After-Christmas Business: Deals and Steals

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

It's the day after the biggest gift-giving holiday of the year.

Americans are racing to the stores with their gift cards in hand.

Retailers across the country are extending their store hours to accommodate shoppers.

“On Christmas Eve we were really excited about how busy we were. Everyone was coming in to get their last minute gifts. From the time that we opened, until the time that we closed it was packed in here,” said Joshua Tisdale, Target Store Team Leader.

The shopping season which runs from November 1st to December 31st continue to be great for shoppers.

“Even though the actual holiday is over we still have a lot of great deals that our guests can come in and get,” said Tisdale.

Risa Worsley originally planned to only exchange Christmas gifts for her granddaughter, but like many others, she's leaving the store with a few items for herself.

“After Christmas sales, dinnerware, giftware, just items to spruce up our homes. We'll be through by lunch. We have a plan,” said Worsley.

The National Retail Federation predicts spending will reach $451-Billion, which is up 3 percent from last year.

A strong sales week after Christmas could make this holiday season the biggest of all time.

“Gift cards was really big for us once again. Target leads the way in gift card sales so we like to see a lot of shoppers coming in and redeeming that,” said Tisdale.

If shoppers keep up the momentum, the week after Christmas could make history.

“We're headed to TJ Maxx, we're headed to Dillard’s and Belk and one of the sporting good stores,” said Worsley.

According to Consumer Reports, nearly 20 percent of Americans plan to return at least one gift.

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