EARLY bird shoppers were out yesterday hunting for bargains.
People set their alarms to hit the shops in South Shields town centre early for the Boxing Day sales.
Shops like Next, River Island and Debenhams opened their doors as early as 6am to let festive bargain hunters search the rails and shelves.
Friends Suzanne Cape and Karen Spence were out by 7.15am.
Suzanne, 52, from Whiteleas, South Shields, said: “We’ve been getting clothes for the kids and clothes for ourselves too.
“The queue in River Island was horrendous – we waited for 45 minutes to pay for our things.”
Karen, 36, from Simonside, South Shields, added: “We come every year for the sales, but this is the earliest we’ve been– we usually don’t come out until about 8am.
“It’s a great way to pick up a bargain.
“The only bad thing is when you see something that you’ve already got in the sale for half the price that you paid for it.”
Carol Callaghan and Miles Brennan, of South Shields, also hit the shops.
Carol, 52, left Miles to sleep off his Christmas dinner when she got up at 5am. She said: “Next was great – I had about 10 bags of stuff from there.
“I’ve been buying lots of things for my daughter, Jody, and my grandkids.
“They live in America but they’re moving back home soon, so I’ve been getting some stuff for them.”
Miles, 67, added: “I got a phone call at about 6.45am to go and pick Carol up and help her bring her bags home, then she wanted to go straight back out to look for more.”