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Saving on Holiday Markdowns
As you`re enjoying a long holiday weekend with your family, the last place you may want to be on Monday is waiting in line at a department store. However, doing just that could be a wise shopping trip.
On the morning when most people are sleeping in following a long day of opening gifts and eating hardy, others are back in the stores looking for deals.
Hallmark Supervisor Donna Luptak said, "We usually have cars parked out in the parking lot early in the morning."
Whether it`s gift wrap, lights, ornaments, even the tree itself, stores begin slashing prices on holiday goods starting the minute Christmas is over.
Katie Rice/ Team Leader: "And we try to move through that, obviously prior to the holiday, but there is some of that residual stuff left over and we want to move through that as quickly as possible, typically on the day after," explained Katie Rice, Target store team leader.
Starting early in the morning, anything left on the shelves sells for half off, even as much as 90 percent off the following week.
"And Hallmark doesn`t allow them to be put on sale before Christmas, so a lot of people wait and do their shopping after Christmas, if there are any left. But sometimes, they`re gone," said Luptak.
And it`s not just Christmas decorations where you`ll find deals. Everyday staples including aluminum foil or cake mix, anything with a Christmas tree on the package, it has to go.
"We do see some of our seasonal items go out the door at that point, too," added Rice. "So it is a very busy day for us."
Like most clearance items, you`ll likely find the best deals in the back of the store. And if you`re willing to set your alarm and pack the goods away until next Christmas, you`ll have plenty of holiday change in your pocket.
This Monday, Target will be open an extra two hours starting at 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Hallmark on Third Street will be open its normal hours, beginning at 8 a.m.