The Thanksgiving weekend brings out a variety of shoppers, and we asked a sampling of those who were hitting the stores Thursday night and Friday morning how they would describe their style.
Name: Corey Hawkins
“I’m here for my wife,” said Hawkins, who has shopped on the Friday after Thanksgiving for nine years. “If my wife doesn’t get the majority of her shopping done tonight, I hear about it for the next four weeks. As a result, I feel that it’s better to spend 12 hours getting brownie points and being with her instead of four weeks of not having any (gifts).”
The Hawkins planned to shop at Toys R Us, Walmart, Kohl’s and Best Buy – and possibly Sears and Gander Mountain.
Name: Zach Weber
“I didn’t want to sit alone and wait for free stuff,” said Weber, who was participating in his second Black Friday at Cabela’s and met up with three friends about 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of planning involved. Everybody heard ‘free stuff’ and said ‘Yeah, we’ll show up.’ I did it for the experience. It’s a lot more fun to be with your friends.”
Name: Hannah Lilley
City: Keithville, La.
“I used the Black Friday app on my phone (to plan),” said Lilley, who was visiting her grandparents for Thanksgiving and shopping at Towne West. “I worked my way up, small stores to big. That was my strategy. I started planning about a week in advance and used the app I had that puts all the coupon ads into one app.”
Although she planned ahead, things didn’t always go according to plan, but they worked out.
“They’re not big strategizers,” Lilley said of her family. “I said ‘I’m going to go for electronics, you go for toys, you go for linens.’ They did not follow it, but we got it done.”
Name: Kristin and Aaron Downing
Age: 41 and 42
“I would have brought some lawn chairs and a coat. We were not prepared for this. I had no idea,” said Kristin Downing, who was trying to get a laptop for her son.
The Downings showed up at the Best Buy on Rock Road about 9 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s almost a sport,” Downing said. “We didn’t come in with a strategy. I can see why people get upset and wait in line. You hear the horror stories and can see why tensions get high.”