Stacey Duff (left), Nickie Hill, Holly Duff, 4, and Steffi Duff, all of Wollongbar, take full advantage of the Boxing Day Sales at Lismore Square on Saturday.
Stacey Duff (left), Nickie Hill, Holly Duff, 4, and Steffi Duff, all of Wollongbar, take full advantage of the Boxing Day Sales at Lismore Square on Saturday. Jay Cronan

Shopaholics set Boxing Day records

BOXING DAY bargains ensured Nickie Hill and her family got a good dose of retail therapy at the Lismore Square on Saturday.

The girls shopped until they dropped and Ms Hill, of Wollongbar, said they were ‘spending their Christmas money’.

“We’ve just got some clothes,” she said.

“We’ve already done one load to the car, but we haven’t finished yet.”

Adam Bradfield, of Goonellabah, looked after the purchases as his wife searched for more bargains.

“My wife wanted to go shopping and I got dragged along,” he laughed.

“I don’t think she has anything in mind that she wants to buy, just what-ever is on special.”

Boxing Day shopaholics helped retailers across NSW achieve record sales for the day.

“People are convinced they are going to get a good deal,” said Australian National Retailers Association chief executive Margy Osmond.

And with electrical goods, women’s shoes, men’s business shirts and sheets being some of the biggest sellers, Tracy Newton and Greg Gahn, owners of shoe store Shoo La La in Lismore, said their morning had been ‘huge’.

“We’ve been flat-out, which is great,” Ms Newton said. “You couldn’t move in here.”

And the sales figures proved it.

“We’ve probably had how many we usually get through in a week,” Mr Gahn said.

However they felt the town was missing out on bargain-savvy shopaholics, with many shops in the CBD closed for the day.

“I think the CBD as a whole needs to step it up. All the capital cities do the Boxing Day sales,” Mr Gahn said.

“It was definitely worth opening for the day.”




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