‘Low-key’ sales for Valentine’s

With just about 48 hours before Valentine’s Day dawn, some stores in Bridgetown are reporting less than favourable sales. One storeowner has described sales leading up to the big day as “low-key”, and is hoping they will pick up tomorrow.

Cave Shepherd retail manager Beverley Belgrave told Barbados TODAY the Broad Street-based company had put all of the marketing tools in place for Valentine’s Day. However, she said that over the years, what Cave Shepherd had found was that whenever the special day fell on weekends, more people chose to attend intimate dinners or family affairs.

But she added that this trend would not take away from the fact “Valentine’s is Valentine’s and people still expect gifts, flowers and confectioneries”.

“I am sure that we are still going to get those persons coming in; but I don’t think it is going to happen until [tomorrow] or Saturday. So we still have Saturday to work with.”

Keith Walcott of Highly Favoured Boutique, Swan Street, anticipates his gift items will sell well, due to the fact Valentine’s Day was falling on a Saturday when many people would be making their way into town.

Keith Walcott of Highly Favoured Boutique going through some of the Valetine’s Day sweets on display.
Keith Walcott of Highly Favoured Boutique going through some of the Valetine’s Day sweets on display.

“I have a lot of things on sale for Valentine’s Day . . . . We have the bears and the roses; and then we have the sweets shaped in the form of hearts –– and the schoolchildren and adults buying!” Walcott declared.

Althea Welch of Imperial Balloons, City Centre Mall, reported that she was receiving many calls from people who were interested in finding out the prices for flower arrangements, baskets and other gifts. Welch too indicated that she was waiting on tomorrow and Saturday for that increase in sales of those unique items she has on offer.

Althea Welch (left) of Imperial Balloons helping customer Sylvia Phillips to find that right gift.
Althea Welch (left) of Imperial Balloons helping customer Sylvia Phillips to find that right gift.

“I am willing to work with whatever they have because I know things are very hard for people in this economic climate,” she explained. “And I have already set up stuff for late shoppers; and right now I am working on my orders.

“And I’ve got the small gifts for the schoolchildren, and they are already coming for them. I always work with the schoolchildren for Valentine’s Day because they always support me,” Welch said.

Leonard Allsopp, a card vendor is also anticipating better sales in the next two days.

Customer James (left) looking for the right card for his special someone at the stall of Leonard Allsopp (right).
Customer James (left) looking for the right card for his special someone at the stall of Leonard Allsopp (right).

“There are lots of people unemployed, so you have to be thankful if somebody buys a card today. But people coming and looking and saying that they are coming back to buy on Friday and Saturday,”Allsopp told Barbados TODAY.

8 Responses to ‘Low-key’ sales for Valentine’s

  1. Santini More
    Santini More February 13, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Enjoy your partner all year round and you will eventually come to see Valentines Day for what it is; A cynical, money making opportunity for the retail sector & the complete opposite of romance.

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    • Peggy Stoute Morin
      Peggy Stoute Morin February 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

      So true. Buy them a plate of food, or at least do something original.

      Reply
  2. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler February 13, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Good Times Snacks by Courts still have Valentines treats

    Reply
  3. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman February 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Valentines day is bs, you should show your partner you love and appreciate them everyday not just one day out the year, just like Mother’s Day.

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  4. Jason Cayenne
    Jason Cayenne February 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Too many broken hearts. Some people just don’t know how to not use and abuse others.

    Reply
  5. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris February 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

    If it pleases you or your partner to buy something for valentines then go for it. What you do or don’t do should not be based on the opinions of others.

    Reply
  6. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte February 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    LOVE IS in the air……. enjoy the fine offering of a ballon, a teddy bear, a mug, a lollipop a fake rose and a PANTY ROSE!….. #loveis BTW many are not in love and many choose other ways to celebrate and prove their love etc.

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  7. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams February 13, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    The basic range of gifts offered at Valentine’s look like last year’s rejects. Roast breadfruit with a lil’ fried saltfish sauce and a glass of lemonade. I hanging my hat where I can reach it.

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