After Christmas Shopping Expected To Be Up This Year

While many Texomans are out and about getting those last minute gifts, Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out even after tomorrow, the holiday shopping craze isn't over.

Don't expect the packed parking lots, crowded aisles, or long lines to disappear just because Christmas is over.

"We expect a lot of traffic the day after Christmas. A lot of guests in the store looking for day after bargains and looking to redeem gift cards. So, we expect a lot of traffic," Target Executive Team Leader Josey Wood said.

While Lori Pitts is spending today with friends and family on her mind, scrambling to find those last minute items, she plans to be right back in the middle of the frenzy even after Saturday.

"I spent a week of power shopping for everyone else. Next week I will be power shopping for myself," Pitts said.

Sales are strong every year the day after Christmas, but with it falling on a Sunday this year, there is a 65 percent projected increase.

"Definitely comparative, not quite as busy as Black Friday, but a ton of traffic," Wood said.

Many people think of it as the biggest return day of the year but, gift cards are becoming more and more popular these days which means there will be more people in the stores purchasing self-picked presents.

"I'm sure it'll be just as hectic. I'm hoping not to have any returns because the lines are out the door. But, hopefully it will be at the cash register and not customer service," Pitts said.

For those planning to brave the crowds again, Pitts shares her tips to take advantage of the after Christmas sales.

"If you can hit it before noon, for some reason, people aren't morning people. I am, so it's the perfect time to beat the crowds. Enjoy the time of year and don't get into the craziness of the hussle and bussle," she said.

Many of the stores across Texoma will be extending their holiday hours to last through the end of next week.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6