Bargain hunters score on Boxing Day

Aimee Mitchell isn’t heading back to Sweden without a few Boxing Day steals.

She scored a camera at Future Shop on Innes Rd. Thursday.

“In Sweden, it’s like, double the price,” said Mitchell.

It was a day of mother-daughter bonding with mom Karen, who picked up a Toshiba laptop.

“This is all I’m getting,” said Karen Mitchell.

“It was a last-minute decision to come here. I didn’t know if I wanted to fight crowds.”

Aimee was hitting the stores early for bargains.

“I woke up at 6 a.m., left the house at 6:20, got to Target, thought I’d be the only one there,” she said, chuckling.

The parking lot was already full in that section of Place D’Orléans.

She snagged the discounted Skylanders toy for her nephew.

Next?

“We’re just going to St. Laurent to see what kind of deals they have there,” she said.

George DaSilva was shopping with his kids, ages 11 and 14, for video games and headphones.

He used to wake up at 4 a.m., but now he’s “getting too old for that,” DaSilva said.

On the biggest sales day of the year, 150 people were waiting when doors opened at 6 a.m., said store operations manager Chris Thiessen.

“There’s not people that are losing their mind and nobody’s getting hurt, which is nice,” said Thiessen.

“There’s lot of great deals. Typically, the bigger the item, the more pressure there is on it.”

Mehgan Crampton and fiance Jordan Friesen got there “early enough” to get a parking spot.

“Usually, we just stay away, but we’ve decided to brave it the past few years,” said Crampton.

It was worth the gamble – they scooped up a special edition Wii U.

“I think this is the last one, so I grabbed it really quickly, and then we’re going to head to the mall,” said Crampton.

Priya Patel was already at Place D’Orléans with friends.

“We’re just hanging,” said Dureyti Roba.

“Shop for clothes, get good deals.”

Patel found those, and then some.

She picked up “a lot of clothes. Like, I wasn’t expecting to pay more than $50, basically, and I got more than what I expected.”

Spending in December represents $30 to $40 billion in sales, according to the Retail Council of Canada.

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @kellyroche6

What you said on Twitter

-Bayshore mall is a zoo. (@SakrAhmad)

-Literally going to every single mall in Ottawa today #shoptilyoudropp (@May_Babbyy)

-I ONLY SLEPT FOR 4 HOURS TO GO TO A MALL WITH THE REST OF OTTAWA TO BUY THINGS THAT’LL BE ON SALE ALL WEEK (@Moe__Ayoub)

-If you had told me seven years ago that I’d be at Future Shop at 6 am with my husband and living in Ottawa I would’ve laughed. (@melaniekarin)

-Boxing Day in Ottawa is not even busy (@Emanueltefera)

-I wish I was in Ottawa today, last year Boxing Day was sick bc I lived so close to Rideau (@perf_theveil)

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