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The amount of money consumers spent on Christmas may have been average, but it seems as if some are still holiday shopping. Over the weekend Benson’s Flea Market at the Expo Building was busier than ever.

Over 2,700 people were expected to browse the numerous booths at Benson’s Flea Market in Sioux Falls over the weekend. Theresa Anderson runs a booth at the market said she wasn’t surprised with the large turnout. She believes now that the nation won’t be taking a tumble down the so-called Fiscal Cliff people have become less frugal.  

"Until that got resolved, there was a little bit of conservative thinking,” said Theresa Anderson.

But Anderson said people are still looking for those bargains, especially if Santa didn’t bring them all what they wanted. So she’s sweetening the deals. When a customer wants to purchase a bag from her, they can pick a snowflake and inside there is a discount.

"I've had some gals that have maybe selected one item, and then when they open up their thing they snag couple more items to add to the sale,” said Anderson.

Anderson is trying to attract shoppers like Katie Stone and Alyssa Christensen. The two said because of the unstable economy, they spent a little less this year.
"Everyone was really conservative this year defiantly. It's been so hard, there's been say less spending and a lot of bargain shopping,” said Katie Stone.

"You know trying to get things, to get people what they wanted. But I couldn't really afford much,” said Alyssa Christensen.

On Sunday, they were hoping to find more of those good deals.
 "You have the essential buys, you things everybody needs, but cheaper and second hand. You have the impulse buys, the stuff you've always wanted,” said Stone. “And then there is the nest egg. You know that one good buy that can tie you over."

And it seems as if they were finding all of the above.

Event coordinators at Benson’s Flea Market said on Saturday alone, there were around 2,000 people that came out.

The market takes place one weekend of every month.
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