Shoppers save big on post-Christmas sales

A woman on Oxford Street with shopping bags

Some stores extend their returns periods over Christmas Credit PA

Christmas is over, but the shopping rush continues as shoppers hit stores for day after Christmas deals and gift returns.

This was the scene at target Tuesday morning as people rushed to return gifts they received this Christmas.

Extra Christmas cash, along with returns and exchanges will be driving a lot of that business.

According to a 2017 survey done by the National Retail Federation, two-thirds of people made at least one return previous year.

Still local shopping centers stayed busy with shoppers throughout the season - and mall officials say they still have something to offer that consumers can't get online.

Katie Hattenhauer of Des Plaines said she was actually shopping for future gifts Tuesday at Fox Valley Mall but also found some bargains on items she had checked out before Christmas.

Those who are not wanting to courageous the crowds in the retail stores will still be able to find great deals online.

"People come in for one thing and they end up leaving with way more than they anticipated buying", said Henderson.

27 percent of holiday shoppers include a gift receipt with their gift, so most shoppers don't have to worry about hurting any feelings.

Overall, the retail industry saw a welcomed boost of activity during this year's holiday shopping season, despite the closing of many box retailers over the past year.

"I thought it would be packed, but it's not", he said.

"Just the gift wrap and stuff I can use next year", Duchacek said about what she bought.

Others just want to get the lowest prices they can find.

"No returns, we're here to shop", said Ken Young Sr. who sat on a bench in the mall with his 12-year-old grandson, Damien, as his two other grandchildren, ages 14 and 16 looked for deals with his wife, Mary.

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