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Crowds Hit the Mall for Post-Christmas Shopping

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The holiday shopping season nationally started strong for retailers but fell off during most of December. Businesses are hoping the post-Christmas rush will help their bottom lines.

Predictions are all over the place on where the numbers will land for the 2013 holiday shopping season. Shopping Thursday will have a big impact on the final picture.

People at the Dover Mall were there for three reasons - sales, exchanges and gift cards.

"We're just trying to catch some sales, see if we can get good deals on some items after Christmas," said Risa Malone, who was at the mall with her kids. "We're trying to spend some gift cards and save some money. We did return one pair of jeans that did not fit. She got something else instead."

They'd been all over the mall. Malone says bath and body works was particularly packed.

"They had some really good sales - 75% - and probably a lot of gift cards to be spent," she said. "They were not happy about having to stand in line. It was very crowded in a very tight space. It was very hot inside."

Donald Kuneman says crowds weren't as bad as he thought they'd be.

"I figured this place would be wall to wall people," he said. "We got a couple of pairs of shoes. She got a bunch of items they say you can only buy them on TV. But you can buy them at Boscov's."
His wife Dorothy says this shopping is different from the rest of her holiday shopping.

"I'm going shopping for myself. I have a big family and a church family that I've been shopping for for three weeks."

And Dorothy also seemed pretty happy with what she'd already gotten, saying she hadn't made a single return.

The Dover Mall was open 7 AM to 9 PM Thursday. It was the last day of extended holiday hours.

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