BARGAIN HUNT: Sisters Olivia Scruton (top left) and Daisy Whitehead join the crowd at the Myer Sunshine Plaza Boxing Day stocktake sale.
BARGAIN HUNT: Sisters Olivia Scruton (top left) and Daisy Whitehead join the crowd at the Myer Sunshine Plaza Boxing Day stocktake sale. Iain Curry

On your mark, get set ... go shopping

DAISY Whitehead usually spends Boxing Day camping with her family, but this year she was surrounded by hundreds of strangers waiting for Myer to open its doors.

The Mountain Creek 15-year-old was among the swarm of bargain hunters camped outside Myer's Sunshine Plaza store yesterday morning, waiting for the doors to open at 9am.

Older sister Olivia Scruton, 23, was introducing Daisy to her maiden Boxing Day sales experience so they could look for a watch for their grandmother.

"We just thought it was a cheap time of year to buy her a watch so we wanted to do it," Miss Scruton said.

Store manager Garth Lambourn said customers had been waiting outside the shop since 8am.

"The Coast always responds really well to Boxing Day," he said.

"It's one of those stores where the locals just embrace it."

The Boxing Day Sales offer some of the biggest bargains of the year as stores look to get rid of excess stock before the end of the year.

It is also one of the biggest spending days of the year, with shoppers expected to spend more than $2 billion across Australia.

Myer predicted one million customers would visit its stores across the country yesterday and Mr Lambourn said most customers would be buying clothes and homewares.

"The biggest areas will be men's and women's apparel," he said.

"People just dive into those areas and there are some big electrical offers and homewares.

"We push an amazing amount of homewares out into the market."


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