Shoppers were out in full force Monday to make exchanges, cash in gift cards and pick up deeply discounted Christmas merchandise at stores across the region.
Dec. 26 has become a shopping holiday, with shoppers off from work and school and laden with gift cards to spend and gifts in wrong sizes and colors to exchange. It’s also a big day to stock up on holiday merchandise for next year. Stores like Pier 1 Imports, Target and Belk publicized discounts as much as 75 percent off.
“It’s a big day for us for sure,” said Stella Northington, the manager at the North Augusta Belk.
Northington said Belk had shoppers coming in for Christmas decorations selling for 75 percent off, as well gift returns.
“We’ve had more exchanges than returns this year, which is always a good thing,” she said. “It looks like people are really coming out and spending money this year.”
Christy Clarke, of Atlanta, was visiting family in Augusta. She was making a return to the Augusta Old Navy and planned to hit some sales.
“I just have one return today, but there are really good sales all over,” she said.
Old Navy had its entire stock up to 75 percent off.
Gwendolyn Knight, the manager of the Augusta Stein Mart, said shoppers making returns can save a lot of time by reviewing stores’ return policies before heading out.
“Even with a receipt, you need to be prepared for exchanges or store credit,” she said. “A lot of people get upset at the store because they didn’t know what to expect.”
Stein Mart’s return policy requires a receipt or gift receipt for returns made within 60 days. Within that time, customers can receive refunds in the payment method the purchase was made. Without a receipt, you can receive credit for the current selling price of the item.