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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

— 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.

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