If crowded shopping centres aren’t quite your thing, you’re probably going to want steer clear of Coles this Saturday.
But if collecting miniature versions of Tim Tams, dishwashing tablets and Nescafe Gold is – well, you’re in luck.
Amid scrutiny over their plastic bag ban backflip, the supermarket last month launched ‘The Little Shop’ promotion, with shoppers competing to collect 30 tiny versions of store favourites.
The promotion, which awards shoppers one mini item for every $30 spent, sparked scenes reminiscent of the Pokémon cards fad, with ambitious collectors trying to sell complete sets on eBay for $1000.
Thousands of people, who have already joined Facebook groups to try and trade the mini items, will now have the option of heading down to 37 supermarkets across the country this Saturday to take part in the four-hour swap session
The Little Shop promotion had been criticised after the distribution of the miniature plastic items followed the national ban of single-use plastic bags.
Some customers slammed Coles for its continued use of plastic in the wake of the bag ban.
A Coles spokesman told Yahoo7 the Little Shop promotion had proved popular with shoppers.
“We know there are swap groups forming all over the country from Port Augusta in South Australia to Mackay in Queensland all the way to Ellenbrook in Western Australia. In addition, we are holding an official Swap Day in 37 supermarkets across the country on Saturday 11 August.”
Which stores are participating?
New South Wales
• Burwood — Wilga St & Shaftbury Rd, Burwood
• Westfield Eastgardens — Bunnerong Rd & Wentworth Ave, Pagewood
• Warringah Mall — Pittwater Rd & Cross St, Brookvale
• Charlestown — 1 Smart Street, Charlestown
• Kellyville — Kellyville Plaza, 50 Wrights Rd, Kellyville
• Marketown — Marketown King St & National Park St, Marketown
• Penrith — Station St & Reserve St, Penrith
• Westfield Bondi Junction — 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
• Newcastle — 204 Union St, Newcastle
• Bateau Bay — The Entrance Rd, Bateau Bay
• Erina — Erina Fair S/C, Terrigal Dve, Erina
• Chadstone — 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone
• Southland — 1239 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham
• Craigieburn — Craigieburn Rd & Windrock Av, Craigieburn
• Waurn Ponds — Pioneer Rd & Princes Hwy, Waurn Ponds
• Hoppers Crossing — 50 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing
• Roxburgh Park — Somerton Rd, Roxburgh Park
• Brimbank — Neale Rd & Station Rd, Deer Park
• Casey Centra — Cranbourne Rd, Narre Warren
• Fountain Gate — Princes Hwy & Magid Dr, Narre Warren
• Churchill — 390 Churchill Rd, Kilburn
• St Agnes — 1244 North East Rd, St Agnes
• Gawler — Cnr Murray & Cowan Sts, Gawler
• Marion — 297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park
• Robina — Robina Town Centre Dr, Robina
• Indooroopilly — Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly
• Pacific Fair — Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach Waters
• Maroochydore — Horton Pde & Maroochydore Rd, Maroochydore
• Earlville — 537 Mulgrave Rd, Earlville
• Ellenbrook — 11 Main St, Ellenbrook
• Ocean Keys — Ocean Keys Bvd & Key Largo Dr, Clarkson
• Eaton Fair — Cnr Eaton Dr & Recreation Dr, Eaton
• Belmont Forum — 227 Belmont Ave, Cloverdale
• Glenorchy — Main Rd & King George V Ave, Glenorchy
• Meadow Mews — 102 Hobart Rd, Kings Meadows
• Amaroo — Horse Park Dr, Amaroo
• Coolalinga — 405 Stuart Hwy, Coolalinga