At a steady pace, shoppers turned out for Black Friday deals
By CONNIE CONNOLLY email@example.com
EASTON — Colleen Wilmoth’s sister Rosemarie could go shopping at more stores with bigger selections back home in Northern Virginia, but every year, she drives across the Bay Bridge for the family’s annual Black Friday shopping spree in Easton.
“It’s a tradition,” Wilmoth said. The Kent Island resident, along with her sister, mother and aunt, “always shop at Kohl’s before 1 p.m.”
“We come to Easton specifically to shop on Black Friday,” Wilmoth said. “There are no lines here.”
The sisters laughed and kidded with the cashier, while their mom and aunt waited for them on a bench in the foyer.
Black Friday shoppers in Easton on Nov. 24 proved brickand-mortar stores still can draw a steady stream of shoppers despite the lure of online merchants.
Wilmoth said she slept for three hours and was up at 4 a.m. to take advantage of sales and doorbuster specials.
“It’s totally, 100 percent worth it,” she said as she read her receipt. She saved $288.
Kohl’s opened at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stayed open all night. While there were several shoppers in the store at 8 a.m., the check-out lines each had one or two customers.
At JOANN Fabric in Tred Avon Square shopping center, crafters came in with paper and phone app coupons to take advantage of Black Friday sales.
The doors opened at 6 a.m. with a few people waiting when the doors opened, a salesman said.
Jo and Richard Shaw of St. Michaels checked out at 7:30 a.m. before heading to the airport.
“I always make pajamas for the grandchildren,” Jo Shaw said. She bought flannel fabric and one “expensive item” that was discounted 70 percent.
“Holy moly, holy cow, this is an expensive habit you’ve got,” Richard said, teasing his wife. But Jo saved $128, making it “worth it,” she said.
“The perfect Black Friday is right here,” Susan Langfitt of Easton said. She and her daughter Emma came into JOANN Fabric about 7:30 a.m. “We did hit Rise Up (Coffee) first,” Langfitt said.
The parking lot at Target was full with a steady stream of shoppers, many pushing carts filled with items as they headed back to their vehicles at about 10:30 a.m.
The weather was sunny and seasonably cool with a light southwest breeze. Many shoppers were dressed in light jackets or down vests.
Next door at PetSmart, an employee dressed in a dog costume welcomed shoppers with a sign that read “Black Friday red-hot deals.” Customers were lined up four and five carts deep at two registers by 10:30 a.m. Doors opened at 7 a.m.
Dick’s Sporting Goods at Waterside Village at Easton attracted hunters later in the morning. Glenn Cole said he “tagged along” with his daughter and son-in-law, but saw “some deals I could use,” picking up some rifle bullets on sale.
“You never see the parking lot this full,” another customer said.
Three hunters from Essex stopped in for supplies for opening day of deer season. “The wives are doing (Black Friday shopping) today,” Randy Button said.
David Booth agreed with his buddy and added, “If men want something, we don’t look at the price.”
John Uyttewaal of Easton said he was running errands when he saw a “buy one, get one 50 percent off” sale on ammo. “They sucked me in, they sucked me right in,” he said, smiling.
PHOTO BY CONNIE CONNOLLY Colleen Wilmoth of Kent Island was up at 4 a.m. to take advantage of Black Friday discounts at Kohl’s in Easton.
Susan and Emma Langfitt stopped at Rise Up Coffee Roasters before heading to JOANN Fabric in Easton at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 24 for Black Friday sales.
While his wife was working on Black Friday, Sam Cutler of Wye Mills did some shopping in Easton with his daughter Audrey and son Owen.
PHOTOS BY CONNIE CONNOLLY Dick’s Sporting Goods in Easton attracted shoppers who were looking for Black Friday deals as well as hunting supplies for the first day of deer season.