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December 27, 2013

Post-holiday bustle

Returns, good deals drive people to local malls

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“People are shopping more for themselves,” she said. “They are more focused.”

While she doesn’t have exact statistics or sale numbers from the stores at the mall, Dalis said it seemed like a strong holiday season. The Saturday before Christmas, people were hard-pressed to find a parking spot at the malls.

“The atmosphere has been positive,” she said. “It has been a strong holiday season.”

Kelli Silva of Peabody and her two children, Michael, 11, and Megan, 9, braved the mall to make a few returns and buy accessories for their new iPads. It is a trip they normally wouldn’t make.

“I’ve always been afraid to come out the day after Christmas, but it all worked out,” Silva said.

It actually wasn’t as bad as she thought, having returned everything in about an hour.

“It was great we found parking,” Silva said.

Beverly resident Danielle Mills stopped by the mall while her car was getting worked on at Sears. While she normally finishes her holiday shopping before Thanksgiving, she had one more gift to buy — a gift card.

“I do have a couple of last-minute things to buy,” she said. Like the Silvas, she normally wouldn’t shop on the day after Christmas.

“It is hectic, and I usually have my shopping done,” Mills said.

Collins said shopping the day after Christmas is somewhat of a family tradition.

“I looked for boots before I left, but I couldn’t find anything I like,” she said. “Italy doesn’t do sales like the U.S., so I wanted to take advantage of the deals.”

Valianti, in the meantime, said she enjoyed spending time with her daughter.

“Even though I make her spend all her money,” Collins said, joking.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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