After-Christmas sales attract shoppers

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email
Christmas is over, but there are still two things remaining on many people

Staff Photo: Erin Evans
Yashanti Ranson, left, and her mother, Joyce Ranson, both of Covington, join the crowd at the Mall at Stonecrest on Tuesday to wrap up Christmas shopping.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Christmas is over, but there are still two things remaining on many people's to-do lists: Return your unwanted gifts and hit up the after-Christmas sales.

Shoppers across the country are clocking to malls today in search of after-Christmas sales. Mesa Mall is no different.

Finish Line is attempting to attract shoppers with a 48 hour after-Christmas sale.

"I anticipate it to be a pretty big day today. it just depends on whether the shoppers want to come out," says Rickie Harris, General Manage of Finish Line.

Typically the week after Christmas is big business for retailers who hope consumers will want tot take advantage of marked down items in their inventory.

According to the research firm Shoppertrak, nearly fifteen percent of retail sales occurred during the week after Christmas in 2008.

finish Line General Manage Rickie Harris says this season was off to a rocky start.

"It was very slow in the beginning. I don't think I had a customer until 9:30 a.m.," says Harris.

But as the day wore on, Finish Line sales picked up.

"There have been a few sales already. Right now I'm currently at what I'm projected to do around three o'clock," says Harris.

A quick survey of shoppers revealed that some were there because they didn't get exactly what was on their list.

"I had to return some jackets," says Helen Hunt, Mesa Mall shopper.

But most came to the mall to spend their Christmas cash.

"To spend our money. Actually we're going shopping right now. I need to get a new GPS and that's about it," says Tim Selby, Meas Mall shopper.

"For me, I just got some money and I want to spend it," says Anthony Gray, Mesa Mall shopper.

Post-Christmas sales made Hallmark one of the busiest stores in the mall, where shoppers looked for deals on holiday supplies for next year.

"I came looking for something specific, for a tree next year," says Robin Thomason, Mesa Mall shopper.

"And I wanted to buy wrapping paper and gift tags," says Hunt.

The after-Christmas crowds grew through the day, making good tidings for retailers this year.

"it's definitely a good thing showing that the economy is picking back up," says Harris.

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