Huge crowds flock to sales
SHOPPERS turned out in their thousands yesterday to grab a bargain in the Boxing Day sales.
Keen bargain hunters lined-up outside the doors at Riverlink from 7.30am, ready for the doors to open at 9am.
Bundamba mother Leisa Randolph said she wasn’t going to miss the sales “rain, hail or shine”.
“We come to the Boxing Day sales every year because they always, without fail, have the best sales on,” Ms Randolph said.
Her two daughters Mikayla, 13, and Brittany, 10, were with her every step of the way, and it was a family outing they all enjoyed.
“It’s definitely heaps of fun because you can find some really cheap bargains for the whole family,” Ms Randolph said.
“We come looking for everything really, anything that is on sale from clothes to the kids, clothes for me, cheap gifts for everyone.”
Ms Randolph joined thousands of keen shoppers who braved the packed shopping centre to secure a bargain.
“It’s pretty busy but it’s worth it. Waiting to pay for things is a bit chaotic but that’s to be expected when there are so many people out to get a bargain,” she said.
One retailer who started work at 9.30am yesterday said it was the busiest Boxing Day she had worked since Riverlink opened.
“It’s so busy, it’s crazy. There are people everywhere and they are buying not just a couple of things but heaps,” she said.
“Everyone is trying to get a bargain but I’ve had a few people tell me they are buying Christmas gifts for their family because it’s cheaper now.”
Australian National Retailers Association chief executive Margy Osmond said shoppers were expected to spend about $6 billion this week as retailers pull out the sale signs to tempt customers in store.
“Retailers won’t be skimping on bargains for shoppers despite discounting all year,” she said.
“Most Australians held back from self-gifting at Christmas 2010, it appears they intend to make up for it at Boxing Day.”