By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
KYLIE Rabnott was one of many who braved the crowds at the post-Christmas sales at Stockland Gladstone yesterday.
Ms Rabnott said the sales were a good opportunity to snap up a few bargains, while avoiding the summer heat.
"The best buys seem to be the Christmas decorations ? we bought a Christmas tree for half price, which was great because we've just got a new house,'' she said.
She said children's items on sale also provided an opportunity to reduce costs during the coming year.
"With birthdays coming up and other occasions, now's a good time to stock up on toys and clothes for the kids, so we've been looking around at the kids' stuff as well,'' Ms Rabnott said.
Fellow shopper Jodie Jenner was one of the first to hit the stores, and she too decided children's items and Christmas decorations were the best buys.
"We got here at 8.45am and walked straight in but even then we missed out on a lot of the bargains,'' Mrs Jenner said.
She said she had "stocked up'' on Christmas decorations and toys for the kids in preparation for next year's festivities.
"I'll put them away until next year, but by then I'll probably have forgotten why I bought them in the first place,'' Mrs Jenner laughed.
She said most items were half-price, which made a difference when buying toys for her children.
"All of this only came to $116, which I thought was pretty good,'' she said.
Mrs Jenner, from Boyne Island, said post-Christmas sales provided the best opportunity to grab bargains for next year's festive season.
"It's all selling pretty quickly ? by the time I got to the Christmas lights, most of them were sold out and there were only a few left, so it's pretty busy,'' she said.
While most national retail and specialty stores were open, some local businesses decided to remain closed, and others finished their day early, with most independent stores closing at 2pm.