Hunting for the biggest bargains
By BELINDA SCOTT
MURIEL Freeman of Coffs Harbour was among the keen bargain hunters out and about at the Coffs Coast's annual Boxing Day sales yesterday.
Pushing a full trolley through the crowded aisles in Target, Ms Freeman said she always tried to get to the traditional Boxing Day sales.
She said she liked the sale day because it made Christmas last a bit longer, she liked the 'Christmassy' atmosphere and she could get things cheaper, so while there was nothing she had specifically needed, she thought she would 'come out and have a look'.
Tanya Thompson of Sawtell, waiting in the lengthy lay-by queue with a brimming trolley, said she was using a rare Boxing Day off work getting organised for 2006 ? buying birthday presents, quilts and half-priced toys.
Kerrie Adams of Tamworth, shopping with her daughter, Nikki, said they had decided to get canny about Christmas gift giving.
"We've been coming here for holidays for the past nine years and we've noticed all the things we buy before Christmas are half price after Christmas, wo we decided to give the girls some money," she said.
Six-year-old Nikki Adams, displaying her two new sale-priced Bratz dolls, said she had also been working at home to make some money and now had five Bratz dolls.
Lyn Fox from Sydney, taking a break for a coffee while she hit the bargain trail with her sister, said she had been disappointed by being unable to find the advertised kettles and the manchester she wanted at Big W at the Plaza, but she was still on the bargain trail.
Ms Fox has a high opinion of Coffs Harbour's post-Christmas sales ? last year she found exactly the toilet seat she wanted at Bunnings after scouring Sydney but failing to find it there.
Her sister Val O'Doherty from Coramba said they were going to 'shop til we drop ? and then go for a swim'.
Also planning to take to the water after her shopping foray was Gail Baker, who was leaving Big W at the Palms Centre loaded up with surf towels reduced by 40 per cent.
"It's a good time to buy manchester," Mrs Baker said, "At the beginning of every summer the children always seem to lose their surf towels."
Among the busiest shops at Park Beach Plaza yesterday were Big W, Target, Kleins, and the 'electronic boutique' shop, EB Games, with its bargain-priced computer games, while many other chain stores were offering heavily-discounted clothing, jewellery, bedding, towels and Christmas sweets and decorations. Big W at the Palms Centre was also busy with shoppers.
A spokesman for Big W at Park Beach Plaza said the Christmas section was the store's busiest yesterday.