Big sales bring out post-Christmas shoppers

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WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- Crowds of shoppers flooded Hanes Mall Thursday, trying to snag post-Christmas bargains.

"We actually got up to 70 percent off," said Brooke Beckett, who went shopping with her daughter. "Things that were like $50-60 were like $14 dollars or less. I mean it's awesome!"

Sign after sign offering 25 to 50 percent markdowns drove shoppers to the mall as soon as the doors opened.

"The day after Christmas is usually the fifth or sixth busiest shopping day for a shopping center," said Sandi Rogness, assistant general manager of Hanes Mall.

The day was marked by longer hours, extra staff and shoppers looking to burn off some holiday cash.

"We just started at one end [of the mall] and we're going to the other end," said shopper Annette Miller. "We're just trying to catch some good deals."

The crowds are a sign of relief to retailers still trying to recoup losses after a shorter shopping season caused by Thanksgiving coming later this year.

Even so, the National Retail Federation expects holiday shopping to be 3.9 percent higher than last year.

It's the kind of heavy traffic the mall expects until their doors close.

"There's steady flow throughout the entire day," Rogness said.