Woman, 75, camps out for £10 item
Published 29/12/2011 | 14:47
A pensioner has spent her entire Christmas camped outside a furniture shop so she could buy a chest of drawers for just £10 when it opened for the sales.
Bargain hunter Brenda Adams set up a camping chair outside Silcox Son & Wicks in Kingsmead Square, Bath, at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve. The 75-year-old waited until 9am on Wednesday to pick up a chest of drawers reduced from £200 to £10 for her 20-year-old grandson Joshua.
She told the Bath Chronicle newspaper: "By my stage of life you've seen every type of Christmas going: happy ones, sad ones, interesting ones and boring ones. I just wanted to do something different.
"I'm not interested in just sitting around being fed and watered. I like to experience new things."
The widow attached a laminated note to her chair laying claim to the first spot in the queue. During her three-day wait the retired midwife, from the Newbridge area of the city, slept in her car, parked a few yards away.
She said: "It's been a wonderful experience. There have been a few small incidents but on the whole everyone has been so kind."
The mother-of-two had her walking stick stolen by a partygoer but said it was all just part of life.
When the doors finally opened on Wednesday, Mrs Adams had been joined by a queue of around 50 others. She snapped up the drawers and was out the shop again within 10 minutes.
Mrs Adams added: "All the staff inside were lovely. It has been a lovely festive period."
Steve Wicks, director of the independent store, told the paper: "Brenda is a fantastic lady and what she did took a lot of courage, stamina and determination. I am delighted she managed to get the bargain she wanted."