Brick-and-mor­tar, Eas­ton-style

At a steady pace, shop­pers turned out for Black Fri­day deals

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By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.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.

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