Timaru bargain seekers waste no time
Shoppers bustled up and down Timaru's Stafford St yesterday, navigating traffic-clogged roadways and around buskers as they hunted for post-Christmas bargains.
A queue formed in the morning outside the Michael Hill jewellery store which was offering several items at a promotional price of $1, including a gold chain, a watch and a ring.
Staff said they had their busiest Boxing Day of the past few years.
Manager Shaun Comer said there were several people waiting outside when he arrived at work about 8.30am - well before the shop's scheduled opening time - and by 9.30am the queue had quadrupled in size.
Staff also had a busy day at clothing stop Pagani, which opened in Timaru just a few months ago.
"It's been crazy," assistant manager Sarah Keen said.
"It was quiet first thing this morning, but it's just got busier and busier."
She said people seemed to be taking full advantage of Boxing Day sales, and were also redeeming gift vouchers they had received as presents.
At homegoods shop @cquisitions, staff member Tracey Hutchison said she was "blown away" by the number of customers through the doors.
"I expected people wanting bargains on Christmas decorations, but this seems to be just people out shopping in general," she said.
"They're redeeming vouchers straightaway, and just buying across the board."
The shops benefited from a boost in out-of-town traffic as South Cantabrians returned to visit family over the holidays.
One was Jeremy Clark, who lives in Dunedin but returned to Timaru for Christmas. He was spotted perusing the video games on the racks at EB Games.
"We came into town for a coffee and decided to stop in," he said.
"I'm a closet gamer from way back."
- The Timaru Herald