LIMA — Early Friday morning, local businesses’ parking lots were filled with cars and people rushing out to head to their next destination.
Dunkin’ Donuts on Cable Road was one of the many businesses filled with hungry customers looking to fuel up before their next stop on Black Friday.
Kayla and Davon Noe, of Wapakoneta, started their shopping at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, went home to rest at midnight and started again Friday morning. They stopped at Toys R Us, Walmart, Menards and the Lima Mall. They said the best deals they found were at Toys R Us and Walmart, where they purchased Nerf guns. For the most part, they had a pleasant experience shopping.
“It’s actually been pretty calm,” she said. “We haven’t seen too much other than people yelling and screaming.”
The first stop for Kathy Roessner, of New Knoxville, was Dunkin’ Donuts, but by the end of the day she planed to shop at the Lima Mall, Kohl’s and Ulta. She had her eyes on the sales at Bath and Body Works. Her few dislikes about Black Friday are waiting in lines for more than an hour and the hot temperatures inside stores. Even with all the setbacks, she said it is still worth it.
“We do it every year, and I enjoy the sales and the people,” she said.
Valerie Shirk, of Northland, and Megan Rinderie, of Celina, began their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Friday. On Thursday, they shopped at Kohl’s and Walmart, where they bought kitchen appliances, such as waffle makers and griddles, for $10 or less. On Friday morning they stopped by Pet Supplies Plus, where they bought a cat tree for $50 that was originally $150. To ensure that they get the best deals, they always map out where they want to go, write the down the items they want, the prices and what time the stores open.
Erica Leary, of Columbus Grove, has been Black Friday shopping for six years now. She said this year wasn’t as busy in Lima as it was in the past. She believes that more and more people are deciding to shop online instead.
“I can remember when the stores would open right at midnight, and there were lines out the door,” she said. “This year you pretty much walk in and get what you want and you’re on your way,” she said.
This year she stopped by Pet Supplies Plus, Old Navy, Yankee Candle, Bath and Body Works, Victoria Secret and Kohl’s. She was able to find deals on shirts and sweatshirts for her fiance, shirts for her sister, candles and a cat tree. Besides the great deals, she enjoys the bonding experience.
“My favorite Black Friday shopping has been spending time with my sister, my mom and my family,” she said.
Instead of going out to shop after Thanksgiving dinner, Irene Laurren, of Kalida, spent her Thanksgiving night sitting around in her pajamas watching Christmas movies. On Friday morning, she got up at 6:30 a.m. and went out to Kohl’s, where she bought two dress shirts for $50. On Friday she also planned to stop by Big R for the toy sales and to the mall to shop for other great deals.
Laurren recalled her first time Black Friday, when she said she froze for 20 minutes waiting to get inside Hills, a retailer that was once located where Kohl’s is now.
“I didn’t realize what the big deal was about Black Friday shopping. I didn’t realize that it was a big rush,” she said.
She has been Black Friday shopping ever since and has made it on her rituals.
“It’s like Christmas, so I think a lot of people should just lighten up,” she said.
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