Christmas has come and gone, which means it's time to get back out there and start returning or taking advantage of those shiny new gift cards.
Today is a busy day at many of the retail stores and shopping centers around Middle Tennessee.
Many people were leaving local malls with a little less money in their wallets.
"I got a tablet sleeve for my Kindle and a pencil bag for schools," said one shopper.
Some families came from out of town despite the weather outside.
"We are from Evansville and we came for the Vera Bradley outlet, the Coach outlet and after-Christmas shopping," said another shopper.
At Opry Mills today, many shoppers came with a mission.
"I got a lot of gift cards for Christmas," said a shopper. "That way I could pick up what I wanted, so I came to spend one.
"I also had to exchange some of my things because they didn't fit," said one shopper.
Many stores are running extended hours in hopes of elongating the holiday shopping season.
Most people expected the day after Christmas would bring some big bargains to help make those gift cards go a little further.
"I have done some great damage," said a shopper. "I'm leaving here with a lot less than I came with."
Some people found the stuff that Santa forgot to bring them.
"I actually found some new jeans that I like that I didn't get for Christmas," said a shopper.
Overall, the holiday shopping season was weaker than expected. However, that could mean good things and deals for those who waited.
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