Stores busy in wake of holiday
SARATOGA SPRINGS The Christmas shopping season may have come to an end, but many local retailers were still flooded with shoppers on Thursday.
Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs just completed its first holiday season in the Capital Region after the highly anticipated opening of their new location last summer. Nancy Scheemaker, the Northshire general manager, said it was a wonderful holiday season for the store and the day after Christmas was the same.
She said some customers came into the store Thursday looking to purchase books for an upcoming vacation or looking to spend the gift card they received for Christmas. She said she even had customers come in to buy Christmas presents for family gatherings over the next few days.
“It has been a great day after Christmas here,” she said.
Northshire also had a few customers looking to make returns and exchanges. Scheemaker said customers who received two of the same book or customers looking to return a book for another stopped in as well. But she also said returns and exchanges do not necessarily happen the day after Christmas.
“I don’t think there is any one way that it goes,” she said. “I think it is when people find their way to the bookstore, pretty soon after the Christmas holiday.”
Overall, Scheemaker said she was very pleased with the first Christmas season at Northshire.
“It was a great season. It was a wonderful first Christmas for us here in Saratoga Springs,” she said. “They are, as promised, visiting the bookstore and buying books.”
Local retail giants like Sears found their stores very busy on the day after Christmas, too. According to Rick Lebel, the store manager at Sears in the Rotterdam Square mall, the most traffic in the store seemed to come from people looking to take advantage of after-Christmas sales and deals.
“It is a busy time for us,” he said, “because you are transitioning from Christmas to the spring season.”
Sears in Rotterdam also saw some returns and exchanges the day after Christmas, but like Northshire, there weren’t many, Lebel said.
“People usually tend to give it a couple days before they really start coming back,” he said.
The exchanges Sears did see were mostly people looking to return electronics to get something better, Lebel said.
Roger Goldsmith, the owner of Crafters Gallery in Saratoga Springs, said they do not have many returns after Christmas.
“We get very few returns and exchanges,” he said. “But it’s usually within 10 days after the holiday.”
Most people returning items at the speciality gift store want a different style or color picture frame, he said.
Like at Northsire and Sears, Goldsmith said Thursday was busy and his store experienced a steady flow of customers.
“Not overwhelming busy,” he said. “But actually a little busier than last year.”