A crowd of shoppers in hoodies and winter coats stood next to the hhgregg near Dayton Mall as it opened it doors at 7 a.m. on Black Friday, the most popular shopping day of the year.
Shannon Landers, a resident of Miamisburg, and her husband Blayne, waited in line for about 20 minutes for a 55-inch television.
Landers also went to Toys R Us and Target on Thanksgiving to buy gifts for their two children.
“Normally, we stay comfy at home,” she said. “We do online shopping and other sales.”
But some deals are too good to pass up. Landers said she only went out on Thursday because that’s when the stores had their best deals.
“I think everyone should stay closed on Thanksgiving,” she said. “We should stop the craziness.”
Many shoppers got a head start on Thanksgiving, as several retailers opened their doors to the public as early as 3 p.m. But Black Friday will still be the busiest shopping day of the season. A survey from the National Retail Federation found that 74 percent of consumers will venture out today.
Some big names — including Barnes & Noble, Staples, hhgregg, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s — were closed on Thanksgiving, urging customers and employees to spend time with family. Those retailers promoted early morning hours for Black Friday.
A smaller line of about 50 or 60 shoppers stood near the doors of the Home Depot in Centerville when it opened today.
Workers passed out donuts to the customers as they awaited the store’s opening at 6 a.m.
Leslie Leis, a resident of Kettering, came out to buy some items for her son.
“This is the first time I’ve done this,” Leis said. “I went to Walmart last night. That was scary.”
Walmart started its deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and remained open throughout the night.
Millie Tucker, a Dayton resident, sat on a bench outside the Macy’s in Dayton Mall.
“I came just to be out here,” she said. “Just for the thrill of it.”
Tucker got up at 4 a.m. today, but refused to shop on Thanksgiving.
“It takes the fun out of it,” Tucker said. “You need to be with family.”
John Jernovics lounged in a chair, looking down at his phone. As he sat next to Forever 21, his wife and daughter had already gone off into the mall in search of jeans, and other clothing items.
“I’ve got my coffee and the Internet,” he said. “I’m good to go.”
Jernovics, a Springboro resident, said he already did all of his shopping online through Amazon.
Costco in Centerville opened its doors to customers at 9 a.m. The big ticket items? Shoppers looked to snatch up large TVs and other electronics like laptops and cameras.
Chuck Heckman and his son, Robert, picked up two Nikon camera sets — and saved $300 off each.
“If the deals are there, I’ll be there,” Heckman said.
George Nichols drove from Tipp City to buy a massive, 65-inch Samsung HDTV. After stopping at Costco, Nichols said he’d probably stop at the Apple Store and then call it quits.
“We’ve been out since 6 a.m.,” he said. “I’ve about had it.”
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