When prices drop it's time to shop
JUDGING by the sea of people yesterday in Lismore Shopping Square, it's fair to say Northern Rivers residents love a boxing day bargain.
Many stores cut prices by more than 70% and people came from far and wide to make the most of the sales.
Rebekah Bartlett hadn't planned to buy anything but somehow ended up with a full trolley.
"I've spent about $100 (and) I didn't plan to spend anything," she said.
Big W had reduced photo frames from $10 each to just $2 - a bargain Ms Bartlett couldn't resist.
"I bought ten of them," she said.
The Northern Star interviewed several Gen Y shoppers yesterday and an interesting trend began to form: most of the young buyers had left their Christmas shopping until boxing day in the hope of saving money.
"We're getting Christmas gifts for people we haven't seen yet," Ms Bartlett explained.
The Australian National Retail Association estimated seven out of ten Gen Y Australians went shopping this boxing day, which was more than any other generation.
Ms Bartlett's friend and shopping buddy Alyssa Cotter said bargain hunting on boxing day was more rewarding than other activities.
"We were going to go to the boxing day races in Ballina but we decided not to spend our money on alcohol," she said. "We wanted something to show for our money."
Lismore Square retailers were happy with yesterday's turnout and assistant manager of Wallace Jewellery Jen Graves said her store's sales were up compared to boxing day last year.
"It hasn't stopped since we opened," she said.
Watches and rings were popular with Wallace customers but Ms Graves said "everything" had been selling.
She described boxing day as "one of the most important days" for the business.
Lismore Square management said it was the shopping centre's busiest day of the year yesterday.
The Australian National Retail Association estimated $1.7bn was spent in Australian shops this boxing day and said it was a much needed boost to the sector.
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