Local mall busy with Christmas returns, post-holiday sales

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — For some, the holiday season is a time to give, to receive, and to return.

The Warwick Mall wasn’t as packed the day after Christmas as it was on Black Friday, but hundreds of shoppers were cashing in on some of the extended post-Christmas sales and standing in lines for returns.

The National Retail Federation reports that last holiday season, one third of all gifts were returned. Shopper Lori Cerce was at the mall early Friday, already returning Christmas gifts.

“They’re gifts for my son. It didn’t fit him so we went to American Eagle, and went to Radio Shack for my husband to get wires for the speakers I bought him,” she said.

In some cases, shoppers were cashing in on some of the extended post-Christmas sales. Numerous stores had signs posted showing 50 percent and 70 percent off, along with stores already advertising clearance items.

The few days following Christmas and before New Years Day are a big time for retailers with as many as 23 percent of all returns for the year happening in that window.

“The kids had a good Christmas, but there’s always something they didn’t get that you can look for,” said shopper Bob McGowan.

The National Retail Federation said they didn’t notice a huge rush of last-minute holiday shoppers this year, most likely because of the early holiday promotions.

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