"It's a gift I got for someone else and I want him to have it before he wakes up this morning because I messed up on the size".
Prior to the holiday, general manager for Aurora's Fox Valley Mall Scott Samson noted a post-Christmas trend that malls and stand-alone retailers are hoping to experience.
"It's shopping for myself after the holidays", says Kathy Houston. I think the mall will be busy especially all week with no school.
December 26 means Christmas past has already arrived, but with it came another wave of shoppers in Aurora looking to redeem gift cards, spend cash, return merchandise or scour for bargains. "They really support us and I feel like there's a new kind of convergence back to the downtown and shopping locally", he said.
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"They have great sales in there", she said in the store parking lot after moving her goods from her cart to her auto.
She said she's been returning gifts and shopping for new ones for nearly a decade.
Many took advantage of time off work to sleep in.
"A lot of the stores, anything Christmasy they have like 50 percent off and stuff like that".
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The holiday lights were still twinkling at the Harford Mall in Bel Air Tuesday, as a steady crowd of shoppers cruised the corridors and store signs advertised deep discounts or clearance sales.
"I find some unusual gift type items here that I couldn't find at home and that to me is more meaningful", said Carolyn Logsdon, a shopper visiting from Ohio.
Logsdon and her grandson were just part of a crowd of shoppers at local shops at the Cotton Exchange spending more money after Christmas. NY and Company advertised up to 80 percent off on "everything".
North Aurora's Abe Cisneros was also visiting the Best Buy store and said he was planning to spend some of the cash and redeem gift cards he had received and that he expected things would be busy through the end of next month.
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Cornell owns a power washing business, Green to Clean, and the holidays are a slow time for him, but he said he expects business to pick up again in February and March. "Everything is ideal." She said.