a Hewlett-Packard iPAQ Pocket PC, a Panasonic 50-inch Plasma HDTV and Covington dress slacks. For Her, a Casio 7.2 Digital Camera, a Cuisinart Wine Chiller, a Senseo Coffee Maker and a 10K gold link necklace. For the kids, Transformer-Optimus Prime, My Cleaning Trolley, the Giddy Up and Go Gym, and the Edushape Play & Sound Mat.
JC Penney is advertising its “Xtreme Sale” offering shoppers holiday storewide savings of 30% to 60%. Shopping the store’s online outlet will net savings of 30% to 70%. The store opens its doors at 4 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving, and offers Doorbuster sales until 10 a.m. Save 20% to 50% on slippers and family sleepwear, and “The Great Toy Sale” has slashed prices on toys 20% to 50%.
Some of those deals include kids drum sets, originally $79.99, now $48.99; gas station playsets, originally $39.99, now $23.99; boys’ and girls’ battery-powered quad ride-ons; originally $119.99, now $49.99; radio-controlled transport planes, originally $79.99, now $29.99; Dragon Fly radio-controlled helicopters, originally $79.99, now $38.99; five-story parking playsets, originally $59.99, now $29.99; Castle Kitchen Centers, originally $59.99, now $24.99; My Very Own Kitchen, originally $29.99, now $19.99; and Mega Bloks Cat Workbenches, originally $52.99, now $36.99.
Sears and JC Penney are both in Southlake Mall off Georgia Highway 54 in Morrow. JC Penney Catalogue Outlet is on Frontage Road off I-75 in Forest Park.
Wal-Mart offers free site-to-store shipping for the holidays for shoppers ordering online. Featured is their “Christmas Central” which includes personalized Christmas items. Shoppers can choose from Musical Santa Snow Globes for $68.72, Holiday Velvet Stockings for $16.87, Snowman Wreaths for $19.76, Christmas Stocking Holders for $15.94, Glass or Handprint Tree Ornaments for $14.88, and “Baby’s First Christmas” Bibs for $11.94.
The store’s “Christmas Decor ’07” sale offers holiday items for the home, including Christmas trees, air blown and inflatable decorations, holiday tableware, indoor and outdoor décor, gift baskets, Santa suits, plants, floral arrangements and seasonal movies, books and music. The Wal-Mart stores in Clayton County are at 6065 Jonesboro Road in Morrow, 7050 Georgia Highway 85 in Riverdale and 11465 Tara Boulevard in Lovejoy.
Those browsing Target’s website are reminded they can save 10% when they open a RedCard account for their Christmas shopping needs. The store boasts it offers the “biggest free shipping event of the season on 30,000 finds.” A special “widget wonderland” online offer invites shoppers to dress up their desktop with a holiday widget a photo in a holiday frame, marking the days until Christmas. Target’s Clayton County location is 1940 Mount Zion Road in Morrow.
Toys R Us offers up to $3,800 in savings for shoppers browsing the online catalogue. A special payment plan offers $10 off $30 spent, for orders over $100. Free shipping is offered on select toy orders of $49 or more. “Everything for a Holly Dolly Christmas” features savings on baby dolls, celebrity dolls, collector dolls, drink & wet dolls, princess dolls, toddler dolls, fashion dolls and rag dolls, as well as dollhouses and accessories. Timeless toys include board games such as Operation, Scrabble, Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly, Etch A Sketch, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Tinkertoys, Tonka Trucks, Jack in the Box, Lincoln Logs, scooters, GI Joe, bicycles and tricycles, wooden blocks, Mr. Potato Head, rocking horses, and little red wagons.
Shoppers showing up at 5 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving can pick up “Mystery Deals” the day after Thanksgiving, plus 101 Doorbuster deals until noon. The store ‘s online ads promise “Huge Savings in our Clearance shop!” including a free Bratz DVD player with any Bratz doll or accessory, free Nerf Mega Micro Darts with the purchase of the Nerf N-Strike Disk Shot, and special deals on Hannah Montana dolls. The store’s Clayton County location is 1496 Mount Zion Road in Morrow.
