Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 27, 2013

Residents visit Mercer Mall for after Christmas shopping

BLUEFIELD — Christmas Day has come and gone, but the Christmas shopping season continued Thursday as residents and people visiting during the holidays spent money left in stockings, used gift cards, and checked out the after Christmas sales.

Visitors going through the Mercer Mall had a variety of reasons for visiting retailers the day after Christmas. Many stores at the mall and through the region had sale signs on prominent display and offers of discounts ranging from 40 percent to 70 percent off.

One Mercer County man and two boys walked along with loaded shopping bags. They had a primary reason for shopping.

“Spend gift cards,” Joe Jarvis of Princeton said with a smile. Shoeboxes could be seen through some of the bags. Many of the women in his family were buying shoes and clothes with their cards. He had not purchased anything for himself.

“Of course not,” Jarvis replied. “That’s not how it works.”

Nick Jarvis of Princeton had another mission for his gift card.

“To get games; not just games, video games,” he said.

Many other shoppers were returning or exchanging gifts such as shoes that didn’t fit. Delores Smith of Tazewell, Va., said exchanging gifts was one reason she was out shopping. Another reason was to search for deals.

“The sales are good right now,” she said.

Amber Williams of Bluefield was out shopping with her two young sons. They were having a busy day. Shirts, shoes and pants were among the items being purchased.

“I’m ready to go home,” Williams announced. “They got a lot of money for Christmas. My 15 year old got quite a bit, so he can buy what he wants.”

Beth Kitts-Morgan of Georgia, formerly of Tazewell, Va., said she had seen a few sales. For the last few years, her family has been doing some shopping after Christmas to see what sales are to be found.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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