Ready to shop 'till you drop
SHOPPERS are being more cautious with their pennies this festive season and looking for the best bang for their buck, veteran retailer Doug Webber said yesterday.
And Rockhampton’s Boxing Day sales on Saturday will prove a bonanza for bargain hunters like eager shopper Jasmine Schneider.
The 35-year-old, who was stoked after hearing the recent news that Rockhampton will get Sunday trading, is planning on escaping her husband and the cricket for the shops to hunt out bargains.
“Mum and I are planning a day shopping while my husband stays at home to watch the cricket,” Jasmine said.
And while the “genuine Boxing Day sales” are always on in the big cities, this year shoppers will be able to shop till they drop the day after Christmas.
“It’s even better this year with all the new Stockland shops,” Jasmine said.
Mr Webber, who has owned the family business Webbers Retravision in Rockhampton since 1992, said last year was a massive Christmas as shoppers splurged with the help of the government’s stimulus package.
He said despite a tough year, the retail sector had come out strong compared to other businesses.
This year Retravision will be celebrating Boxing Day with super savings including one of the top televisions this silly season – the 32 inch LCD Sony flat screens.
“We have some ridiculous sales for the genuine Boxing Day sale this year,” Mr Webber said.
Manager at one of Stockland Rockhampton’s new fashion stores, Foxx Foe, Darna Martin said they were run off their feet for the past two weeks and were expecting Boxing Day to be bigger than Christmas Eve.
Darna said top sellers this season were party dresses and evening wear and shoppers could look forward to some hot Boxing Day deals.
Meanwhile, the manager of Rush Lifestyle Clothing at City Centre Plaza said their team was pumped for the big sales.
“We’re expecting Boxing Day to be pretty massive and we’ll have heaps of half price bargains,” she said.
On East Street, manager of Phil Peel Jewellers, David Peel, said this Christmas was looking comparable to last year and he was expecting people out and about on East Street for Saturday’s sales.