Mad dash to shop the day after Christmas

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the day after Christmas, and the stores are busy.

“The holiday shopping season isn’t over on Christmas, it goes a week or two into January,” said Westfarms Mall general manager Kevin Keenan. “This is beginning of post-holiday frenzy.”
Shoppers are getting ready for Christmas all over again.

“We always come out early in the morning just to get some last-minute holiday things to put away,” shopper Kristen Pannone said. “We like to get the lights, and some Christmas things for next year, and we store them for next year.”

“It wasn’t too bad,” shopper Angela Philbin said. “I have three young kids, so I’m up that early anyway, so i might as well be productive and get ready for next year.”

Today is a big day for after-Christmas returns.

“I have a radio we bought for my daughter and it doesn’t work, so I gotta bring it back,” shopper Tom Streeter said.

It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year. What’s the driving force for shoppers the day after Christmas?

“Great deals,” shopper Julia Canchola said. “Couldn’t pass it up, and getting ready for next year already.”

Savvy shoppers tell News 8 what they find on sale after Christmas. Canchola added, “wrapping paper, bag ornaments and other stuff too.”

Angela Philbin said, “Oh it’s just kitchen stuff really, for baking, and that type of things, and gift bags for next year, so I’m all set. I don’t have to worry about it, and I’m good to go.”

Sharon Dematteo said, “The Christmas wrap, the pretty bows, the lights and stuff and decorations for next year.”

Lillian Celmer added, “Everything and anything. What ever I see and I would like I am going to buy.”

Shoppers say the markdowns are worth it.

“It’s 50 percent off, so I feel like anything is a savings like that then it is worth it.” Philbin said.

When asked where Canchola is going to put all of the stuff she picked up today, she responded, “That’s a problem, but I will figure it out.”

Even though Christmas is over, folks still have the Christmas spirit.

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