December 26, 2013

Still shopping: Retailers split over popularity of after-Christmas sales

Local store owners discuss business post-Christmas

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Although Gray Thursday and Black Friday are busy days for shopping, some of the best sales take place right before and after the Christmas holiday, according to local business owners.

Nikki Reid, owner of the Tree’s Camera Shop and The Nest, said Christmas items in her store would be on sale after Wednesday. Reid has found it true that her store is busy after Christmas, especially if the holiday is in the middle of the week.

Some people might not have Christmas until the following weekend, which would give people time to shop and save money, Reid said.

“The time between the holiday and weekend helps families,” Reid said. “The additional sales make it better for most people.”

Michele M. Ousley-Knauff took advantage of shopping after Christmas last year, she said in a Facebook post. Ousley-Knauff stocked up on wrapping paper after the holiday for 10 cents a roll.

For other stores, the time before the holiday is busier than after.

Warner’s Greenhouse has been busy in the days leading to Christmas. The Christmas centerpieces, including Christmas greens, decorations and flowers, have been popular.

Local store owners seem to be split on focusing efforts on placing items on sale before Christmas or after Christmas.

Theresa Brown, manager of The Flower Shoppe in Flora, said a majority of sales at her store are offered before Christmas.

“We’re closed on the 26th because people go to bigger towns [to shop] after Christmas,” Brown said.

Angie Anspach, owner of Refined, 102 N. Monticello St., Winamac, said she would be having sales to entice those wanting to shop after Christmas.

“I usually put a sign up that says come in and get what you really wanted for Christmas,” Anspach said, laughing.

The store has been busy before the holiday with the Winamac Kiwanis shopping at the store for adopted families.

“[Christmas] being in the middle of the week is difficult,” Anspach said. “People will either shop the weekend before or the weekend after.”

Tom Partridge, owner of Pear Tree Gallery, said the busiest time for the store is before the holidays, though some Christmas ornaments and items will be on sale at the store, 331 E. Market St., Logansport.

However, the big sale at Judy’s Goodlife Emporium, where everything except food and previously marked down items were buy one, get one, was on Christmas Eve.

Some stores are busy both before and after the holiday.

The day before Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve are the busiest days for Fernbaugh’s Jewelry. Derek McGuire, store owner, said with being there long enough, they see the same people each year.

“Some people just like waiting until the last minute,” McGuire said.

Although the store is usually busy before the holiday, it can be just as busy after the holiday, McGuire said.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.