Trevor Bloom scored himself a 65-inch $2,300 Samsung big-screen TV for $1,200 while shopping on Boxing Day at Andre's Electronic Experts.
In the pre-dawn darkness amid a combination of drizzle, freezing rain and hail, he hauled a trailer behind his SUV to Andre's Electronic Experts on Springfield Road.
"I knew I'd need the trailer to get a TV this big home," said Bloom with a smile.
"A 65-inch Samsung for $1,200 is amazing. Regularly, it's $2,300. That's a good deal for a big screen."
Bloom pulled up to Andre's at 7:30 a.m., expecting to join the lineup awaiting the 8 a.m. opening.
"But the store was already open and people were coming and going," he said.
"It was no problem buying and loading my TV."
While the store advertised an 8 a.m. opening, Andre's actually started to let bargain-seeking customers in at 6:30 a.m.
"We were all prepared, so when we got here at 6:30 a.m. and there were people outside waiting, we just decided to open up and let them in," said store manager Derek Shaw.
Brothers Jaspreet and Harpreet Gill and their cousin Prabhjot Bajwa came by Andre's to do some comparison shopping after starting out at Best Buy across the street at Orchard Park mall.
"We're in the market for big-screen TVs," said Jaspreet. "We want to get the best price, so we're shopping around."
Marsel Ahamadzadegan and friends Leyla, Kayla, Javid and Kian Parsa were also on a multi-store circuit. When The Daily Courier caught up with them exiting Target at Orchard Plaza, they had already been to Future Shop and Best Buy and were on their way to Real Canadian Superstore.
"We checked out all the flyers on Christmas Eve and then planned our day," said Ahamadzadegan.
"It's a tradition we've been doing for 15 years," Ahamadzadegan said.
He had a cartload of Target merchandise, including a 29-inch Magnavox TV that he got on sale for $230 from $380 and bags full of half-price Christmas ornaments and decorations.
"We're going to Superstore now for half-price candy," said Ahamadzadegan.
With the freezing rain and hail at its peak just prior to 8 a.m., people waiting for SportChek at Orchard Park to open employed a new lineup strategy.
"We just stayed in the car with the heat on until we saw the guy come and open the doors," said Keegan Hoffman. "Why wait out in this nasty weather."
Hoffman, along with brother and sister Brett and Megan Harper, headed into the store for half-price running shoes and clothes.
Downtown, Lululemon, at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, was doing booming
"Lulu stuff hardly ever goes on sale, so I had to be here," said Amie McKinney, pulling her purchases from the shopping bag to show them off.
"I got this $200 jacket for $130 and this $148 jacket for $99 and these yoga pants for $60 when they are regularly $118."
Across the street, American Apparel had a store-wide 30 per cent off sale with several door-crashers.
"We don't have sales very often, so these popular $34 circle scarves for $18 will be even more popular and these beanies (tuques) at $15 are a good deal from $24," said store manager Sierra Davenport.
She modelled the merchandise to make her point.
Boxing Day is the single biggest shopping day in Canada.
If you didn't stumble out of bed for retail therapy yesterday, don't worry. Most stores are holding Boxing Week sales. After that, there will be the January clearances.