Brainerd lakes area shoppers hit the stores early today in search of bargains -- and to return Christmas gifts that either didn't fit or were just plain awful.
Levi Becker, 9, Crosby, was at Wal-Mart by 8 a.m. today with his mother, Sherry Rocholl, to return a second bean bag he received for Christmas. He liked the World Wrestling Federation bean bag much better than the plain one, he said.
His worst Christmas gift he received this year was a remote-controlled car with a cord attached to the remote. Even so, Levi said he decided to keep the car.
Marsha Goble, Pequot Lakes, said she liked to beat the rush, which is why she drove to Brainerd early today to return a few unwanted gifts, including a burgundy shirt that didn't fit and wasn't exactly her favorite color.
"We've been very fortunate this year," said Beth Pemberton, Pierz, who was at Target today returning an outfit her 6-year-old daughter Kaitlyn received that was too big for her. "This is the only thing we're returning this year."
Kaitlyn said clothes were the worst thing she got for Christmas this year. Her favorite gift was her soccer ball.
"This was the best Christmas ever," said Donna Galles, Nisswa, whose only store return was a duplicate pair of long underwear she returned to Target today. "I'm here mainly to buy Christmas stuff for next year."
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