Thousands shop for bargain buys at post-Christmas sales
THOUSANDS of bargain hunters descended on Ipswich shopping centres over the weekend for the annual post-Christmas sales.
Sales are no longer restricted to Boxing Day, according to Riverlink marketing manager Robyn Bannister-Tyrrell, who said the trend now was for bargains to begin to roll out on Christmas Eve and last until early January.
Ms Bannister-Tyrrell said the centre had been busier this year than ever before.
"It's a great chance to grab a bargain and even to prepare for Christmas next year," she said.
Ipswich Furniture Court owner David Holdorf said plenty of local shoppers were taking advantage of their store-wide sales all through the weekend.
"We were really busy right from when we opened until closing time on Boxing Day," Mr Holdorf said.
"It was constant.
"It's a great opportunity for people to save some big bucks.
"I think you see a lot more people who live in Ipswich shopping locally at this time of year which is great."
Retailers experienced one of the busiest trading days Saturday and the busy trend looks set to continue with the nation's shoppers estimated to spend $16.8 billion at the checkouts between now and mid-January.
Peak retail industry body the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said those who missed out on getting to the shops at the weekend still had plenty of time to score a great deal.
"Pre-Christmas 2015 brought record sales at retail stores, and we're expecting to see a very similar growth story play out in the post-Christmas sales," ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman said.
"Of course, the sales continue beyond December 26 right through January, so for those who weren't able to get to the shops on Boxing Day, there will be further opportunities to snap up some bargains."