Shopping smiles: Paul Willis, Kyan Willis and Shea Cameron with their Boxing Day haul.
Shopping smiles: Paul Willis, Kyan Willis and Shea Cameron with their Boxing Day haul.

Tweed bargains offset slow season

RAIN flooded Tweed City Shopping Centre with Boxing Day customers yesterday.

While New South Wales retailers have experienced below average national Christmas sales Tweed couple Paul Willis and Shea Cameron and their three children arrived early to fill their trolley with Boxing Day bargains.

Ms Cameron said the infamous day after Christmas sales were not a tradition for her family but the weather had inspired them to head to Tweed City and join in.

“We wouldn't be here if it wasn't raining,” she said.

“My teenage daughter loves shopping but my son and partner hate it.

“We got here about 9.30am, got a parking spot easily and we've definitely picked up some things we don't need in the frenzy of shopping.”

Mr Willis said the family had originally come simply “to do grocery shopping and ended up with all this stuff”.

Angus and Robertson bookstore assistant manager Carol Baker said the sales were going well and believed wet weather had helped.

“I think people are sick of sitting indoors and are keen to get out and use their gift vouchers,” Ms Baker said.

“Spending in the lead up to Christmas was on par with today, but it was definitely busier toward the end of the week.”

Ms Cameron said she had spent less on Christmas compared to other years and, though the weather had not dampened celebrations, the family was not looking forward to an upcoming, and almost certainly washed out, camping trip to Yamba.

“People I've spoken to haven't necessarily tightened up too much in the lead up to Christmas,” she said.

“I have noticed that shops reduced their prices earlier than usual though.”

She said her group would normally be out catching up with other family if it not for the rain.

“We're just about finished now and it's time for the groceries.”



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