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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Dec. 26)
Orléans shoppers take advantage of Boxing Day sales
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A early bird Boxing Day shopper leaves the Future Sop store with his pûrchases in tow. Stores throughout Orleans reported doing brisk business on the busiest shopping day of the year. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Boxing Day shoppers hoping to get a jump on the competition started lining up outside the Future Shop store on Innes Road at 5:15 a.m.

That's not very early by Boxing Day standards, but givien the chilling overnight temperature it was plenty early enough for those standing in line. By the time the doors opened at 6 a.m. the crowd had swelled to over 100. Inside, the 98 employees got a last minute pep talk from the general manager before manning their posts.

The first people in line were Richard Steele and Celia Thomas who bought a 42-inch LED television for Thomas' mother.

"It was definitely a spur of the moment thing. We saw the flyer yesterday and decided to buy a flat screen for my mother-in-law," said Steele.

The couple saved about $400 on the purchase.

Reid Neilson also came out early for a great deal. The 35-year-old Blackburn Hamlet resident had been holding off on buying a home theatre system for three months.

"Ì knew I could get a ton of money if I waited until now. I can't wait to get it home," said Reid who saved over a $1,000 on a flat screen, AV receiver and surround speakers.

While the parking lots along Innes Road were jam-packed with bargain hunters, Place d'Orleans was extremely busy as well. Stores with "Up to 70% off" signs in the window saw a steady stream of business

Many purchasers came with gift cars in hand, eager to cash them in. The Coles book store, the HMV and EB Games have always been a popular Boxing Day destination.

Phil Dignard from Orléans, used his $50 HMV gift card to buy a DVD box set.

"My parents gave it to me. It's great. I bought a box set and I still have a bit left on the card," said Dignard.

With pre-Christmas sales down from past years, many businesses were hoping to bounce back during Boxing Week. Judging from the crowds on Wednesday, they may get their wish.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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