The weekend's shirt-sleeve weather forecast might be good for a round of golf, but it's not what local retailers had hoped for.
They want much cooler temperatures to put customers in the Christmas buying mood and induce more "self gifting."
When temperatures approach wintry levels, shoppers are more like to buy sweaters, coats and gloves for themselves, retailers said, increasing holiday sales.
Temperature notwithstanding, retailers are anticipating more customers and more sales as it's "Super Saturday" this weekend - the second-busiest day of the holiday shopping season.
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Retailers are responding with longer hours and discounted deals. It's not a repeat of Black Friday's midnight madness, but Belk and J.C. Penney at the Rock Hill Galleria are opening their doors at 6 a.m. and Sears opens at 7 a.m. The rest of the mall opens at 9 a.m.
So far, holiday sales are better than last year.
The National Retail Federation estimates Black Friday sales hit a record $11.4 billion this year - an increase of 6.6 percent over last year. Over the four-day Thanksgiving shopping spree, consumers spent $52.4 billion - up 16 percent from the previous year.
Cyber Monday online sales also hit a record of $1.25 billion, according to comScore, which tracks e-commerce.
Last week, however, sales were down 1.9 percent compared to last year, according to ShopperTrak.
According to a TD Bank survey, consumers are expected to spend, on average, $670 on gifts.
Must-buy items include tablet computers, televisions, jewelry and gift cards.
According to Wells Fargo's holiday forecast, the desire for books, compact discs and DVDs is dropping as more people seek content via tablet computers and smartphones.
Video game sales are expected to be strong with the release of new versions of several popular games such as "Battlefield 3" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3."
The forecast also predicted a second straight strong year for jewelry sales. Last year, sales rose 3.3 percent from 2009 - the best performance for jewelry stores nationally since 2006.
Gift card sales are expected to increase. One-half of those polled for the TD bank survey said they would prefer a Visa gift card, and 31 percent of gift card recipients said they plan to use the card for everyday expenses such as groceries or gas.
Online sales are up 15 percent over last year. ZingSale.com, which tracks online prices, said the average online discount is now 42 percent. ZingSale.com found the deepest discounts are on winter clothes and accessories, at 52 percent.
Shoppers also are reminded of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce's local shopping campaign, "Buy Into It, York County."
Buying local makes sense because it saves gas, generates local taxes that pay for schools and local governments, and creates money that circulates locally in the form of wages and purchases.
Don't fret if you can't shop this Saturday. This year there is one more shopping day than last year and with Christmas falling on Sunday, look for the week leading up to the holiday to be filled with last-minute promotions.
Most off all, though, it is the holiday season. Somehow, Santa usually finds a way to deliver.