by Jonathan Weaver
Holiday shopping gifts can no longer be placed under the Christmas tree, but while some families are resting from yesterday’s activities, others are back inside their favorite stores for special sales or returns.
Looking for Black Friday-style discounts, shoppers will hit their favorite stores as early as 7AM around the area.
This year, the day after Thanksgiving saw a reported record number of midnight store openings nationally and even some into the Thanksgiving holiday, and those early sale opportunities will continue this year.
Today is considered the best day of the year to buy clothing. Department stores tend to slash prices that day to clear merchandise.
This season, the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s Day will be a magical time for Macy’s shoppers in Pittsburgh Mills as the retailer deems it the “Week of Wonderful.”
Macy’s Week of Wonderful will serve post-holiday shoppers with the opportunity to indulge in super savings and new must-have items.
“The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day has always been about great deals, as customers exchange gift items and start using the gift cards they received over the holidays to hunt for last minute bargains,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “With Macy’s Week of Wonderful, we want to make shopping during this vacation week even more fun and satisfying for customers. At Macy’s, shoppers will find all the amazing savings on post-holiday merchandise we are known for, in addition to finding our stores refreshed with new, bright and colorful must-have items.
Stores in the Pittsburgh Mills mall will open at 8AM and the mall closes at 9PM, including department stores JCPenney and Old Navy.
The Franklin Villlage Mall Sears and RadioShack will open at 7AM.
The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday sales this year will increase more than four percent to $586.1 billion — that’s just above the 10-year average for annual holiday sales increases, but down from last year’s holiday sales.