Tills ring for annual sales
WHILE there were no high heels being thrown from either end of the shopping centre, or trolleys being snatched from unsuspecting bargain hunters, Boxing Day sales at Grafton Shoppingworld were buzzing with action.
Shopper Anita Jackson thought it was quite tame in comparison to other years, but that didn't stop the 10-people-deep crowd from rushing their way through once Big W's roller doors opened at 9am.
"In previous years there has been kids sliding under the doors as they're going up and people barging their way through, but it's not as bad this year," Mrs Jackson said.
"All I came here for is to get two Christmas tablecloths, so I sent my daughter ahead to grab them."
Alissa Jackson emerged from the crowds with the last two tablecloths - much to her mother's delight - and said she had planned her attack carefully beforehand to avoid missing out.
"I said to my nanna I'll sneak through first and run to them and you can just yell 'my granddaughter is up ahead' and push through," Alissa said.
"It worked well."
Among the masses of shoppers with arms and trolleys packed to the brim were the retail staff working triple time to keep up.
Big W store manager Brett Bartlett said it was a fun day to be at work - and he wasn't being sarcastic.
"It really is exciting to see everyone else so excited," Mr Bartlett said.
The most sought-after products were in the Christmas decoration aisles, in the technology department and, of course, people were swiping their gift cards as quickly as they received them.
"It's probably one of the best turnouts we've had in years," Mr Bartlett said.