Canny Belfast shoppers get in line early to bag Boxing Day sales bargains
Enthusiastic bargain hunters got off to an early start at the Boxing Day sales in Belfast city centre.
Shoppers snaked down Castle Lane waiting for Lush to open its doors at 11am.
First in the queue were Julie Cullen and her niece Rebecca Burton who had travelled from Londonderry, leaving their home at 5am.
Julie insisted it was worth the dawn trip to bag a £150 bath bomb set for half price, saying that it is "good value".
"We have stood here in the queue and haven't moved," she added, pointing out that the cosmetics retailer did not have a branch in Derry.
Meanwhile, canny Carrickfergus shopper Rachel Law came to the city at 7am for the half price sale at Boots.
"I have been trying since Christmas Eve to get onto the website," she said.
"I have started Christmas shopping for next year. I got some Soap and Glory sets. I got my baby new clothes. They were all half price," she said.
She also picked up some good bargains at the Donegall Place branch of fashion store River Island, where many items were dramatically reduced in price, with some even selling for under a pound.
"There were 25p dresses and 20p tops. I got my husband jeans to wear for work for just 50p, which were £35, and a shirt for 30p."
Overall, Rachel's shopping spree amounted to just £40 and her clever use of points accrued previously in Boots enabled her to get "a lot of stuff for free".
Also checking out the bargains in Boots was Belfast man Sean McCartan who was on the trail of half price moisturiser.
"I still have other shops to go to. I am looking for sports gear and trainers," he said, adding that he expected to spend a "couple of hundred" pounds.
Robyn Bayne and Paul Lyttle made the trip to Belfast from Cookstown. They spent £140 in Superdry buying hoodies and T-shirts.
Belfast woman Tara Kingham started at 7.30am, making her first stop at Boots where she found some of her best bargains among toiletry gift sets before proceeding to fashion retailers Stradivarius, House of Fraser and Next, where she spent a grand total of £450, and estimated that she had made an impressive overall saving of the same amount.
Another early bird was Belfast man Kieran Monaghan whose first stop of the day was at Abbeycentre, where he spent £60 on cushions for his new look living room.
His next stop was Lush, joining the queue in Belfast with Jay McCloskey-Wall, where the pair spent more than £100 on bath bombs, shower gel and shampoo.
"There was a really good buzz. We were chatting to everybody. Greggs gave us cookies. It was just a nice feeling."
Jay said that it was the first time that he has visited the sales in a few years.
He admitted that he had decided to venture to the shops after "getting a bit bored" at home.