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With turkey eaten, it's time to shop

Posted November 22, 2012
Updated November 23, 2012

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— Thousands of shoppers fresh off Thanksgiving meals hit stores across the Triangle Thursday night, hoping to take advantage of Black Friday deals that, in many cases, were available well before midnight. 

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, as many as 147 million people said they plan to shop during the busiest retail weekend of the year. 

Twin sisters Darcy and Carissa Jones – who called themselves professional shoppers – were two of them. 

Despite it still being Thanksgiving when they arrived at Crossroads Plaza in Cary, their Black Friday system's were in full swing, complete with a homemade bible of coupons and shopping strategy.

“We love it,” Darcy Jones said. “It’s my favorite day of the whole year."

Forget the night. Old Navy opened to restless holiday shoppers at 9 a.m. Thursday. Michael's waited until after the meal and welcomed shoppers at 4 p.m. Long lines formed at the Best Buy in Cary and other stores.

“There's no more Black Friday,” said Sarah Barringer. “It's Black Thursday now."

Barringer and her mother, Lori, make the annual shopping a girl-time holiday tradition. But the shopping starts earlier and earlier.

“You’ve been working all day cooking, finally sit down for a nice meal, and then you’re ready to go,” Lori Barringer said.

The Jones sisters will hit a handful of stores before midnight and keep going.

“We'll be in line at Belks at 3 a.m. for the 250 gift cards,” Carissa said. “It's a big time. We've got it all planned out, step by step.”

For those in the Best Buy line, life is slower. First in line, Brian Roberts camped out since 7 p.m. Wednesday to get a cheap TV and video game when the doors open early Friday.

“We’ve been hanging out and met new friends,” he said. Black Friday Shoppers hit stores for Black Friday deals

When asked whether he was deliberately avoiding his family on Thanksgiving, Roberts said, “They avoid me. They went to Indiana.”

For the pros, earlier hours make it tougher to plan. And retailers run the risk of losing some of the allure of shopping tradition.

“If they opened earlier, there would be no suspense,” Sarah Barringer said. “That's what we like and that's why we stay up all night.”

At the Garner Best Buy, hundreds waited outside in the cold to be the first inside the store. It opened at midnight. 

Gary Patterson, who ventured into the Black Friday crowds for the first time, snagged a new television for his daughter. 

"It's something I'm not used to, but it's quite an experience," Patterson said. "It's invigorating."

Yolanda Ratliff missed out on the flat screen television she came for, but she didn't leave empty-handed. 

"When this one went on sale, instead of getting it for $300, I got it for $48," she said. "I feel wonderful."

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  • Bartmeister Nov 23, 7:20 p.m.

    I must have missed that day in school.
    piene2

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    The first day?

  • starvingdog Nov 23, 1:43 p.m.

    I am truly blessed. I am keeping my 5 grandsons so their mom can work today...and that means I don't have to go anywhere near any Black Friday so-called 'sales.' If ever there was a true sign that the apocalypse is upon us, it is the behavior of many today who will trample their neighbor to get a 'deal' on some product which will be obsolete by New Year's. Ought to call today "Greed and Avarice Day" and be done with it.

  • what the........ Nov 23, 12:40 p.m.

    Looks like most of you who posted still have values and morals. I'm proud of you. There aren't many left who do have values like this. If anyone out there has any age to them at all, you know that the retailers get more desparate for your business the closer we get to Christmas so there are going to be plenty of more sales before Christms. Don't be in such a panic. Like Black Friday is the only sale day until next year's black Friday.

  • radium Nov 23, 12:33 p.m.

    "Maybe now they know how our military heroes feel when they are away from home during ALL holidays. Oh ye, they are also defending our freedom."
    Do you really believe that? What are they defending us from? Did anybody ask them to join? You fell for the lies, don't try to make the rest of us feel guilty about their choices.

  • timetochange Nov 23, 12:22 p.m.

    smdrn, amen.My wife is a nurse and she worked 12 hour shifts on Christmas the first 4 years we were married. It's called sacrifice, if you can't do it than keep quiet.

  • timetochange Nov 23, 12:13 p.m.

    "Not the employees who were forced to be at work and away from their families!" -Pepe Silvia

    Maybe now they know how our military heroes feel when they are away from home during ALL holidays. Oh ye, they are also defending our freedom.

  • cary2006 Nov 23, 12:06 p.m.

    hey are not forced to do anything. They are a at will employee. They can quit at any time.
    cdtech20059

    So easy to say - isn't it. so do you quit every time you disagree with others policies.

  • piene2 Nov 23, 11:49 a.m.

    "How can there be a thousand percent of anything?

    piene2 November 23, 2012 10:39 a.m. Having a little trouble understanding Math? lol
    Rebelyell55"

    I must have missed that day in school.

  • cdtech20059 Nov 23, 11:48 a.m.

    "To each his own. Silly if you ask me, waiting in the cold at the but crack of dawn; but we all have choices." - cdtech20059

    "Not the employees who were forced to be at work and away from their families!" -Pepe Silvia

    They are not forced to do anything. They are a at will employee. They can quit at any time.

  • jrfergerson Nov 23, 11:48 a.m.

    Black Friday sent shoppers to the malls or did you folks think about keeping those local businesses in your area thriving - Did anyone remember to shop at your local stores instead of feeding those foreign countries owned shops at the malls

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