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Layaway still popular option for shoppers

5:03 PM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 'Tis the season for layaway.

As Black Friday winds down, shoppers settle in for the layaway rush.

"You don't have to pay all at one time you can just pay on it," said Deanna Domineck, a mother of two, "And still have it to be there when it's time to come pick it up."

Layaway has made a comeback in the past few years with stores like Kmart, Sears, Walmart and Toys R Us offering the payment program.

"When you see the item you can put it away and have a savings plan and you know it'll be there instead of later when you try to buy it and it's gone," explained shopper Laurie Hatsell.

When Domineck makes a payment for her two kids' toys,the items are safely tucked away in the Kmart layaway loft. 

Kmart manager Robert Abercrombie took First Coast News in the attic stuffed with electronics, bikes and every kind of toy.

"We've always had a strong layaway, but it's not as strong as I've seen it in the past," Abercrombie said. "We used to use this whole layaway loft just for layaways."

Even though the lot may be less than years past, Domineck said the program is still a great resource to many.

"A lot of people they're not making what they was making, no one's getting raises and I think that's the reason why," Domineck said.

Domineck added layaway also gives her a place to hide the gifts from her kids.

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