Lois McCabe was surprised when she found out she was the winner of downtown Vernon’s Shop Local Shopping Spree.
Her name was the lucky one drawn from the full boxes of entries collected at 11 participating businesses to win a $1,000 shopping spree.
The Vernon nurse had 30 minutes to spend her winnings in the stores of her choice during the May 23 Shop Local Day.
McCabe had her route all planned out and headed off with friend Monica Brown and Downtown Vernon Association representative Hailey Rilkoff in tow as the official shopping spree timer.
Her purchases included a silver ring, new watch, bedspread, a purse, baking trays, cutting boards, cookie cutters, story books and a Saturday Globe & Mail.
Some items are gifts for friends and family, with a few items for her patients.
“I think I’ve been very good for the economy today,” joked McCabe as she wrapped up her whirlwind shopping spree with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers.
“I really appreciate the generosity from downtown Vernon.”
McCabe said that planning her shopping spree was harder than she thought.
With a tight timeline and a maximum limit of $200 per business, McCabe still ended her spree with seven minutes and 12 seconds remaining on the clock.