Valley stores were packed yesterday when they opened after a short Christmas day break. It was the rush to hit the post holiday sales and return Christmas gifts.
Lorrie Wyatt is just one of the shoppers racing back to Valley stores the day after Christmas. She says returning items is just part of the yearly routine.
"My husband usually goes out and makes an attempt, and then I usually have to go out and exchange a few things," said Wyatt.
Kohl's store Manager Collier Golden said while the store is crowded, he had fewer returns than usual.
"Actually we aren't receiving quite as much as I normally think we would, so it’s great a lot of people picked a lot of good items, and it seems a lot of people are keeping what they receive," said Golden.
He says you should return your items sooner than later. If you’re exchanging the item for a different size, bring it with you to the return.
Most importantly, try to keep the receipt. While many stores will return your items without one, it limits your options.
"If you have an original receipt, however, you took care of it is how we'll credit it back, or we'll give you cash back if it’s a cash receipt. If you do not have a receipt we'll be glad to take it back, but you'll receive a merchandise credit, so you can purchase another item in the store," said Golden.
Not everyone is returning their gifts; they're taking advantage of sales.
"What I'm doing is trying to get the bargains now, shopping for next year because now is the best time to do it, it’s a breeze," said Elisa Oversmith.
Whether you're buying for next year or returning, store managers say now is the right time to buy because they are having some of their biggest sales, trying to get rid of extra merchandise.