With bags full of clothes bought from Boxing Day sales,
Dunedin teenagers (from left) Emma Buchanan (15), Kenzie
Merwood (15), Tayla Washington (14) and Regan Walker (15)
were pleased with their spoils.
Bargain-hunters in Dunedin yesterday made the most of
cooler weather and hit the shops in droves for traditional
Boxing Day sales.
The city was packed early, with parking buildings full by
11am, as thousands of shoppers sought bargains. Arthur
Barnett senior staff member Judy Mason, duty manager at the
store yesterday, said it was one of the busiest Boxing Days
she could remember.
''I have been in retail for many years and it actually
reminds me of 20 to 30 years ago, when retail was busy all
She speculated the cooler weather might have had something to
do with how ''frantic'' the crowds were this year, with
customers also telling her the sales were better this year.
Karen Mackay, of Dunedin, who was shopping with daughter
Rachel Jones, of Waikouaiti, and her granddaughter Grace
Mackay (14), of Dunedin, said the sales were good this year.
''Some of them are 60% off,'' she said.
Shoppers throng George St, Dunedin, yesterday, seeking
Boxing Day bargains. Photos by Gregor Richardson.
Between the three of them they had accumulated about 20
bags full of goods after earlier struggling to find a park when
they came to town at 10am.
''We couldn't get a car park for ages. We parked way up the
top of Constitution St.''
Ms Jones said the crowds of people added to the atmosphere
and made shopping more fun.
Arelene Ranger, who was shopping with her partner Paul
Wolland, said she had picked up ''a bit of everything''.
Mr Wolland, who was nursing a slight hangover after Christmas
Day festivities, said he was ready to go home after spending
four hours shopping.
Both said they were happy with the prices of goods on offer.