Shoppers flock to local stores for day after Christmas deals

A shopper out at Barracks Road

A shopper out at Barracks Road

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean the shopping is.

Throngs of shoppers milled in and out of stores at area malls on the day after Christmas.

"No exchanges, I just wanted to see if we could find some good sales", Donna Bauman, who was shopping with her mother, said. "We are focused on providing our guests with a dynamic experience during this busy shopping week".

For others like the Hurtz family, the "day-after-Christmas" shopping spree is all part of the holiday traditions.

"Some retailers are calling the week after Christmas the 13th month as people are finding it to be a boom time for purchases with sale merchandise and buying gift cards", Samson said. That beat the 164 million estimated shoppers expected to come during the weekend.

As the remaining bits of wrapping paper are thrown out, consumers are bundling up to get some after-Christmas discounts.

"We get a lot of shoppers wanting to redeem their gift-cards", said Harker Heights Target store Team Leader Katrino Garcia.

Many people were at Getz's in Marquette today.

"Evolving consumer preferences continue to play out in the aisles and online sites of retailers across the USA", said Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of Market Insights for Mastercard, in a news release about the report.

Some retailers have better return policies than others, according to the Consumer Reports 2017.

Ray Ristich, who manages the Zales jewelry store at Fox Valley Mall, said sales during "the lead-up to Christmas were great".

"On some items it's like 15 days, so you want to get it back as soon as possible if you ain't got nothing going on", he said. These Black Friday-like sales brought in many customers, but they weren't the only reason the crowds came through.

Those are some of the same things on Danielle Drayton's return items list.

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