Family-friendly shopping in Blenheim

Mandy Pearcy, Isobel Pearcy, 10, and Colbie Pearcy, 5, all of Nelson, and Catherine Pearcy, of Blenheim, shop at Thomas's Department Store in Blenheim during Boxing Day.
Mandy Pearcy, Isobel Pearcy, 10, and Colbie Pearcy, 5, all of Nelson, and Catherine Pearcy, of Blenheim, shop at Thomas's Department Store in Blenheim during Boxing Day.

Boxing Day sales in Blenheim attracted a Christchurch family out to browse and buy when they would otherwise have avoided one of the biggest retail days of the year.

Kaylene Hamilton was visiting family in Blenheim yesterday with her husband and daughters Sophie, 11, and Lucy, 10.

The whole family, along with their grandmother and grandfather, were at Rebel Sport looking for swimming gear and a hockey stick for the two girls when the Express arrived.

Deb Bennet, of Christchurch, bargain hunting at Briscoes in Blenheim
Deb Bennet, of Christchurch, bargain hunting at Briscoes in Blenheim

Mrs Hamilton said she tended to avoid Boxing Day sales in Christchurch.

"It's much better in Blenheim because there's not so many people," she said. "It's a lot quieter during the sales here, so it's nice to be able to relax."

Meanwhile, other shoppers around town were more focused on bagging a bargain. Vineyard workers Fabiola Belmar, Paula Castillo and Layla Yapur, of Chile, were checking out the deals for camping gear at The Warehouse.

Fabiola Belmar, Paula Castillo, Layla Yapur, all of Chile, shopping for camping gear at the Warehouse in Blenheim on Boxing Day
Fabiola Belmar, Paula Castillo, Layla Yapur, all of Chile, shopping for camping gear at the Warehouse in Blenheim on Boxing Day

"We don't have Boxing Day sales in Chile," Miss Belmar said.

The trio, who have been in Blenheim for two months, were planning a camping trip in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Nicole Valentine, of Christchurch, was at The Warehouse with her sister Katrina Powell, of Blenheim, and two-year-old daughter Tori Powell.

Sisters Lucy, 10, and Sophie, 11, Hamilton, of Christchurch.
Sisters Lucy, 10, and Sophie, 11, Hamilton, of Christchurch.

Ms Valentine said she was keen to have a look at the Boxing Day sales around town because she usually worked.

"It's a shame that only the big chain stores seem to be open," she said.

"If smaller businesses opened it would be a good chance for them with so many more people in town than usual. It might encourage more people to spend their money in their stores."

The Dick family, of Christchurch, at Briscoes in Blenheim, from left (front) Ellen, 19, and mum Kathy; from left (back) Tamara, 14, and dad Locky Dick.
The Dick family, of Christchurch, at Briscoes in Blenheim, from left (front) Ellen, 19, and mum Kathy; from left (back) Tamara, 14, and dad Locky Dick.

Deb Bennet, of Christchurch, spent Christmas with her family at their bach in Picton. Mrs Bennet and her husband were given vouchers for presents.

"The kids all gave us vouchers because we're old and they don't know what to get us," she said.

Locky and Kathy Dick, of Christchurch, were at Briscoes in Blenheim with daughters Ellen, 19, and Tamara, 14.

Tori Powell, 2, of Blenheim
Tori Powell, 2, of Blenheim

They had hit the shops to make the most of the Boxing Day deals, following a traditional Kiwi Christmas with the extended family.

Graeme Andrews (from Blenheim) holding grandson Cameron McMurachy (2) and Ben McMurachy (from Canada) holding son Branden McMurachy (5).
Graeme Andrews (from Blenheim) holding grandson Cameron McMurachy (2) and Ben McMurachy (from Canada) holding son Branden McMurachy (5).
Holly Rutland from Wellington, shopping at Bookworld Blenheim.
Holly Rutland from Wellington, shopping at Bookworld Blenheim.

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