Triangle stores bustling as post-holiday shoppers exchange gifts, seek bargains
Posted December 26, 2019 2:41 p.m. EST
Updated December 26, 2019 6:38 p.m. EST
Durham, N.C. — Thursday was a busy day across the Triangle, as post-Christmas shoppers take to the malls and big-box stores to seek out bargains or exchange gifts that did not quite turn out.
The parking lots near retailers were full, and stores had a steady stream of people all afternoon. Most shoppers said they came out because they already had the day off – so they may as well act now.
Yasmina Abi-Aad, who was out making a couple of returns at Nordstrom Rack, said, "I was expecting it to be kind of empty the day after Christmas. I wasn’t expecting everyone to be making returns today."
Michael Baker was also at the mall to return a gift. He said, laughing, "Yeah, it didn't fit me. I picked up a little more weight than I needed to."
The rush to return is a trend happening nationwide.
A survey from Statista shows that 1.9 million gifts will be returned by Jan. 2, which is a 27 percent increase from last year.
One poll by "Oracle Retail" shows that more than three-quarters of participants said they they planned to return a gift this year. Ironically, the poll was done in September – before respondents had even gotten gifts.
People were also shopping for post-Christmas bargains on Thursday.
Some families have a tradition of bargain-hunting after the holidays. Three generations of Helen Leddy's family spend quality time each year after Christmas, searching for treasures on sale.
"We all get together and have a wonderful time at Christmas, and then, the day after, the ladies get together and go shopping, and the men do something else," Leddy said.
Mary Cotter-Goldberg said, "I feel like shopping is in our genes. That’s why we’re all here."
The stretch between Christmas and New Year's Day offers a fair share of deals. Holiday decorations, in particular, are at bargain prices. So, shoppers thinking about stocking up early for next Christmas will be rewarded.