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Furby frenzy befor Christmas

Furbies, Furbies and more Furbies.

The furry, little, different-colored critters have been the big-selling items at toy departments around town this Christmas buying season, selling out most everywhere.

“We’ve sold out one or two times so far,” said Lori Ormonde, hard-lines manager at Kmart Stores. Ormonde said the store does not currently have any more Furbies in stock.

“We’d get a box and it would be sold-out in five or 10 minutes,” she said.

Cliff Daniels, Rite Aid Pharmacies store manager, had the same sorry Furby story to tell.

“That was our biggest selling item,” Daniels said. He said only 200 of Rite Aid’s 4,000 stores received Furby reinforcements this shopping season. Before Rite Aid sold-out, Daniels said black was the most popular color of Furby.

Another big seller this year has been the Bouncing Tigger doll. Both Kmart and Rite Aid said Bouncing Tiggers were going like, well, Bouncing Tiggers.

Ormonde said Teletubbies and Holiday Barbies have also been selling this season.

Daniels said mainstays, such as jigsaw puzzles and board games, have also sold big this season.

At Radio Shack, store manager John Giordano said there has generally been an even disbursement of purchases at the electronics store. If he had to chose a couple bigger-selling items, Giordano said computer systems, remote control toys and audio/video systems have been moving.

At the Village Mountain Surf and Sports shop, frigid temperatures have boosted sales of warm clothes.

“We’ve sold a lot of warm clothes and jackets due to the cold,” said Cindy Van de Bogart, store manager.

Store managers, employees and patrons, sit back and relax, the Christmas shopping season is over. Catch your breathe before the post-Christmas sales.

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