Shoppers flock to South Florida malls after Christmas

SWEETWATER, Fla. (WSVN) – Crowds have been flocking to South Florida malls, the day after Christmas, for some last-minute discounts.

On Monday, 7News cameras captured shoppers at Dolphin Mall with bags of clothes and merchandise to either return or add to their Christmas or Hanukkah collection. Some retailers even offered deals reportedly better than they did on Black Friday.

The parking lot has been continuously packed and cars were still going through, as of 6 p.m.

“We found sales everywhere,” said shopper Mercelena Villegas.

From Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater to Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise, the post-holiday hustle may be stronger than pre-Christmas shopping. “I didn’t expect the stores to be so crammed up today,” said Angelica Alvarez, who’s taking advantage of the sales. “There’s definitely an excessive amount of people here at the mall.”

Some shoppers said they anticipated good deals after Dec. 25.

Christopher Gureian told 7News he came to Dolphin Mall especially for the specials. “To get the good after-Christmas deals, you know?” he said. “Get all those cheap prices and then get anybody who doesn’t want it.”

Stores slashed prices, from today-only sales to buy-one-get-ones, and even new markdowns. “Spend some of the Christmas money,” said shopper Nikki Lyczkowski.

Michelle Suarez said she’s shopping for an upcoming vacation. “I’m getting a lot of clothes, shoes, stuff for our California trip,” she said. “You get the better deals, so you make a little longer line, but you get better deals than you did before Christmas.”

Sammy Duran said that he’s always on the lookout for good buys. “I’m always shopping. I like to get the flyest clothes. You gotta be for the girls,” he said. “I gotta look right.”

“I try to buy a couple things here to buy and also return some gifts that didn’t fit me,” said shopper Jeremy Duran.

Some malls have extended their hours, similar to Dolphin and Sawgrass Mall, which are open until 10 p.m., Monday.

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