Not to be outdone, Circuit City has a holiday gift guide with ideas on the hottest movies, music, digital cameras, iPods, MP3 players, GPS navigation, camcorders, TVs, laptops, video games and more. Until Dec. 19, free shipping is offered on all orders $24 and up, or shoppers can choose 24-minute in-store pickup until Christmas Eve. Online coupons are also available. Deals include $200 off on laptops, 20% off on digital cameras, and a special web-only offer of 10% off select HDTVs. The Clayton County store is at 1906 Mount Zion Road in Morrow.
Staples’ featured markdowns include $30 off their own Black Luxura Managers Chair, regularly $99.99; a $30 mail-in rebate on Canon PIXMA MP830 Color Flatbed All-in-Ones, normally $249.98; and 20% off 2008 At-A-Glance Standard Diary Daily Reminder, 5-3/4 inch by 8-1/4 inch.
Weekly deals for online shoppers include an instant coupon for $70 off Canon imageCLASS MF4690 Laser Flatbed All-in-Ones, final price $299.98; an instant coupon for $70 off Brother 4100e IntelliFax Laser Plain-Paper fax machines, final price $229.98; an instant coupon for $40 off Brother MFC-5460CN Color Flatbed All-in-Ones, final price $89.98; and an instant coupon for $40 off Brother DCP-8060 Digital Copier, final price $309.98. The store offers free delivery on all orders through Dec. 26. The Clayton County location is 1865 Mount Zion Road, Morrow.
The Home Depot’s online holiday gift center allows shoppers to pick and choose according to personality, by recipient, or by gifts that ship free. The store offers ideas to “Make your home shine for the holidays” categorized by kitchen, “powder room,” living room, dining room and front porch. Its online “Home for the holidays” theme features seasonal décor for indoors and outside.
Now available: Poinsettia and Berry Holly plants, 10-inch Norfolk Pine plants, seven-foot pre-lit artificial Frazier fir trees, nine-foot pre-lit artificial Wesley pine trees and decorated garlands. The store’s Clayton County location is 2034 Mount Zion Road in Morrow.
Marshalls’ website emphatically offers the “must-have men’s gift event,” and reminds online shoppers they can save 50% to 60% starting the day after Thanksgiving. The store’s Clayton County location is at the Southlake Pavilion, 1093 Morrow Industrial Boulevard.
Kohls offers online stocking stuffers for Her, Him, Juniors, Young Men, Boys, Girls, Baby and Gifts For The Home. Shipping deadlines for Hanukkah and Christmas are also listed, and clicking on “Home for the Holidays” showcases more gift items on sale. Gift-wrapping is available for $5.95 per box. In Stockbridge, the store is at 5005 Mount Zion Parkway.
The Old Navy online Holiday Gift Guide offers “perfect presents for everyone on your list,” gift-wrap, shipping info and more. Online shoppers also have the option of creating a holiday wish list and winning $10,000 in a “Wish It, Win It” instant giveaway. In Clayton County, the store is at 1865 Mount Zion Road in Morrow.
The TJ Maxx website offers shoppers a chance to sign up for a $1,000 shopping spree, through a series of 12 holiday emails, starting Dec. 10. The store’s Clayton County location is at Southlake Festival, 1536 Southlake Parkway in Morrow.
Goody’s offers 50% off holiday sweaters for Misses and Juniors and 50% off its entire stock of G.H. Bass, Arrow and Blassport for men. Deals also include 50% off jewelry for Her, 40% to 50% off boots for Her, 50% off fashion denim for Kids, and 40% to 50% off the entire stock of handbags. Goody’s offers an $8 flat rate shipping fee, or free shipping on $75 orders, through Christmas. The Clayton County store is at 1905 Mount Zion Road in Morrow.