The Next Boxing Day Sale. You either love it, hate it or just couldn’t care less. I was introduced to the Next sale a few years ago by Hubby and my Mother In Law, both of which were huge Next sale fans and raved about the bargains they had managed to buy. I resisted temptation to go on the basis that 5am doesn’t exist, it was a time I never saw and one that was definitely for sleeping.
This all changed though when I was pregnant with LP and suffering insomnia anyway, I dragged myself off to Next with my lovely Mother in Law at 4:30am on Boxing Day. That was a day that would cement a tradition we have been practicing twice a year ever since.
I get up at stupid o’clock, queue up outside Next for up to an hour and go in with the aim of getting all of LP and Little Man’s next size of clothes. So this Boxing Day I got to Next at 5:15am and joined the queue. I was number 410 by this point and some people had been waiting since before midnight!
At 6am the doors opened and everyone filed into the store in quite a civilised fashion. There’s a definite tactic to the Next sale – grab everything in the size you need and think about it later – you either buy everything ot find somewhere to stand to look through your haul – this is my preferred option although it is definitely frowned upon by Next staff who would rather you just bought it and brought it back in a few days time.
By this point I usually have two huge bags full of stuff and queue up to pay for up to another hour with my arms feeling like they’re going to drop off. I have learnt though that it is best to be in and out within an hour – the queues are at their smallest although giving myself an hour limit means that I often have zero energy to even look at the adult things.
This year I left Next and was home in bed by 7am. I had spent £180 and got around £450 worth of ‘stuff’ – clothing for the kids, some Christmas gifts for next year and a couple of things for the house. It was definitely well spent and a tradition that keeps the kids in quality clothing and stops me ever having to buy clothes because they’ve outgrown the current size – I always have a stash of clothes in the next size – yes, I’m a little bit of a hoarder too!
Before the Next sale starts they have a Next Sale preview online where you can see what will be on offer to start making a shopping list. You can always do the Next sale online and if you shop there regularly you can book a VIP slot and hope you’re one of the first to start shopping and have access to the sale section to get as many of the items on your wish list as possible. But the online sale has never been very good for me.
So, the Boxing Day sale at Next, do you love it, hate it or are you yet to experience it?