Black Friday shoppers line up early, stay out late in search of bargains
Amber Rager, left, and Jaden Barnes already have their hands full of their Black Friday shopping finds by 12:30 a.m. Friday at Valley Mall. (By Yvette May/Staff Photographer / November 23, 2012)
Lambert Bautista, of Waynesboro, Pa., was shopping at Best Buy around 2 a.m. Friday, looking for electronic deals. He said Black Friday shopping is a tradition for his family.
“I’m mainly looking for entertainment and laptops,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for six years.”
Some stores around the city opened on Thursday, but that does not mean the Black Friday rush slowed down for them after midnight.
Target, which opened at 9 p.m. Thursday, was busy at 1 a.m. Friday, with customers going in and out.
“Our guests lined up and were ready for us when we opened,” store team leader Matt Scharek said. “We’ve been busy pretty much most of the evening.”
Laura DeMichele, 53, who was shopping in Target, said this year marked the first time she was able to shop on Black Friday, because in the past she has had to work. She also still had to go to work at 2 p.m. Friday, though.
“I enjoy being out and about and seeing if I can catch a deal,” she said. “I’m amazed at all the people out.”
Not everybody was having luck catching Black Friday deals however.
Blue Ridge Summit resident Dave Dolbow, 46, was shopping at H.H. Gregg with his son at about 2:30 a.m., but hadn’t yet make a purchase.
“I’ve spent more time looking at stuff and trying to get information for what I want to buy in the future,” he said. “I’m looking for TV’s and tablets. We’ve got to go home with one thing.”
H.H. Gregg opened at 10 p.m. Thursday.
Shoppers also crowded the stores at Premium Outlets Friday morning, but parking spaces in the shopping center were still available at 3 a.m.