Shop local and bag a bargain on Boxing Day
SHOPS will be open with bargains on offer this Boxing Day for the first time in Gympie's retail history.
Local shoppers can get their Boxing Day sales fix in their home town this year instead of traipsing to the coast or Brisbane for big savings.
Most stores in Centro Gympie will be opening their doors from 9am, offering substantial price cuts throughout the day until their staggered closing times, which start about 1pm.
Centro marketing manager Anthony Mallet says don't sleep in on Boxing Day.
"Beat the crowds and bag the best bargains," he said.
What are the best tips for bagging bargains in the Boxing Day sales?
Mr Mallet said many sales actually began before Christmas, so it was wise to start taking a look around before the Boxing Day rush and making a note of what you'd like to buy.
- Having a shopping list makes things much less stressful on the day.
- Get to the shops as early as possible to be one of the first to nab a great bargain.
- Use the opportunity to purchase items you have been eyeing off for a while, or that are a necessity.
- If you're not one for crowds, or can't make it to Centro, you can still bag a bargain online.
- If you plan on trying on lots of clothes and shoes make sure you wear something that's quick and easy to take on and off, along with comfortable slip-on flats.
Is it ok to haggle?
Most retailers discount their items with incredible savings so haggling is not always necessary, but sometimes deals can be made on whitegoods, electrical, display and "last of" items.
Many local retailers will price match, so if you have seen the item advertised at a better price elsewhere ask if they will beat it.
BOXING DAY SALES
Australian National Retailers Association says the post-Christmas sales are now embedded in Australian culture.
David Jones' Queensland regional general manager Rowena Derksen said the Boxing Day sales were one of the store's most significant trading periods.