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Bargain hunters swap BT for SVP as queues go out the door

THEY queued up for clothes, DVDs and games, waiting patiently for up to an hour just to pay.

And as a sign of the times this was not the Brown Thomas pre-Christmas sale but the St Vincent de Paul shop in Coolock, north Dublin, that was packed as the charity store hosted one of its regular sales days.

Shoppers were treated to sausages and chips while they perused the items, while soft drinks and wine were also available.

The shop opened from 12-6pm and the 30 staff volunteers were shocked when the queue began to extend out the door.

Supervisor Carol Ryan said that it was the busiest she had seen it in a long time. Every two months the Coolock shop hosts a promotional sales day to give people a chance to pick up the best in new items that have been recently donated.

Ms Ryan explained that typically the best stock is held back for these days to attract bargain hunters trying to grab a deal.

"Most of it is brand new. The clothes and the bags you'll see all have the original tags on them," she explained.

Two women who queued for more than 40 minutes to grab a bargain were friends Roisin Connolly and Mackie Glynn, both from Marino on Dublin's northside. Ms Glynn said that she comes to the sales days regularly and Ms Connolly said that while yesterday was her first time, she would definitely be back again.

Among the bargains that the ladies managed to pick up was a Louis Vuitton bag -- though they were keeping the price to themselves.

Irish Independent