Your Melbourne guide to surviving the Boxing Day sales

Everyone who’s ever been to a Boxing Day sale knows it’s not an activity – it’s an art. For doe-eyed newbies or shopper’s looking to refresh their Boxing Day skills, here’s your all-day guide to surviving the Boxing Day sales.

6am

Rise and shine, it’s a beautiful day to shop, stop, and elbow your way through the majority of Melbourne’s shopaholic population! You’ll have to get up early if you want to nab a bargain. Bring snacks for the line.

8am

Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central are just two of the shopping powerhouses that will be cracking open their doors early to Boxing Day shopping enthusiasts. Aim to arrive by 8am, as smaller boutique shops in the city are likely to open later in the morning.

The Boxing Day shopping frenzy begins!

10am

Coffee is the key to survival, just like water and shelter. Take a quick time-out at the MPavillion, and recharge with a coffee from Three Thousand Thieves. This is also the time to evaluate all your life choices up until this moment as you look down at your purchase of a pink lycra catsuit that you bought at 20% off.

12pm

While all the exhausted shoppers sit down to have lunch, power through your favourite boutique shops around Melbourne with sales up to 50% off – and don’t forget to head down to DFO South Wharf for some serious discounts. Food is for the weak.

Melbourne Central shopping

Nab a bargain at Melbourne Central

4pm

Time to recharge, drop load #1 off at the car, and tuck into a well-deserved bowl of ramen. Shujinko, the ramen joint that never closes (it’s 24 hours), is the perfect pit stop for ramen that will fill you up and warm your soul. Make it quick, as there’s still plenty more money to spend.

6pm

Stagger through the last of your shopping. This is the point where your determination may be wavering, so make sure to stop by the new Kit Kat Chocolatory for a sugary hit.

8pm

Eat and drink like it’s Christmas Day all over again at Arbory Bar, who will be open throughout the festive season. From bacon scones with smoked chicken liver parfait and apple, to epic charcuterie boards served with pickles and bread, feast through the night and cheers each other to a successful day of savings (cough).