Posted: Wednesday, December 26th 2012 at 1:11pm
Shoppers return to area stores for after-Christmas bargains
By Bill Johnson Access Insider
GAINESVILLE – One day after Christmas, shoppers braved the cold, rainy weather to return to area malls either to exchange gifts or to search for after-Christmas bargains.
There were only a handful of shoppers at Lakeshore Mall during the early morning hours, but as the day wore on, the numbers increased and the parking lots at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and other Gainsville stores began to fill, even though the rain continued and the temperature started to drop.
Ashley Gee, a Sociology and Criminal Justice major at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, said she often shops the day after Christmas to take advantage of the savings.
Gee found exactly what she was looking for.
“I was looking for a purse and a couple of shirts,” she said. “I found a purse for $17 and a shirt for $16 which is about half of what they usually sell for.”
Marge Campbell, a Gainesville resident, had a dual purpose for being at Lakeshore Mall Wednesday morning.
“I’m returning gifts and shopping too,” she said. “I found a beautiful $40 turtle neck sweater at Belk’s for $16.”
An employee who worked at the information desk at Lakeshore Mall said there appeared to be more shoppers the day after-Christmas this year than in years past.
Retail analysts say that Christmas sales were down nationally, and many stores are pushing for big sales this final week of the year, hoping to turn a profit for the season.
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