Christmas spending gives way to the slowest retail season of the year

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News 12 at 11 O'Clock / Sunday, December 27, 2015

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- The Christmas season goes hand-in-hand with carefree spending.

Rosa and her family spent the day on their final shopping spree of the season, and they didn't come out empty handed. Rosa says she bought, "Clothes, pants. sweaters, and shorts for the summer."

According to the US Census Bureau, October-December is the busiest shopping season, while January and February are the slowest months for retail sales. That means more of parking spaces will be open starting next week. Rosa agrees, saying this is one of her final chances to buy something for herself, "Everything is for me. Lady stuff!" she says with a laugh.

Others, like Lane Owenby, have gift cards and cash in hand. Owenby says, "I'm going to spend my gift card on a 12-gauge Benelli. It's pretty fun. I didn't have to do anything. I just got them and came here to spend it."

Gift cards make it easier to continue spending after Christmas is over, but as the year comes to a close, people begin to tighten their purse strings.

If you're curious, the second busiest shopping season has historically been July-August, when families are on vacation and children are heading back to school.