The Alternative Boxing Day Sale

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas is over for another year, gifts have been exchanged, smiling children are playing with their new toys, and we have perhaps all over indulged with food and drink.

Christmas is also the one day of the year that shops are closed, yet TV advertisements promoting boxing day sales are already airing. In Queensland, Australia, sales started early this year as retailers "desperately try to claw back profits after one of the worst years for the sector in decades" according to couriermail

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How easy it is to shop for stuff because it is half price and a bargain. Now I know that some people hold out to buy their new products until boxing day and new year sales; stocking up on their clothes for the year, or perhaps buy that flat screen TV they've been dreaming of.

Before hitting the sales however, have a think about what you might really need, and whether you may actually be able to get it second hand instead.

Christmas holidays are usually a time when family members have a moment to sort through their unwanted items, donate them to their local charitable shop (op shop/thrift store). Unwanted Christmas presents may also be donated, or sold on online auction sites. Many of the smaller thrift stores may not re-open their doors until the first week of January, but if you can hold off till then, it is a good time to shop second hand, as charitable shops are often overstocked with donated merchandise.

Freecycle is also worth registering to if you have not done so already. The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Many people upgrade their electrical goods (as well as other things), and give away their old on freecycle. I have seen many messages lately giving away TV's, DVD players, even an XBox!

If you are partial to a bit of boxing day sale bargain hunting for nothing in particular, then it might be worth considering online sites selling handmade goods, where individual artisans and vintage sellers are clearing some of their products, rather than succumbing to excess stock reduced in retail outlet shops.
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Justin Hammack said...

Great advice, if you really still decide to do some boxing day shopping, at least do it for a little social good:

Stitchybritt said...

A great post! I completely agree, the Boxing Day sales promote unnecessary buying - even after you've probably just got a load of new stuff for Xmas gifts. My family were great this year and didn't give me anything that I wouldn't really use. My boyfriend's mum even gave me her button stash that she had kept for years and years - score!

Eddie Roued said...

Some great advice - I was thinking myself of checking Freecycle and the local charity shops for stuff after Christmas that people are just getting rid of.
Take care,

Shiva~Moon said...

Why, didn't I think of this before. The best time to go resale shopping is after christmas and when the students move out. For Ann Arbor that is.

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