'Tis the day after Christmas and all through Bay County, shoppers are spending their Christmas gift bounty. From large retailers to tiny boutiques, most are offering sales and things that are cheap.
In the Panama City Mall, signs advertising up to 50% off, pants on sale, and as much as 75% off line the walkways. Nearly every store in the mall is offering an After-Christmas deal and drawing in hundreds of shoppers.
"I'm looking for those After-Christmas sells like everybody else," said one shopper.
Tonya French added, "Christmas money and children lured us to the mall."
Experts said Pre-Christmas sales were down by about 3% this year, compared to last. Many retailers are trying to lure shoppers in now with even bigger discounts.
So, whether you're looking to swap that sweater that's two sizes too big, find a bargain on the items left on your list, or that cash is already burning a hole in your pocket, it appears to be a buyer's market.
"There was a good deal at Charlotte Russe today so I got a shirt," said Ember Manning.
Local shops are also hanging up the "sale" signs Thursday, after a slightly disappointing season.
"We could be a little bit better, you know this year compared to last year, but it's coming around," said Celene Cunningham, co-owner of Bot Boutique, in historic St. Andrews.
Owners of Bot Boutique cut prices on their racks of clothing, raising discounts from 20 to 50% off.
"We have to do a little bit, do a little bit extra sales to get them[shoppers] in here and shop local," said Cunningham.
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