I have discovered the secret to successful post-Christmas, Boxing Week bargain hunting.
Timing is everything. You need head for the shops when the youngsters have gone back to work.
Today I scored half-price shoes at the best store in town, the one with the reputation for such cool merchandise that out-of-towners make it a destination. Hundreds of women had lined up out the door, eager for cut-rate footwear on Boxing Day. But since I waited until well after the rush, the shop was almost empty when I went shoe shopping in the middle of a weekday. The sale was still on, and no one was competing with me for the last pair of comfortable brown flats in my size.
I made such a good start, it's too bad I didn't have a longer shopping list. But I did go into a few of my favourite downtown stores just for fun. And what did I find? Other retirees who also know The Secret.