Black Friday's Early Hours Aren't Stopping Shoppers
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on December 02, 2013 @ 11:34PM
Created on November 28, 2013 @ 11:48PM
Thursday was Thanksgiving, but you might not have known it if you were waiting in a line like the one outside of Kohl's in Clarksburg. From Kohl's to Target to Toys R Us, cars packed parking lots all over town while their drivers hunted for the best deals.
"I got up at 6:30 this morning and started my list of where I wanted to go and what times. Everything's labelled according to who's open when and how much money I have," said Stacie Morgan of Fairmont, holding up her game plan for the night written in a notebook.
Some were frustrated over this year's earlier shopping times. Kmart was open all day, and Toy's R Us opened its doors at 5pm.
"My mom had to change the time of our Thanksgiving dinner to accommodate me being able to run up here," said Michelle Tuttle of Monongalia County. "I wish that they would have it on Friday and let Thanksgiving be a holiday."
"I hate that it's starting earlier on Thanksgiving but, I mean, you've got to get the deals. We have three kids so we've got to save," said Lorie Countryman of Barbour County.
Other were more than happy to skip dinner and load up on savings instead.
"We used to come at six o'clock at night when they [Toys R Us] would open at midnight and we would wait in line for six hours," said Meghan James of Harrison County. "Today I only had to wait two hours, it was perfect. Everybody else was eating their turkey while I was sitting in line, and I'm going to get the best deals, so I can't complain."
"There's lot of tricks like checking out at the jewelry counter, checking out at the pharmacy, so it's all in how you get to where you're going and who's getting what for who. It's all a game plan," said Stormie Basham, also of Harrison County.
Thanksgiving and Black Friday may be one in the same soon, but people put up with the madness for the thrill of the sales and to be able to give their loved ones what they want for Christmas.
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