Smalls sale big business

17:28, Jan 15 2014

Shoppers have been getting their knickers in a twist at a temporary Wellington underwear sale.

People have been elbow to elbow during the busy lunch periods at the Kirkcaldie & Stains temporary sale, and some had to be sent over the road to pay at the main store as tills struggled to cope.

This was soon stopped because of health and safety concerns, and the possibility of people slipping away with their bounty without paying.

"We were a bit worried about the road," Kirkcaldie & Stains managing director John Milford.

There was no evidence of thefts by people sent across the road to pay, he said.

"We don't think Kirkcaldie & Stains customers are like that."


Yesterday, items of underwear that usually sold for $20 were going for $3.

Mr Milford said 52,000 items had been sold as of Tuesday evening. Many cruise ship passengers visiting the city were also taking advantage of the sale.

Kirkcaldie & Stains had bought 86 pallets of undergarments from Pacific Brands, he said.

"We've had people asking what's wrong with it, but it's all fine. This is a genuine clearance sale."

The Dominion Post