Brenda, 75, is sold on Christmas on the street in Bath
Sales fever gripped one woman in Bath as 75-year-old Brenda Adams spent Christmas sat outside a store.
Brenda sat in a camping chair outside Silcox Son & Wicks in Kingsmead Square from 4.30pm on Christmas Eve.
The retired nurse slept in her Vauxhall Tigra parked a few yards away, but despite her incredible feat of endurance, Brenda admitted she didn't actually need any furniture.
The Silcox Son & Wicks sale started today and Brenda said she may pick up chest of drawers if they took her fancy – but said her 65-hour challenge was an “interesting way to spend Christmas”.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Brenda, who lives just a mile from the store, discovered not everyone was full of Christmas cheer as she waited for the doors to open.
She had her chair kicked over and had her walking stick stolen by drunken revellers.
Judging by yesterday’s crowds the prayers of hard-pressed retailers’ were answered.
Boxing Day has become the most important of the year for many retailers and some hardy shoppers were so keen to snaffle a bargain they turned out in the early hours.
Queues formed outside Next stores across the region hours before the start of the company’s sale at 6am yesterday.
And there was the traditional line-up of gardeners outside Gardiner Haskins store in Bristol for its annual seed sale. Bosses at Cabot Circus shopping centre in the middle of Bristol and out of town at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway said business was brisk through the day.
Lesley Quarry was among the pre-dawn shoppers. She left her home in Midsomer Norton at 3am with other family members to drive to Bristol to join the queue at Next in the Eastgate Retail Park in Bristol. Mrs Quarry, 55, an exams invigilator, said: “We got some bargains. I have even got some presents ready for next Christmas.”
Kevin Duffy, manager of Cabot Circus, said: “It is a frenzy of activity out there. “This is crucial time for retailers and we are really pleased that people have decided to come out and spend.”
Sue Stones, general manager of Harvey Nichols, said: “It’s no secret that trading across the High Street has been challenging, but it seems that treating ourselves hasn’t gone out of fashion. Boxing Day has become our busiest trading day of the year.”
Incredibly one dedicated bargain-hunter will have spent three days camping out ahead of a sale that doesn’t even start until today.
Shoppers are expected to descend on the 110-year-old store's famous sale today, where £1,000 items of furniture can sell for as little as £99.
Shoppers in London faced disruption as Tube drivers struck over a pay dispute.
Nevertheless Selfridges department stores claimed they had seen their biggest ever first hour of trading.