Shoppers were out in full force in Timaru yesterday, battling with long queues and struggles for a car park to stock up on last minute Christmas essentials.
The Timaru Herald caught busy shoppers, armed with their Christmas groceries, as they emerged from Pak'n'Save Northtown and New World Highfield and asked how they found the last minute shopping experience.
Many shoppers tried to beat the rush by getting in early including Liz MacIntyre, who got to the supermarket at 9am and found a park easily.
However, Toni Arden said that the Pak n Save car park was already full at 7.30am.
Glenys Whittington said she had meant to be out shopping earlier and New World Highfield was getting very busy when she did her shop.
''There are a lot of people with trolleys. Some people need a crash course in trolley control.''
Other people were more organised, already completing their Christmas day shopping.
Bronwyn McCaffley said she was just doing her normal fortnightly shop. Imogen Pav was expecting it to be busy and had also finished all her Christmas shopping.
All the rush and buzz was all in the Christmas spirit, shopper Deb Olson said.
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