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Shoppers trek the halls seeking after-Christmas deals

December 26, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Brittany Williams and her fiance, Seth McNew, both of Greencastle, Pa., found some bargains on pillows while shopping Monday at Valley Mall.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — It was a busy day for local shopping centers Monday as shoppers hit the stores to redeem Christmas gift cards, exchange items and take advantage of after-Christmas clearance sales.

At Valley Mall, crowds gathered around discounted Christmas decorations and 50-percent-off 2012 calendars; moms waited as their preteen daughters tried on clothes; and men carried shopping bags for bargain-hunting wives.

Tim Marshall, 50, of Cearfoss took a break on a bench while his wife shopped.

“She buys now for next Christmas,” he said. “That’s how it goes.”

Emily Shaffer, 17, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was also bargain-hunting.

“I’m just looking for sales and shopping around to see what they have,” said Shaffer, who bought a purse and a wallet at Valley Mall and was headed to Best Buy.

Some shoppers said that although the mall was busy, the after-Christmas crowds didn’t seem as large as in previous years.

“Normally, you are out here after Christmas, you wait forever in lines,” said Rick Curry of Hagerstown, who was making exchanges and perusing the sales with his wife, Anna.

Curry wondered if online shopping could be responsible for the smaller crowds.

Nate Payne, 24, of Sharpsburg, also said he found the stores “calm” as he made some after-Christmas exchanges Monday.

Ken and Bobbi Mongan of Alexandria, Va., who were in town visiting family, said they thought the Christmas season as a whole had been a good one for stores.

“It seems like the malls were really busy, especially around where we were,” Ken Mongan said. “I think there were a lot of good bargains out there.”

“I think with the economy, everyone’s looking for a good bargain,” Bobbi Mongan said.

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