Mebe Catheray with some of the big-selling show bags on sale at Wednesday’s Gladstone Show.
Mebe Catheray with some of the big-selling show bags on sale at Wednesday’s Gladstone Show. Kelli Downey

Bags promise big variety

A SHOW just wouldn’t be the same without the age-old iconic show bag.

From sweet treats to glamorous or action-packed, there will be plenty to choose from this year with six show bag stalls to shop from at the 118th Annual Gladstone Show.

The setting up has already begun for show bags owner Jim Reglin and manager Mebe Catheray who arrived in Gladstone on Sunday night to prepare for tomorrow’s show.

Attending his 39th Gladstone show, Mr Reglin said attendance numbers had picked up over the past three months by between 10 and 15 per cent.

“This is always the first sign of a recovering economy,” Mr Reglin said.

According to both, most people still find the show bags hard to resist.

Mr Reglin said a majority of parents just “had to” get their chocolate show bag when the kids bought theirs. And it seemed the traditional guns, cowboys and toys continued to be big sellers among the boys while the younger girls tended towards those with dolls and pretty accessories.

“The girls this year are into the My Doll and City Girl show bags while the boys like the Lego and Transformable Robots bags,” Ms Catheray said.

“The Mega Warheads is really popular with the teenage boys because they (sour lollies) don’t sell much at the shops anymore.”

A favourite this year is the Twilight show bag which retails for $30 (the dearest show bag) and includes a wallet, shirt and satchel bag.

At the other end of the scale there is the less-expensive choice of the value bags, which are $4 each or three for $10.

A big hit with the families and sweet-tooth people alike, these bags are packed full of chocolates and lollies with 12 selections to choose from such as Bertie Beetle, Wonka Red Skins, Cadbury Freddo Frog and Crazy Fizz.

For $12 you could get The Mighty Big Showbag which includes a toy, selection of lollies, chocolates and icy poles to keep all requests satisfied.

Andr depending on your show bag budget, there are numerous children’s choices from $15 to $25, which seems to be the average price range.



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