Shoppers join the bargain hunt
By EMMA CORNFORD
CHRISTMAS may be over but the silly season continued throughout the Clarence Valley yesterday.
People in Prince Street, Grafton, were pressed to find a park as shoppers hit the few stores which were open for post-Christmas bargains.
Grafton Target Country manager Neville Norton said the day had been 'flatout'.
"It's really been beyond all expectations," Mr Norton said. "We had people lined up from the front register all the way to the back of the shop but the customers have all been great and really, really patient."
Mr Norton said manchester had been the day's biggest seller.
Most stores in Shoppingworld were also packed with bargain hunters, with lines at the food court and most parks in the basement carpark full.
Manager of the Village Green bottle shop Mark Knott said the past few days had been 'bedlam', with the shop even running out of ice on Christmas Eve due to a larger-than-expected rush.
"It's been flatout ... and the figures have been well up on last year which has been unbelievable," Mr Knott said.
He said Tooheys New, XXXX Gold and Vodka Cruisers had been the drinks of choice this season and attributed the rush to the two public holidays on Monday and Tuesday, creating a four-day weekend for many workers.
At the Grafton District Services Club, tens of punters attended the final Grafton Community Bus cash bingo fundraiser to try and take home the major jackpot.
Dianne Carlie was the lucky winner of the $750 windfall and said she would use the money to help pay some bills and had also given some of the winnings to her daughters.