LOADED UP: Scott Devine helps his girlfriend shop for home wares at the Boxing Day sales yesterday.
LOADED UP: Scott Devine helps his girlfriend shop for home wares at the Boxing Day sales yesterday. Kirsten Cunningham

Boxing Day bargains absolutely Devine

SCOTT Devine was happy with all his girlfriend's Boxing Day sale purchases, with the exception of one.

"The cat cushion is not my choice, but I do like the other stuff," he said.

Mr Devine gave his partner Karamia Praolini $500 cash for Christmas so the couple could shop for home wares on the biggest sale day of the year.

"We waited for Boxing Day to save a bit of cash," he said.

"We have a budget of $600 for home stuff and maybe the surf shop as well."

"But we're not worried if we go over, it's not fixed but we'll try to stick to it."

The couple joined hundreds of people who flocked to Gladstone's major retailers in search of an end-of-year bargain.

Pillow Talk general manager Lesley Waters said it is no secret that retailers count on post-Christmas sales to boost their revenue.

"It's an unwritten rule that retailers wait for this weekend to make money," she said. "Offering better sale prices than any other time of year guarantees people come through the doors."

She said while trade was slow yesterday morning, things picked up after lunch.

"We didn't have anyone lined up outside the door this year but we expect at least double the normal trade," she said.

"Usually people start at Stockland where doors open at 10am and then come over here."

Did you know?

  • Australians over 14 years of age are expected to spend $850 per person from Boxing Day through to January 15, 2015, on post-Christmas sales.


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