Business celebrates as Christmas shoppers get in early
RACHELLE Carige may still have a lot of Christmas shopping to do, but many others across Rockhampton seem to be getting in early this year.
The manager of Propaganda Lifestyle estimated that one in five of their customers had mostly finished all their Christmas shopping, with less than three weeks now until the big day.
This year has been a tough one for many retailers in the CBD, where Propaganda has been based for three years, but Rachelle said they hadn't really felt the effects of the downturn.
"We always try and think of something new, we don't just settle," she said.
"We always try to find something different to do."
Last Saturday they teamed up with Coopers and the Arcade Outlet for their annual Christmas shopping sale, with their very own Santas Claus there to get customers into a festive mood.
Shoppers were also greeted with iced tea and rum balls, and Rachelle said the event helped drive in even more shoppers for the December period.
Christmas, in addition to the racing period, is traditionally their busiest time of year, and so far their most popular items have been those that will be perfect for summer - pool toys.
They've also seen many workers come in to buy novelty items for Secret Santa presents.