Two nights on the pavement to snare a bargain

JO MOIR
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014
Denny Jarden
CAMERON BURNELL/ Fairfax NZ

NOT ONE TO MISS OUT: Denny Jarden's spending two nights in the cold of Lambton Quay to nab a bargain at Kirkcaldie & Stains.

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Getting her hands on a bargain from the most high-end store in Wellington is worth two nights sleeping on the street for Denny Jarden.

Twice a year Kirkcaldie & Stains holds a bumper sale that coincides with the end of the fashion season and dozens of bargain-hunters park up for days in Lambton Quay.

As of last night there were at least five people sacrificing two nights' sleep in a warm bed for the sale that kicks off at 10am tomorrow.

Jarden was second in line last year for the doorbusters, which includes a selection of about 50 items that are sold on a first-in first-served basis.

She picked up Marco Bicego jewellery, as worn by J-Lo, for $190. It was marked down from about $2500.

"I wear it almost every day, but it's at home as I don't want it on me while I'm sleeping outside."

This year the Wellingtonian, with her chair, blanket, laptop and tablet in tow, is in fifth place and has a blow-up mattress to sleep on.

Though reluctant to say what she had her eye on this year, she did admit her friends and family thought she was mad.

After arranging to have today off work she had arrived earlier than expected after spotting the line was already forming on Wednesday.

"The lady first in line got here on Tuesday so she's set the bar pretty high for the rest of us now."

Kirkcaldie & Stains managing director John Milford said in addition to the 50 people for the doorbusters sale, he expected between 600 and 800 cardholder customers to turn up for a special two-hour sale starting at 8am.

From 10am the doorbusters and cardholders would be joined by other bargain hunters for the full store sale that includes 30 to 50 per cent off most brands.

He said the men's, women's and children's fashion was always popular, with 50 per cent off.

The KitchenAid mixer was tipped as the favourite in the doorbusters items, marked down to $100 from $1100.

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