MOUNT VERNON — Some of the best sales of the year can be found on Black Friday. Shoppers braved the cold and windy weather early this morning to get the latest deals on electronics, toys and clothes.
Jenna Hammons of Brinkhaven first stopped at JCPenney for her Christmas gift shopping.
“I usually get most of my Christmas shopping done on Black Friday,” she said, browsing through a rack of V-neck sweaters. “There’s a lot of good sales enough to get me out of bed.”
Hammons came out with her sister-in-law, and before they are done, Hammons said they will stop by Kmart and Walmart.
With so many deals on clothes, jewelry, shoes, toys, home decor and bedding, it’s hard to resist a chance to save money.
Linda Beck wasn’t planning to come out on Black Friday but decided to stop by JCPenney to “just look” after venturing to Sears with her husband.
“I usually come out every year but this year I said I wasn’t going to. ... I’ve already picked up some gifts for my family,” she said as she held an advertisement in her hand checking out sale items. “Before we’re done we’ll have breakfast and then probably head over to Lowe’s.”
After pulling a name from the Christmas tree to adopt a child this holiday, Toni Williams, and her daughter, Lauryn, and niece, Michelle Lechlak were out looking for gifts.
“We’ve already been to Walmart, we were there at midnight, then we took a break to get some sleep, and now we’re back out this morning,” said Williams.
For Williams and her family, it has been a tradition to come out each year and shop for gifts. “We had so much fun last year that we enjoy making wonderful memories more than anything,” she said.
Lechlak already picked out a gift of scarf and T-shirt, and Williams and her daughter glanced through a stack of bathrobes as they continued shopping for the right gifts at JCPenney.
This year with computers, televisions and electronic games the big tease for holiday shoppers, many waited in line at the Kmart electronics department to get the best sale items while supplies lasted.
“I’m not normally out during [Black Friday],” said Nathan Rowland, Mount Vernon, as he stood in line to purchase one of the 42-inch plasma televisions on sale. “I’ll probably hook it up before I go back to bed.”
Trish Woodring spent most of her morning at Walmart waiting in line for a flat screen television, but they were sold out quickly.
As she continued her Christmas shopping at Kmart, Woodring said she’s not quite ready for Christmas yet, and has more presents to look for.
Amy and Nathan Miller shared their first Black Friday experience together as they shopped for gifts.
“We’ve been out here since about 4:45,” said Nathan.
There were a lot of deals to be had as they picked out a Big Buck Hunter game for their son, and a scouting camera for Nathan’s dad.
“We’ve just started, we’ll be heading to Radio Shack and Walmart after this,” said Amy.
Becky Wolfe of Mount Vernon shopped for her kids’ Christmas gifts in the toy section of Kmart.
“I’m normally out for Black Friday,” she said.
For her 19-month-old son, she did find a Tonka talking truck, and for her 5-year-old step-daughter, a new Barbie.
Though this year she wasn’t impressed by the deals as she was last year. “All the deals seemed to be in electronics. My kids are too young and aren’t ready for those yet,” said Wolfe.