"Wrapping paper and bulbs and Christmas ornaments", they said. "It's just the previous year we're going to use those specific strands of lights".
It's the day after Christmas, but the holiday shopping is far from over.
Shoppers at Barracks Road Shopping Center took advantage of that and got an early start on making gift returns.
She does not shop the day after Christmas every year, but she did this year "because we need the Christmas lights".
Cars packed the parking lot while several hundred people filled the Eastwood mall Tuesday, as shoppers made a mad dash to return items. "I've probably done four or five already", said Kyndal Atkinson just a few hours into her shift at Gearhead Outfitters.
As the remaining bits of wrapping paper are thrown out, consumers are bundling up to get some after-Christmas discounts.
"I'm looking to cash in my cash I guess", Eubanks explained. "That's the best thing about Christmas - you get a whole bunch of money you can spend at the mall".
Jasmine Garcia, 21, of Aurora, and her sister Sophia, 11, were likewise on a shopping trip with a non-specific agenda. "They wanted to spend their money so we're here".
"I returned a piano, that was not a gift from Santa", said Hendey, adding her 5-year-old daughter needed an upgraded piano that she plans to purchase online. "It's a good time to be out", said Waterbury resident Abby Desocio. Average spending per person over the five-day period was $335.47, with $250.78 - 75 percent - specifically going toward gifts. He added that shoppers aren't anxious about the current cold snap.
According to retail analysis company Oporto, Americans return nearly $90 billion worth of holiday gifts, which is almost a quarter of all returns for the year. "I know it's cold today, but for people that want to shop, the weather is not a factor".