Shoppers rush to get last minute Valentine's gifts

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Many last minute shoppers rushed to stores Sunday afternoon trying to find their Valentine a quick gift.

"We have teddy bears, and a little candy left, although most the candy is sold out, some flowers, balloons and baskets," said Hazel Thomas, the owner of Hazel's Flowers off Macon Road.

All the treats you usually buy your sweet are selling out fast for last minute Valentine's Day shoppers.

Thomas told News Leader Nine, "Most of them say they waited until the last minute but they'll grab something quick."

Alma Otwell owns Edible Arrangements and saw similar customers, "Last-Minute-Henry we call him. We saw a ton of those folks today and a lot of what we saw today are people who planned ahead and placed orders several weeks ago, even a month ago in some cases, who came in to pick them up."

Thomas added, "People earlier today were coming from church and so they were getting things for mom and sweethearts, so all types of people."

Most businesses brought on extra staff to prepare for this holiday.

"We have been wide open and busy since Tuesday at midnight." Otwell says they had five delivery trucks running all over town on their busiest day, Friday and Sunday was the same, "We had full delivery today and I had five again today and we've gotten everything delivered with just a couple exceptions."

And Thomas said the ladies at Hazel's Flowers pulled special inventory to cater to Valentine's Day shoppers, "What we do is think of stuff we would like. We like bath things, we like things that smell good and we like a little bear. We even have some with teddies and handcuffs."

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