I swear, once upon a time Boxing Day activities were limited to cold meats and watching telly.
Nowadays, it’s the day when retailers kick off their bargain sales. In my hometown of Cardiff, people queued up from as early as midnight to try and nab some discounts in Next, a popular clothing chain. Basically, if you’ve never been out for the Boxing Day sales, it’s a little bit like the stampede part in the Lion King:
Trust me – there’s not much a shopaholic Brit loves more than a bargain. Of course, it’s not always cut-price clothes on offer – anything from toys to gadgets to food end up in the Boxing Day sales. The day is often hailed as a chance for retailers to claw back from a disappointing run-up to Christmas.
I was working today, which meant the inevitable Boxing Day chat with some of Cardiff’s intrepid shoppers. To be fair, it wasn’t nearly as busy as I thought it would be, especially after seeing the pictures of the humongous queues. What most shoppers had in common though were oodles of bags, filled to the brim with Boxing Day goodies.
When you’re not buying any clothes at all, or trying to cut down on your shopping habits, Boxing Day sales can prove a little tough to handle. Especially when everyone else is rooting through the rails at New Look or Topshop in hunt of the best bargains. The answer is simple, of course: stay away! And anyway, at least it means you won’t be stuck in the queues.
On the plus side, sometimes you’ll find your favourite fabric shops and haberdasheries are also having a post-Christmas sale. John Lewis often has discounted fabrics (they weren’t open today in Cardiff – their sale starts tomorrow), for example.
I hope you’re all having a great festive period – truth be told, I wrote this really quickly just to get back into the swing of post-work blogging. If I’m completely honest, the last few months haven’t been so brilliant, meaning I’ve let a lot of my hobbies slide.
But! Things are definitely looking up and I’ve got a scheme to make sure I don’t lapse in 2014.
Merry Christmas everyone!
(I sent that Lion King GIF to our online editor at work today after I’d been out vox-popping shoppers for the paper – so of course, we put together The 9 stages of the Boxing Day sales as told by the Lion King. JUST BECAUSE WE COULD)