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Family uses music to entice last minute shoppers

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- While national retail statistics show shoppers have spent more this year, others surveyed still say the economy affects their spending habits.

In a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, nearly half of those polled - 46 percent - said the state of the U.S. economy still had an impact on their holiday shopping.

LaQuell McCauley and his brothers are trying to buck that trend. The three of them played their violins in the median near Oxmoor Mall Sunday.

"It is crazy out here," said Nathan Thompson, who played along with his two brothers LaQuell and Jerico.

"I've been playing for about 9 years," said JaQuell McCauley.

While many drivers heard them play, few got close enough to listen to their story.

JaQuell McCauley and his brothers are hoping to make enough money to buy Christmas presents for their family.

"There's so many of us so it's hard for mom and dad to get us a good gift... I've got 7 brothers and 4 sisters," said McCauley

It began as an idea to simply play outside Oxmoor mall, but grew into a way to earn extra cash from drivers' generosity.

"They're pretty excited. They give us something, we give them something. They give us money, we give them music," said Thompson.

McCauley said "most people are kinda proud of us because we didn't go the way of most other people. We decided to take our talent and do something better with it."

Their family moved from the former Clarksdale housing projects to Louisville's east end in recent years seeking a better life away from violence.

So as the clock winds down on another year of shoppers scrambling to buy Christmas goodies, there are three brothers playing, hoping to make enough to do the same.

"We make as much as we possibly can and share it with our family," said McCauley.

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