All I (didn’t) want for Christmas … |

All I (didn’t) want for Christmas …

JANE STEBBINSsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Shoppers flocked to the Silverthorne Factory Stores Sunday morning and afternoon for after-Christmas sales and bringing items back for return.

SUMMIT COUNTY – ‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the towns, people were returning Christmas gifts they didn’t like, didn’t need or couldn’t squeeze into.”I got three of them,” said Heather Mims of Leadville Sunday, who was in the customer service line at Wal-Mart to return two Leap Pad Learning Center games given to her 9-month-old daughter, Emma. There, the shelves were as empty as the parking lot was full.Landon Snieder of Grand County was with his mother, returning a Lego Vladek toy. He, too, received three of them, one from his aunt and two from his mother, Barbi.”I forgot I’d already bought him one,” she said with an embarrassed smile. “We’re going to exchange one for something he doesn’t have.”Jay Berino of Frisco has seen it all. The Wal-Mart cashier said he’d exchanged almost $800 worth of items in the first two hours he’d been at work – and he was sure the rush had yet to come.

“Toys, electronics, clothes,” he said of the most popular items in his return boxes. “‘I got three of these, this one’s not working, it was a great idea but not what I was looking for.’ Some days, I’ll do 1,000 exchanges. This is going to be one of those days.”A woman who declined to give her name was returning two boxes of Rogaine.Sandy Durek of Chicago was returning a Clint Eastwood and an “Oceans 11″ DVD.”I mailed out my wish list on,” he said, looking at the two DVDs. “I guess they didn’t look at it. I’m not interested in these.”George Jirikils of Colorado Springs was exchanging a 3,500 BTU heater he needs to heat the tent in which his train is set up at the Blue River Plaza in Breckenridge.”It’s the wrong item,” he said. “I wanted something completely different.”

The same scene happened at Target.Julia Brown of Frisco was returning CDs by Usher and Nelly and a Scooby-Doo bank.”It’s missing the key on the lock,” she said. “I tried to pick it … no such luck. I guess I won’t ever have a career as a burglar.”The sights were similar at the Silverthorne Factory Stores, although instead of bringing unwanted gifts back, most people were grabbing up sales items as fast as clerks could stock the shelves.”So far, we’ve had no returns,” said Betsy Stoneback of Summit Cove, who was manning the cash register at Harry and David’s. “Everyone loves food.”

Stoneback said she’d sold about 25 percent of all the half-price holiday items before noon, and believed she and her coworkers would unload 75 percent of the total by the time they closed that night.Within 10 minutes of placing six cookie jars on display, they were gone.People were buying holiday sale items at Welcome Home “big time,” said Becki Schumacher of Breckenridge. “All we’re selling all morning is clearance items. It adds up after a while. It adds up to big sales.”At PacSun, hoodies, sweaters and holiday items were flying off the shelves and hangers, as well.”We plan to have a lot of returns; that’s why we opened at 7,” said Shannon Carlson. “But holiday sales are still two-to-one. It’s busy. It’s really busy.”

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