Green Country Lines Up For Black Friday


Friday, November 24th 2006, 10:12 am
By: News On 6


It’s Black Friday!

Hundreds of shoppers packed stores all over Green Country to kick off the holiday shopping season. It got started before the sun was even up this morning.

News on 6 reporter Ashli Sims tells us for many die-hard veterans, it’s the Super Bowl of shopping.

Some say football isn't the only sport showcased on the day after Thanksgiving.

For die-hard shoppers this is the Super Bowl. They prepare for hours, standing in line before dawn.

"We have been going since 3:45 this morning so we are ready. We went to Sams and then to Best Buy and now to Target," said shopper Lisa Morgan.

The ads are their play book and many have a definite game plan.

"The whole list, yes we have a list of when places open, what we're getting and what page it was on in their catalogue," said shopper Suzanne Mason.

When the cheers die down Target employees put their game faces on, and get the carts ready. Once they open those doors its not just a mad dash, but a frenzied crush.

After 10 years of doing the Black Friday Blitz this team of shoppers decided they needed a uniform.

“We all spread out and go get what we need. And how many of them that we need. And we've gotten quite bit of sticky situation where we have to go after one of our team members in the middle of a frenzy what was it, DVD players, DVD players," members of Team Polattixbaugh said.

High-tech toys, big TV’s, electronics are hot, but some just can't pass up a classic.

"I think they're never going to go out of style. They're the coolest things. My little girl is 26 and she still likes Barbies," shopper Sherry Phillips said.

By the end of the day the carts were weighed down and wallets were near empty. But for many this is far from game over, there are still dozens of shopping days ahead.

Black Friday got its name because it used to be the day stores went from being in the red to turning a profit and being in the black. But the day after Thanksgiving is not always the busiest day of the year. Last year that was December 23rd.