Gangway!! Sales Now Under Way
Posted December 25, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — Shoppers flocked to local malls Sunday to hunt for bargains or to return Christmas gifts that weren't quite right. Most stores opened their doors early to accommodate the post-holiday frenzy.
"It was a line out the door. There must have been 50, 60 people waiting in line this morning," said clerk Karin Argeris.
Bargain hunters made a beeline for one Christmas store at the Crabtree Valley Mall where everything was marked down 50 percent. It was a hectic day for employees, who seemed to be working even harder after the holiday than Santa's elves were working before it.
"Our boss bought us pizza and someone ran and got us drinks," Argeris said. "We haven't stopped all day."
Shoppers haven't stopped searching for those after-Christmas discounts. Stores all over the mall have been marking down merchandise in hopes of moving it off their shelves.
"Yeah, it's pretty good," shopper Kelly Wilson agreed. "Definitely clothes are on sale today that weren't a few days ago."
"People are looking for the sale definitely, and there are stores having those big sales. It is the first thing that comes into their heads: what's on sale and how much off?" said Deneen Tyurski, one of the salesclerks who dealt with Sunday's crowds.
The day after Christmas is usually a frenzy of browsing, buying and returning. The lines were long at some return tables Sunday. But the crowds didn't even come close to matching the pre-Christmas crunch.
It was estimated that holiday sales are up eight percent over last year. Analysts had predicted a six percent increase.