Along the shops at Bridge Road in South Hills, light poles were decorated with garland and red bows days before Halloween, to get shoppers in the mood.
Kohl's at Southridge has had Christmas wares displayed since early October. Items there range from dishes and place mats to decorations and candles, aimed at people who want to decorate early for the holidays.
Larry Anderson, manager of the Fruth Pharmacy on Oakwood Road as well as in Cross Lanes, said his stores put holiday goods out early and add to the offerings as shelves are cleared of Halloween merchandise.
"We usually put it out in October for an early visual for customers to see what we will be carrying," he said.
More holiday wares are continuously being displayed from flowers and more trees to ornaments.
"Some people do buy early," he said.
A manager of Southridge Dollar Tree said Christmas wrap has been available there since August. Since then the store has added ornaments, stockings, Santa hats and candy.
"I think Christmas would sell year-round," he said. "Everyone is in the Christmas mood at some time."
Charlotte Adams, of several family-owned Hallmark stores in West Virginia, said new keepsake ornaments are introduced there as early as the second weekend of July. Boxed cards are available in early September and decorations come out in early October.
Early offerings are pleasing to ornament collectors, she said.
Customers who want to stretch dollars like to start shopping early and take advantage of layaway opportunities, she added.
The family has stores at Charleston Town Center, Dudley Farm, Nitro Marketplace, Morgantown and Vienna.