The silly season is upon shoppers as advent calendars tick towards Christmas Day.
Christmas cards, gifts and treats have been popular at St Paul’s Cathedral during it’s annual Christmas gift shop.
Now in it’s 29th year, organisers have been kept busy since opening at the beginning of December.
“We have sold all our cards but a lot of people still come in to look at what we have got,” St Paul’s church warden Pam Fittock said.
“People are still coming in and saying ‘we will see you next year’.
“This year the biscuits and mince pies have also been very popular. We had some really nice soap and some really nice men’s and women’s coloured handkerchiefs that have been popular.”
Addicted to Christmas, the festive shop that is open all year has been busy in both it’s CBD store and East Bendigo warehouse
Owner Josh Maggs said he has been busy since late November.
“When we opened last year we were very busy but I think a lot of people were just excited to see a Christmas shop,” he said.
“This year’s November was better than last year but was still a bit quiet. Once the election was over, people were flying into get stuff.”
In preparing for this year’s Christmas rush, Mr Maggs said he ordered four-times as much stock than last year.
“People have been buying a mix of everything but there are lanterns that you turn on and glitter turns itself around them that have been popular,” he said.
“In the last few days before Christmas it's extremely quiet except for last minute plates, bon bons or hats.
“Boxing Day is another story, everyone comes in to get stuff cheap. Last year someone bought all their gifts on Boxing Day this ear, they were done 12 months in advance.”
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