BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Stores saw a rush of customers this weekend, some looking to return gifts, others hoping to score post-holiday deals.

If you think the holiday shopping season is behind us, think again. Now it’s time for returns and to use up those holiday gift cards.

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Consumers have wasted no time returning those holiday gifts that just weren’t right.

“We always do it the day after Christmas,” Sarah Steer said.

“I’m a teacher, so I have some time off of work, so I’m getting my to-do list and checking things off,” Emily Armes said.

At the Towson Town Center this weekend, the crowds started shortly after opening, and just up the street, Urban Outfitters saw a steady stream of cars.

“I figured I’d beat the rush,” Cam Quarter told WJZ. “A lot of people. I figured a lot of people would come later on today, so I figured I’d get it done.”

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While returns were the name of the game for some, others were in search of deals.

“Doing a little bit of shopping and trying to take advantage of whatever sales they have going on,” Tray Laws said.

With the National Retail Federations estimating $27.5 billion being spent on gift cards this year, you can bet they will be a popular method of payment.

“I usually don’t use them, but this year I’m trying to take advantage of using them,” Laws said.

If you received a gift card, the Better Business Bureau recommends registering it with the retailer if possible, making it easier to track your balance and to keep it safe from criminals.

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Some stores have even extended their return windows for the holidays.

Sean Streicher