“Bus Ladies” shopping event in Austin

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(ABC 6 News) – Nearly 100 women got ready to shop till they drop in Austin, as part of the annual “Bus Ladies” shopping event.

“So we started by a carful of women coming down, and eventually that became a bus and then two busses, and then we have another 50 or so women that are driving from all over Southern Minnesota, mostly from Rochester, to come to this super special day that’s gone on for probably over 20 years,” says organizer Susan Lundquist.

The destination? Sterling Pharmacy.

“My dad started the store in 1952,” says Lundquist. “Every year I think I’m going to stop doing it, but the women want to do it and this year it’s certainly an honor for my dad and my family on the 70th anniversary having a bigger than ever crowd.”

Shoppers were greeted with an assortment of snacks, opportunities to win prizes, and discounts. First timers and returning shoppers all agree, the best part, the comradery.

“I’m just very appreciative of them putting this on, and for us to be able to enjoy each other’s company today,” said shopper Jori Phillips.

Some shoppers even traveled from out of state for the event.

“I said definitely I have to go to this store for the big shopping day so here I am,” says Julie Burt, who flew from Bridgewater, NJ. “So far so good, it’s awesome.”