Layby time as Christmas toys arrive
A 21-HOUR toy-selling marathon began at Tweed City's Big W at midnight last night.
Hundreds of Tweed parents were expected to slip out under the cover of darkness to find toys in the opening hours of this year's Christmas lay-by period.
It is the first time the department store chain had started the huge annual toy sale in the early hours of the morning.
Store manager Robert Gray said it was to make life easier for the cus- tomer and avoid long waits at crowded layby queues.
“We are opening at midnight because last year we opened at 8pm and had 400, or 500 people out the front waiting to get in, and it was an inconvenience for the customers.”
“By opening for 21 hours we are hoping for a better flow.”
Stacks of board games, Transformers, Bratz, Lego, Ben 10 and other toys set to be in hot demand this year had taken over the store yesterday, ready for the influx of shoppers.
One of the more outlandish toys sure to be popular is Kota the Triceratops, an enormous dinosaur big enough for a small child to ride around on.
Mr Gray said 84 pallets of stock had been ordered in specifically for the sale.
He said with the popularity of electronic games, the average lay-by had grown to between $600 and $1000.
Mr Gray said the first midnight sale would be a learning experience for the future.
“Whatever we do this year, next year will be better,” he said.
Sue Terare, a grandmother with “20-something” grandkids, was choosing some toys yesterday.
She said Christmas was her favourite time of year, and shopping for presents in June allowed her to pay them off in time for December.
“It really is lovely seeing the eyes of the children gleam when they see the presents,” Mrs Terare said.
“It is the highlight of my year.”