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


Γκρινιάρης said...

Thanks for the reference Tinsie! It was really crowded that day! Hopefully this week will be a bit more bearable so as I can enjoy a proper shopping day!

Are you going to fireworks tomorrow?

I wish you a happy new year!!!

palmtreefanatic said...

wow Tinsie! I love love love sales, bargains and clearance prices, who doesn't!

Those stores look so ezxciting too however I would NOT like those crowds what-so-ever!

palmtreefanatic said...

Oh and Also I want to wish you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Karen said...

I have done a bit of damage in the after-Christmas sales. In addition to clothes for myself and teenage son, I bought four beautiful Christmas candles for $3 each (75% off) and 12 ceramic, Christmas-themed bread pans to bake gifts in, for $.50 each. I'm already ahead on next years' gift-giving!

About three years ago, my hubby surprised me the day after Christmas with $200 he had squirreled away and told me to go spend it all on myself. Aaahhhh, that was a great year.

Tinsie said...

@ Gkriniaris: I didn't go to the fireworks coz I flew out to Greece on New Year's eve :-D Kαλή χρονιά!

@ Palmtreefanatic: I'm afraid the crowds go with the sales, but it's definitely worth it. Happy new year to you too!

@ Karen: Those were some real bargains you got! I love buying Xmas decorations for next to nothing after Xmas :-)))

$200 to spend in the sales sounds like a brilliant idea. Well done your hubby!