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Robert Prince, right, a warehouse shipper/receiver with Extreme Electronics, helps Dave Marnock of Minnedosa load a brand new television into the back of his vehicle before sunrise on Boxing Day.
Bleary-eyed shoppers lined up before the crack of dawn to get their hands on some Boxing Day deals.
Bargain hunters peruse the purses and hand bags in The Little Shoppe shortly after it opened for Boxing Day on Thursday. Most of the items for sale in the 18th Street store were 50 per cent off. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Bargain hunters line up outside The Little Shoppe just as it opens for Boxing Day on Thursday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
When Extreme Electronics opened its doors at 7 a.m., a handful of people were waiting to get inside to buy TVs, sound systems and computers that were part of the store’s "legendary Boxing Day blowout."
Chris Waugh was one of the first people to get through the doors at Extreme. He arrived at the store at 6:30 a.m. to make sure he got the TV he had been eyeing.
Waugh said this was the first time he came out in the early hours to shop on Boxing Day, and he noticed how nice and polite everyone was.
"The difference between Black Friday in the States, and Boxing Day here ...there’s fights and riots and mob mentality and up here in Canada it’s, ‘no please, after you,’" he said.
At Future Shop in the Corral Centre, people were waiting to get in the store at 6 a.m., including Kushang Patel, who wanted to get a new computer.
"It was hard to wake up, but I was crazy about buying a laptop, so I came early," he said. "I came exactly at 6 a.m. Just entered in and had my laptop within five minutes."
Adeline Tenedero drove to Brandon from Neepawa to be at Future Shop at 6:15 a.m. She wanted to get a home theatre system for her husband.
"It’s a good experience for us … saving lots of money," she said.
Tenedero’s next stop was Walmart to find more deals.
Manuel Penieda was also an early riser on Thursday, and was successful in finding the Smart TV he was after.
"For us we think this is a unique opportunity to … save a little bit of money," he said.
Meanwhile, at Shoppers Mall, people lined up outside Target before 6 a.m.
"Things are going great. It’s very, very busy," said Shoppers Mall general manager Kim James. "The parking lot is right full of cars, tough to get a spot, but lots of great sales on."
James said Boxing Day is the second-biggest shopping day of the year for the mall.
"The last Saturday before Christmas is typically the busiest day of the year and Boxing Day is next and they’re very comparable," she said. "Black Friday is a great weekend for us as well. It’s getting bigger and bigger for us each year, but Boxing Day is still by far the strongest. It’s tradition I guess in a lot of people’s minds, and they’re out in droves."
The mall concourse was packed with shoppers who were checking out the major markdowns. Among them was Holly Walker.
"I’m trying to get the best sales possible," Walker said. "I’m looking for clothing because I didn’t really get a lot of it for Christmas, and I got some gift cards, so I’m just taking advantage the best that I can."
Walker didn’t mind battling the crowds, but had some difficulty finding a parking spot.
"It took me about 10 minutes to find one, but it’s all worth it in the end," she said. "This is great. You come in here and there’s 40 per cent off, 50 per cent off, and it’s nice to see."
The Little Shoppe on 18th Street, which didn’t open until noon, welcomed a big lineup of shoppers.
Nearly everything in the store was 50 per cent off, which drew a big crowd.
Donna Brown was getting a head start on her Christmas shopping for next year.
"You have to have a lot of patience because there’s a great deal of people out doing the same thing I’m doing, I think," she said, adding the half-off sale was "unbelievable."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 27, 2013