Bargain buys afford post-Christmas highs
By NERIDA BLOK
HITTING the postChristmas sales in Ballina is a tradition for bargain shopper Dee Cook.
"I come every year," said Dee, of Lennox Head.
"Mostly I shop at Ballina Fair, but I might also duck across to Kmart."
After a big Christmas, Dee said she had set herself a budget of $100 to spend at the sales.
"I should get some bargains with that to change my summer wardrobe," she said.
Dee said her shopping strategy was to revamp her summer wardrobe by buying pants or skirts in basic colours of black and white, and to build on that with a few coloured tops.
"Each year before I come I go through my wardrobe and throw out everything I don't want," she said.
"Usually they go to charity clothing bins.
"I find new summer clothes and put some away for the next season.
"I've already got a skirt pretty cheap and now I'll try and match some tops with it."
While rummaging through a $5 sale table in Ballina Fair clothing store Ice, Dee found some versatile cord pants.
"These are great for both summer and winter," she said.
"I think I'll get two, one for my daughter and one for me.
"This pair is a little small for me, but I hope to get into them by the end of summer."
Dee also found a white skirt and a top from the bargains table.
With $70 in the kitty left to spend, Dee feared her shopping strategy could soon 'go out the window'.
"I just caught a glimpse of our boys ? they'll just want to sit down and have a coffee and then follow us around looking bored," sighed Dee, who was shopping with a girlfriend and her children.
"On the other hand, it could be a good thing to dump the kids and leave them while we shop."
Ice shop assistant Holly Thompson said their post-Christmas sales started on Sunday.
"These are our biggest sales of the year," Holly said.
"It's been quite exciting so far."
Holly said the most popular clothing items people were chasing were dresses for New Year's Eve.