12/26/2013 12:00 EST | Updated 12/26/2013 12:07 EST

Boxing Day In Calgary And Edmonton Spurred On By Warm Weather

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Boxing Day frenzy has officially hit Alberta.

Shoppers in Calgary and Edmonton lined up outside stores before the sun came up Thursday morning, hoping to cash in on some of the season's best prices.

Carli Molnar and her boyfriend told CBC Calgary they were lining up so early "because the deals are worth it."

"We're really just here for a big screen TV. We're moving in together in the next few months, so we're trying to start to get some things together and thought it would be a good time to get the TV."

Sarah Hammond on Twitter tweeted she was up bright and early to scope out the deals at West Edmonton Mall.

Tyler Hahn, general manager at a Visions Electronics in Calgary, told the Calgary Sun this year's hot ticket items would likely include televisions, car starters and home theatres.

“The important thing is having people coming in and getting the experience of Boxing Day — without having the service sacrificed — and then leaving satisfied," he said.

This year's shopping weather is certainly an improvement over 2012, when the weather dipped below -20 C.

For that reason, retailers predicted a busier Boxing Day in 2013, and some store managers said they had been stocking inventory for weeks, getting ready for one of the best sales days of the year.

“We have been prepping for Boxing Day for the last couple of months — stocking up on the stuff that’s hot right now, that we know people want to buy,” Richard Williams, operations and marketing manager for La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, told the Calgary Sun.

Still, not everyone planned to hit a mall Thursday, instead deciding to enjoy one more day of holiday relaxation.

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