After Christmas, shoppers head back to malls for returns

After Christmas, shoppers head back to malls for returns

Denise Duchacek, of Kingsville, got a head start Tuesday on next year's Christmas shopping at the Fallston Walmart store, loading up on half-priced gift wrap.

About 5 percent of people will wait until after Christmas to do their holiday shopping this year, compared to 6 percent who were expected to wait until December 24, according to a study from the National Retail Federation. It's always busy and full of activity and stuff.

Christmas is over, but the shopping rush continues as shoppers hit stores for day after Christmas deals and gift returns.

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April Alexander, of Whiteford, and her 6-year-old daughter, Sara, visited Walmart Tuesday to purchase items such as replacement Christmas lights, plus some toys and clothes using gift cards and cash they received.

"I think now after the shopping season is over, it's still a little insane". It is also traditionally busy with people returning or exchanging gifts that didn't work out. She told First Coast News she and her mom shop at the Town Center frequently, so she knows how the bargains after Christmas stack up to regular sales.

She is not alone, a 2017 national survey of holiday shoppers by the National Retail Federation shows nearly two-thirds of people made at least one gift return last holiday season. "It's just the previous year we're going to use those specific strands of lights". "Everything is 50 percent off".

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Signs advertising sales and discounts were seen at that mall and others all around the Bay Area Tuesday.

At the Westfield Valley Fair mall, residents James and Winnie Wu were taking advantage of the good sales. NY and Company advertised up to 80 percent off on "everything".

"I wasn't expecting them to be this good right after Christmas but I'm happy with them", said Thieme.

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"It's a lot cheaper", she said.

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