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Take it back

It's the day after Christmas, time to take stuff back to the store

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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 2:14 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

Buying Christmas gifts is an imprecise art, especially if the present is supposed to come as a surprise.

Gifters might have to do some guesswork as to what size sweater best fits the fast-growing nephew they haven't seen in a couple of months, figure out who still has a model train hobby and who might already have a perfectly good fondue set and not need another one.

With all the if's involved, it's not surprising that a few of these presents might come back from whence they came - by way of the return counter.

A couple people had ventured out into the single-digit temperatures to take stuff back on Wednesday morning.

These people included Joaquin Garcia, who was returning a bed set with blankets, sheets and pillows he had bought for his daughter.

It was close, but no cigar as he had bought a king-size set for his daughter's queen-size bed. She liked the set though, and it was just a matter of trading them down to a smaller size.

Garcia, who also works at Kmart, brought the set in for the trade before he started his shift.

Bobbie Rolle brought in some dalmatian-style pajamas that she had bought for her daughter on Christmas. Again, it was a matter of getting the wrong size, and finding something that worked.

Not everyone was going in for returns though. A post-Christmas price-slash on holiday ornaments was enough of a motivation for Kyle Hunter to grab up 7.5-foot artificial Christmas tree. He had driven up from Colorado to visit family.

It had been his plan to snag the tree all along, which was knocked down from $280 to $140 at Kmart.

While there have always been day-after-Christmas returns at the store, in recent years, it has dropped off by more than half, said Kmart manager Lonnie Davis.

He believes that as a whole, people are getting a better idea of what people want these days; they ask questions and get it right the first time.

This may have been the case for Kimber Thompson, who was returning some shirts that her family had bought that were too large.

Though she was hitting the return counter, she said that usually everyone made sure to be specific so that they would get the right gifts.

"We're all pretty precise about stuff," Thompson said.

For some local businesses, the day after Christmas has been quiet - as might be expected on the tail end of a major shopping season.

The Jo-Ann Fabrics store was looking at its first Christmas, and hadn't seen much activity on Wednesday, said manager Goldie Yahnell. Because the business hadn't gone through the season yet, no one was really sure what to expect, Yahnell said.

At Crazy Woman Mercantile, the customers coming in had been people who had run out of sewing supplies over Christmas, said owner Vernatta Yantes.

Though things were slow at Avenue Mall, treasurer Gail Eliasson, said it was nice to have a quiet day after the bustle running up to Christmas. "We did a wonderful holiday season," Eliasson said. Now vendors had a chance to straighten up booths and maybe catch a breath.

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