Post-Christmas Deal Shopping Begins

Shoppers flood area stores seeking bargains

By Natalie Martinez
|  Monday, Dec 26, 2011  |  Updated 1:19 PM CDT
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See who was grabbing what on the third busiest shopping day of the year.

See who was grabbing what on the third busiest shopping day of the year.

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Chicago shoppers didn't waste any time hitting the stores the day after Christmas.

December 26th is traditionally the third-busiest shopping day of the year, and stores like Target and Wal-Mart opened early to accommodate the bargain seekers.

"This is money that I set up after I'm done shopping for Christmas gifts. I put it aside so I can come and stock up for next year," Rafael Rojo told NBC 5.

Many of items are deeply discounted post Christmas -- especially holiday-related merchandise. Experts say traffic may be up as much as 60 percent, compared to the same day last year.

"For Black Friday, I feel like those are the gifts you get for Christmas, and this is the miscellaneous stuff you get for yourself," shopper Arlie Chang said.

Stores appeared to have a lot of winter merchandise still in stock, no doubt due to a milder winter thus far. And of course, many shoppers are looking to return items received for Christmas.

"People come in and redeem their gift cards and usually that translates into a nice sweater or a nice pair of slacks," Target's Lee Crum said.

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