Dearborn – — Tyana Stokes spent the last several weeks shopping for her children, but Thursday was for her.
"It's my time now," said Stokes, 34 of Detroit, who took advantage of New Year's Day deals at Fairlane Town Center mall in Dearborn. "I already finished shopping for the kids, so I'm staying out of the toy stores today."
The last day of the official holiday shopping season has in recent years seen people flock to stores, with retailers eager to clean out inventory offering steep discounts.
Football fatigue also drives some to shopping, Fairlane General Manager Catherine O'Malley said.
"A lot of stores are cleaning house and everything needs to be sold quickly," O'Malley said. "Spouses and girlfriends are also eager to get out of the house because family members will be at home watching football all day."
Mariam Mouhanna, 25 of Dearborn, said after holiday shopping for her family, she wanted to pamper herself with purchases from Bath and Body Works, which offered up to 75 percent savings Thursday.
Mounanna's husband, Moustafa Nasser, 23, wasn't as enthusiastic. "I was forced to come here," he joked.
Stores are hoping to lure young consumers slashed prices on junior apparel, O'Malley said.
"Places like American Eagle and Hollister are getting the most attention because they will have jeans and other clothing up to 50 percent off," O'Malley said. "It's rare that you find deals like these."
A mild Michigan winter left many stores with an overabundance of hats, coats, boots and gloves.
"There are great sales on all of these items because we didn't have any snow this year," O'Malley said. "Stores need to move everything out before they can bring in spring items."
Marie Wyre of Detroit had a birthday party to attend Thursday, so she bought small gifts for those who attended.
"It'll be nice to get everyone a little something," said Wyre, who described herself as "over 60."
Dearborn resident Mahmoud Darwech, 25, said his wife's Thursday shopping spree landed some choice deals — but, he said, there was a negative side.
"I've got a negative bank account," he said. "My wife overspent."