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Iowa Christmas shopping up this year

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Saturday retailers saw one of their biggest crowds since Black Friday. The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to be up nearly 4% over 2010 spending.

"I think the season has been steady and good," said Deb Mummelthei, Love and Lace owner.

The empty shelves in her store paint a good picture of how Love and Lace in Waverly is doing. Throughout the last 18 years, Mummelthei, owner of the home decor store, has seen the ups and downs of the economy.

She says this year has been a really good year, some of that thanks to the good weather. 

"I think the weather plus I also think people aren't as afraid of the economy as they used to be and I think people are in the spirit of giving," said Mummelthei.

She says people are shopping locally because they want to support the community.

This last week won't be any different, with more shoppers finishing up their last minute Christmas gift shopping.

"I expect this to be a good week because there are those last minute shoppers that need to spend money. There is also men who come and pick up their gifts last minute so I think this week should still be busy with lots of different things," said Mummelthei.

A recent survey by the national retail federation found halfway through December, nearly 17 percent of Americans had not started their Christmas shopping.

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