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After-Christmas Shopping

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - It may be a perfect storm for retailers as college kids come home to the corridor and with Christmas on a Wednesday, so many of their parents just taking the rest of the week off.  That set up a day - after shopping spree for stores of all sizes.  After spending time with friends and relatives and collecting all those gift cards, many of you spent your post-Christmas time at malls and big box stores on Thursday.   We found parking lots packed at Kohls and Lindale and saw big bags bursting out the front door at Best Buy.  Last year more than $2 Billion dollars in gift cards went unused, but a lot of shoppers weren't wasting time this year.  While the crowds here may be expected, you know it's a crazy day when the parking lot at Uncle Stan's Military Surplus is even full.     The last time we saw owner Keith Post he was picking up and moving his entire shop the day before Black Friday,  After 21 years on the same corner in Marion, the building was sold and Keith frantically loaded up and tried to set up for the holidays.  "Oh we're no Best Buy or J C Penny but we do okay."   Keith says even his store receives a boost as Christmas cash comes through the door and he says the brutal weather didn't hurt.   " With the cold hitting just  before the holiday .. boots,  parkas,  gloves,  watch caps  have been  running out of here for Christmas ..  and just to survive I think.  "   The rest of his December 26th bump in sales comes from loyal regulars.  Doug Anderson travels from Minnesota to visit and always stops by.  He says he knows a lot of people are at the big stores today and that's why he's here.  " Oooooh nooo .. no that's not the kind of place for me. "    The iconic soldier statue outside the front door indicates Uncle Stan's will be open until 6:00pm, just like always.  Keith says the only thing that's changed is the location, in 21 years he's never held a holiday sale and while you can't get gift cards here, he'll be more than happy to take the time to write you out a paper gift certificate and even put it in an envelop to dress it up.
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