Shoppers open up their wallets as Christmas nears

Area malls and smaller stores were filled with shoppers on this last Monday before Christmas. Retail analysts say that so far Americans have spent $52 billion for the holidays. Katherine Volpi, owner of C' est la vie, a gift shop in Sylvania says she is enjoying a record holiday shopping season. "Our sales have been phenomenal and while we haven't done the numbers yet I know this is going to be our best season in 17 years," Mrs. Volpi said.

There was a lot of activity at Westfield Franklin Park Mall. Sisters Kelly and Jennifer Muszynski of Michigan drove to Toledo to complete their Christmas shopping. " It's been really good this year, because last year I didn't do any shopping and today I finished it so I am pretty excited," Ms. Muszynski said.