TJ’s Camping Store director Trevor Smith says items in demand included gas cooktops, lamps and gas bottles.
TJ’s Camping Store director Trevor Smith says items in demand included gas cooktops, lamps and gas bottles. Rob Williams

Flood boom time for camping shops

GAS cooktops and lamps flew off the shelves in the past fortnight as some Ipswich residents camped out in their own homes.

With many people without electricity for cooking and washing, they turned to old-fashioned means for a hot meal and entertainment.

TJ’s Camping Store director Trevor Smith said the majority of the customers who arrived at his shop had only lost power.

“I have had a couple that have come in that have lost everything but in a lot of cases they’re just buying minimal stuff and hoping their insurance will cover them,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said a Fernvale resident arrived at his West Ipswich store last week to inquire about tents and a stove because his insurer said it would be six to 12 months before his house was repaired due to the trades and material shortage.

He said the customer hoped to buy the tent once his insurance payout came through.

“It could be an extended period of time to fix up his house,” he said.

“But they require somewhere to live in the meantime.

“So he’s decided he’s buying a tent and some camping gear and stuff like that until he can move into his house.”

Mr Smith said after the rush last week he sold out of some gas bottles and one brand of gas stove.



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