Shoppers flock to local stores for day after Christmas deals

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Some were returning unwanted gifts, or gifts that didn't quite work for the recipient.

Prior to the holiday, general manager for Aurora's Fox Valley Mall Scott Samson noted a post-Christmas trend that malls and stand-alone retailers are hoping to experience.

Serrahn goes shopping every year after Christmas and was there with family Tuesday.

"I got a lot of money yesterday and a lot of gift cards", said one shopper. "I think that will help save some headaches", said Zimmerman.

"All of the stuff that we have here is on consignment", said Tricia Howe, an employee at Heart of Carolina.

"We're always out the day after Christmas". She told First Coast News she and her mom shop at the Town Center frequently, so she knows how the bargains after Christmas stack up to regular sales.

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The holiday lights were still twinkling at the Harford Mall in Bel Air Tuesday, as a steady crowd of shoppers cruised the corridors and store signs advertised deep discounts or clearance sales.

Clothing, home decorations and candles are among the Christmas gifts that get returned the most.

Most sales at Renaissance range from 50 percent to 75 percent off. Many shopper were looking for deals on electronics, clothes, and jewelry.

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. "You gotta use those gift cards that are burning a hole in your pocket that Santa left in your stocking", said Jennifer Frantz.

Florence resident Becky Barrier said having four children has made her become a smart and experienced shopper.

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