November 24, 2012

Early start to Black Friday pulls in many shoppers

People flock to stores as Black Friday begins lateThursday

PLATTSBURGH — Teri Blake and her daughter-in-law Bridget Stone saw both the naughty and nice of Black Friday.

”There were people punching people over pillows,” Blake said of their middle-of-the-night Wal-Mart experience.

And as the Plattsburgh pair waited amid a crowd at the electronics counter, they saw one woman step up just to ask a question, she said.

”If you wait on her, I’m going to come right across that counter,” Blake remembered another shopper threatening the clerk. “I’ve been waiting three hours.”

”It was crazy,” Stone agreed.

The two began their traditional Black Friday experience at 8 p.m. Thursday, shopped until 3 a.m. then hit the stores again three hours later.

”I felt guilty shopping,” Stone admitted. “It was Thanksgiving!”

But the deals sucked her in, including a Play Station game that normally sells for $64.95 (including tax), that Wal-Mart offered for about $38.

SONY iPod docks were half-price at $50.

”We got the last two,” Blake said.


Outside Champlain Centre mall just after 9 a.m., sisters Lenee Gordon and Lecole Cragle unloaded a pile of Target purchases from shopping cart to the back of a van.

They had set out to shop at 6:30 a.m.

”We’ve been here the whole time, Gordon said, laughing.

She comes home to Dannemora for Thanksgiving every year, and Black Friday with her sister is part of the tradition.

They don’t do a lot of homework before embarking on their shopping adventure, Gordon said, just peruse the sale circulars then sneak the kids’ Christmas wish lists into their purses.

This year, her daughter Julia, 14, came along to do some shopping of her own, choose some gifts she wants to find under the tree and offer advice on presents for her siblings: Jayne, 9, and James, 17. 

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