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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Businesses are working hard to make those last minute sales before the end of the year.

Some are slashing prices, others are benefiting from the holiday season itself.

A couple stores in Albany hope the holiday rush will send them into the new year with good marks.

Ace's Liquor Store employee, Monalessa Mays, hopes customers will return so she can continue ringing them up and bagging merchandise.

Laura Lee Fields with Envy Boutiques says coins have  been clinging at her register non-stop.

"We were packed and we did a lot more money than we thought we were going to do," said Fields.

She credits roughly $2,000 in sales Monday and about $3,000 Sunday to the store's Facebook posts which include 50% off jackets, sweaters, boots and accessories with dresses more than $100 marked down to $80.

The sale room is where all the fun is. All items are between $10 and $20.  Mays at Ace's Liquor Store has been selling items anywhere from $10 and up.

"We stay pretty busy most of the time but during the holidays it does pick up quite a bit," said Mays.

Employees say sales are up about 3%. Some holiday celebrations may accompany alcohol. Mays encourages people to not drink and drive.

"We try to tell them to be careful and watch what they're doing," Mays noted.

As she works the registers and the drive thru, Mays and Fields hope business will continue through the new year.

New Years Eve is Ace's busiest day of the year. Employees say they're ready for business. Retail spending spiked 5.5 percent leading up to Christmas. The rise was seen in the retail industry with clothes being at the top of that list.

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