The consummate picture of Dec. 26 at Twin Cities boutiques is a line of shoppers shivering outside Bibelot, waiting as long as three hours for the opportunity to buy gift wrap at 50 percent off. I'm wondering if they're going to bother setting the alarm this year. Bibelot has already run sales on holiday items and more…and so has the rest of the retail world. Still, local shops are going to try to entice us: Karma and Flirt are holding their post-Christmas sale together (and handing out numbers at 9 a.m. should any diehards decide to arrive early). Key North will continue the holiday trend of serving drinks (hot rum) to shoppers. JC Penney is opening earlier than ever: 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 – with twice as many doorbusters as last year. Still, they're worried that's not incentive enough. So JC Penney is offering wake-up calls. Sign up at JCP.com. Ask nicely, and they'll probably come over and put the toothpaste on the toothbrush for you as well
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I noticed that many stores are wiped out of their Christmas merchandise- two weeks ago, I went to JoAnn Etc in Woodbury and found most of the Christmas stuff was gone and replaced by…Valentine’s items. Ick. The only thing worse than seeing Christmas items after Back-to-School time is seeing Cupid before Christmas.
Also, the Kohls in Eagan is out of mittens, and “won’t be getting any more in.”
I can’t imagine there will be anything left to buy on the 26th!