Christmas trade patchy for Warrnambool retailers

IT’S iPads, metal detectors and farting Santas at Multicomm and at Strand Bags it’s Kardashian Kollection, Guess handbags and wallets.

Those are some of the most popular Christmas gifts at Warrnambool stores this year.

Warrnambool retailers also revealed Christmas trade has been patchy, with some reporting big increases in sales and others similar or less than last Christmas.

Strand Bags manager Sophie Day said the Gateway Plaza store was “flat out”, with trade up 150 per cent on last year.

At The Good Guys Warrnambool store, located at the Homemaker Centre, iPods, iPads, George Foreman Mix and Go blenders and Vidal Sassoon Curl Secrets were the top four sellers.

A spokeswoman said business was “incredibly busy”, with trade better than last year.

At Millers Fashion Club at Gateway Plaza, Angela O’Connor said gift vouchers were the most popular.

Ms O’Connor said business was steady and she believed many people were waiting for Boxing Day and other post-Christmas sales.

Warrnambool Toyworld owner Maree Sedgley said the interactive toy Furby, which had downloadable applications, was among the products selling well at her store.

Ms Sedgley said Lego was still a favourite but remote-controlled cars and helicopters were also popular children’s gifts.

The perennials of bikes, trampolines and swings were also moving well, she said. Ms Sedgley said trade this Christmas season was not “crazy” and less busy than last year.

At Annie’s Gift House in Lava Street, jewellery boxes, picture frames and teddy bears are appealing to Christmas shoppers.

Owner Annie Freitag said sales had picked up dramatically last week after a slow start.

She said trade was not as good as last year but still pleasing.

“Last year I had my best Christmas for 20 years,” Ms Freitag said.

At Boolistic Fashion Accessories in Liebig Street, Elk wooden jewellery and b.sirius purses and handbags with a bird design are the hot sellers.

Owner Michael Peters said shopping last Friday night had been quiet but improved over the weekend.

Christmas trading overall was “on par” with last year, as was its trade for 2013, he said. 

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