Saturday, January 13, 2007

Did I Tell You The One About..

..the NEXT sale that I went to? This year is the first time ever that I went to the NEXT sale (a very popular high street brand in the UK) at 4 am in the morning when it opened its doors for the after Christmas sales. I left my husband and kids sleeping at home and went with my friend F and her hubby in their car – they came to pick me up at exactly 3.30 am. More than 1000 (estimate) people were already queuing for entry and the train of people were already 5-6 stores long. I had wanted to go to the end of the queue but my friend F persuaded me to slip right to the front of the whole chaos. I felt guilty but I just followed her lead - we managed to get through somehow and we were amongst the first 50 people to enter the store when the doors opened at exactly 4am but not without me hurting myself in the process – my right hand still hurts even now from when I was pushed and nearly squashed at the entrance door frame and I think I have to agree with my husband when he said, “mesti korang kena maki sebab jump the queue - tu sebabnya…”

During these sales, one never gets the chance to try things before buying them. That’s because everybody grabs and grabs at the hangings on the rails and if the changing rooms are open at all (for sometimes they are not), the queue is as long as the one at the cashiers’- and those are very, very long and winding - so why bother to queue twice – just take the sizes you want – pay and try them at home.

And then of course, the next week, return those that you don’t like, after all.

I saw people coming out with boxes of dinner sets and three to four bags of clothes – but I just came out of there with two bags – and those were filled with my children’s clothes as I really didn’t have the energy to shop for both children and adult in their separate sections, with all those people pushing and elbowing and stepping on my toes – two people across me were even quarrelling because one accused the other of pushing her – and you know how some people just love to raise their voices without any shame whatsoever of the spectacle they are creating of themselves…

The whole experience was interesting, to say the least, but once is more than enough. Doubt I'll want to do it again next year.

10 comments:

FloweRinTheDesert said...

omg, ramai nye org!!! crazy man. teringat masa bertawaf part org tolak2x... I hope the discounted price was worth the trouble and your injured hand. ;D

halwafy said...

Hehehe..yes the prices and the goods were worth it, I suppose, because after 15 minutes, all the good stuff were gone - I wouldn't stand a chance of getting anything good if I went later than that.

But still..I wouldn't want to do it again

jujuqtpie said...

When exactly is the NEXT after X'mas sale? My friend said she was going and said she was going to sms me when she's there; but I never got her sms. Now I see why. Sounds crazy. I love Next stuff especially their newborn baby clothes. They fit newborns so nicely and snugly once the baby fills up.

halwafy said...

juju,
It was the day AFTER boxing day, the 27th. It was really crazy when the doors started to open but later on I'm sure it was quite 'calm'..but of course..barang banyak dah habis by then..

I agree with you..NEXT stuff are really good quality and nice..but what's this talk about newborns?? ;)

jujuqtpie said...

Oh noo, not a new mommy again, yet. Mika wore a lot of Next newborn baby rompers and the quality is so good that even when Naqib wore them, they still look brand new. Now ja is keeping them until one of us gets a bun in the oven again. LOL.

mami-oh-mummy said...

dulu during the NEXT crazy sale tuh i was in confinement...so only my hubby went...and he came back with 2-3 shirts and cufflings...all for him. none for me or the baby :P..i only heard about people went there as early as 5am (at coventry not as early in london eh...:))...yes i like NEXT stuff...i have few for my baby then but mostly were bought in car boot sales...come to think of it, things that i miss from UK; i miss boxing day sales and i miss car boot sales.

jujuqtpie said...

Oh Mami oh, at least you had a chance to go to a boot sale. Twice I went, and twice, the time didn't coincide at all. The last time, my flight back was at noon on a saturday...no boot sale...sob sob. But it's an excuse to go again, right? Next time, will go on X'mas Day so that I won't miss out on the boxing day sales either. Wahahaha

halwafy said...

mami oh mummy: Men...bukan reti nak beli baju budak2...kesian you.

Were you in Coventry then? My sister did her masters there as well while I did my degree at Warwick Uni - that was in the late 90s, of course...kadang2 miss jugak Coventry :)

juju: There are no car boot sales during winter so don't come around now if you want to chk out the boot sales - but during all the other seasons ada boot sales provided the weekend is not a wet one lah...the christmas sales are definitely worth it though, insh, if you want to come during winter.

Interesting to know that you have been to the UK for trips...lain kali can come and visit me ye..?

jujuqtpie said...

Dang! Can't kill two birds with one stone? Yeah, means that i gotta save up more and go two more times. Definitely will put Halwafy's house in my itinerary. :) Thx for the invite. cakap yer nak apa but tunggu my long term planning, yek? You see, my present economic state is not as good as when my hubby was working in KL. Well you win some and you lose some. I guess it is what's important that matters.

mami-oh-mummy said...

yup i studied kat warwick as well.. for my MSc. leicester causeway near stoney stanton. from sept 2003 until nov 2004 and gave birth to my son kat walsgrave hosp...kalau kat coventry ada boots during winter tapi in sports center camtu...indoors. but not as good as yg open tuh. So ju next time you consult halwafy before going ;)...malaysian overthere mcm boot hunter...tau je kat mana ada yg best...i always follow je