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Published December 29th 2011
We always complain about Christmas shopping but it's really pretty tame and civilised. But once the turkey has been eaten, the empty beer and champagne bottles have filled the recycling bin and the kids have already broken one of their Christmas presents, the real shopping action begins.
Boxing Day. In days gone by that name conjured up cheery thoughts of the Boxing Day Cricket Test or the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, but alas no more. These days Boxing Day, when coupled with that other word - sales, heralds furious hordes of frenzied shoppers, sales tables in disarray and harassed and flustered sales assistants.
Brisbane, like most other Australian cities is currently a bargain-hunter's paradise. Here are some great sales to whet your appetite.
Fashion We'll start with what every girl wants - shoes, fashion and accessories. Sussan, one of my favourite fashion stores is offering up to 70% off selected styles in-stores and online, with their current summer sale. You'll have to be quick for these sizzling savings.
Tracey Mathers Shoe Studio Summer Sale has a huge selection of stylish heels, pumps, boots and sandals to ensure your feet stay fashionable through summer. Now that the Boxing Day Test has finished you may even be able to drag your man along for some men's footwear bargains too.
Forever New Wish it Would Last Forever Sale is in-store and online now. Items on sale include jewellery, belts, hats, bags, tops and dresses. There's even free shipping if you spend more than $150 when you buy online.
Want to freshen up your home for summer? Freedom stores currently have great bargains (up to 50% off on some items) on sofas, outdoor furniture, and homewares including mirrors, vases and wall art.
At participating Loot Homewares stores throughout Queensland you can receive 15% off everything in-store with their Summer Clearance Wipeout Sale. Their range includes one-off, unique furniture pieces and soft furnishings.
Appliances, Electronic and Electronic Equipment WOW Superstores are currently holding their Biggest Ever Sale, with many items at big discounts across their range of Brisbane stores or online. On New Years Day they will also have their massive New Years Day sale with all stores open from 10am to 4pm. Go to WOW for cameras, TVs, gaming equipment, car audio and more.
The Good Guys Famous Knockout Clearance is currently appearing at a store near you, and there are special web prices for some items for online sales. Bargains include a Dyson DC 29 Multifloor Radix Cyclone vacuum cleaner for only $448 and a Tom Tom 4.3" GPS for $127.
Dyson Vacuum Cleaner from the Good Guys Sale Catalogue
If you're a shopper extraordinaire with a nose for a great bargain, please share your insider knowledge with our Weekend Notes readers. We won't give away your secrets - we'll only tell a few of our closest shopping friends. Promise.