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Day-after Christmas shoppers, gift-exchangers hit Grand Forks

Grand Forks came back to life Saturday after a quiet Christmas, with cars filling the streets, the recipients of not-quite-right gifts descending on stores and shoppers gobbling up whatever deals they could find.

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Lucas Goulet of Baudette, Minn., loads packages into his car at Columbia Mall on Satursday, Dec. 26, after a successful morning of shopping. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sam Easter

Grand Forks came back to life Saturday after a quiet Christmas, with cars filling the streets, the recipients of not-quite-right gifts descending on stores and shoppers gobbling up whatever deals they could find.

The day-after bonanza was in full swing at Columbia Mall, where Crookston resident Kim Durbin emerged after returning some Christmas clothing that didn't quite fit right-and finding a few chances to shop along the way.

"You're not on a mission," she said, comparing her excursion to Black Friday shopping. "It's like, 'Oh, hey, I can get some good deals.'"

She wasn't the only one. Shoppers streamed in and out of the mall, some of them bringing with them stories of an exchanged sweater, others talking about the deals at Bath and Body Works.

Some customers were already jumping into next year's Christmas shopping. Allison Harris was with her friend Joanna Bailey and Joanna's son, 3-year-old Donavyn. The three of them had stopped in for some personalized Christmas ornaments and dropped by WalMart for discounted wrapping paper.

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Harris said she even posted about it on social media. After all, it's only 364 days until next Christmas.

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Monica and Mike Leach of Sioux Falls load carry a load of bags after shopping at Columbia Mall on Saturday, Dec. 26. "We had some returns, and then we ended up buying stuff that was on sale," Monica said. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sam Easter

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