Tuesday a day for deals

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Christmas holiday sales showed a boost over last year’s figures, said several local retailers.

And the “day-after-Christmas” sales drew out a lot of hometown shoppers.

Retail managers said they were happy with pre- and post-holiday sales this season.

“We don’t have the exact figures or percentage but we definitely had better sales this holiday than the past one,” said ALCO store manager Bill Detter.

“We had an extra day of sales on Sunday with Christmas falling on a Monday this year. The hot items this year were electronics such as games, phones, cameras and DVD players. There were hardly any returns today and a lot of people have come in for the 50-percent-off holiday merchandise sale.”

Jimmy Watson, owner of Tucumcari Ranch Supply, said, “It was up this year. They’ve been buying coats to boots to watches to meat to painted horses.”

The hot item at Ranch Supply, Watson said, were small electric smokers. Watson estimated that about 20 had sold as gifts.

Last week’s cold snap, Watson said, helped to account for outerwear sales from coats to boots.

Watson said he thought more people were shopping locally and he thought that was good for Tucumcari.

On Monday, shoppers continued to frequent local retailers for additional merchandise and savings.

“I think that people are realizing that it’s better to shop at home rather then spend so much money to travel out of town to shop,” said Debbie Lafferty, who was eyeing items from the 50 percent off shelves and is also president of the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce.

“I like the 50-percent-off sale and want to help the area business as much as possible,” said Stephanie Hauf. “I just moved back to Tucumcari from Roswell and I think the more business kept in Tucumcari is a good thing.”

“There are always good sales going on after Christmas and we can shop here at home and not have to worry about traveling back if we were to shop out of town,” said Rhonda Van-Winkle.

Chelle Delaney contributed to this report.