Boxing Day Sales!

Friday, December 26, 2008
Call me crazy, call me kooky. I decided to go shopping today. Never fear though, I had a plan. As much as I wanted to hit the big mall and the only Old Navy store easily accessible by bus, I opted out. This was a bit of a bummer because I'm sure they'd have excellent sales on top of their already low prices but I hate people and crowds of them...well, best not to try and find out. Instead I headed to a smaller mall closer to home. The mall opened at nine so I left early in case I'd have to stand in line. Um...yeah...no worries there. There were no crowds.

With the exception of a camera shop, HMV, and Lululemon, there was almost no one around. And this was with major chain stores within the mall (Sears, The Bay, Zellers) already open for business. I was stunned. Shocked. Isn't Boxing Day the biggest shopping day of the year? Or at least one of them...? Here I was, ready and more than willing to start elbowing my fellow shoppers aside and there were almost none to be found. Part of me was slightly disappointed.

However, this meant I had almost sole access to some stores. First stop? Drug store. I picked up some items I required but my brain completely blanked out and I ended up forgetting to grab my favourite bubble bath and a jar of Tylenol (I've had a massive headache since heading home from Big Brothers yesterday). Nuts. Second stop - big girl store. Tried on an armful of tops and a pair of jeans. I almost bought the jeans but the sale price just wasn't worth it for a pair of pants that didn't fit perfectly or even reasonably well.

As I wandered around the mall, heading for the next big girl store, it quickly became apparent why there were fewer shoppers than expected. While I'm sure the main reason was the downward spiraling economy, the sales that were being offered weren't very good. At all. Most stores had sale signs in their windows but they ranged from 25-40% off. While that's not bad for any other time of the year, holiday shoppers are looking for big deals. As in half off or more. HMV was having a 70% off sale (not sure on what) but that would explain the line up. The big chain stores like Sears? Nope, not them either. I did manage to get my hands on a couple of good deals though. And the customer service? Fantastic.

The store I ended up at was Cotton Ginny. I don't normally shop there, or even look at their stuff, because they're not usually cut well for big girls and, well, they're cotton ... which shrinks. And I'm notorious for shrinking clothes. However, they're windows screamed out in big bold letters "50% off entire store" so I took a chance. While it didn't apply to any new merchandise, and they're selection was pretty limited after the holiday, I came out with three nice tops, all at least 50% off, and spent less than $60. Sweet. And kudos to the staff who were eager to help without pressuring me or hovering over me as I moved throughout the store.

I'd had enough at this point and decided to head home. However, there was one more stop on the way. I hit Staples to use the gift card I had received from the Admiral. And oh boy, did I luck out. Again, few cars in the parking lot, a few more people inside but about the same as you'd find any other day of the year. My goal was to pick up a memory card for my camera since on its current setting, it can only hold 61 pictures. I had done some reseasrch and settled on the 2GB size and was going to go for the noname brand which was supposedly compatible with my Cybershot. I was thrilled when looking at the display and discovered the store had the 4GB size on sale for about 60% off (Sony brand NOT the noname)! This meant it was only few dollars more for twice the memory. Score another one for the Captain. In addition I picked up Civ IV which scares the bejeesus out of me since I pretty much bipassed Civ III altogether. And a new webcam. Total cost to me? $7.54. Yippee!

If you're thinking of heading out to take advantage of the "great deals" out there today, you might want to think again. Chances are you'll have to do some digging and even then, you're likely to be disapppointed but in this time of economic uncertainty (the new buzzword for 2009?), it might be best to save your pennies unless you really need something.

3 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm not even leaving the house today!

I usually like Cotton Ginny, though not their jeans or pants, usually. Sometimes their colour palettes are terrible, too, but I often find decent stuff there. I don't have one anywhere near me, however.

Glad you found some great bargains.

mister anchovy said...

I just want to relax...you can have the bargains.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't leave the house at all. I understand that there were lineups of +300 people waiting to get into some stores here and they were only letting in 100 at a time. Not for me, thanks.

And most of the sales were on items they couldn't get rid of earlier.

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