Mum under strict instructions
Hundreds line up for bargainsHANNAH MCLEOD
An Invercargill mother was under strict orders as she joined hundreds of people lining up at the opening of a massive electronics sale today.
Mel Montgomery made sure she got to the Rices Powerstore Expo early because her seven-year-old daughter had a special request.
''She's saved about $180 for a tablet,'' Mrs Montgomery said.
Her daughter had been doing jobs around the house and saving her pocket money for about six months, and had been scouring the newspapers for the deal she wanted.
''She cut the deal out of the newspaper this morning and sent me down with strict instructions,'' Mrs Montgomery said.
One of the first to reach the sales team, Mrs Montgomery was there just in time, as the item she was after sold out as she grabbed her own.
''My daughter will be over the moon, she would have been choking back tears if I hadn't got it,'' Mrs Montgomery said.
At the Expo for slightly different reasons were Julia and Jared Kappie.
The highschool sweethearts who have been together for 12 years have been chosen to live at the Expo for three days, after entering online.
As well as living at the Expo, they must complete challenges if they are to win the $10,000 bedroom prize pack.
This morning they had to make a bed together, blindfolded.
The pair moved into their own home in May, after spending several years overseas.
''We've come back to settle down, we've got no furniture, and we're sharing one set of drawers,'' Mr Kappie said.
The couple did not think living at the Expo for three days would not be difficult, but were a little nervous about the challenges.
Rices Powerstore spokesperson Craig Balfour said the carpark was chaos and the lines at the door and at the tills were the biggest he had seen.
''It's definitely one of the busiest starts we've had.''
The change of venue from Ascot Park Hotel, where the Expo has been held for the past 30 years, to the Velodrome had presented some unique challenges, he said.
''There's still going to be a race here tonight, we've tried to be as accommodating as possible, and the team here (at the Velodrome) have been fantastic,'' Mr Balfour said.
The Rices Powerstore Expo is at the Velodrome until Sunday.
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