With Victoria in stage four lockdown and Bunnings one of many retail businesses closing the doors to the general public this week as a result, it is no surprise parents have rushed to the popular store for last-minute purchases to help with being stuck at home.
And one rather expensive item has emerged as the must-have for families with children, looking for a way to keep the little ones occupied while remaining at home.
Bunnings has said kids swing sets are in “high demand” with even the most expensive versions hard to come by.
One the Bunnings website the $3500 Swing Slide Climb play set, with two swings, a trapeze, ladder and slide, could take up to a month to be delivered.
A little cheaper is a $2699 swing slide climb Everest play set which is also out of stock in many Melbourne stores. And the $1499 metal set with two swings and a climbing bar will also take a month to arrive.
“Our outdoor play range has been in high demand over the past few months, especially across Melbourne in recent weeks,” Bunnings outdoor play buyer Ally Tye told news.com.au.
“The most popular outdoor play products have been slides, cubby houses and sandpits.
“Swing sets have also been in demand, with more stock due to land in late August.”
It’s a repeat of what happened to other retailers earlier this year when more of the country remained in lockdown.
Back in May, BIG W had also seen a major spike in the sale of another popular outdoor product - trampolines - reporting a 430 per cent increase in trampoline sales in March, and 220 per cent increase in April up from the same time period last year.
At the time people online were sharing their thoughts on the trampoline demand.
“People who own trampolines right now don’t know how good they have it,” one person said on Twitter.
“You know who’s probably having the best time in quarantine? People with trampolines,” another wrote.
While a third person wrote, “Random non-essential things that have been selling out during quarantine” and at the top of the list “trampolines”.