Shoppers Take to the Mall to Spend Their Christmas Cash

Shoppers streamed to Texoma stores on the day after Christmas

Shoppers streamed to Texoma stores on the day after Christmas

Shibrina Johnson, 19, returned gifts for her parents to buy gifts for herself and two sisters. Shoppers also hit stores in search of after Christmas discounts.

Shopping centers are crowded before the holidays but the day after is another ball game. I think the mall will be busy especially all week with no school.

Shoppers at Barracks Road Shopping Center took advantage of that and got an early start on making gift returns.

"I work in retail myself and have the day off, but I know the atmosphere this time of year and how things work, and I think it will be busy through the end of January", Cisneros said. "Mostly we've had exchanges size up, size down", said Johnson. She used a Walmart gift card she got for the holiday.

"We did have those early bird customers this morning looking for that after Christmas special deal especially on our Christmas and holiday decorations", Lauck said.

Sales of electronics and appliances increased 7.5 percent, the strongest growth of the last 10 years, and the home furniture and home improvement categories both grew 5.1 percent. "We're just strolling around seeing the sights and we're shopping for ourselves, not other people", Amanda and Michele Folta said.

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Victoria's Secret had 50 percent off on items.

According to, gift card sales in the Christmas holiday shopping season are expected to be more than $31 billion in the U.S.

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.

"We got a lot of money for Christmas", shopper Angelica Davis said.

"It's been a real good experience", she said.

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