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November 24, 2012

Early start to Black Friday pulls in many shoppers

People flock to stores as Black Friday begins lateThursday



“It’s all gone. Everything we wanted is already gone,” laughed Bruce Smith of Burke, who was shopping at Alix’s True Value in Chateaugay with his 7-year-old grandson, Travis Lamica.

They’d come about 11 a.m. for bumper cars and a remote-control car featured on sale, but were out of luck.

“But we got wrenches,” Travis said.

Nancy Alix said both the Chateaugay store and its sister store in the Plattsburgh Plaza, run by Joe Alix and Jay Alix, were seeing a steady flow of customers Friday.

“We had a big line of people waiting out here when we opened up, and that’s never happened before,” she said.


Sale items, which had come in limited quantities, sold quickly.

Among those were a small, infrared heater and the bumper cars Travis and his grandfather wanted.

But Nancy was ordering more and had rain checks available for those who missed out on a coveted gift. 

And bargains are still available for those customers taking part in Small Business Saturday today, when people are encouraged to patronize locally owned small businesses.

“We’re all independently owned,” Alix said of the True Value stores, “so we’d like to see a lot of people come out and support us.”

Shoppers can check the Small Business Administration’s website at to find participating small businesses.


At Target, Gordon and Cragle had snapped up the Elf on the Shelf with free $5 gift card.

And for every $50 spent on apparel, shoppers got a $10 gift card.

Gordon figured she’d have 75 percent of her shopping done by day’s end; Stone said she planned a trip to Albany for next weekend to hit the stores there.

But just then, they were heading to JCPenney.

“For polka-dotted leggings,” Stone said.

After that, they might stop by Wal-Mart.

“And then breakfast,” Gordon said.

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