While some people may choose to stay away from shopping crowds following Thanksgiving, many did take advantage of extra savings on Black Friday, as well as the night before and throughout the weekend.
Connie Snider has made it an annual tradition to go Black Friday shopping with her mother, Colleen Haynes, sister, Lynn Bell, and daughter, Ashley Snider. And this year was extra special as they added a fourth generation to the shopping outing with Ashley’s infant daughter, Elliot.
The five were found leaving Belk late Friday morning with bags in hand.
“This is our first stop,” said Connie Snider, noting that they slept in Friday morning. “Then we’ll go to Big Lots, Lowe’s and Wally World.”
“You can’t go Black Friday shopping without going to Walmart,” chimed in Bell.
Snider said she was shopping for “grandbaby” clothes, while her daughter Ashley said she was on the lookout for power tools, as well as lights and cheap mirrors.
“I’m looking for Christmas stuff,” said Bell.
They said they tried starting their family tradition on Thanksgiving night last year, but “it was not fun. It was a mistake, and not worth it,” Ashley Snider said. So they decided to stick with Black Friday shopping this year.
While the ladies were packing their bags in the car in the parking lot, inside Belk Assistant Manager Patricia Faw said Thursday “was awesome.”
“We had between 350 to 400 customers in line when we opened the doors,” she reported of the 6 p.m. Thursday opening. The store remained open until 10 p.m. Friday. “It was a little bit wild, but it was fun. We had no problems, and everything went smoothly.
“We had long lines, but customers were very patients and we had most everything people were looking for,” Faw added.
The hot items at Belk this year, according to Faw, were small kitchen appliances like griddles and Belgian waffle makers, the ladies $19.99 Rampage boots and the five-piece luggage sets which were discounted to $40.
“We just had a great night,” she said. “This morning [Black Friday] is a little light traffic, but it is continuing to pick up.”
At Lowe’s Hardware, Store Manager Bucky Keener said one thing that has sold better this year that maybe didn’t do as well last year was paint. “I think the weather is better this year than last, and that made things that maybe weren’t as good last year better this year,” he said Saturday afternoon.
“We’ve been really busy, really busy, but we’ve had steady traffic all weekend and it’s really picked up as it’s gotten later in the day today,” he said.
The top items going out the doors at Lowe’s, Keener reported, were “anything that’s a tool. Tools are big gift giving items for us obviously. I think a lot of people decorated earlier this year and those items are going quick, and appliances are selling well.
“This has definitely been a really successful year for us, and we are glad to be part of the community as always,” said Keener.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.