It’s the day after Thanksgiving and for many that means leftovers and football. However, for many others it means rising before the sun and hitting the roads to battle the crowds.
This is Black Friday, the day that retailers hope to go from the “red” and into the “black.” South Central Kentuckians flocked to the stores in hopes of getting those great deals. At Target people began lining up hours before the store even opened.
“When I got here at three o’clock there was already around ten or 15 people in line,” Jim Sauerhaber, a Target customer said. By the time the store opened at 6 a.m., those with Target say there were 800 to a thousand people in line.
Rita Sowell set her alarm extra early to stock up on holiday bargains. This is Rita’s first time participating in Black Friday. She and her fellow shoppers braved the crowds and lines at the stores across South Central Kentucky.
“We got to Kohl’s at 5 a.m. and we stood in line to checkout for an hour and then we get to Goody’s and stood in line for an hour and now we’re at Target and that’s as far as we’ve gotten,” Rita explained.
At Target, the shoppers lined up with their carts before the doors even opened, in hopes of snatching up the popular items.
“We’re just trying to get our Christmas stuff together, so we don’t have to get out closer to Christmas and they won’t have anything,” Rita finished by saying.
From a flood of people at the electronics counter, to a crowded toy aisle, some were left with items still on their lists.
“You can’t find any of the video rockers or any of the new Monopoly anywhere, so most people are having to get rainchecks.”
“I’m looking for a Tickle-Me-Elmo, but I haven’t found one in here yet.”
If you don’t want to brave the crowds in the stores, there’s other ways to get your holiday gifts. Cyber Monday is this coming Monday. This is the day where many people log online to order the things they need.