Rose City Jewellers; Jenny Sheeran gears up for the Christmas rush.
Rose City Jewellers; Jenny Sheeran gears up for the Christmas rush. Shannon Newley

Avoid last-minute rush

WHILE the message may ring out loud and clear each year, Warwick retailers have again urged people to avoid the Christmas rush.

Rose City Jewellers' Peter Walsh said Christmas stock ordering was all but done and dusted but people often came in at the last minute only to find the item they were looking for was sold out.

"There's always a last minute rush but people are lay-buying," Mr Walsh said.

"I would suggest lay-by because we have to have orders done by early December and we can't order any more."

Mr Walsh said the festive season was the "bread and butter" time for retailers and it was too hard to tell how this holiday season would fare.

"We always gear ourselves up for a big one," he said.

Mr Walsh said there was no particular item or price bracket which outsold another.

"It's fairly evenly spread across everything," he said.

Robin's Kitchen manager Jan Murphy said Christmas stock - like themed dinner sets - had sold well in the lead up.

"I think it's the Secret Santas and presents for teachers, that's what they are priced at," she said.

Mrs Murphy said sales were also evenly spread across the different price points.

Presence on Palmerin owner Myfawngy Burrows seconded Mr Walsh's suggestion of getting early.

"People have been in and they have come back last week and said 'where is that item'," she said.

"But because we only order a couple of the same things, they have sold out. We don't want to flood the market so if people like something they need to snap it up."


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