Chela Reyes de Figueroa, of Killeen, dressed festively in an elf hat and matching sweater, said her after-Christmas shopping is in preparation to celebrate another holiday.
"Just the gift wrap and stuff I can use next year", Duchacek said about what she bought.
Another Walmart shopper, Frances Smith, of Forest Hill, was a first-time post-Christmas customer. Terry stopped into shop at some of her favorites including Rue21, Old Navy and Toys "R" Us.
Ray Ristich, who manages the Zales jewelry store at Fox Valley Mall, said sales during "the lead-up to Christmas were great". I think the mall will be busy especially all week with no school.
The NRF also says that nearly two-thirds of consumers returned or exchanged at least one item previous year. "Exchanges and people want to spend their money and gift cards", said John Provost, Provost Shoes.
Expert say you should avoid buying clothes for people because it's easy to get the wrong size, color, brand, or style. Others headed out to the stores early to beat the crowds.
A report published Tuesday from credit card company Mastercard that tracked spending (across all payment types, including cash and check) from November 1 through December 24 showed that holiday sales increased 4.9 percent this year - the largest year-over-year increase since 2011. There was a clearance sale at Payless ShoeSource.
The next big event for the mall is its sidewalk sale.
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Ron Cornell, of Joppa, went to the mall to return some gifts.
Cornell purchased a Festive Cheese Sampler.
Cornell owns a power washing business, Green to Clean, and the holidays are a slow time for him, but he said he expects business to pick up again in February and March. "We are focused on providing our guests with a dynamic experience during this busy shopping week".
"I think it's usually packed the day after Christmas".
"Spending gift cards and I have Kohls cash too so I'm going to use that too".
Blizzard also picked up some items for herself at Bath & Body Works that were 75 percent off.
According to an article on RetailDive.com, the after-Christmas sales are expected to be up by 3.6 percent over last year's sales, resulting in the strongest growth for the holiday season since 2010. "Everything is flawless." She said.