Crazy busy Christmas shoppers

20:50, Dec 23 2013
Riley Taylor, 7 and his mother Vicki Honeyfield have had four trips in to town to make sure all the Christmas shopping is done. Riley was at the Warehouse buying for his sisters.

Market St in Blenheim was a hive of activity yesterday as Christmas shoppers rushed to get their last-minute jobs done.

Business owners told The Marlborough Express they had noticed a change of pace from last week.

Mayflower Studio owner Jane Robinson said shoppers seemed to have changed gear overnight.

"It's been busy for weeks, but there was still a calmer atmosphere until yesterday.

"It has been crazy busy since and I think we will be here very late to try and get all the orders done tonight," she said yesterday.

The store will also be open on Boxing Day.


"People have been calling to find out if we will have a sale on Boxing Day, interest in Boxing Day sales has been growing every year for us," Mrs Robinson said.

Caterpillar Kids owner Christine Holiday said they had enjoyed robust sales throughout December.

"It is our first full season as we only opened just before Christmas last year, but it has been busy so far," she said.

Kristy MacDonald was shopping with her mother and two children for a few last gifts.

"It's my daughter's first Christmas at 4-months and my 2-year-old son now understands what the presents are about, so it is a little extra special for us this year," she said. "I thought I was done shopping in November, but as always you end up at the shops the week before."

Blenheim Bookworld owner Charlene Scott said the season had been busier than last year but the last few days "had been a bit calmer".

"[I'm] not sure if it is because people have planned in advance," she said.

She has also enjoyed the atmosphere in the CBD with up to four buskers a day, she said.

The store will also be open on Boxing Day.

Kirsty Rose Gillespie was out shopping with her parents and was very excited that Christmas was only two days away.

She asked Santa for a singing Minnie Mouse doll and a Disney Princess tent.

Mum Nadine Hughes said they were out to do the, "dreaded last Christmas shopping" which she hoped wouldn't take long.

"Looking around at how busy it is today, I think it's going to take a bit longer that we hoped," she said.

The Marlborough Express