Post-Christmas Deal Shopping Begins

Shoppers flood area stores seeking bargains

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    See who was grabbing what on the third busiest shopping day of the year. (Published Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011)

    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.