Saturday 24 March 2018

Retailers brace for sales splurge

A shopper on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Collins
A shopper on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photo: Collins

John Brennan and Ciara Treacy

Retailers are expecting some of the busiest shopping days of the year as the sales get into full swing and savvy bargain hunters take to the streets.

Cousins Anne Groome, from Slane, and Siobhan Bruton, from Drogheda, were among those who travelled to Dublin to try to bag some bargains.

"We mainly got bags and shoes. The only thing which I wanted and haven't got yet is pair of brown boots. We have to get something for the kids as well before we head home," Anne said.

Lynn Drumgoole, of Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), told the Irish Independent that the post Christmas sales had started strongly and that "footfall looked likely to increase over the next couple of days."

"Today and tomorrow will be the big days, a lot of independent retailers will be starting their sales," she said,

People braved the stores despite the poor weather.

Sales in clothing, technology and homeware were steady according to Ms Drumgoole who added, "there are plenty offers to entice people into the stores."

Six sisters were also continuing a 20 year tradition of post Christmas shopping on December 27.

Two of the sisters - both with packed baskets - told the Irish Independent how they'd gotten the day off from their husbands and kids to spend some quality time together.

Rosemary Darby and Sylvia Foley - both living in Coolock - were in Debenhams availing of the sales, and judging by their baskets, they'd had huge success so far.

"We've been doing this for well over 20 years. It's actually the first year our mother couldn't be here with us during the sales," said Rosemary.

"It's a day off - our husbands look after the kids and we get to have a girl's day out," she added as her four other siblings - Ita Larkin, Samantha Mahony, Debbie Johnston and Karen Cummins - shopped nearby.

Arnotts on Henry Street was awash with people with everything from cosmetics to Star Wars memorabilia available at reduced prices.

Caitriona Gray, who had spent Christmas in Mayo with her partner, had travelled down for the sales and to drop her partner to work.

"I'm in doing some birthday present shopping - I got a trio of leather handbags, so someone will be getting a nice birthday present," she said.

Meanwhile mother and daughter Janette and Lorna McGrath, from Rathfarnham, had come in early to spend some quality time together and to try and nab some deals during the second day of the sales.

"We came in to get jackets in the sales, and we both got them," said Lorna.

Helly Flynn Shelley (27) from Clontarf who now lives in Sydney was home for Christmas.

"I was going to do shopping on Christmas Eve in Arnotts but the queues were too long, now everything I wanted is half price so it's great," she said.

"It's much cheaper than in Australia, the exchange rate isn't very good over there.

"You don't realise how great places like Penneys are until you're away from them," she added.

"I got a really good bargain on [hair] extensions, which were half price," said Helly's cousin, Sorcha O'Dwyer (16) from Castleknock.

Gavin and Elizabeth Brady and their daughter Robyn travelled in from Clondalkin to attend a Christmas pantomine.

"We aren't in for the sales. To be honest, we're just in here killing time before we go to the panto a little later," Gavin said.

Irish Independent

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