PLATTSBURGH — Annual Boxing Day sales brought out plenty of post-Christmas shoppers.
Ken Porter, a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, was home for the holidays to visit his family in Lake Placid. He has been back for eight days and is due to return Dec. 30.
Porter relished the opportunity to spend the holidays with his family and his new wife, whom he married just before Christmas. They are expecting a baby on April 2.
“Christmas was perfect. All I needed was (to spend time with) family and shopping for the baby,” he said while at Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh.
That isn’t likely to be the case next year, as he’s scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in July.
Porter said this was his first Boxing Day shopping experience. He was pleased with the prices he found at the mall, as well as the atmosphere.
“Everything’s been 30 percent to 50 percent off,” Porter said. “Surprisingly, it’s not as packed as I thought it would be.”
He said his Christmas shopping increased dramatically this year, as his wife has a much larger family than he does.
“There’s a lot of people to buy for. I went from six people to about 30,” Porter said.
DOWN FROM CANADA
Jean Latreille of Montreal was shopping in Plattsburgh with a friend. He doesn’t often go on shopping excursions like this, even back at home, he said.
“It’s for fun. It’s like a vacation for us,” he said.
The main drawback to shopping Wednesday was too many people, Latreille said, adding that he had a 45-minute wait at the border on Interstate 87 in Champlain.
Latreille was shortly joined by his friend, Dorotea Pok, also of Montreal. She said this was her first Boxing Day shopping experience ever, but she was pleased with the deals she found.