Shoppers score post-Christmas bargains

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The locally owned Lafayette gift shop is still busy, after Christmas. After Christmas shoppers trickled into the mall as the day worn on, but crowds were relatively light on the day after Christmas.

Shopping centers are crowded before the holidays but the day after is another ball game.

"Everybody's coming in with their gift cards they got yesterday or the day before, and yoy know they're burning a hole in their pocket so they're running up here trying to get the stuff they want".

Local resident Kayla McCain said, "I'm pretty easy to please. My dad needed a bigger size", Johnson said.

In 2015, merchandise returns peaked for the year on the day after Christmas, according to a report from The Retail Equation, and steadily continued through the end of January.

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"They have great sales in there", she said in the store parking lot after moving her goods from her cart to her vehicle.

Jasmine Garcia, 21, of Aurora, and her sister Sophia, 11, were likewise on a shopping trip with a non-specific agenda. Some people used gift cards or took advantage of the post-holiday discounts to get themselves something nice, like Carmen Aleman.

Sales of electronics and appliances increased 7.5 percent, the strongest growth of the last 10 years, and the home furniture and home improvement categories both grew 5.1 percent.

"No exchanges, I just wanted to see if we could find some good sales", Donna Bauman, who was shopping with her mother, said. NY and Company advertised up to 80 percent off on "everything".

The mall's property manager, Rocco Arruzzo, says he doesn't expect things to slow down at the mall even after the new year. "You gotta use those gift cards that are burning a hole in your pocket that Santa left in your stocking", said Jennifer Frantz. "Everything is flawless." She said.

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