MARQUETTE - As the holiday season winds to a close, many Americans are gearing up for what could be some of the best deals of the year. Area residents are no exception.
"There were people out yesterday and we expect this week to be busy," said Westwood Mall Manager Ellen Sargent. "A lot of people get gift cards."
The retail research firm ShopperTrak has said it expected almost 60 percent more people to be out shopping on Dec. 26 than last year, and that shopping in the week after Christmas has increased in three of the past five years.
Black Friday shoppers nab discounted electronics at Best Buy this year. Black Friday was big, but the week after Christmas is proving to be a great week for deals as well, with many stores offering big discounts before the new year. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
According to an American Express survey, about one-third of those shoppers are out buying gifts for themselves, some using gift cards they received as presents.
Some shoppers even put off gift-buying until after the Christmas holiday in anticipation of better deals.
A survey conducted by Deloitte shows that 6 percent of its 5,000 respondents said they were postponing their holiday shopping until January, yet another byproduct of the Great Recession.
Though the reasons for shopping later in the season can vary, the deals remain the same for everyone.
Chain stores across the country are trying to keep the holiday sales going with huge discounts and one-day-only deals.
Kohl's is offering up to 70 percent off some of its merchandise through Wednesday. Target has deals that reach 50 percent off and Best Buy has week-long deals on HD TVs, cameras and camcorders.
Area businesses are also continuing to provide items at discounted prices.
Downwind Sports on Third Street is offering up to 25 percent off on clothing and specials on ski packages. Buying a ski boot binding and a pole together will save the customer on the total cost of both items. These and other sales will go on through the end of the year.
Doncker's and Bella Beads on Washington Street are offering 25 percent off on some of their merchandise and the latter is also operating a buy two beads get one free promotion.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.