No signs of Christmas weariness from consumers

BARGAIN HUNTERS: The scene downstairs in Myer Launceston yesterday. Pictures: PHILLIP BIGGS.(1/4)With Myer opening first at 7am, the CBD quickly filled with determined shoppers comparing catalogues.
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Sales assistant Vicki Young said the crowds had been frantic since she began work at 8am.

“But they’ve been okay,” she said.

“Everyone’s still got their Christmas spirit.”

Mrs Young said shoppers were looking for nothing in particular, “just a good bargain”.

Myer was anticipating 32,000 people through its stores in Launceston and Hobart yesterday for day one of its seasonal sale, which runs until January 16.

Harris Scarfe manager Peter Meyer also said sales had been steady across the Launceston store.

“It’s been fantastic,” he said.

“The customers have been very cheerful and pleasant to serve.”

Mr Meyer said the flow of trading traffic had been better than previous years.

He helped Garry Knight, of Longford, pick out a pair of binoculars while wife Kimberly and daughter Temiya, 11 months, waited with the rest of their purchases.

“We’ve bought children’s clothing, PC games, a hedge trimmer, blank videos and now it looks like binoculars,” Mrs Knight said.

“We didn’t have anything in mind but the sales were too much to resist.

“We’ve managed to come away with a lot of things.”

Penang’s Ash Huxtable also bore an armful of bags after three hours of sale-navigating.

“Most of this is my wife’s, I’m just the bag-handler,” he said.

Home from Malaysia to visit friends and family for the festive season, Mr Huxtable said they had picked up children’s clothes, shoes and music at the sales since 9am.

“I’m ready to go home now,” he said.

Doug and Sharon Woodward, of Newnham, helped their children Keleah, Thomas and Steven spend their Christmas gift money.

Several purchases were made in the first half an hour and Thomas, 5, left his Dad to carry the giant Tonka truck and helicopter set, while Steven toted a Donkey Kong Country 2 Gameboy Advance game.

“We’ll just see if anything else crops up,” Mr Woodward said.

Christmas paraphernalia such as decorations, trees and wrapping paper were also big-ticket sale items for those already looking forward to December 2006.

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