Sunday, December 30, 2007
Let the sales begin!
Possibly the best thing about the post-Christmas period is the winter sales, which start on Boxing Day (December 26). This year the discounts are particularly generous, as pre-Christmas sales were slower than usual and retailers were anxious to get rid of their old stock. The opening of the sales was a huge success: the BBC reports that 500,000 shoppers ventured into the West End on Boxing Day, and Selfridges saw 9,000 customers through the doors in the first hour of trading alone! In addition, an estimated 3.6 million people spent part of their Christmas Day searching for deals via the internet. I can just imagine it:
Mince pies and the Queen's speech?
Not for me thanks, I'm surfing the sales instead.
I only made it to Oxford Street today (5th day of the sales). The crowds weren't too bad, and I bagged a few bargains. However, in some ways, I wish I'd gone out on Boxing Day, just to soak up the atmosphere - beautifully captured by Gkriniaris on this video:
"I shop, therefore I am" has got to be the best shopping motto ever :-D