Denise Duchacek, of Kingsville, got a head start Tuesday on next year’s Christmas shopping at the Fallston Walmart store, loading up on half-priced gift wrap.
Duchacek is almost a year ahead of schedule, as she was shopping the day after Christmas 2017. She was one of a number of shoppers who hit retailers in Harford County Tuesday to either spend money or the gift cards they received for the holiday Monday, exchange gifts or take advantage of deep post-Christmas discounts.
“Just the gift wrap and stuff I can use next year,” Duchacek said about what she bought.
She said she shops right after Christmas every year.
Another Walmart shopper, Frances Smith, of Forest Hill, was a first-time post-Christmas customer. She used a Walmart gift card she got for the holiday.
“They have great sales in there,” she said in the store parking lot after moving her goods from her cart to her car. “If I had more money, you would have seen two carts full of stuff.”
Smith said she plans to shop the day after Christmas 2018, too.
“Oh yes, I’ll definitely go next year to save some money,” she said.
April Alexander, of Whiteford, and her 6-year-old daughter, Sara, visited Walmart Tuesday to purchase items such as replacement Christmas lights, plus some toys and clothes using gift cards and cash they received.
Alexander, who had just arrived at the store, expressed hopes that prices had come down from before Christmas.
She does not shop the day after Christmas every year, but she did this year “because we need the Christmas lights.”
She said most of the bulbs in her current lights work, but parts of the strand are becoming worn.
“We have lights,” Alexander said. “It’s just the last year we’re going to use those specific strands of lights.”
The holiday lights were still twinkling at the Harford Mall in Bel Air Tuesday, as a steady crowd of shoppers cruised the corridors and store signs advertised deep discounts or clearance sales.
Victoria’s Secret had 50 percent off on items. New York and Company advertised up to 80 percent off on “everything.” There was a clearance sale at Payless ShoeSource. And GameStop offered a winter sale from Tuesday through New Year’s Eve, with up to 50 percent off “the biggest [video] games of the year.”