Shoppers swarmed through Nelson and Richmond tracking down Boxing Day bargains.
Combined, Sophie Gray and her sister-in-law Sally Wright said they saved about $350 off their purchases at K-Mart, Richmond.
Ms Wright hauled home an inflatable swimming pool, new kitchenware, and a "lovely" set of wine glasses.
She said it was the first time the pair had ever shopped on Boxing Day, and they had decided to head to K-Mart because they were assured there would be great sales.
They arrived early, at 8am, which they said was a good thing as it was "absolutely crazy" by 10am.
Ms Gray said the sale was a great opportunity to buy next year's Christmas decorations.
"They are just so much cheaper even just one day after Christmas," she remarked.
That meant she would be able to go "all out" with decorations next year.
Ms Gray said the sale was "really impressive" and "a whole lot better" than anything she had expected, meaning she ended up buying a lot more than was on her shopping list.
"That's where they get you. The $3 items definitely add up.
"I really don't need a lot of these things," she said.
"Women can definitely shop, you know."
Nelson city councillor Eric Davy was spotted at The Warehouse Nelson.
He said he was exchanging a book because he was given two of the same kind the day before.
Mr Davy said he was happy to see so many people spending up a storm, because it would be boosting the country's economy.
A little surprised to see so many people out and about on Boxing Day, Mr Davy said it was probably because the Christmas weather had turned out so glorious.
"The water pistols really made the day yesterday. Pity it is not the same today," he said.
Tristan Wilkinson, assistant manager at The Warehouse Nelson, said the department store's best savings were found among the toys, sporting equipment, entertainment and clothing isles.
"It was a fantastic Boxing Day," he said.
"We had loads of customers getting great bargains."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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