NEW GLASGOW – As if the rush to get gifts for Christmas wasn’t enough, a second wave of shoppers in Pictou County are taking advantage of Boxing Day sales.
Dwayne MacKenzie was in the Future Shop in New Glasgow Thursday to look for sale items. “I’m here looking for sales on movies and seasons of shows,” he says. MacKenzie notes one movie was $20 more only a week ago compared to today’s sale price.
“My family and I usually make the rounds after Christmas to take advantage of the savings.”
Most stores are offering sales on their regularly priced inventory and further price reductions on sale items. Signs indicate sales of up to 75 per cent and 80 per cent on certain items.
In the Highland Square Mall, you can hardly look anywhere without seeing a sale, discount or marked-down sign.
Shane and Serina Macdougall were in town visiting relatives before they decided to stop by the mall. “The kids got some gift cards and money,” says Shane, “and they wanted to come to the mall to see what they could get.”
The family tries to get out after Christmas to take advantage of the Boxing Day Specials. “We usually do,” says Shane.
It wasn’t just for the kids however.
“I got a backpack for half the price,” he says, gesturing toward the nearby Sport Chek.
Many individuals, couples and families were out and about to use newly acquired gift cards from Christmas or to simply take advantage of the savings.
A poll conducted by the Bank of Montreal says a majority of Canadians did some shopping on Boxing Day with Atlantic Canadians among those doing the most shopping in the country. An estimated 62 per cent of Canadians planned to head to stores on Dec. 26 while 72 per cent of Atlantic Canadians marked the date on their calendars.
The survey results were compiled from a random sample of 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and over between Oct. 11 and Oct. 16. A probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.