Stores stay busy the day after Christmas

Stores stay busy the day after Christmas

Some were returning unwanted gifts, or gifts that didn't quite work for the recipient.

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 a carryover to the spirit of giving, and I think you not only give material things, but to give more of yourself during the Christmas season", Logsdon said.

It's the day after Christmas and for many people it's a day to hit the stores.

"We're just spending the gift cards we got for Christmas", she said.

"It's light right now but I like to actually come to mall, get in and out", said Julie Jones from Camden.

"We start to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday during our Greene Saturday and Tree Lighting events", Willshaw said.

Christmas Day Mass at St. Charles
Orthodox and Catholic attendees celebrated Christmas with separate ceremonies, during which they prayed for world peace. Church members and the choir sang Christmas carols and hymns as part of Christmas Eve celebrations from 11 pm.

When asked what brought shoppers out the day after Christmas, it was all about the great deals.

Jasmine Garcia, 21, of Aurora, and her sister Sophia, 11, were likewise on a shopping trip with a non-specific agenda.

Christmas is over, but the stores are still seeing a rush of customers. Many shopper were looking for deals on electronics, clothes, and jewelry. "Last year, before and after Christmas was insane". Others headed out to the stores early to beat the crowds.

Most sales at Renaissance range from 50 percent to 75 percent off.

"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. NY and Company advertised up to 80 percent off on "everything".

I got a lot of money yesterday and a lot of gift cards.

Florence resident Becky Barrier said having four children has made her become a smart and experienced shopper.

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