Bargain Hunters Out For Black Friday

Friday, November 23rd 2007, 5:47 pm
By: News On 6

Shoppers celebrate Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. The first official day of Christmas shopping was off to an early start. The News On 6’s Emory Bryan reports some stores opened as early as 4 o’clock in the morning, but bargain hunters were out well before that to get that special de

For some the day after Thanksgiving shopping started with a stakeout just after midnight.

"Since one, about 5 minutes till one,” responded one lady at Kohl’s when asked what time she got in line. The doors opened at 4 a.m. at Kohl's, and the crowd surged in. The early hours gave shoppers a chance to move on other stores that opened later. Many of the mall stores opened at 5 a.m.

"My husband said, no don't go out, it's too cold, there will be lines. But, it's been worth it," said Michele Matlock, an early shopper.

Even a bank branch opened at 5 o’clock, and there were customers. The few stores that were opening later had people waiting at the gate. By 6 a.m., shoppers, with coffee in hand, had bags and buggies full of what they thought were bargains.

"Some nice boots. Regular $90, got them for $35.99," said Tyra Brown of her good buy.

Before Friday, the experts were worried people wouldn't spend much money because of the economy. There's no sign of that inside the stores. For example, Super Target was super busy. The store had 32 checkout lanes opened and by 8 o'clock, they were stacked deep with customers. Some were buying Roboraptors.

"What is this? I have no idea, all I know is I brought him in the other day and he said ‘Mom this is so cool, I gotta have it,’” said one shopper.

The other hot item was the Vrocker which was selling for $32.

"This is like a video rocker, you plug it in and you can do video games, and it's a comfortable little rocker you can put in front of the TV,” said shopper Amber Farvo.

For some, it was the bargains. For others, it was the adventure that got them up early to shop.

The electronics stores had the earliest and longest lines, with people, in some cases, camping out waiting for discounts on high definition televisions and laptop computers.

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